Friday , Dec , 15 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Diaw’s triple-double guides Suns to 13th straight win

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Boris Diaw notched his fifth career triple-
double with 21 points, a career-high 14 rebounds and 10 assists, as the
Phoenix Suns won their 13th straight game with a 105-101 win over the Golden
State Warriors at US Airways Center.

Amare Stoudemire had 25 points and 10 boards while Shawn Marion added 14
points, 10 rebounds and three blocks for the Suns, who have won five of the
last six meetings. Steve Nash poured in 16 points, five rebounds and five
assists in the contest.

Monta Ellis chipped in 24 points and six assists and Baron Davis donated 19
points, seven assists and six boards for the Warriors, who had a two-game
winning streak snapped.

Stoudemire’s three-point play in the second extended the lead to 47-22, but
from there Golden State closed the half on a 30-12 rally. Ellis’ jumper cut
the deficit to 15, 49-34, and Matt Barnes’ trey brought the Warriors within
51-41. Ellis’ three-point play turned into a four-point play after Raja Bell’s
technical foul, narrowing the gap 54-48.

However, Phoenix still led 59-52 at the half.

Then, Golden State opened the third quarter with a 9-1 burst, including five
from Mickael Pietrus, for its first lead of the game at 61-60.

The game continued to go back-and-forth until the Warriors went on a 10-2
surge with the game tied at 70. The run was bookended by three-pointers from
Davis and Mike Dunleavy, respectively, for an 80-72 margin.

However, Phoenix responded with 10 unanswered points to finish the quarter,
ending with Bell’s running floater as time expired, for a slim 82-80 advantage
heading into the final frame.

Golden State netted the first seven points of the fourth, culminating with
Anthony Roberson’s three-pointer, for an 87-82 lead.

The Suns countered with a 10-2 burst, highlighted by back-to-back-to-back
treys from Nash, Diaw and Leandro Barbosa, to move in front 92-90 with 6:35
remaining.

Davis’ three put the Warriors in front by one, 95-94, with almost four minutes
to play, but Phoenix scored nine of the next 10 points, including five from
Stoudemire, for a 103-96 margin with 1:25 left.

Andris Biedrins’ dunk brought Golden State within 103-101 with 14 seconds to
play, but the Warriors foolishly chose not to foul Nash and he sealed the
victory as he found Marion for an alley-oop with 7.8 ticks on the clock.

The Suns jumped out to a 12-0 lead, capped by Stoudemire’s three-point play,
as the Warriors missed their first 13 shots from the field. Phoenix led 34-14
after the opening 12 minutes of play.

Game Notes

The Suns shot 43.2 percent from the field, while Golden State connected on
40.4 percent of its shots…Phoenix will attempt to tie the franchise-record
for wins on Saturday when it plays at Sacramento. The Suns won a franchise-
record 14 in a row from December 1, 1992 to December 30, 1992…Phoenix won
the rebounding battle, 52-44…Pietrus finished with 18 points and eight
rebounds.

GSW PHO