Suns try to crown Kings for 14th straight win
(Sports Network) – The red-hot Phoenix Suns try to extend their 13-game
winning streak tonight when they visit the Sacramento Kings at ARCO Arena.
Phoenix is aiming for its longest winning streak since ripping off a
franchise-best 14 consecutive wins from December 1 – 30, 1992. Charles Barkley
and the Suns reached the NBA Finals that year, but lost to Michael Jordan’s
Chicago Bulls in six games.
On Friday night the Suns kept the streak alive with a 105-101 victory over the
Golden State Warriors at US Airways Center. Boris Diaw notched his fifth
career triple-double with 21 points, a career-high 14 rebounds and 10 assists
to lead Phoenix.
Amare Stoudemire had 25 points and 10 boards, while Shawn Marion added 14
points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in the win. Steve Nash chipped in 16
points, five rebounds and five assists for the Pacific Division-leading Suns.
Meanwhile, the Kings have won two of their last three games and defeated Utah,
98-97, on Friday night at EnergySolutions Arena.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim sank the game-winning three-pointer with 59 seconds left
in the fourth quarter to lift Sacramento. Abdur-Rahim finished with 21 points
off the bench with eight rebounds, while Mike Bibby scored 19 points and also
grabbed eight boards.
Ron Artest posted 11 points, Kevin Martin had 13 and Brad Miller contributed
10 points for the Kings, who will host Phoenix, Dallas and Washington.
Sacramento is 7-4 at ARCO Arena this season.
The Suns posted a 127-102 win over the Kings on December 5 this season at US
Airways Center. Phoenix has won three straight and five of the last eight
Phoenix has lost 10 of 12 and 11 of its last 15 trips to Sacramento.