Wednesday , Dec , 20 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Suns extend winning streak to franchise-record 15 games

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Amare Stoudemire scored 28 points and grabbed
10 rebounds, and Steve Nash doled out 15 assists to lead the Phoenix Suns to a
franchise-record 15th straight win over the Toronto Raptors, 115-98.

The 15 straight wins tops the 14 straight wins by the 1992-93 Suns in December
of 1992.

T.J. Ford scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Raptors, but
left with a bruised lower back in the fourth quarter and did not return.
Andrea Bargnani scored 18 points and grabbed eight boards for the Raptors, who
had a three-game winning streak snapped. P.J. Tucker and Morris Peterson
scored 12 points apiece, and Tucker grabbed nine boards for Toronto.

Nash scored 10 points for Phoenix, which has not lost since Nov. 18 at Utah.
Shawn Marion scored 17 points, and Leandro Barbosa added 14 points off of the
bench. Raja Bell scored 13 points and Boris Diaw scored 12 points on the
night.

Toronto pulled to within five points early in the third quarter, but a Nash
three cued a 22-2 run. Nash hit another three on the run, as did Marion,
pushing the Phoenix lead to 75-50 with just under six minutes left in the
third quarter. The Suns led by as many as 27, and 90-70 going into the fourth
quarter.

Phoenix’s regulars sat for most of the final 12 minutes as the Suns coasted to
the win.

The Raptors never led, trailing 33-25 after the first quarter, and 53-44 at
halftime.

Game Notes

Phoenix’s winning streak is the longest in the NBA since the Lakers 19-game
streak in 2000. Both are far short of the NBA-record 33-game winning streak by
the 1971-72 Lakers…Phoenix is 9-0 on the season against the Eastern
Conference…Ford is listed as day-to-day.

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