Sizzling Suns rout Warriors
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Shawn Marion dominated inside play with 24
points and 17 rebounds, as Phoenix continued its amazing run with a 128-105
rout of the Golden State Warriors.
Leandro Barbosa tallied 26 points and James Jones added 25 for the Suns, who
won their sixth straight game. They have captured 24 of their last 27 contests
following a 1-5 start to the campaign.
Steve Nash contributed 14 points and 10 assists for Phoenix, which beat Golden
State for the sixth time in the last seven meetings. Nash also became the
ninth player (fourth active) in NBA history to reach the 10,000-point, 5,000-
assist and 1,000 three-point field goal milestone.
Amare Stoudemire contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
As for Jones, he attributed his success to the league changing the ball back
to the leather version at the turn of the new year.
“I love the old ball,” Jones said. “I was having problems shooting the
composite ball. The leather ball feels better and I think it is actually
better for guys with big hands. I said that from the jump and I think a lot of
other guys in the league will enjoy it now too.”
Monta Ellis scored 22 points, but also accounted for nine of Golden State’s 25
turnovers. Baron Davis had 17 points and Kelenna Azubuike tallied 16 for the
Warriors, who have dropped two of their last three games.
“Tonight we faced a team that was rolling, a playoff caliber team and they
know what to do to a team when they come in on a back to back,” Davis said.
“We’ve got to get better.”
Andris Biedrins tied his career high with 17 rebounds for Golden State.
The Warriors held a 30-29 lead after the opening quarter, but the Suns
established momentum in the second. A Marion alley-oop jam off a feed from
Nash, combined with a Barbosa three-pointer moved Phoenix to a 50-43 lead.
It was 61-53 at the half.
Nash hit a three-pointer during a run of 11 straight points by the Suns for a
79-61 cushion with 6:13 remaining in the third, and Phoenix’s advantage stood
at 93-76 going into the fourth.
Golden State gave up the first seven points of the final period and trailed by
at least 20 the rest of the night.
The Suns had a season-high 61 points off the bench…Nash made a pair of
three-pointers and has 1,001 for his career…Boris Diaw had 10 points and
eight assists for Phoenix…Mike Dunleavy and Mickael Pietrus each scored 15
for the Warriors…The Suns shot 51.9 percent from the field…Phoenix has won
13 of its last 14 games at US Airways Center after opening the season with a
1-2 home record.