Tuesday , Jan , 09 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Nash is playing like an MVP once again

(Sports Network) – Reigning MVP Steve Nash is a big reason whey the Phoenix
Suns own an impressive 25-8 record and are 2 1/2 games ahead of the second
place Los Angeles Lakers.

The 32-year-old Nash, who has won the MVP the last two seasons, is arguably
having the best season of his career. He leads the Suns in scoring (19.9 ppg)
and assists (11.0 apg). Nash has collected 22 double-doubles and has scored in
double-digits in 30 of the 31 contests he has appeared in.

Phoenix, which has won the Pacific Division the last two seasons,
continues to win games with its explosive offense, The Suns have scored 100
or more points in 27 of 33 games this season.

The red-hot Suns try to extend their winning streak to seven games when they
welcome the Seattle SuperSonics on Tuesday to US Airways Center. It is the
first meeting of the season between the squads. Seattle has won three of four
and four of its last six at Phoenix. The Suns have won four of the last five
contests in this series.

Phoenix plays the third of a five-game homestand against the SuperSonics. All-
Star forward 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 on Sunday at US Airways Center.

Leandro Barbosa tallied 26 points and James Jones netted 25 in the win over
Golden State for the Suns, who have won six in a row and 22 of their last 24
games overall. Nash contributed 14 points and 10 assists for Phoenix, and 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 victory over the
Warriors.

The Suns, who have won four in a row at US Airways Center, are 14-3 at home
this season. They will also host Cleveland and Orlando on the current
homestand. Phoenix defeated Orlando, 103-89, on December 11th, and will be
playing the Cavaliers for the first time this season.

PHO