Suns try to make it 12 straight wins against Portland
(Sports Network) – The Phoenix Suns attempt to extend their winning streak
to 12 games when they welcome the Portland Trail Blazers tonight to US Airways
Reigning MVP Steve Nash finished with 21 points and 14 assists, as the Suns
stretched their winning streak to 11 games by rallying from a 15-point deficit
in the second quarter for a 100-91 triumph over the Houston Rockets on
Wednesday at the Toyota Center.
Leandro Barbosa scored nine of his 20 points during a huge second-quarter run
for the Suns, who won a franchise-record 15 in a row earlier this season from
November 20th – December 19th. Amare Stoudemire had 22 points and 11
rebounds, while Shawn Marion added 14 points and 14 boards in the win over
Houston for Phoenix, which has won 29 of its last 32 games overall.
Phoenix is 17-3 at home this season. The Suns are scheduled to host Kevin
Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday at US Airways Center.
Portland tries to make it two wins in a row this evening. Zach Randolph
scored 26 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, as the Trail Blazers rolled to
a 94-76 victory over the road-weary Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday at the
Rookie Brandon Roy added 19 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Cleveland
for the Trail Blazers, who wrapped up a three-game homestand at 2-1 . LaMarcus
Aldridge had 14 points off the bench, while Sergio Rodriguez added nine
Guard Jarrett Jack, who suffered a concussion in a car accident last Friday.,
did not play against Cleveland and has missed three straight games. The
Georgia Tech product is averaging 12.5 points and a team-best 5.6 assists per
game. Jack is questionable for tonight’s game.
The Trail Blazers are 7-12 on the road this season. They return home to host
the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday at the Rose Garden.
Phoenix has won a pair of contests over the Trail Blazers this season. The
teams will meet for the fourth and final time of the campaign on February 6th
at the Rose Garden.
Portland has lost five straight and eight of its last nine at Phoenix. The
Suns have won four in a row in this series.