Suns set in Denver
(Sports Network) – Two of the most explosive teams in the NBA battle tonight,
as the Denver Nuggets welcome the Phoenix Suns to the Pepsi Center.
Phoenix attempts to avoid losing back-to-back games since November, when it
dropped four in a row in the beginning of the month. On Saturday, Mehmet Okur
scored 29 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, hitting the go-ahead bucket with
5.1 seconds left, as the Utah Jazz defeated the Suns, 108-105, at US Airways
Amare Stoudemire had 28 points and 10 rebounds in the loss to Utah for the
Suns, who have dropped two of three since recording 17 straight victories.
Reigning MVP Steve Nash tallied 22 points and 10 assists for Phoenix, which
had a 10-game home winning streak halted.
The Suns, who play the opener of a brief two-game road trip, are 17-6 on the
road this season. Phoenix is scheduled to visit the Portland Trail Blazers on
Tuesday at the Rose Garden.
On the injury front for Phoenix, guard Raja Bell (inflammation in left knee)
is questionable for tonight’s contest. Bell, who is averaging 15.1 points per
game, did not play against Utah and has missed four games this season.
Denver also attempts to get back on the winning track this evening. Kevin
Martin scored 28 points, as the Sacramento Kings picked up a 94-87 win over
the Nuggets on Saturday at ARCO Arena. Denver has lost 20 straight at
Sacramento. The last time the Nuggets won in Sacramento was on January 7,
Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points for Denver, which has lost five of its last
six games overall. Nene, Steve Blake and J.R. Smith all scored 13 points, and
Linas Kleiza netted 10.
Denver’s All-Star guard Allen Iverson did not play against Sacramento because
of a sprained right ankle. The Georgetown product is questionable for
Center Marcus Camby (groin strain) and forward Reggie Evans (sprained right
ankle) are also questionable for Denver.
The Nuggets are 13-12 at home this season. They will host Chris Paul and the
Hornets on Wednesday.
This is the first meeting of the season between the clubs. The Suns and
Nuggets were supposed to play on December 20th, but the game was rescheduled
because of poor weather conditions in Denver.
Phoenix has won three of its last four at Denver. The Suns have won two in a
row and seven of the last eight contests in the series.