Monday , Dec , 06 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Phoenix Suns Team Report – December 6

=== Phoenix Suns Team Report – December 6 ===

(Sports Network) – Quentin Richardson poured in a season-high 37 points to
lead the Phoenix Suns over the Portland Trail Blazers, 121-99, on Sunday at
the Rose Garden.

Amare Stoudemire added 19 points and nine rebounds in the victory for the
Suns, who have won 10 of their last 11 games.

The Suns trailed by one after the opening 12 minutes, but outscored the Trail
Blazers 33-20 in the second and they led the rest of the way. Portland held a
45-42 edge midway through the second frame, but the Suns ended the first half
on a 20-5 sprint to take a 62-50 margin into the intermission.

The Blazers could not get within single digits the entire second half. They
cut the deficit to 64-54 on a bucket by Damon Stoudamire, but Phoenix
responded with a 27-14 run and never looked back. Shawn Marion capped off the
burst on a basket with just under 3:00 left in the quarter to push his team’s
advantage to 91-68. Portland limited the Suns to 22 points in the fourth, but
never got back into the game.

In the win over Portland, Richardson was 8-of-12 from three-point range, tying
a franchise record for most triples made in a game.

Richardson has scored in double-digits in six straight games. He is averaging
21.5 points and 5.3 rebounds in that span.

Phoenix is off until Tuesday when it hosts the Golden State Warriors. Last
season, the teams split four contests.