PHOENIX, Oct. 17 (Ticker) -- Amare Stoudemire
made an impressive home
debut for the Phoenix Suns, but the Houston Rockets recorded an
85-78 preseason victory as Eddie Griffin
led a balanced attack
with 15 points.
Stoudemire, the ninth overall pick in the 2002 draft out of
Cypress Creek High School in Florida, led the Suns with 17
points on 7-of-15 shooting and pulled down 11 rebounds in 30
A basket by Stoudemire two minutes into the fourth quarter gave
Phoenix a 64-58 lead, but the Rockets stormed back with a 10-2
spurt and took the lead for good, 68-66, on a pair of free
throws by Oscar Torres
with 6:31 to play.
had 12 points and Torres finished with 10 for
Houston, which was without injured guards Steve Francis (left
ankle tendinitis) and Moochie Norris (sore right pinky) and top
draft pick Yao Ming.
and Shawn Marion
each chipped in 14 points for