SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- The Phoenix Suns have risen to just
about every challenge this season but will arguably face their
biggest one yet Tuesday when they meet the San Antonio Spurs at
the SBC Center.
The Suns have won 11 straight games and 20 of their last 21 en
route to the best start in the NBA since the Chicago Bulls
opened the 1996-97 campaign 25-3.
Steve Nash has recorded at least 10 assists in every game during
Phoenix's streak, including Sunday's 106-94 victory over the
Toronto Raptors. Nash, who was named Western Conference Player
of the Week on Monday, had 18 points and 13 assists and Amare
Stoudemire added 33 points.
Stoudemire has reached the 30-point plateau in each of his last
three outings and ranks fourth in the league with a 25.6 scoring
The Suns' 11-game winning streak matches the second longest in
team history, behind only a 14-game stretch in December 1992.
To extend its streak to 12, Phoenix will have to hand San
Antonio just its second loss at home this season.
The Spurs, who own the second-best record in the NBA, have won
six of their last seven, including all five at the SBC Center.
Two-time MVP Tim Duncan has been held in check in the last two
games, scoring just 16.5 points, but Tony Parker has picked up
the slack with 23 per game over that stretch after a 27-point
performance against the Boston Celtics on Sunday.