FRESNO, Calif., Oct. 23 (Ticker) -- Shawn Marion
, Steve Nash
Phoenix Suns were clearly conditioning themselves for the
Marion scored 16 points and Nash chipped in with 15 as the Suns
posted a 100-88 preseason victory over the Sacramento Kings at
the Save Mart Center.
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The defending Western Conference champions, Phoenix's only two
returning starters from last season are Marion and Nash.
, the new starting shooting guard in place of
, scored 15 points for the Suns, who held a 56-45 lead at
Rookie Francisco Garcia
scored 16 points and second-year
swingman Kevin Martin
added 15 for the Kings, who sat most of
their key players after the first quarter.
scored 10 points in the opening period, but
Sacramento still trailed 26-22 at the end of the quarter.
Stojakovic and fellow stars Mike Bibby
and Brad Miller
play over the final 36 minutes and combined to play just 32.