ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Oct. 26 (Ticker) --
The Phoenix Suns are using
the preseason to prove they can still score without Amare
, Shawn Marion
and Eddie House
scored 18 points
apiece as the Suns posted a 112-102 preseason victory over the
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The highest-scoring team in the league last season, Phoenix's
offense is expected to to take a step back with Stoudemire, the
NBA's third leading scorer in 2004-05, out at least four months
following knee surgery. However, reigning MVP Steve Nash
the Suns have reached triple digits in five of their first seven
Nash scored just four points but handed out 12 assists in 22
minutes for Phoenix, which had six players score in double
figures. The Suns recorded 34 assists against just eight
Jones, who has replaced Stoudemire in the starting lineup, made
6-of-11 shots, including 3-of-5 from the arc.
Phoenix held an 89-72 lead after three quarters and rested many
of its starters in the final period.
had 21 points and 10 rebounds for Sacramento, which
shot 41 percent (34-of-83). Mike Bibby
scored just two points
on 1-of-11 shooting.