PHOENIX, Oct. 27 (Ticker) -- Shawn Marion
and the Phoenix Suns showed
that they are ready to play games that count.
Marion scored 22 points and Steve Nash
added 14 and nine assists
to lead the Suns to a 97-92 victory over the Golden State
Warriors in the preseason finale for both teams.
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chipped in with 21 points and six rebounds while
grabbed 11 boards for Phoenix, which finished with a
6-2 preseason record.
The Suns - who open their regular-season schedule Tuesday
against the Dallas Mavericks - owned a 91-86 lead with 2:29
remaining, but Baron Davis
drilled a pair of 3-pointers over the
next 90 seconds to give the Warriors a one-point lead.
On Davis' second long-range bomb, however, Phoenix's Raja Bell
was fouled underneath the basket. Golden State was in the
penalty at the time, and Bell converted both free throws to give
the Suns a 93-92 lead.
Still trailing by one, the Warriors got the ball back with 22
seconds remaining, but Davis made an ill-advised turnover.
Jones drilled a pair of free throws nine seconds later to ice
the win for the Suns, who outrebounded the Warriors, 55-38.
scored 22 points and Davis added 14 and eight
assists for Golden State, which hosts Atlanta in its season
opener on Wednesday.