Suns Torch Blazers
Phoenix 130, Portland 85
PHOENIX, Dec. 6 (Ticker) -- The Phoenix Suns scored early and often in a rout of the Portland Trail Blazers.
James Jones made six 3-pointers and scored 22 points, and Raja Bell and Shawn Marion added 21 apiece as the Suns cruised to their seventh straight win, an effortless 130-85 victory over the Trail Blazers.
"It was important to finish them off. We didn't want to take any chances," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said. "The best thing about this game was we how we continued to play. We understood the importance of finishing them off. We wanted to knock them out as soon as possible."
Bell scored eight points in a 17-2 run in the first quarter, when ended with the Suns holding a 34-24 advantage. The Suns tied a season high for points at intermission as they built a 66-47 lead. The 130 points was also a season high.
"We got it right from the beginning," said Phoenix forward Boris Diaw, who had eight points, eight rebounds and a career-high 13 assists. "We didn't want to leave any doubt on their mind. We wanted to show them we were going to win this game and we came out aggressive and it was important to keep pile it on."
The third quarter was no different as the Suns outscored the Blazers, 36-18.
"It was just an outstanding performance by the Suns. They shot the ball as well as I have seen a team shoot in a long time," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "They lost some good players last year and they have done a nice job of plugging in players."
Steve Nash collected 14 points and 12 assists and Kurt Thomas added 12 and 13 rebounds for Phoenix, which had eight players score in double figures and blocked 15 shots.
It was the 10th time this season that Jones scored in double figures for the Suns and his second game in a row with 20 or more points.
"I'm feeling good right now. Usually coach is screaming at me to shoot now he is screaming at me not to shoot," said Jones, who made 8-of-16 from the field. "He won't have to tell me that I know when I am going and when I am not. I have just been on the last couple of nights."
"They stretched our team out, knocked down some jump shots and we were a young team looking for someone to come and rescue us," McMillan said.
Zach Randolph scored 15 points and rookie Jarrett Jack added 14 for Portland, which shot a dismal 2-of-12 from 3-point range and was outrebounded, 52-37.
"I know it is a rebuilding effort, but the guys have got to want to get better every game," said Portland guard Juan Dixon, who scored 10 points. "Guys have to come ready to work every day. This was a bad loss. We don't want to lose like this."