CHICAGO, Dec. 31 (Ticker) --
All-Star Shawn Marion
was too much for the
Chicago Bulls to handle.
Marion scored eight of his 28 points in overtime and grabbed 16
rebounds for his 20th double-double of the season as the Phoenix
Suns rallied for their fourth straight win, posting a 107-98
victory over the Bulls.
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"If I get a chance with the game on the line I want the ball,"
said Marion, who made 13-of-22 shots. "Then it's just a matter
of can you make something happen when you get it. My teammates
found me in the OT and I was able to finish it."
scored 19 points and Steve Nash
added 14 points and 10
assists for the Suns, who have won 16 of their last 21
"It was good that we found Shawn for some big dunks," Phoenix
coach Mike D'Antoni
said. "He got some big boards for us at key
times during the game. I'm just proud of all our guys, they just
want one win after another."
's 3-pointer with 1:42 remaining in the extra period
capped off a 9-2 spurt as Phoenix opened a 101-94 lead. The Suns
outscored Chicago in overtime, 15-6.
"In overtime we just took over," said House, who finished with
11 points. "Shawn was playing well all game. I was able to get
him two assists in the overtime and hit a couple shots myself."
split a pair of free throws with 18 seconds
remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Bulls a 92-90 lead.
But Nash found Marion under the rim for an easy layup, tying the
game with six seconds left.
"We put together a pretty good 48 minutes," said Songaila, who
had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. "Then I
didn't convert at the end and we didn't get one stop there and
the game got to OT."
The Bulls had a chance to win the game in regulation but Ben Gordon
missed a jumper over the outstretched hand of Marion at
Chicago held a 75-69 lead at the start of the fourth quarter but
Phoenix chipped away. Marion's offensive rebound and basket
pulled the Suns within 88-86 with 2:40 left.
"That was a crazy time," Marion said. "It seemed like we were
just trading baskets and we weren't going to be able to catch
up. Then in the end we did what we needed to do to win."
The Suns struggled from the arc, making just 5-of-23 shots but
forced 18 turnovers.
scored 25 points and Luol Deng
collected 16 and 14
rebounds for the Bulls, who lost their sixth in a row. Chicago
shot 43 percent (41-of-95) from the field.
"It stinks (the six-game slide), that's for sure," said Hinrich,
who made 11-of-24 shots from the floor. "Tonight we played well
enough to break out of it; it just didn't happen."