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Suns Seek 13th Straight Win, Host Warriors
Posted Dec 15 2006 4:39PM
The Phoenix Suns have dominated the Golden State Warriors at home in the last decade. In the last month, the Suns have been dominating everyone.
Phoenix looks to extend its 12-game winning streak when it takes on the inconsistent Warriors on Friday at US Airways Center.
The Suns (15-6) beat the Miami Heat 99-89 on Wednesday to record their 12th consecutive victory and achieve the second-longest winning streak in their history. The franchise record for most consecutive wins is 14, set in December, 1992.
The current run has, for the most part, come easily. Phoenix is scoring 113.9 points per game during the streak, while outscoring opponents by an average margin of 11.7 points.
The Suns, who opened the season by losing five of their first six games, now lead the Pacific Division by one-half game over the Los Angeles Lakers and by four games over third-place Golden State (12-11).
``We still have a little way to go,'' said Amare Stoudemire, who scored 12 points in Wednesday's win. ``It's just 12 games in a row right now so we want to continue to make it 13 and take it one game at a time.''
Phoenix blew a 25-point fourth-quarter lead against Miami, but pulled out the win thanks in part to Steve Nash, who hit a 3-pointer with 2:20 left to stop Miami's comeback.
Nash finished with 18 points and 11 assists, while Shawn Marion had 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead six Phoenix players in double figures.
``We took care of it,'' Nash said. ``We lost all our momentum in the fourth quarter. That happens - but we won the game.''
The Suns appear to have a good chance at extending their streak against the Warriors. Phoenix has won 17 of its last 20 home games versus Golden State, dating to the 1996-97 season.
The Suns also won this season's previous meeting, 113-110 on Nov. 20 at Oracle Arena. Six Phoenix players scored in double figures in that contest, as Raja Bell had 22 points, Leandro Barbosa added 21 off the bench and Nash had 19 points and 15 assists.
Golden State has won three of four, but just five of the last 13 games since starting the season 7-3. However, the Warriors are coming off consecutive home wins - 126-113 over Sacramento on Tuesday and 109-107 over Houston on Thursday.
Baron Davis scored 34 points Thursday night - including a game-winning 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left - and added eight assists. Despite the dramatics, Davis failed to record a double-double for the first time in four games.
The Warriors received 32 points off the bench, led by Andris Biedrins'15.
This is just the eighth road game of the season for Golden State, which is a miserable 1-6 on the road so far including five straight losses.
``I'm looking forward to it to see how we fare,'' coach Don Nelson said. ``It'd be good to play better on the road.''
This contest opens the first of two six-game road trips for the Warriors this season. Golden State will play five Eastern Conference opponents to conclude this swing, starting with a visit to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.
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