December 2005 Gallery
January 1, 2005
The Suns finished off 2005 on a high note with a New Year's Eve win against the Bulls in Chicago.
Center Kurt Thomas helped to get Phoenix off to a good start by hitting his first three shots and listed being dealt to the Suns as his top moment of the year.
Nash, whose favorite moment of 2005 was his marriage to long-time girlfriend Alejandra, regiestered another double-double with 14 points and 10 assists as the Suns moved to 4-0 on the road trip.
Bell revealed that signing with the Suns was his top moment of the year as Phoenix moved to 18-10 on the season with a 107-98 win in Chi-town.
Boris Diaw's top moment of 2005 was helping to lead France to a bronze medal in international compeition. The French swingman scored 16 points to bring in the New Year.
A night after scoring a game-high 26 points in Charlotte, Eddie! Eddie! House registered 11 points and four assists to help the Suns close out 2005 with one and a half game lead over the Clippers for the Pacific Division lead.
Diaw grabbed 12 rebounds and added 11 points as the Suns moved to 3-0 on their five-game Eastern road trip in Charlotte on Dec. 30.
The reining MVP's 26 points helped the Suns move to 17-10 on the season.
The Matrix delivered another All-Star caliber performance with 24 points and 13 rebounds.
James Jones struggled early, but drained some huge shots late in the fourth quarter to help secure the victory.
Nash added 13 more assists to his league-leading total.
Phoenix moved to 8-4 on the road for the season.
The Phoenix road trip continued in Washingrton in a rematch against All-Star Gilbert Arenas and the Wizards.
Much like in their contest at America West Arena, fans in Washington enjoyed a competitive matchup between two of the league's most explosive offenses.
Suns guard Steve Nash enjoyed one of his best games of the season scoring 19 points while dishing out 16 assists as Phoenix extracted revenge on Washington with a 104-99 victory.
Following their Friday night loss at home to Washington, the Phoenix Suns set off for one of their toughest road trips of the season.
Whether at home or on the road, Suns MVP Steve Nash is always willing to sign an autograph for NBA fans.
Forward Shawn Marion and the Suns headed to the Target Center Monday night for a matchup against Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
James Jones has had the hot hand for Phoenix since returning from injury.
Marion's strong play against Minnesota was key in the Suns' early lead. The All-Star finished the contest with 21 points and a team-high 16 rebounds.
Despite Phoenix leading throughout the game, Garnett and Minnesota always seemed ready to make a big run to get them back in the contest.
While the Wolves did indeed make a run late in the ballgame, they simply could not overcome Boris Diaw's career-high 31 points as Phoenix rolled 103-89.
Tuesday night Raja Bell and the Suns faced off against Ray Allen and the SuperSonics, a team which proved itself a more than worthy opponent for Phoenix last season.
With Kurt Thomas finding himself in foul trouble early, Pat Burke came off the bench and provided a huge spark for the Suns defensively blocking three shots.
Shawn Marion's game high 29 points were a large reason why Suns starters were able to get some rest on the bench down the stretch.
In his first game back from injury, James Jones appeared not to have missed a beat scoring 16 points off the Phoenix bench.
Suns Dancers had reason to be festive as Phoenix emerged victorious over Seattle 111-83.
Continuing their road trip, the Suns traveled to Memphis on Saturday to take on the Grizzlies.
Suns guard Eddie House continued his hot streak against Memphis as he led Phoenix in scoring with 21 points.
Down the stretch the Grizzlies proved why they are considered among the league's most improved teams as they defeated the Suns 91-87.
The Suns headed to New Orleans Wednesday night where they were looking to extract revenge on the Hornets, a team that had handed Phoenix a loss at home less than a week ago.
Suns guard Eddie House was unstoppable down the stretch, his fourth quarter performance impressing even the Hornets fans themselves.
Shawn Marion's 21 points and 15 rebounds allowed the Suns to leave New Orleans with a 101-88 victory.
In what has become one of the best rivalries the NBA has to offer, Phoenix traveled to Dallas Wednesday night to take on the Mavericks.
All-Star Shawn Marion had another monster game scoring 23 points and grabbing 19 rebounds.
With the game broadcasted nationally on ESPN, Boris Diaw finally got a chance to give NBA fans coast to coast a taste of what he can do on the floor.
Suns guard Raja Bell takes it to the hole for an easy two.
Down the stretch key Suns players like Kurt Thomas found themselves in foul trouble adding even more depth to the Phoenix bench.
Steve Nash helped make up for a thin bench contributing 20 points but it wasn't enough as Dallas emerged the victor 102-96.
The Hornets came prepared for their Monday night affair with the Suns, playing tough defense throughout the contest.
Raja Bell scored a season-high 24 points for Phoenix and was unstoppable behind the arc going a perfect five-for-five.
MVP guard Steve Nash had no problem distributing the basketball, racking up a game-high 16 assists for Phoenix.
Despite an unbelievable surge late in the contest, Phoenix just couldn't complete the comeback falling to the Hornets 91-87.
The battle for first place in the Pacific Division was a physical one for both ballclubs in the early going.
Among those Phoenix Suns forced to leave the game with injury was forward James Jones whose right ankle isn't expected to keep him sidelined for long.
Against the aggressive play of the Clippers point guard Steve Nash still found a way to score 16 points while dishing 11 assists.
Shawn Marion led the Suns in scoring with 20 points.
Even celebrities like big Snoop Dogg have become regulars at the STAPLES Center for that other team which calls the arena home.
Down the stretch Phoenix's thin bench eventually took it's toll on the team as they fell to Los Angeles 101-91 ending their nine game winning streak.
Nash arrived at AWA for Dec. 9's game gainst the Knikcs in style and in compliance with the league's dress code.
The Suns donned retro uniforms and warm ups.
Raja Bell his three 3-pointers on his way to 17 points.
With his mom in the stands, Boris Diaw filled up the stat sheet again with 10 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
The Matrix yeilded yet another double double with 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Suns ran their winning streak to nine with an 85-81 win.
Wednesday's road game at Golden State was a key opportunity for the Suns to continue their climb up the Western Conference standings.
Shawn Marion again contributed on both ends of the floor scoring 27 points and grabbing 14 boards.
Both teams stepped up knowing what was at stake, Nash scoring 28 points while dishing out 14 assists as the game remained close throughout.
While he was again unstoppable on the boards, it was Kurt Thomas' shooting touch which capped off a key run in the game's closing moments.
Aggressive play down the stretch was a key in Phoenix's ability to pull away from Golden State down the stretch.
The Suns left Golden State with a 118-110 victory to keep their winning streak alive at eight.
As they have been throughout their latest win streak, Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns jumped out to a big lead against the Blazers Tuesday night at America West Amera.
The fantastic all-around play of Boris Diaw continued as he finished the contest with a game high 13 assists.
Portland could only watch as high flying dunks like this one from Shawn Marion insured Phoenix would never look back from their early lead.
Down the stretch reserves like Pat Burke continued giving Suns fans reasons to cheer. Burke scored 12 points while blocking two shots on the defensive end of the floor.
The margin of victory was the largest the NBA has seen this season as Phoenix routed Portland 130-85 to keep their winning streak in tact.
Sunday night Joe Johnson returned to America West Arena for the first time since the trade which shipped him to Atlanta.
The aggressive play of Suns center Kurt Thomas set the tone early for Phoenix as they held Atlanta to just 10 first quarter points.
Suns owner Robert Sarver got in on the fun as well, catching a loose ball in the game's early going.
James Jones continued to prove why the Suns have arguably the most talented bench in the league as he scored a season high 20 points.