Month-By-Month: December 2006
January 1, 2006
On December 31, the Phoenix Suns were in Detroit hoping to close out the year with a victory.
Steve Nash closed 2006 out strong, scoring 35 points and handing out 12 assists.
Raja Bell lays it in for two as the Suns roll to a 108-101 victory.
On December 29, the New York Knicks were in town.
The matchup featured two of the hottest teams in the league, forward Amar
Marcus Banks scored four points as the Suns emerged 108-86 victors.
Steve Nash returned to Dallas for the Suns' December 28 contest against the Mavericks.
Shawn Marion grabs one of his six boards in the game, the Matrix also scoring 12 points.
Leandro Barbosa scored 14, but it wasn't enough as Phoenix fell 101-99.
Following a big Christmas dinner, even the Suns Gorilla needs to get in some stretching before a game.
Hoping to start another win streak, the Suns welcomed the Blazers to Phoenix on December 26.
Forward Shawn Marion throws it down for two of his game-high 23 points.
Raja Bell also had a hot hand scoring 18 as the Suns grabbed a big lead early.
Off the Suns bench, Leandro Barbosa scored 22 points.
Sean Marks scored his first two points as a Sun, Phoenix rolling over Portland 110-87.
After winning their 15th consecutive game, Shawn Marion and the Suns headed to Denver. Their December 20 game against the Nuggets was cancelled, however, due to a severe blizzard.
The Suns ended up getting snowed in, and spent two extra nights in Denver, before finally bussing to Colorado Springs so they could fly out in time to return to Phoenix for a home game vs. the Wizards on Dec. 22.
The Suns arrived at US Airways Center two hours before tip-off, but showed no signs of jet lag, scoring 139 points before falling in overtime.
Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas was on fire, scoring 54 points for Washington, which put an end to the Suns' streak.
On December 19, the Phoenix Suns were looking to set a new franchise record with its 15th-consecutive victory.
Two-time MVP Steve Nash dished out 15 assists, including nine in the first quarter.
A number of those assists going to forward Amar
Boris Diaw also handled business in the paint, blocking two shots to go along with his 14 points.
Off the bench, guard Leandro Barbosa kept the Suns offense rolling with 14 points and four assists.
Shawn Marion added 17 as Phoenix rolled to its 15th consecutive victory 115-98, good for a new franchsie record.
On December 16, the Phoenix Suns were in Sacramento, hoping to tie their franchise mark of 14-consecutive wins.
Leandro Barbosa provided some much needed offense in the early going, the Brazilian Blur finishing with 18 points.
Steve Nash enjoyed another double-double, the two-time MVP finishing with 16 points and 12 assists.
Center Kurt Thomas scored 10 big points off the bench as Phoenix pulled away for a 105-98 win.
Returning from a 5-0 East Coast trip, the Suns returned to Phoenix on December 15 for a contest against the Warriors.
Two-time MVP Steve Nash scored 16 points while handing out five assists as Phoenix grabbed an early lead.
Boris Diaw enjoyed his first triple-double of the season, finishing with a line of 16 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.
It was forward Amare' Stoudemire leading all scorers with 25 points. STAT also pulled down 10 boards while blocking two shots.
The Suns pulled away in the closing moments for a 105-101 win, their 13th straight.
On December 13, the Phoenix Suns were in Miami hoping to win their twelvth-straight ballgame.
Forward Shawn Marion had the hot hand early, scoring 23 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
Boris Diaw scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Phoenix jumped ahead early.
Two-time MVP Steve Nash looks to add to the early lead. The All-Star would finish with 18 points and 11 assists.
James Jones added 10 off the bench as the Suns held on for a 99-89 victory. The team finishing a perfect 5-0 on their East Coast trip.
On December 11, Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns were in Orlando looking to win their eleventh straight.
The matchup pitted the NBA's hottest team against the number one team in the Eastern Conference.
Nash scored 18 for Phoenix, the two-time MVP also handing out 15 assists.
Suns forward Amar
In the first eight minutes of the third quarter, Phoenix outscored Orlando 20-3 to pull away.
Shawn Marion added 19 points for Phoenix while grabbing 11 boards.
All five Suns starters scored in double figures, as Phoenix rolled to its eleventh-straight win 103-89.
The Suns will now head to Miami, looking to go a perfect 5-0 on their East Coast swing against the defending-champion Heat.
On December 10, the Phoenix Suns were in Charlotte, looking for their tenth-consecutive victory.
Suns forward Amar
STAT finished with 22 points, perhaps no two points more powerful than these.
Boris Diaw showed off a few moves of his own, finishing the contest with 17 points and six assists.
The Suns rolled over the Bobcats 114-84 for their tenth-straight win.
On December 8, the Phoenix Suns looked to keep their win streak alive against the Boston Celtics.
Following a double-overtime affair against New Jersey, forward Shawn Marion showed no signs of fatigue scoring 29 points.
Steve Nash enjoyed a double-double, scoring 16 points and handing out 14 assists.
The bench stepped it up when they needed to, James Jones scoring nine points.
In his return to Boston, guard Marcus Banks looks to lay it in for two.
Leandro Barbosa and Suns Head Coach Mike D'Antoni talk things over as the game goes down to the final seconds.
Nash had reason to smile as Phoenix rolled to its ninth-straight win 116-111.
If the Phoenix Suns were to extend their seven-game win streak, it would have to be during a tough five-game East Coast swing.
In a game which saw the fourth-highest point total in NBA history, the Suns took on the Nets in New Jersey on December 7.
Shawn Marion scored 33 as the lead went back and forth in the closing seconds of regulation.
Steve Nash's three-pointer forced overtime, the two-time MVP finishing with a career-high 42 points.
Boris Diaw was big in the extra sessions, scoring 16 points while handing out 14 assists.
Marion lays it in for two as the Suns go to a second overtime session.
In a battle between two of the league's elite point guards, Nash won the battle and the war as Phoenix went on to win 161-157.
The Suns will look to keep it rolling as they head to Boston hoping to extend their streak to nine games.
On December 5, the Phoenix Suns looked to extend their win streak to seven against the Sacramento Kings.
Two-time MVP Steve Nash looks to dish off one of his 20 assists to forward Amar
Nash also scored 11 points while grabbing four rebounds.
James Jones scored five points, grabbed five rebounds and played solid defense throughout.
With a big lead, the Phoenix Suns still made sure Sacramento was forced to work for everything.
Center Pat Burke came into the ballgame late and knocked down three consecutive three pointers.
The total team effort equaled a 127-102 victory, the team's seventh straight.
Following the win, Jr. Suns players took to the court for their own contest.
Phoenix tipped off the month of December looking for a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Steve Nash always makes sure to keep the ball moving, a key reason why the two-time MVP was able to contribue 27 points and 11 assists.
Suns forward Amar
Defensive stops down the stretch paid off, as Phoenix was able to win its sixth-straight game 122-116.