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Month-by-Month: February 2006
January 1, 2006
Playing perhaps the best basketball of his career, Shawn Marion took his game back to the site of this year's All-Star Game on February 28 for a matchup against the Rockets.
Despite 23 points and 10 assists from MVP Steve Nash, the Phoenix Suns still found themselves down early in Houston.
Marion had yet another strong outing scoring 30 points while grabbing 18 rebounds.
Suns All-Star Amare' Stoudemire watched as Phoenix came all the way back having been down double digits in the first half of play.
Down the stretch the Rockets simply could not keep up as Phoenix won its seventh consecutive contest by a score of 111-94.
In what would be one of the highest scoring games of the NBA season, the Charlotte Bobcats came to town Saturday February 25 for a matchup against the Phoenix Suns.
Forward Shawn Marion continued his hot play contributing 31 points and 19 rebounds.
Raja Bell pitched in 27 points and was a big reason why Phoenix would eventually emerge a 136-121 victor over Charlotte.
It was retro night at the US Airways Center when the Boston Celtics came to town.
Behind MVP Steve Nash, the Phoenix Suns jumped on the Celtics early.
Boris Diaw enjoyed yet another fine game, finishing the contest with 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
No Suns player shined brighter than Shawn Marion, however, who enjoyed a career-high 44 points to go along with his 15 boards.
In their first contest following the All-Star Weekend, the Phoenix Suns were victorious over the Boston Celtics 103-94.
Hoping to head into All-Star Weekend with a victory, the Suns welcomed the red-hot Rockets to the US Airways Center on February 17.
As they had the previous night in Denver, the Suns came out firing early, assuring themselves a victory from the opening tip-off.
The Suns showed the national TNT audience their abilities on the defensive end of the floor as well, holding Houston's two All-Stars Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming to a combined 16 points in the contest.
Boris Diaw dished out eight assists in the game, a contest which appeared determined by halftime.
The Suns bench refused to let up in the second half, led by guard Eddie House and his 16 points.
The Suns were all smiles knowing they were heading into All-Star Weekend with not only a victory, but a 109-75 victory over a very talented Houston Rockets team.
When the Suns visited the Denver Nuggets on February 15, Head Coach Mike D'Antoni was hoping the contest wouldn't be another triple-overtime affair.
The Suns united in Denver to continue their strong momentum as they head into the All-Star Weekend.
MVP Steve Nash had the Suns running-and-gunning early, his 19 points and 12 assists a big reason for Phoenix's early lead.
Tuning up for the Three-Point Shoot Out this weekend, Raja Bell nailed four three-pointers while scoring 20 points.
Boris Diaw contributed a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds as Phoenix rolled 116-101.
When the red-hot Sacramento Kings came to Phoenix on February 10, the Phoenix Suns showed early they had the ability to cool them off.
Raja Bell showed why he is not only a threat from three-point land, taking it to the hole against Mike Bibby.
Steve Nash, set to start in this season's All-Star Game, scored 24 points while handing out 13 assists.
Forward James Jones continued his role as offensive threat off the bench while also making some key defensive stops down the stretch.
The Suns finally crowned the Kings for the first time this season 112-104.
Looking for their first victory against the Memphis Grizzlies this season, All-Star Shawn Marion and the Suns came out firing for their February 8 contest against the team they swept from the playoffs last season.
MVP Steve Nash was a big reason for Phoenix's early lead, finishing the contest with 14 points and a game-high 10 assists.
Against Memphis' strong inside game. Kurt Thomas proved to be a presence early on.
Named to the Western Conference All-Star team the next day, Marion showed why he is amongst the league's most talented superstars scoring 21 points to go along with his 16 boards.
Leandro Barbosa meanwhile continued showing off his skills scoring a game-high 24 points off the Suns bench.
Despite a late push by Memphis, Phoenix emerged victorious over the Grizzlies 108-102.
Continuing their home stand at the US Airways Center, the Phoenix Suns hosted the Minnesota Timberwolves on February 6.
MVP Steve Nash enjoyed a game-high 31 points in a contest which would go down to the final seconds.
As he did the last time these two opponents met, Boris Diaw had yet another strong all-around game scoring 14 points.
Guard Raja Bell scored 19 points while shooting an impressive 3-for-4 behind the arc.
In the end, the offense of the Minnesota Timberwolves proved to be too much as they defeated the Phoenix Suns 103-101.
Returning to the US Airways Center following their six-game road trip, fans in Phoenix were more than happy to welcome their Suns home. Having wrapped up the East Coast swing, the Suns took on another Eastern Conference foe on February 4 in the Chicago B
Steve Nash's 21 points and seven assists were a large reason the Suns were able to grab a big lead early, earning their starters some rest down the stretch.
Boris Diaw enjoyed success as well against the Bulls, finishing the contest with 11 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.
Off the bench, forward James Jones insured the Suns lead would not be lost as he scored 14 points.
Phoenix seven footer Nikoloz Tskitishvili made his Suns debut, proving to be a presence down low late in the ballgame.
The Suns got even more got news announcing MVP point guard Steve Nash would again participate in the All-Star contest, this time as a starter.
Looking to wrap up their six-game road trip with a win, the Phoenix Suns travelled north to Boston to open the month of February.
As he has all season long, Eddie House came off the pine and provided Phoenix with some offensive punch. The guard finished the contest against the Celtics with 10 points and four rebounds.
The Celtics managed to keep the contest close down the stretch but the Suns emerged victorious 102-94. For young players like Boris Diaw the road trip was a positive learning experience.
The Suns completed the road trip with a 4-2 record, maintaining their first place standing in the Pacific Division.