Month-By-Month: March 2006
January 1, 2006
On March 31, the Phoenix Suns went north of the boarder to Toronto for a contest against the Raptors.
Steve Nash, a native of Victoria, enjoyed a happy homecoming scoring 20 points and adding 10 assists.
For the second straight night, the Suns rolled over their opponents, defeating Toronto 140-126.
Now 2-2 on this five-game road trip, the Suns will head to Detroit where they will face the Pistons.
Nash and the Suns looked for their first win on their eastern road trip against the Pacers in Indianapolis on March 30.
At halftime, the Pacers retired the No. 31 jersey of clutch-shooting future Hall of Fame guard Reggie Miller.
James Jones registered 18 points and five rebounds in his first game against his former teammates in Indiana.
Hoping to bounce back from their loss in New Jersey, the Suns headed to Milwaukee on March 28 for a contest against the Bucks.
MVP Steve Nash bounced back nicely, finishing with 23 points and seven assists.
Despite their efforts, Phoenix fell to Milwaukee 110-132. They will head to Indiana on Thursday to take on the Pacers.
Playing his first road game of the season, Amare' Stoudemire and the Phoenix Suns headed to New Jersey on March 27 for a matchup against the Nets.
While Shawn Marion was able to contribute early, he didn't receive much help as the Suns fell behind.
Leandro Barbosa was strong off the bench with 13 points, but by that point it was already too late.
The Suns were never able to climb back into the contest against the Nets.
MVP Steve Nash was held scoreless as the Nets rolled to a 110-72 victory.
Phoenix won't have much time to think about the loss as they will travel to Milwaukee for a contest against the Bucks.
In his second game back from injury, Amare' Stoudemire and the Suns welcomed Denver to the US Airways Center on March 25.
Forward Shawn Marion was in All-Star form scoring 21 points and grabbing 14 rebounds against the Nuggets.
All-Star Steve Nash also scored 21 points, contributing six assists and six rebounds as well.
Off the bench, guard Eddie House provided a spark with two big three-pointers.
Boris Diaw nearly had a triple-double, finishing the contest with 13 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds.
Tim Thomas was also in double digits as Phoenix emerged a 107-96 victor over Denver.
In his first game back from injury, Amare' Stoudemire was back in the Phoenix lineup March 23 as the Suns took on the Blazers.
Early on it was evident that STAT hadn't missed a beat as he scored nine first quarter points.
The Suns, who lost to the Blazers recently in Portland, jumped ahead early and led 100-78 heading into the final period of play.
All-Star Shawn Marion contributed 20 points and picked Portland's pockets three times.
Stoudemire also pitched in 20 points as Phoenix rolled 125-108.
Suns fans were everywhere Tuesday night when Phoenix took on Utah at the Delta Center.
As usual, Phoenix got off to a fast start behind All-Stars Steve Nash and Shawn Marion.
Steve Nash led all Suns with 20 points and also dished out a team-high 10 assists.
Down the stretch, Utah's talented front court was too strong as Phoenix fell to Utah 107-99.
Looking for yet another victory on the road, the Suns headed to San Antonio on March 17 for a contest against the Spurs.
In a game which was close throughout, Steve Nash led the Suns in scoring with 30 points.
Shawn Marion was also big contributing 22 points and 12 rebounds.
Off the bench Leandro Barbosa pitched in 10 points and three assists.
Although it was close, the Phoenix Suns fell to San Antonio 108-102. They'll now look to rebound in Utah against the Jazz.
In a battle between the top two teams in the Pacific Division, the Clippers headed to Phoenix on March 16 for a matchup against the Suns.
Behind yet another double-double from All-Star Shawn Marion, the game was no contest as the Suns pulled away early.
James Jones provided a big spark off the bench and finished the ballgame with 17 points and three blocks.
Boris Diaw also scored 17 as the Suns blew out the Clippers 126-95.
Two of the league's most explosive offenses took to the court on March 14 as Phoenix headed to Seattle for a matchup against the SuperSonics.
Steve Nash scored 23 points while handing out eight assists in the contest.
Shawn Marion appeared back at full strength as he scored 24 points to go along with his 11 boards.
Coming off the Phoenix bench, forward Tim Thomas scored a season-high 23 points as the Suns left Seattle with a 129-120 victory.
Following their win over Minnesota, the Suns headed to Portland on March 12 in search of a victory over the Trailblazers.
Making another start for the Suns, Tim Thomas proved he was a threat from downtown nailing three shots from beyond the arc.
MVP Steve Nash dished out 16 assists in the contest but Phoenix still couldn't pull away thanks to Portland's stingy defense.
The Suns fell to the Trailblazers 111-101 and will now head to Seattle for a contest against the SuperSonics.
Following their loss to San Antonio, Phoenix looked to get back on track when Minnesota came to town on March 11.
Seemingly back at full strength, MVP Steve Nash scored 31 points in the contest while also dishing out a game-high 11 assists.
Off the bench Leandro Barbosa scored 10 points showing he too was returning to form.
Tim Thomas scored 19 points as the Suns extracted revenge on Minnesota with a 110-102 win.
With their MVP out of the lineup, the Phoenix Suns took on the San Antonio Spurs March 9 in search of a victory.
Before the contest, Team USA representatives Shawn Marion and Amare' Stoudemire were introduced.
With both Nash and Leandro Barbosa out, Raja Bell started the point guard position and pitched in 15 points.
Boris Diaw kept the Suns in the game early on, finishing with 16 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.
Shawn Marion contributed yet another double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Pat Burke provided a big spark off the Phoenix bench as well as providing some much needed presence in the paint.
Down the stretch, the San Antonio Spurs took advantage of the undermanned Suns defeating them 117-93.
Playing perhaps their best basketball of the season, the Phoenix Suns headed to Oklahoma City on March 6 looking for a win over the Hornets.
The Suns were looking for their eleventh straight victory but fell behind early.
Tim Thomas made his first start of the season for the Suns and provided some presence down low.
Leandro Barbosa was big down the stretch for Phoenix. His 15 points helping the Suns make a huge push in the fourth period.
Behind 20 points and 12 rebounds from Boris Diaw, Phoenix left Oklahoma City with a 101-88 victory.
Set to make his second appearance as a member of the Phoenix Suns, Tim Thomas and his new teammates headed to Dallas on March 5 for a matchup against the Mavericks.
Boris Diaw contributed his second career triple-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists but the Suns still found themselves down early.
Swarming defense by the Phoenix Suns helped lead to a 10-0 scoring run from which they never looked back.
Steve Nash and his team-high 25 points would eventually help the Suns to a 115-107 win over the MVP's former team.
It was throwback night yet again when the Orlando Magic came to town on March 3.
The game served as the debut for newest Sun Tim Thomas who had a very strong performance with 20 points off the bench.
Boris Diaw was big in the middle contributing 18 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds.
As was the case the last time these two met, the Suns just couldn't pull away despite 18 points and 13 assists from MVP Steve Nash.
Key stops down the stretch as well as a few big buckets gave the Suns their ninth consecutive victory as they defeated Orlando 123-118.
The Phoenix Suns tipped-off the month of March with a matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday night.
Forward Shawn Marion remained hot, scoring 29 points while pulling down 18 boards.
Steve Nash helped Phoenix to an early lead, finishing the contest with 23 points and 13 assists.
Pat Burke was big in the middle down the stretch and finished the contest with 12 points and five rebounds.
The 123-110 victory proved to be the eighth win for the Suns in as many tries.