PHOENIX (Ticker) - The Phoenix Suns' early season struggles seem
to have disappeared.
The Suns try to extend their season-high winning streak to nine
games and move into a first-place tie in the Pacific Division on
Friday when they host the New York Knicks.
Coming off a 62-win campaign last season, Phoenix looked a
little lost without All-Star center Amare Stoudemire, who is not
expected back until February because of knee surgery. After
losing five of nine to start the season, the Suns are averaging
106.6 points during their winning streak.
Reigning league Most Valuable Player Steve Nash scored 28 points
and had 14 assists and Shawn Marion added 27 and 14 rebounds
Wednesday to lead Phoenix to a 118-110 triumph over the Golden
Kurt Thomas, whom the Suns acquired from the Knicks for Quentin
Richardson and the draft rights to rookie Nate Robinson, is
averaging 9.0 points and 8.5 rebounds with Phoenix.
New York has lost three of its last four games and has dropped
nine of 12 on the road this season.
In Wednesday's 84-79 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Eddy
Curry scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Knicks,
who failed to hold an 11-point halftime lead and scored just 29
Phoenix, which is one-half game behind the Clippers, has won the
last three meetings against New York.