WASHINGTON (TICKER) —The Phoenix Suns hope to end a disappointing Eastern Conference road trip on an optimistic note when they take on the Washington Wizards at the MCI Center on Monday.
The Suns fell to 1-3 on their five-game journey with a 106-98 setback at New York on Sunday. While Phoenix has won 15 in a row at home, it has lost eight of its last 10 on the road.
Stephon Marbury contributed 31 points and nine assists and Shawn Marion chipped in 24 points but the Suns could not completely erase a 22-point third-quarter deficit.
The Wizards also have struggled of late, losing three in a row and four of five.
Washington lost to Minnesota on Saturday, 97-89. Jerry Stackhouse scored 21 points, Larry Hughes 18 and Michael Jordan 17 with eight rebounds and five assists in the defeat.
The Wizards have won two in a row at home over the Suns and swept last year’s two-game series. In their last meeting, Jordan scored 22 points, including the game-winner with two-tenths of a second remaining to lead Washington to a 97-96 victory on February 15.