Boston (30-22) at Phoenix (29-23)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: Phoenix, AZ
Temp: 82° F
  • Game info: 8:00 pm EST Sun Feb 16, 2003
  • TV: FSNE, Cox9
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PHOENIX (TICKER) —The Boston Celtics try to extend their winning streak to five games and remain unbeaten on their six-game road trip Sunday when they visit American Airlines Arena to face the Phoenix Suns.

The Celtics have won four straight games following a four-game losing streak, including the first three on their longest road trip of the season. They are trying to win five straight games for the first time since a season-high six-game run from November 2-13.

Boston has dominated the final minutes of its last two games and rallied for a 92-82 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.

After scoring the final 12 points in Thursday’s win at Portland, the Celtics scored 14 of the final 16 points against the Clippers to improve to 13-13 on the road this season.

Paul Pierce scored 10 of his 35 points and Antoine Walker added eight of his 26 in the fourth quarter for Boston, which shot just 39 percent (31-of-80) from the field but made eight 3-pointers and 22 free throws.

The Celtics played their second straight game without center Tony Battie, who is sidelined with a stomach flu and upper respiratory infection.

Phoenix fell to 2-2 on a season-high six-game homestand with a 116-115 loss to the New York Knicks on Friday.

Stephon Marbury matched his season high with 43 points, Shawn Marion added 26 and rookie Amare Stoudamire collected 25 and 14 rebounds for the Suns, who have lost consecutive games following a three-game winning streak.

Phoenix is 20-6 at American West Arena for the fifth-best home record in the Western Conference.

The Suns posted a 103-94 victory in Boston on December 11 and is trying to sweep the season series between the teams for the first time since the 1997-98 campaign. Phoenix has won seven of the last 12 games with Boston.

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