Marbury had a big game with 32 points and 10 assists as Phoenix lost its third straight with a 99-97 defeat at Minnesota on Sunday. Marbury had a big shooting performance against his former team, making 13-of-19 shots.
Rookie Casey Jacobsen missed a potential go-ahead 3-pointer with four seconds left as Phoenix just missed completing a rally from 15 points down.
The Suns have lost 10 of their last 15 games and have fallen into eighth place in the Western Conference, just one-half game ahead of the Houston Rockets. Phoenix is one-half game behind the seventh-place Los Angeles Lakers.
This will be the first chance for Chicago fans to see Phoenix rookie Amare Stoudemire, a player the Bulls could have had. Stoudemire owns 21 double-doubles and is a leading candidate for Rookie of the Year honors.
Chicago owned the No. 2 pick in the draft, but general manager Jerry Krause felt that Stoudemire was too big of a risk coming out of high school. The Bulls opted for Duke product Jay Williams, who has had his ups and downs and is averaging 9.5 points and 5.1 assists.
The Bulls have lost three straight and 11 of 13 after a 100-90 loss at Miami on Saturday. Jalen Rose poured in 31 points and Eddy Curry added 26 and nine rebounds, but those were the only two players in double figures for the Bulls.
Phoenix pulled out a 115-111 overtime victory over Chicago on February 3 as Marbury and Shawn Marion each scored 36 points. The Suns have won six of the last seven meetings.