New Orleans (1-9) at Phoenix (10-2)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: Phoenix, AZ
Temp: 97° F
  • Game info: 9:00 pm EST Fri Nov 26, 2004
  • TV: FSAZ
Preview | Box Score | Recap

The high-scoring Phoenix Suns seek their first seven-game winning streak in four years when they host the lowly New Orleans Hornets.

Phoenix extended its winning streak to six with a 111-104 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. The last time the Suns won seven straight was from Nov. 2-15, 2000.

Phoenix is off to the second-best start in franchise history, behind the 14-2 start in 1980-81, thanks to its stellar play on offense. The Suns lead the league in scoring with 107.3 points per game and are showing no signs of slowing down.

“It’s a lot of fun playing with so many terrific offensive players,” Suns guard Steve Nash said. “In some ways it’s difficult, because you want to make sure everyone gets the ball, their touches, and it’s difficult to do, but at the same time it’s a lot of fun because they’re so talented.”

Shawn Marion and Nash had double-doubles Wednesday, and four other teammates were also double-figure scorers. Marion had 23 points and 12 rebounds and Nash had 22 points and 12 assists.

Quentin Richardson had 20 points, Amare Stoudemire 16, Joe Johnson 13 and Leandro Barbosa, Nash’s backup, had a season-high 12.

Stoudemire did not score 20 points or more for the first time this season. He had reached that mark in what was an NBA-best 15 straight games. Stoudemire had a career-high 38 points in a 95-84 win over the Hornets on Nov. 17.

Nash and Stoudemire are among the NBA’s leaders in field goal percentage at 58 and 57 percent, respectively.

A day after earning its first win of the season, New Orleans lost 115-109 in three overtimes to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.

Jamaal Magloire matched his career best with 27 points and had a season-high 14 rebounds to lead the Hornets, who beat the Utah Jazz 76-75 on Monday.

The Hornets have trailed by at least 10 points in nine of their 10 games.

“It’s frustrating because I think we took a step back and that’s not good,” Magloire said.

Lee Nailon, who finished with 18 points, missed the final 6:10 of the first half after limping off the court with a bruised left knee. His status for Friday’s game is uncertain.

Related Articles