Phoenix (26-14) at Orlando (16-22)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Tue Jan 24, 2006
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The Phoenix Suns are coming off yet another game that had to be decided in extra periods—and again resulted in a loss—when they begin a season-high six-game road trip against the Orlando Magic.

The Suns drained 18 3-pointers on Sunday, one off the team record, but it was Ray Allen’s 30-footer at the buzzer that handed them a 152-149 double-overtime loss to the Seattle SuperSonics.

Phoenix is 11-4 since Dec. 26, with three of those four defeats coming in either double or triple overtime. The Suns also lost a double-overtime game to Dallas in their season opener.

“We’re better than that. It’s just been one of those things,” said Suns guard Raja Bell, who had a career-high 31 points against the Sonics. “We need to come out with a little more focus, and a little more attention to detail. We just don’t do that often enough.”

Phoenix shot 57-for-111 from the field (51.4 percent) and 17-for-17 from the free-throw line in scoring its most points since a 153-151 double-overtime defeat to Portland on May 11, 1992, in the second round of the playoffs.

Shawn Marion led six Suns in double figures with 37 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots, while Steve Nash had 28 points and 16 assists.

“I wish we would have won it, but we just have to learn from it and get the next one,” Marion said.

The teams combined for 32 3-pointers, breaking the NBA mark of 31 set by Toronto and Philadelphia on March 13. The 301 points were the most in a game since Dallas beat Houston 156-147 in two overtimes on April 11, 1995, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The Magic are also coming off a game decided in an extra session, but unlike the Suns’ shootout, defense was the difference.

Orlando held the Sacramento Kings to 37 percent shooting and forced 18 turnovers in an 83-78 overtime victory on Saturday. The Magic gave up 50 points in the first half, but just 28 in the second half and overtime.

“We just gutted it out,” said Magic coach Brian Hill, whose team has won three straight. “I thought defensively it might have been our best half of basketball all year long. It took all five guys because they put a lot of pressure. This team scores points and they put a lot of pressure on your defense but everybody was locked in and did a great job tonight.”

Guard Jameer Nelson missed his first game of the season with a sprained right foot and Grant Hill, Kelvin Cato and Bo Outlaw were on Orlando’s inactive list because of injuries.

Keyon Dooling should be back in the lineup against the Suns after serving a five-game suspension for fighting with Allen in Seattle on Jan. 11.

The Magic have won six straight at home for the first time since winning nine in a row there from Feb. 5-March 19, 2002. The Suns, meanwhile, have lost three of their last four on the road.

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