Nash, Suns rout Wizards to improve to 10-0 at home
PHOENIX (AP)—The Phoenix Suns’ perfect home record didn’t get much of a test.
Not from a Washington Wizards team playing on consecutive nights at the end of a four-game Western trip.
“We’ve talked about taking care of home court since training camp,” Stoudemire said.
Phoenix has won 19 in a row at home dating to last season.
Off to the third-best home start to a season in franchise history, the Suns led by 11 in the first quarter, 18 in the second and 33 in the third. The starters for both sides sat out the fourth.
“I didn’t think that we’ve had any of the peaks and valleys that we’ve had when we have established big leads,” Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry said. “That was really good.”
Phoenix shot 52 percent to 36 percent for the Wizards.
Two nights earlier, Phoenix had blown a 15-point third-quarter lead in a 105-102 loss at Portland.
“We haven’t had too many poor performances back to back, especially when we had a day to come back, get some rest and think about it,” Nash said. “That one stung us, so we knew we had to take care of this one.”
“It was like the last thing we wanted tonight was to be out there, as far as how we played,” Wizards coach Flip Saunders said. “It was extremely disappointing and pretty much unacceptable.”
The Suns scored the first nine points of the second half to go up 72-47 on Richardson’s 15-footer. Stoudemire’s thunderous dunk capped a 9-0 run that gave Phoenix a 102-69 lead with 45 seconds left in the third quarter. For the second time this season, the Suns topped 100 points in three quarters, including a third-quarter season high of 39.
NOTES: Arenas played in Phoenix for the first time since Dec. 22, 2006, when he scored a US Airways Center record 54 points in a Wizards OT victory. … The Wizards are in stretch of playing seven of eight games on the road. … The Suns left the court believing Richardson’s late 3-pointer had given them a 66-47 halftime lead, but a review showed the 24-shot clock had expired and the team had to be retrieved from the locker room to play the final 2.5 seconds. … Phoenix went 12-0 at home in 1980-81 and 14-0 in 1994-95. … The Suns are 24-3 at home since Alvin Gentry became coach.