Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/5

Game 1: Friday, November 5th
Game 2: Wednesday, March 30th

76ers 87

(35-36, 15-22 away)

Suns 116

(54-17, 25-9 home)

Coverage: CSN

8:00 PM ET, March 30, 2005

US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ

1 2 3 4 T
PHI 24 17 29 1787
PHX 29 36 27 24116

Top Performers

Philadelphia: A. Iverson 26 Pts, 9 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Phoenix: S. Marion 26 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

Philadelphia (35-35) at Phoenix (53-17) 10:00 pm EST

PHOENIX ( news services) -- The Phoenix Suns won't have All-Star Amare Stoudemire back in the lineup Wednesday when they host the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Suns' leading scorer at 26.0 points per game, Stoudemire missed his first game of the season Monday with an inflamed left ankle and will miss his second straight game.

Even without Stoudemire, Phoenix posted a 123-114 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday for their fifth win in six games. Shawn Marion collected 30 points and 14 assists and Steve Nash contributed 23 points and 12 assists as the Suns shot 55 percent (44-of-80).

Phoenix enters the game percentage points ahead of the Miami Heat for the best record in the NBA and is one game in front of the San Antonio Spurs for the top spot in the Western Conference.

While the Suns are fighting for home-court advantage, the 76ers are hoping to simply qualify for the postseason.

Philadelphia is two games ahead of Orlando for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and three behind Boston in the Atlantic Division race.

The 76ers fell to 1-1 on their three-game road trip with a 118-109 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Monday.

Eastern Conference Player of the Week Allen Iverson scored 34 points and Chris Webber collected 20 and 10 rebounds in his return to Sacramento as Philadelphia had its three-game winning streak snapped.

Information from SportsTicker was used in this report.