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
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
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
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