Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 10/23

Game 1: Sunday, October 23rd
Game 2: Wednesday, October 26th

Suns 100

(4-2, 3-1 away)

Kings 88

(3-3, 1-3 home)

    Coverage: CSNS

    7:00 PM ET, October 23, 2005

    SaveMart Center, Fresno, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHX 26 30 22 22100
    SAC 22 23 22 2188

    Nash, Marion lead Suns past Kings in Fresno

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Shawn Marion had 16 points and seven rebounds, Steve Nash added 15 points and the Phoenix Suns beat the Sacramento Kings 100-88 in preseason play Sunday night.

    Nash scored 13 points in the first half for the Suns, who jumped to a 70-50 lead in the third quarter with a 14-5 run after halftime. Raja Bell also scored 15 points for Phoenix, which made 12 3-pointers.

    Rookie Francisco Garcia scored 16 points for the Kings, who mostly played their reserves and youngsters at Fresno's SaveMart Center after beating Portland on the road Saturday night.

    Sacramento trailed by 15 points early in the fourth quarter before pulling within 93-86 on a basket by Kevin Martin, who had 15 points and nine rebounds while playing 42 minutes. But Martin and Luis Flores both missed open shots that could have trimmed the deficit further, and Bell essentially clinched it with his final 3-pointer with 1:35 left.

    Suns guard Leandro Barbosa left the game in the second half with a mild concussion.

    The clubs meet again on Wednesday night in Albuquerque, N.M.

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