PHOENIX (AP) -- Raja Bell, James Jones and Boris Diaw each hit
two free throws in the closing minutes, lifting the Phoenix Suns to
a 97-92 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night in
the final preseason game for both teams.
The victory was the Suns' fourth in a row and gave them a 6-2
exhibition record. The Warriors finished 2-5.
Shawn Marion led the Suns with 22 points and grabbed nine
rebounds. Jones finished with 21 points, Bell with 16 and Steve
Nash and Diaw with 14 apiece. Nash also had nine assists, while
Kurt Thomas hauled in 11 rebounds for the Suns.
The Suns trailed nearly the entire first half, but took a 52-51
lead into halftime after a 3-point play by Diaw with 35.8 seconds
remaining in the second period.
Richardson was the early catalyst for the Warriors, scoring 14
points in the first quarter and 18 in the first half. With
Richardson hitting consistently and Murphy scoring 10 points and
controlling the boards, Golden State built a 30-20 lead early in
the second period, before the Suns began chipping away. Bell's 11
points sparked Phoenix's comeback in the second period.
Then, Dunleavy scored 10 points in the third period, helping the
Warriors regain the lead 75-72 at the end of the quarter. Bell's
two free throws with 1:01 remaining put the Suns ahead for good
The Suns were without All-Star forward Amare Stoudemire, out at
least four months after left knee surgery, and rookie forward Lucas
Tischer, (personal reasons). The Warriors were missing center
Adonal Foyle (left knee inflammation) and rookie forward Ike Diogu
(fractured bone in left hand).