OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Even when Phoenix blew an eight-point
lead in the fourth quarter at a raucous road arena, Shawn Marion
The Suns have been honing their teamwork and poise longer than
the Golden State Warriors -- and that growing tenacity showed in
Phoenix's impressive finish.
Steve Nash had 28 points and 14 assists, and Marion added 27
points and 14 rebounds as the Suns ended their eighth straight
victory on a 15-6 run, beating the Warriors 118-110 Wednesday
Raja Bell scored 19 points before fouling out for the Suns, who
extended the NBA's longest current winning streak and snapped
Golden State's five-game streak with a late rally after blowing the
lead they held with 5 minutes left.
Though the Suns have several new ingredients to their mix with
offseason departures and Amare Stoudemire's injury, Nash and Marion
still are capable of leading with all the polish Golden State
"We had some veterans out there, and we knew we had to get a
stop ... and then get a basket," said Marion, who hit four
3-pointers. "It shows a lot that we can go out there and take
their best shot and still come back."
After three tight quarters, the Suns opened a 103-95 lead with
six straight points midway through the fourth. Golden State replied
with nine consecutive points, taking a 104-103 lead on Baron Davis'
fast-break layup with 3:12 to play.
But Nash reclaimed the lead with two free throws, and Marion
scored on an offensive rebound moments later, ending a drought of
nearly 4 minutes between field goals for the NBA's top offense. All
told, the Suns scored 11 points in 2:13 after briefly falling
behind, capped by Marion's 3-pointer with 44 seconds to play.
With Nash running the offense with flair approaching his MVP
form of last season, Phoenix has averaged more than 113 points in
its last five games. The Suns, who have played just five road games
all season, capped a five-game homestand Tuesday night with a win
"We had a rough start to the season, (so) to win eight in a
row, and against some good teams lately, it gives us more
confidence," said Nash, who was perfect on 10 free throws. "We
were really unfamiliar with each other at the end of the games
early on, but we're still building, and we have enough confidence
to win close games now."
Davis scored 28 points before fouling out for the Warriors, who
couldn't keep up despite 18 points from Derek Fisher, who played in
a three-guard starting lineup. Mike Dunleavy added a season-high 21
points and nine rebounds, but committed two fouls and made a key
turnover in the final minutes.
Golden State coach Mike Montgomery hopes his players were
watching Phoenix's late-game poise.
"We get under 3 minutes, go up by one (point), crowd on our
side, and we don't take care of business," he said. "In this
league, that's the deal. It was a game to be ours if we performed
down the stretch. We didn't, they did, and they won."
The clubs use different approaches to the same speedy style,
making for a tremendously entertaining game in front of a
near-capacity crowd. Phoenix made a 12-0 run spanning halftime, but
Golden State rallied behind Davis and Fisher.
But the Warriors got a subpar game from Jason Richardson, who
scored 17 points on 7-of-18 shooting.
"We missed easy shots we're very capable of making,"
Richardson said. "That was a lack of focus. We lost the game
because we didn't execute toward the end. ... We're not satisfied
with people talking about us. We want to make the playoffs."
With power forward Troy Murphy sitting out because of an
illness, the Warriors started Davis, Richardson and Fisher to keep
pace with Phoenix's fast lineup. The unorthodox strategy worked:
The Warriors had their highest-scoring first half of the season,
taking a 65-63 lead into halftime with 56.5 percent shooting.
"Even with us playing pretty good defense, they were pretty
awesome," Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni said.
Davis scored 21 points that included three 3-pointers, while
Nash had 19 points and seven assists.
Golden State rookie guard Monta Ellis, a second-round pick out
of a Mississippi high school, hit a 3-pointer late in the second
quarter for his first NBA points.
Davis' grandmother, Lela Nicholson, sat at courtside with
Warriors owner Chris Cohan. Nicholson, who raised the All-Star
guard in Los Angeles, picked the winner of an essay contest
sponsored by the club, with a chance to meet Davis as the prize.
... Referee Anthony Jordan injured his right hamstring midway
through the fourth quarter, and the game finished with two
officials. ... Warriors C Adonal Foyle recorded his 1,000th blocked
shot in the first half.