Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/12

Game 1: Saturday, November 12th
Warriors86Final
Suns101
Game 2: Wednesday, December 7th
Suns118Final
Warriors110
Game 3: Thursday, January 12th
Warriors99Final
Suns112
Game 4: Friday, April 14th
Suns102Final
Warriors110

Suns 118

(12-5, 4-1 away)

Warriors 110

(12-7, 8-4 home)

Coverage: FSBAY

7:30 PM ET, December 7, 2005

ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

1 2 3 4 T
PHX 33 30 28 27118
GS 28 37 24 21110

Top Performers

Phoenix: S. Nash 28 Pts, 2 Reb, 14 Ast, 2 Stl

Golden State: B. Davis 28 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl

Nash, Marion, come up big for Suns

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Even when Phoenix blew an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter at a raucous road arena, Shawn Marion wasn't worried.

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 night.

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 lacked.

"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 over Portland.

"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.

Game notes


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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PHX
GS
Points 118 110
FGM-FGA 43-97 (.443) 43-90 (.478)
3PM-3PA 10-25 (.400) 7-21 (.333)
FTM-FTA 22-29 (.759) 17-27 (.630)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-54 7-44
Assists 25 18
Turnovers 17 18
Steals 8 10
Blocks 3 1
Fast Break Points 18 30
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (1/0) 24 (1/0)
Largest Lead 10 7

Top Performers

Phoenix
Golden State
Steve Nash Nash
Points: 28
Reb: 2
Ast: 14
Stl: 2
Blk: 0
Baron Davis Davis
Points: 28
Reb: 6
Ast: 4
Stl: 3
Blk: 0