Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 1/6

Game 1: Friday, January 6th
Game 2: Thursday, January 26th

Heat 93

(19-15, 7-11 away)

Suns 111

(21-11, 12-6 home)

8:30 PM ET, January 6, 2006

US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 25 25 21 2293
PHX 47 25 17 22111

Top Performers

Mia: A. Walker 22 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast

PHX: S. Marion 19 Pts, 16 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Suns ride 47-point first quarter to easy win over Heat

PHOENIX (AP) -- Steve Nash dished out 12 assists in a 47-point first quarter for Phoenix, and the Suns raced past the depleted Miami Heat 111-93 on Friday night.

Riley gone after '05-'06?
 Pat Riley
Before tonight's Heat-Suns game, Jim Gray asked Heat coach Pat Riley how often he thought of coaching when he was out of the job. Riley replied, "Not much at all."

Riley then said: "I was happy with what I was doing. I doubt I will be coaching after this season. I came back because I have an obligation and responsibility to this organization. I built this team … but I really doubt I'll be back [coaching] next year."

Nash broke the franchise record and tied for second-most assists in a quarter in NBA history. Last season's league MVP finished with 19 assists and 11 points in Phoenix's sixth victory in seven games.

The Suns tied a team record with 17 assists -- on 18 baskets -- in the first quarter. The 47 points were most in a quarter in the NBA this season and most for the Suns since the franchise moved to America West Arena in 1992. The arena officially changed its name to U.S. Airways Center on Friday.

Miami was without Dwyane Wade and Jason Williams. Wade felt soreness during warmups and was a late scratch with a bruised left shin. Williams had right knee tendinitis.

Seven Suns players scored in double figures, including all five starters.

Raja Bell matched his season high with 24 points, 18 in the first half. Shawn Marion had 19 points and 16 rebounds. James Jones added 16 points, Boris Diaw 14, Kurt Thomas 13 and Eddie House 10.

Shaquille O'Neal had eight points and 13 rebounds in 23 minutes. Antoine Walker led the Heat with 22 points. Jason Kapono added a season-high 16 and Gary Payton 15.

The Suns, up 47-25 after one, tied a franchise record with 11 first-half 3-pointers -- in 17 tries -- while taking a 72-50 lead at the break. They finished 13-for-26 on 3s.

Phoenix led by as many as 26 before the Heat cut it to 94-80 and Nash returned to the game with 7:09 to play. He came back just as Miami's Gerald Fitch and House were thrown out of the game.

Phoenix shot out to a 16-6 lead, then scored 11 in a row to go up 31-10 after Thomas made one of two free throws with 3:46 to go in the first.

Nash got his 12th assist on a half-court bounce pass to Bell for a 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer. His big game came four nights after he had a career-high 22 assists against the Knicks in a triple-overtime loss in New York.

Game notes

The league record for assists in a quarter is 14 by John Lucas for San Antonio against Denver on April 15, 1984. Avery Johnson had 12 for the Spurs against the Los Angeles Clippers on Dec. 10, 1997. ... The Suns' record for assists in a quarter was 10 by Jason Kidd and Jeff Hornacek. ... Phoenix plays at home against San Antonio on Saturday night. ... The arena name change followed the merger of America West Airlines and U.S. Airways. ... The most points the Heat have given up in a quarter was 49 at Phoenix on Dec. 29, 1990. ... Miami was on the second stop of a seven-game road trip.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 93 111
FGM-FGA 36-92 (.391) 42-79 (.532)
3PM-3PA 6-20 (.300) 13-26 (.500)
FTM-FTA 15-20 (.750) 14-22 (.636)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-47 4-44
Assists 18 38
Turnovers 14 14
Steals 4 4
Blocks 1 4
Fast Break Points 11 14
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (2/0) 16 (1/0)
Largest Lead 0 26

Top Performers

Antoine Walker Walker
Points: 22
Reb: 8
Ast: 1
Stl: 0
Blk: 0
Shawn Marion Marion
Points: 19
Reb: 16
Ast: 2
Stl: 1
Blk: 1