The Suns are thriving without their star center, who has yet to
play this season after undergoing knee surgery. Shawn Marion had 29
points and 18 rebounds, and Phoenix beat Milwaukee 123-110
Wednesday night to extend the NBA's longest active win streak to
Seven players scored in double figures for Pacific
Division-leading Phoenix, which shot 57 percent from the floor.
"It's just nice the way we're playing," coach Mike D'Antoni
said. "The chemistry's great."
Steve Nash scored 23 points and had 13 assists as the Suns beat
the Bucks for the 18th straight time in Phoenix. They are 13-0
against Milwaukee in U.S. Airways Center, formerly known as America
"The only way to beat Phoenix is hope to get them on a bad day
and hope they miss shots," Milwaukee forward Andrew Bogut said.
"They don't really have an inside presence since Amare is out but
they're shooting the ball so well."
Stoudemire has been working out with the team recently but has
not set a date to return. His absence was supposed to hurt the
Suns' inside game, but that wasn't the case Wednesday night. The
Suns hit 21 of their first 25 shots from within the 3-point arc,
many of them uncontested layups as they sliced up the Milwaukee
"When we move the ball, we're hard to stop," Nash said. "Our
balance has been good. We're deep and we're balanced and when we
share the ball we're difficult to defend."
No Suns player has been better lately than Marion, the Western
Conference's player of the month for February. Marion was relaxing
on the bench in the game's final minutes when D'Antoni was told he
needed only two points to become the first player in Suns history
to record 30 points and 15 rebounds in four straight games.
D'Antoni rushed Marion back into the game. He quickly drew a
foul but made only 1-of-2 free throws.
"I took him out early and I didn't realize how close he was to
the record," D'Antoni said. "Shawn said I jinxed him."
Michael Redd led Milwaukee with 37 points on 13-of-22 shooting
from the floor.
"Michael kept us in the game," Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts
Visiting teams often try to slow the pace against the Suns, the
NBA's highest-scoring team at 107.6 points per game. Milwaukee
opted to run with Phoenix, with discouraging results.
After closing within 28-25 in the opening minute of the second
quarter, the Bucks watched the Suns score 15 of the next 20 points.
The Suns led by as many as 19 points before Milwaukee rallied to
close the gap to 62-50 at halftime. The Bucks scored the first four
points of the second half to pull within 62-54, but the Suns closed
the quarter on a 21-10 run to take a 97-77 lead into the fourth
Every time the Bucks threatened to make a run at the Suns,
Phoenix responded with a big shot.
"It's frustrating," Bogut said. "We don't play Phoenix many
times, so it's kind of hard to adjust to their style of play."
Marion averaged 24.2 points and 13.9 rebounds per game in
February. ... The Bucks' last victory here came on Feb. 21, 1987,
when Bogut was 2 years old. ... Phoenix's 5-foot-10 guard Andre
Barrett, who signed a 10-day contract with the Suns earlier in the
day, played the final 1:52. ... The Suns went 9-1 in February and
have not had a losing month since signing Steve Nash before last
season. ... Phoenix has scored 100 or more points in 19 straight
games, the most in the NBA since the 1994-95 San Antonio Spurs did
it 22 games in a row.