Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/6

Game 1: Tuesday, December 6th
Trail Blazers85Final
Game 2: Sunday, March 12th
Trail Blazers111
Game 3: Thursday, March 23rd
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Game 4: Wednesday, April 19th
Trail Blazers96

Suns 106

(54-28, 23-18 away)

Trail Blazers 96

(21-61, 15-26 home)

    7:00 PM ET, April 19, 2006

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHX 23 32 33 18106
    POR 16 32 18 3096

    Top Performers

    Phoenix: S. Marion 32 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Portland: J. Jack 18 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast

    Blazers lose to Suns, finish NBA-worst 21-61

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- With a triple-double against the Trail Blazers, Steve Nash made it clear he is ready for the playoffs.

    Nash had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, and the Phoenix Suns brought Portland's dismal season to a merciful end with a 106-96 victory Wednesday night.

    "I'm ready to roll now. I'm excited," Nash said.

    Shawn Marion had 32 points and 11 rebounds for the Suns, who had already clinched their second straight Pacific Division title.

    The Suns will face the Los Angeles Lakers, who beat the New Orleans Hornets 115-95 Wednesday night to clinch seventh place in the Western Conference. The first-round, best-of-seven series opens Sunday in Phoenix.

    "They've been playing well. It'll be tough," Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni said about the Lakers. "We have home-court advantage and we'll play our style of basketball and see where it goes."

    The Blazers, whose mounting losses on the court were compounded by a suddenly shaky ownership situation, finish the season an NBA-worst 21-61.

    "It wasn't very fun, honestly," Blazers forward Zach Randolph said. "Man, only 21 wins, you know?"

    After the Blazers tied the game at 36 midway through the second quarter, the Suns went on an 11-4 run capped by Tim Thomas' 3-pointer to lead 49-40. Phoenix led 55-48 at the half.

    Nash hit a 3-pointer to put the Suns up 79-58 and Phoenix led by as many as 24.

    The Suns started Marion, after resting him on Monday in an 115-78 victory over New Orleans. The Suns made an NBA season-high and team-record 20 3-pointers -- one shy of the league record -- in that win.

    The Suns added 13 3-pointers against Portland, bringing their single-season record to 837 3-pointers made. Phoenix is averaging more than 10 3-pointers per game this season.

    The Suns were without forward Boris Diaw, who had strep throat and didn't make the trip.

    "The crazy thing about this team is we went out there and did a lot of stuff against all the odds," Marion said. "Everybody had written us off but we knew what we could do and we went out and proved it."

    Jarrett Jack had 18 points off the bench for the Blazers, who have lost eight in a row and 33 of their last 37. Player discontent hit a high as the season wound to a close with two players -- forwards Darius Miles and Randolph -- each sitting out a recent game because of insubordinate acts.

    Randolph was inactive for the finale because of soreness in his right knee. Miles was in uniform but coach Nate McMillan kept him out of the game.

    The Blazers' tumultuous season on the court was marked by upheaval off it. Owner Paul Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, said the team was losing too much money.

    Allen appealed for some kind of public partnership, and barring that, said he would have to sell the team. Recently he said he'd like some kind of resolution before the NBA draft.

    It was Portland's worst finish since going 18-64 in 1971-72, the team's second year in the league.

    "There were too many negative things going on all at once," Blazers center Theo Ratliff said. "There were constant problems every single day. Any time you have that kind of atmosphere you can't do anything but fail."

    Game notes

    Former Blazer Terry Porter is trying to rally investors to buy the team. Porter was in Portland on Tuesday and Wednesday, and attended the team's finale. Earlier in the day, he met with Portland Mayor Tom Potter. ... The Suns set the league record for made 3-pointers last season with 796. ... Diaw was the only Sun not to miss a single game until Wednesday night.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 106 96
    FGM-FGA 44-95 (.463) 33-76 (.434)
    3PM-3PA 13-28 (.464) 4-18 (.222)
    FTM-FTA 5-8 (.625) 26-33 (.788)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 19-54 9-39
    Assists 32 18
    Turnovers 20 15
    Steals 7 11
    Blocks 2 3
    Fast Break Points 12 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 18 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 24 5

    Top Performers

    Shawn Marion Marion
    Points: 32
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Jarrett Jack Jack
    Points: 18
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0