Regular Season Series (Game 1 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
Trail Blazers108Final
Game 4: Wednesday, April 19th
Trail Blazers96

Trail Blazers 85

(5-12, 2-8 away)

Suns 130

(11-5, 8-4 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 6, 2005

    US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ

    1 2 3 4 T
    POR 24 23 18 2085
    PHX 34 32 36 28130

    Top Performers

    Por: R. Patterson 9 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    PHX: S. Marion 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 3 Blk

    Phoenix roll to 2nd-largest margin of victory at home

    PHOENIX (AP) -- The victories are getting easier and easier for the Phoenix Suns. Now, come some big tests.

    James Jones scored 22 points, Raja Bell added 21 and the Suns extended their winning streak to an NBA-best seven straight with a 130-85 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.

    That followed Sunday's 18-point victory over the Atlanta Hawks, the team with the worst record in the league, and moved the Suns within a half-game of the first-place in the Pacific Division.

    The Suns, who set a season high for points and margin of victory, have held their last nine opponents under 100 points.

    Next up are the Golden State Warriors, who are in a virtual tie with Phoenix behind the Los Angeles Clippers in the Pacific Division. The Suns and Warriors meet Wednesday night at Oakland and the Suns play at the Clippers on Saturday.

    "We'll have to play well tomorrow night (against Golden State)," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said. "But we feel pretty good about ourselves right now."

    They should after the rout of the young and inexperienced Trail Blazers.

    Shawn Marion added 21 points for the Suns. Steve Nash had 14 points and 12 assists, Kurt Thomas added 12 points and 13 rebounds, Boris Diaw finished with a career-best 13 assists, and Pat Burke had a season-high 12 points.

    "Golden State will be a tough challenge for us," Thomas said.

    "Their motor is Baron Davis, one of the toughest guards in the league," D'Antoni said of the Warriors' standout playmaker.

    The 45-point margin of victory was the Suns' second-largest at America West Arena, behind a 46-point victory over the Clippers in 2000.

    The Suns also finished with a season-high 16 3-pointers, including six by Jones, who matched a career high. Phoenix also had a season-best 15 blocked shots.

    "I was able to knock down some shots early and my confidence increased from there," Jones said. "Our shots were falling from everywhere."

    Indeed they were. The Suns hit 55.6 percent of their field goal attempts (50-for-90) and were 16-of-32 from 3-point range.

    Portland coach Nate McMillan agreed with Jones' assessment.

    "It was just an outstanding performance by the Suns," he said. "I think they shot the ball as well as I have seen a team shoot in a long time."

    Zach Randolph's 15 points led the beleaguered Trail Blazers, who lost their fifth straight and seventh in eight games, and have yet to score 100 points this season.

    "When you play a team like that, you have to contest their shots," Randolph said. "If you're contesting their shots and they're still hitting them, there's not a whole lot you can do. If you don't get stops, you're not going to beat a team like that."

    The Suns, who averaged 120 points and beat Portland by an average of 18 points in three games last season, began piling up big numbers in the first half. At the break, the Suns led 66-47, matching their highest output for a half this season.

    Bell keyed Phoenix's offense, scoring 19 points, one shy of his season high, while the Suns had three other players in double figures -- Marion with 12, Jones with 11 and Thomas with 10. The Suns had 18 assists and 25 field goals in the first half.

    Phoenix took control of the game early. Trailing 7-4, the Suns scored 10 straight points, including consecutive 3-pointers by Bell, and never trailed again. They attacked the basket, scoring 19 points off fast breaks in the half and extended their lead to 21 points.

    Only Sebastian Telfair, with 12 points, was an offensive force for Portland. The Blazers' leading scorer, Darius Miles (18.2), was placed on the inactive list Sunday with cartilage damage to his right knee.

    The Suns extended their lead to 37 points in the third quarter. ^Notes:@ When Telfair (20 years, 178 days old) and Martell Webster (19 years exactly) started in the backcourt for Portland against Utah on Sunday, they comprised the youngest backcourt in modern NBA history. The previous youngest backcourt had been Cleveland's LeBron James (19 years, 14 days) and Dajuan Wagner (20 years, 343 days) when the Cavaliers played Seattle on Jan. 13, 2004. ... McMillan and D'Antoni will be assistants on the USA Men's senior national team. ... Portland has a league-leading five players who jumped from high school to the pros: Telfair, Webster, Miles, Ha Seung Jin and Travis Outlaw.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 85 130
    FGM-FGA 37-97 (.381) 50-90 (.556)
    3PM-3PA 2-12 (.167) 16-32 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 9-13 (.692) 14-15 (.933)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-37 16-52
    Assists 12 33
    Turnovers 11 12
    Steals 6 4
    Blocks 7 15
    Fast Break Points 16 25
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 46

    Top Performers

    Ruben Patterson Patterson
    Points: 9
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Shawn Marion Marion
    Points: 21
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 3