NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at Philadelphia
(Friday, November 5th)
Final Score: Phoenix 108, Philadelphia 98
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Amare Stoudemire scored 29 points with 10 rebounds, leading the Phoenix Suns to a 108-98 victory over Philadelphia at the Wachovia Center.
Shawn Marion added 24 points and 11 boards and Joe Johnson scored 22 for the Suns, who opened their season with a 30-point win over Atlanta at home on Wednesday night.
Allen Iverson's 25 points and nine assists led the Sixers, who stumbled to a loss after coming from behind to beat Boston in their opener on Wednesday. Iverson made just six of his 20 shots and turned the ball over seven times.
"When I turn the ball over seven times, it's hard for us to win basketball games," he said afterwards, wearing a Terrell Owens jersey.
Willie Green came off the bench to score 16, Kenny Thomas added 13 with 10 rebounds and rookie Andre Igoudala posted 11 points with eight boards in the loss.
After a slow start, the Suns took control of the game to dominate the first half. They took their first lead at 10-9 midway through the opening quarter, and carried a 31-18 cushion into the second after a 12-3 run.
The Sixers did not get any closer than six in the second quarter, pulling only within 35-29 with nine minutes left before halftime. Phoenix pushed its advantage as high as 21 and led 68-49 at the break behind 53 percent shooting.
Marion led all scorers with 18 first-half points, while Johnson and Stoudemire added 16 apiece. Iverson paced the Sixers with 12, but shot just 2-of-10 from the floor in the half.
The Suns kept their distance in the third quarter, never letting Philadelphia get closer than nine on the way to an 85-73 lead heading into the fourth.
And any time the Sixers gained momentum over the final 12 minutes, Phoenix responded at the other end.
When Philadelphia pulled within 10 on a couple of high-energy Igoudala buckets inside the 10:00 mark, Quentin Richardson drained a three-pointer to make it a 13-point game.
"It seemed like everything they threw up went in," Thomas said of the Suns, who shot 44 percent overall and 40 percent from three-point territory.
An Iverson three-pointer moments later got the Sixers within 94-86, but the Suns scored seven straight after that to go ahead 101-86 with less than five minutes remaining.
The Sixers never got closer than 10 the rest of the way.
Richardson scored 15 with seven rebounds and Steve Nash had nine points with 10 assists for Phoenix...Marc Jackson had 11 points for the Sixers...The Suns, who began a four-game road trip, were just 11-30 away from home last season...Phoenix has dominated this series since 1992, winning 19 of the last 25 meetings...The Suns entered the game as the only team that has held Iverson to a scoring average less than 20 points per game (18.9 ppg).
11/05 22:08:16 ET