NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Phoenix
(Wednesday, March 1)
Final Score: Phoenix 123, Milwaukee 110
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Shawn Marion posted 29 points and pulled sown 18 rebounds as Phoenix downed Milwaukee 123-110 at America West Arena.
Marion has collected a double-double in six straight games, and leads the league with 44 this season.
Steve Nash scored 23 points and dished 13 assists for Phoenix, which won its eighth straight. Boris Diaw added 16 points, and Raja Bell had 14 points. Leandro Barbosa and Pat Burke, who notched a season high, both scored 12 points, while James Jones added 10 points in the win.
"Offensively we are playing really well," Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We kept the ball moving throughout the game. Everyone is contributing and the bench really stepped it up tonight."
Michael Redd scored 37 points to pace the Bucks, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Rookie Andrew Bogut scored 15 points, while T.J. Ford had 13. Charlie Bell scored 12 points, and Bobby Simmons netted 11. Jamaal Magloire added eight points and 11 boards.
Phoenix led early with a 28-23 lead heading into the second quarter. The Suns opened the stanza on a 24-8 run capped by an Eddie House jumper with 4:46 left to make the score 52-31, and they led 62-50 at halftime.
Phoenix ended the third quarter on a 19-6 streak capped by a Marion jumper with about 21 seconds to go to give the Suns a 97-77 lead heading into the final stanza.
The Bucks closed the gap by seven points during the fourth quarter, but Phoenix's early lead proved insurmountable.
"They're an explosive team, but their style of play allows you to get back into games too," Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts said. "We kept fighting. We kept trying to make things happen and it seemed like every time we got close, we'd miss an easy one and they'd come down and make one."
Phoenix played the first of a brief two-game homestand and is 23-8 at home this season. It has won its last six games at America West Arena. Phoenix is now a season-high 22 games over .500.
Milwaukee closed out a three-game road trip, and is 12-18 on the road. They return home to host the New York Knicks and the Sacramento Kings.
This was the first of two meetings this season between the clubs. Milwaukee is scheduled to host the Suns on March 28th at the Bradley Center...Phoenix has won four straight and 11 of the last 12 meetings with Milwaukee...Milwaukee has lost 18 straight at Phoenix...The Bucks last victory against the Suns was January 7 of 2004 at Milwaukee...The last time the Bucks won at Phoenix was on February 21, 1987.
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