NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at Washington
(Wednesday, December 28th)
Final Score: Phoenix 104, Washington 99
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Shawn Marion poured in a game-high 28 points to lead Phoenix past Washington, 104-99, at the MCI Center.
Steve Nash had 19 points and 16 assists while James Jones contributed 16 points and seven boards for the Suns, who have won two straight games.
"It's misleading to say it was me and Shawn," said Nash. "It was everybody. We did a good job scrapping and a good job defensively on the last few possessions - a good job of hanging in there and getting some steals and not giving them anything."
Caron Butler had 22 points while Antawn Jamison added 19 for the Wizards, who had a three-game winning streak halted. Gilbert Arenas finished with 16 points and seven assists in the loss.
Trailing by two points after 36 minutes, Washington opened the final quarter with a 10-0 run, keyed by eight points from Chucky Atkins, to grab an 86-78 lead with around 7 1/2 minutes left in the game.
Phoenix, though, closed within four points moments later on Raja Bell's basket and continued to creep closer, as Marion's three-point play with 2:50 left brought the Suns within 95-94.
After each team then scored twice, Arenas missed a jumper and Phoenix was able to take a one-point lead on Nash's hoop with 1:11 left. A series of turnovers then ensued, and after Arenas had a shot blocked, Marion converted an alley- oop dunk on a pass from Nash to widen the Suns edge to 102-99 with 25.4 seconds remaining in the game.
Arenas then missed a three, but Phoenix's Boris Diaw was called for a loose- ball foul with 20.1 seconds to go. However, the Wizards could not take advantage of the extra possession, as Butler missed a three-pointer.
Nash was then fouled and made both shots to seal the win for the Suns, who closed the game on a 16-4 run.
"We buckled down at the end when we needed to and got some big stops," said Marion. "They played a great game tonight. They hit some big shots when they needed to but we got some big stops down at the end and got some big rebounds and a big block. And there were some turnovers. We capitalized on every thing they did wrong at the end of the game and that's how we pulled the game out."
Phoenix led 28-24 after one quarter and the teams went into the intermission knotted at 50 apiece.
The Suns then outscored Washington by two points in the third period and took a 78-76 edge into the final stanza.
Bell had 13 points and Diaw ended with 12...Atkins scored all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter, while Washington's Etan Thomas also netted 11 points for the night...Arenas was 0-for-6 from behind the arc had hit an NBA-best 53- game streak with a three-pointer end...Phoenix put an end to a five-game losing streak in the nation's capital...Washington turned the ball over 19 times...These teams split the season-series. The Wizards posted a 112-111 victory at Phoenix on Friday.
12/28 22:37:17 ET