NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at Chicago
(Saturday, December 31st)
Final Score: Phoenix 107, Chicago 98 (OT)
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Shawn Marion had a game-highs of 28 points and 16 rebounds to lead Phoenix to a 107-98 overtime win over Chicago in the United Center.
Raja Bell added 19 points and six rebounds for the Suns, who won their fourth consecutive game. Boris Diaw chipped in 16 points while the defending league MVP, Steve Nash, came up just short of a triple double with 14 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.
"We just seemed to do whatever we had to do to get this win tonight," said Marion. "I got opportunities to get the ball at the end tonight. Our guys got it to me, and it helped me make something happen then."
Kirk Hinrich had 25 points for the Bulls, who lost their sixth consecutive game. Chris Duhon added 16 along with nine rebounds for Chicago while Luol Deng had 16 points and 14 boards.
"I thought overall we played better tonight," said Bulls coach Scott Skiles. "We have a lot of energy. We did a better than average job of following the game plan. We could have had the game in regulation. We just weren't able to get it."
Marion and Eddie House dominated the overtime period for Phoenix, scoring 13 of the Suns' 15 points in the extra frame.
Phoenix took control with a 7-0 burst featuring two straight Marion buckets and the dagger, a House trey from the left wing. The flurry gave Phoenix a 101-94 cushion with 1:42 left in overtime.
The Bulls finally answered with a Ben Gordon layup, but any hope of a comeback was quickly spiked when House unfurled a beautiful bounce pass to Marion for an emphatic dunk and a 103-96 Suns' advantage with just 43 seconds left.
Hinrich drilled a three from straight away to give Chicago a 91-86 lead with 1:44 left. Nash then cut the lead to three when he drove the lane for an a running layup with just 50 ticks left.
After a Gordon miss, Phoenix's James Jones was fouled driving down the lane. The third-year player made both free throws to cut the Bulls' cushion to one at 91-90.
Bell fouled Darius Songaila with 18.6 seconds remaining. The former Wake Forest star made just one of two to make it 92-90.
Nash then quickly drove the lane and drew the defense before threading the needle to Marion for an easy lay-in to tie things with six seconds left.
Gordon was given the opportunity to win it, but his runner fell off the rim harmlessly to send things to overtime.
Chicago held a 49-45 halftime lead and took a 75-69 advantage into the fourth quarter.
"Tonight was just one of those games you have to gut it out," said Suns coach Mike D'Antoni. "It seemed we were beaten two or three times. However, Shawn had another great game, and Steve (Nash) did everything he could to get us that win."
Chicago is 5-8 at home...Phoenix is 9-4 away from home this season and improved to 4-0 on its current five-game road trip...House had 11 points off the bench for the Suns...Songaila had 14 off the pine for Chicago...The battle of the boards was almost dead even at 49-48 for Chicago...Marion was 13-of-22 from the floor...The six-game slide is Chicago's longest losing streak since it started last season with nine straight defeats.
12/31 23:00:50 ET