NBA Game Summary - Miami at Phoenix
(Friday, January 5th)
Final Score: Phoenix 108, Miami 80
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Steve Nash led a balanced Phoenix attack with 22 points, as the Suns continued their amazing surge with a 108-80 rout over the shorthanded Miami Heat.
Amare Stoudemire added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns, who are on a five-game winning streak and have captured 23 of their last 26 following a 1-5 start to the season.
Shawn Marion tallied 11 points and 11 rebounds for Phoenix, which was without Raja Bell. The veteran guard was suspended for a game for kicking Toronto Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani during Wednesday's game.
The Heat played without Shaquille O'Neal, Dwyane Wade, Wayne Simien, Antoine Walker and James Posey. O'Neal continues to recover from knee surgery, while Wade missed his fourth straight game due to a sprained right wrist. Simien was out with a salmonella infection, while Walker and Posey were inactive.
Also, Heat head coach Pat Riley underwent successful right knee surgery on Friday, days after taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team.
Alonzo Mourning had 15 points and six rebounds for Miami, which has lost five in a row. Mourning's six rebounds put him at 4,545 in his career for the Heat, passing Rony Seikaly for first place on the franchise list.
Gary Payton and Jason Williams had 14 points apiece in a losing cause, while Udonis Haslem had seven points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Heat.
The Heat started on fire with a 14-7 lead, but the Suns responded with a huge run to go ahead for good. Phoenix scored the next 15 points, seven coming from Nash, including the final four. His layup extended the lead to 22-14 with 3:16 left in the period and it was 29-24 going into the second.
Miami trailed by double digits most of the second period, going into the locker room down 60-45.
The Heat couldn't sustain a comeback, although they got within nine late in the third, until Marcus Banks banked in a three-pointer from just inside halfcourt to end the third with the Suns up, 83-71.
Banks' reverse layup moved the margin to 96-73 with 8:47 remaining.
Jason Kapono and Dorell Wright each had 10 points for the Heat...Leandro Barbosa scored 18, Banks 13 and James Jones 10 for Phoenix.
01/06 01:28:43 ET