NBA Game Summary - Portland at Phoenix
(Friday, January 19th)
Final Score: Phoenix 106, Portland 101
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Amare Stoudemire scored 23 points as Phoenix held off Portland, 106-101, at US Airways Center.
Boris Diaw added 21 points for the red-hot Suns, who won their 12th straight contest and for the 30th time in their last 33 tries. Leandro Barbosa chipped in with 20 points, while Steve Nash had 13 points and 15 assists for Phoenix, which is three wins shy of tying its franchise best winning streak set earlier this season.
"We didn't play real well tonight, we didn't have our focus," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said. "There were a few times when we got lucky to escape something disastrous; we will dress and be ready for next game."
The Suns will try to extend their streak Sunday night at home against Minnesota.
"We came out a little slow tonight; we could have come out a lot stronger," Stoudemire said. "As a team going we need to come out stronger against the Timberwolves."
Zach Randolph had a game-high 36 points and 15 rebounds for the Trail Blazers. who have lost five of their last seven games. Rookie Brandon Roy tallied 22 points and Jarrett Jack, Ime Udoka and LaMarcus Aldridge all contributed 10 points.
"It's disappointing and encouraging, Randolph said. "This team is picked by some people to win the national championship. If we can stay in the game like this it's encouraging."
Phoenix took a 12-point edge into the fourth quarter and quickly tried to put things away. Diaw's jumper, less than two minutes into the stanza, gave the Suns a commanding 86-71 advantage.
But, Portland refused to go away and began to chip away as the game headed toward the stretch. Randolph buried a jumper with 1:34 left to make it a one- possession game, 96-93.
The league's reigning MVP, Nash, refused to let the Suns give the game away, however. Nash buried two jumpers and a pair of free throws in the final 1:17 to secure things for Phoenix.
"They were some big shots," Phoenix's Shawn Marion said of Nash. "Coach designed two plays for the pick and roll and they just switched and he just shot over the big guy."
The Trail Blazers took a slim 28-25 lead after the opening 12 minutes but the Suns rebounded with an excellent second quarter to take a 55-48 edge at intermission.
Phoenix continued to slowly build its lead in the third quarter and were on top, 81-69, heading to the final frame.
Phoenix is now a gaudy 18-3 at home this season...The Trail Blazers are 7-13 on the road this season...Raja Bell finished with 14 points for the Suns.
01/20 02:00:19 ET