NBA Game Summary - Toronto at Phoenix
(Tuesday, December 19th)
Final Score: Phoenix 115, Toronto 98
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Amare Stoudemire scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Steve Nash doled out 15 assists to lead the Phoenix Suns to a franchise-record 15th straight win over the Toronto Raptors, 115-98.
The 15 straight wins tops the 14 straight wins by the 1992-93 Suns in December of 1992.
T.J. Ford scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Raptors, but left with a bruised lower back in the fourth quarter and did not return. Andrea Bargnani scored 18 points and grabbed eight boards for the Raptors, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. P.J. Tucker and Morris Peterson scored 12 points apiece, and Tucker grabbed nine boards for Toronto.
Nash scored 10 points for Phoenix, which has not lost since Nov. 18 at Utah. Shawn Marion scored 17 points, and Leandro Barbosa added 14 points off of the bench. Raja Bell scored 13 points and Boris Diaw scored 12 points on the night.
Toronto pulled to within five points early in the third quarter, but a Nash three cued a 22-2 run. Nash hit another three on the run, as did Marion, pushing the Phoenix lead to 75-50 with just under six minutes left in the third quarter. The Suns led by as many as 27, and 90-70 going into the fourth quarter.
Phoenix's regulars sat for most of the final 12 minutes as the Suns coasted to the win.
The Raptors never led, trailing 33-25 after the first quarter, and 53-44 at halftime.
Phoenix's winning streak is the longest in the NBA since the Lakers 19-game streak in 2000. Both are far short of the NBA-record 33-game winning streak by the 1971-72 Lakers...Phoenix is 9-0 on the season against the Eastern Conference...Ford is listed as day-to-day.
12/20 00:12:26 ET