NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at Toronto
(Wednesday, December 5th)
Final Score: Phoenix 136, Toronto 123
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Leandro Barbosa scored 35 points and Steve Nash dished out a season-high 18 assists as the Phoenix Suns beat the Toronto Raptors, 136-123, at Air Canada Centre.
Amare Stoudamire had 25 points and six rebounds for the Suns, who set a season high in points scored. Shawn Marion donated 10 points and 14 rebounds for Phoenix, which has won four straight and 12 of 14.
"We came out strong," said Stoudemire. "We rebounded the ball, Shawn (Marion) did a great job of rebounding tonight, Leonardo (Barbosa) did a great job of shooting and Steve (Nash) did a great job of distributing. It was an all around game for us and we got the win"
T.J. Ford led Toronto with 27 points in his return to action after missing five of the past seven games with a left arm injury. Anthony Parker added 22, and Jose Calderon and Carlos Delfino had 14 points apiece for the Raptors, who had won four of their previous five.
"Our transition defense was just horrible," said Toronto coach Sam Mitchell. "The first four three's (Leonardo) Barbosa made we weren't near. It's just lack of communication. You have to pick-up an open man when you play this team. If you switch back, you do, and if not, you just guard them the best you can. If it's a mismatch, you trap and rotate and make them put the ball on the floor. You don't just watch a guy shoot."
Raptors All-Star forward Chris Bosh sat out his fourth straight game with a strained groin, and forward Andrea Bargnani missed his second game because of a hyperextended left knee.
Toronto hung in with the high-flying Suns early on and trailed just 37-36 early in the second quarter. The Suns, though, began to cushion their lead with a 10-2 run, capped by Barbosa's driving layup to take a 47-38 lead with 6:55 left before halftime.
The Raptors were able to pull within 61-56 at the break on the strength of two Delfino triples late in the half.
Phoenix, however, took control early in the third quarter. Stoudemire's hook shot sparked an 11-2 surge to open a 72-58 advantage with 9:58 left in the frame.
The Suns went on to score 45 points in the quarter, a season-high, and led 106-85 heading into the fourth.
Toronto never threatened in the fourth.
The Suns led 33-28 after the opening 12 minutes.
Phoenix shot 58.9 percent from the field and 46.4 from three-point range, while Toronto finished shooting 55.4 percent from the field and 62.5 from beyond the arc...Toronto set season highs in points scored and points allowed...Nash, a native of Canada, scored 10 points...Phoenix has won seven straight and nine of the last 12 matchups with Toronto.
12/05 23:45:58 ET