NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Phoenix
(Wednesday, November 21st)
Final Score: Phoenix 127, Sacramento 111
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Shawn Marion scored 25 points and Steve Nash tallied 18 points with 15 assists to lead the Phoenix Suns to an easy 127-111 win over the Sacramento Kings at US Airways Center.
Leandro Barbosa also had 18 points and Grant Hill recorded 15 points with six assists for the Suns, who have won seven straight, with the last two coming against the Kings. Amare Stoudemire had 13 points and six boards for Phoenix, which edged Sacramento 100-98 on Tuesday night at Arco Arena.
Francisco Garcia scored a career-high 31 points for Sacramento, which has dropped four of six. Kevin Martin tallied 19 points and John Salmons had 21 points and 10 boards for the Kings, who fell to 0-6 on the road this season.
Phoenix wasted little time putting points on the board. Two free throws by Marion just over midway through the first periods put the Suns ahead 28-17. Then, the club scored 14 of the final 23 points of the first to take a 47-38 lead into the second.
The scoring continued for the Suns in the second. Marcus Banks' three-pointer with 6:19 left in the second increased Phoenix's lead to 20 points for the first time, 65-45, and the Suns cruised into halftime with an 80-63 cushion.
"Obviously the first half was pretty good, the first quarter was unbelievable - just the way we shot and moved the ball," said Phoenix head coach Mike D'Antoni. "It was a little bit like the Houston game. They were kind of doing their thing, the bench came in and Marcus Banks came in and did a good job tonight. Just overall it was pretty good."
In the third, a 10-2 run late in the quarter gave Phoenix its first 30-point cushion. Marion began the run with a three-pointer and ended it at the 1:08 mark for a 108-78 lead.
Phoenix cruised into the fourth with a 110-82 advantage and coasted to the final buzzer.
Sacramento played without Ron Artest, who was with his family for personal reasons. The Kings fell to 2-6 without him in the lineup. He missed the first seven games of the season because of a league-imposed suspension.
"Tough, to say the least," said Kings head coach Reggie Theus. "We played them tough last night, but without Beno and Ron it made a big difference in the morale of the team."
The Suns are 10-2 this season, tying the 2004-05 team for the second-best start in franchise history. The 1980-81 team started the season 11-1.
Phoenix improved to 4-1 at home this season...The Kings end a brief two-game road trip on Friday in Portland...Phoenix concludes a two-game homestand on Friday night versus the Clippers...The Suns have won seven of eight against the Kings, who have lost four in a row in Phoenix...The 80 first half points were the most in any half in the league since Dallas scored 81 on February 29, 1996 at Denver...Phoenix's 47 first-quarter were a team-high for any quarter this season.
11/22 01:07:07 ET