NBA Game Summary - Toronto at Phoenix
(Saturday, December 22nd)
Final Score: Phoenix 122, Toronto 103
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Leandro Barbosa scored 31 points -- converting 7-of-10 from beyond the arc -- as the Phoenix Suns rolled over the Toronto Raptors, 122-103, at US Airways Center.
Amare Stoudemire scored 28 points and ripped down 11 rebounds and Grant Hill had 25 points for the Suns, who have won two of their last three games and eight straight over the Raptors.
"We came out from the start and played strong defensively," Stoudemire said. "Offensively we shot the ball well and that is what it takes. They tried to keep up with us, but we had guys that were just relentless out there."
Shawn Marion tallied 12 points, while Steve Nash scored just seven points but had a game-high 16 assists for the Suns, who now look forward to a Christmas Day matchup with the Lakers.
"It is going to be tough, they have a lot of length and size which is going to be tough for us if we don't play well," Nash said, already looking ahead. "But if we're active and hustle defensively and move the ball it is going to give us the chance to win on the road. It's a big game, they're playing well and fired up to play at home on Christmas day."
Chris Bosh scored a career-high 42 points and had 13 boards for Toronto, which has dropped three straight and four of five. The Raptors haven't won in Phoenix since a 101-94 victory on February 10, 2004.
"We talked about not giving up lay ups and we still gave up some lay ups," Bosh said. "We know they have some great shooters from the outside, but that's how they get on a lot of runs. You hug your man on the weak side and Amare and Shawn Marion and Boris Diaw started to get lay ups. We should have stayed consistent in our defense and kept our man in front of us, but you know, stuff happens."
Bosh made 22-of-24 free throws, both career bests, and his 22 makes are the most from the line in the NBA this season. Jose Calderon had 15 points, Andrea Bargnani chipped in with 13 and Carlos Delfino added 10 points and 11 rebounds in a losing cause.
The Suns held a 35-30 lead after one quarter of play.
Toronto then tried to edge on top in the second stanza, as Bosh converted on a pair of free throws to cut it to 44-43 at 6:53.
Barbosa then drained a three-point shot for Phoenix, helping the club to gain control. The Raptors tried to match them shot-for-shot, but the Suns eventually opened a 66-57 edge with a little more than a minute remaining on Marion's turnaround jumper.
Barbosa nailed four treys during the stretch, before Toronto managed to cut it to 66-61 at the break.
Phoenix took control in the third, as a Stoudemire bank shot made it 78-71 and ignited a 14-6 run, capped by a pair of Diaw free throws with four minutes to play in the stanza.
Calderon's layup for Toronto failed to stop the bleeding, and Phoenix opened a 20-point lead, 103-83, heading to the fourth.
Marcus Banks' trey to open the final stanza put the Suns up 106-83. Toronto pulled no closer than 13 the rest of the way.
Bosh's previous career best was 41...Barbosa started in place of Raja Bell, who missed the game due to back spasms...The Suns have won eight of 11 at home this season...Phoenix swept its fourth straight season series over the Raptors.
12/23 01:43:49 ET