NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, November 29th (All times eastern)
Phoenix Suns (13-3) at Toronto Raptors (7-10), 3:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The surging Phoenix Suns resume a four-game road trip Sunday, when they take on the Toronto Raptors up north at Air Canada Centre.
Phoenix has won three in a row and opened its road swing with a 120-95 victory at Minnesota's Target Center on Friday night. Jason Richardson had 22 points and five assists, while Grant Hill provided 17 points and five assists as well for the Pacific Division-leading Suns, who hold the best record in the NBA at 13-3 and sit a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers in the standings.
"You definitely got to bring your A game for games like this. A lot of times this can be a getaway game for us," said Suns forward Amare Stoudemire, who contributed 12 points in a winning cause.
The Suns, who got nine points and 11 assists from Steve Nash, are 7-3 away from the desert this season and will also visit New York and Cleveland on the current trek.
Toronto, meanwhile, will open a quick two-game homestand tonight versus Phoenix and Washington, and is 5-2 as the host this season.
The Raptors have lost two in a row and six of eight games, including Friday's 116-103 setback against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Chris Bosh led the losing squad with 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Hedo Turkoglu made 4-of-5 three-pointers en route to a 20-point performance in defeat.
Jarrett Jack added 18 points off the bench for the Raptors, who shot 55.7 percent from the field despite the loss.
"We scored the first couple of baskets and then we were startled a little bit offensively," Raptors coach Jay Triano said on the team's site. "And their starting bigs didn't miss a shot."
Phoenix defeated Toronto, 101-100, on November 15 this season, as Nash poured in 23 points and his three-point play with 38.9 seconds left in the fourth proved to be the difference. The Suns have won 11 in a row against the Raptors, who have lost the last five matchups as the host in this series.
11/29 10:40:08 ET