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Friday, January 27th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Suns (6-11) at Portland Trail Blazers (11-8), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Blazers haven't been much of a threat away from Rip City this season but things have been far different when they are hitting the hardwood in the Pacific Northwest.

Portland will shoot for its sixth straight win at the Rose Garden tonight when they host the Phoenix Suns.

The Blazers are 8-1 at home on the season vs. a dismal 3-7 as the visitor. The team's latest setback away from home came on Wednesday in Oakland when Stephen Curry hit six of Golden State's 11 three-pointers and finished with 32 points and seven assists, as the Warriors took down Portland, 101-93.

The Blazers were trying to win for the third time in as many days, but shot just 36 percent from the floor in the second half. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 points, Jamal Crawford and Nicolas Batum each netted 16 and Wesley Matthews had 15 in the loss.

The Suns, meanwhile, lost their second straight and for the seventh time in nine tries on Tuesday when Andrea Bargnani returned from a prolonged absence to net a season-high 36 points as the Raptors downed Phoenix, 99-96, in the Valley of the Sun.

Marcin Gortat had 21 points and 12 boards for the Suns. Steve Nash finished with 17 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds, and Hakim Warrick chipped in 17 points off the bench.

"No one's gonna throw in the towel," said Suns coach Alvin Gentry. "I'm not gonna allow that from a player's standpoint or a coach's standpoint."

Phoenix will be without backup center Robin Lopez tonight. The 7-footer was suspended for one game after being ejected Tuesday for making contact with an official after disputing a foul call.

The Suns have won two straight over the Blazers, including a 102-77 rout in the desert back on Jan. 6. Phoenix is winless in five straight trips to the Rose Garden.

01/27 10:38:29 ET


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