NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, November 30th (All times eastern)
Phoenix Suns (11-2) at Utah Jazz (8-6), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The red hot Phoenix Suns shoot for their eighth consecutive victory tonight, when they take on the Andrei Kirilenko-less Utah Jazz at the Delta Center.
Phoenix has ripped off seven straight wins and hasn't lost since November 13 to Sacramento. The Suns haven't won eight in a row since Feb. 6-24, 2000. Phoenix sits atop the Pacific Division, leading Sacramento and the Los Angeles Clippers by three games.
The Suns continued their hot streak with a 95-86 victory over the New Orleans Hornets last Friday. Steve Nash left the win with a head injury, but is expected to be back for tonight's game. In 12 games for Phoenix this season, Nash is averaging 16.2 points and 11.6 assists.
Shawn Marion had a season-high 33 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Phoenix past the Hornets at America West Arena. Quentin Richardson finished with 21 points for the Suns, who have won seven straight for the first time since November 2-15, 2000.
Amare Stoudemire contributed 14 points and 14 boards for Phoenix, which is off to its best start since beginning the 1980-81 season with a 14-2 record.
The Suns, which are playing their lone road game sandwiched between five home tilts, own a 6-1 road mark this season.
Utah may struggle without Kirilenko, who could be sidelined for up to four weeks after an MRI exam on Monday revealed a sprained right knee. Kirilenko suffered the injury during the first half of Saturday's 109-76 loss to San Antonio.
Malik Rose scored 16 points off the bench to lead six players in double figures, as the Spurs demolished Utah, 109-76, at the SBC Center.
Matt Harpring paced Utah with 15 points and Gordan Giricek scored 14 for the Jazz, losers of three of their last four games. Utah has dropped 12 straight at San Antonio and 19 of the past 20 meetings overall.
Utah is just 4-6 after a 4-0 start and now sits third in the Northwest Division. The Jazz are 4-3 at home this season.
Phoenix snapped a four-game series losing streak with an 89-84 victory on April 14, 2004. The Suns have still dropped eight of 10 and 12 of its last 15 at Utah.
11/30 10:14:07 ET