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Friday, January 26th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Suns (34-8) at Milwaukee Bucks (17-25), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Suns attempt to set a franchise record with their 16th straight win when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at the Bradley Center.

Amare Stoudemire scored 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Suns to their franchise-record tying 15th straight win, a 112-107 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

Reigning MVP Steve Nash finished with 22 points and 14 assists in the win for the Suns, who also won 15 in a row earlier this season from November 20th to December 19th. All-Star forward Shawn Marion had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Phoenix, which trounced Washington 127-105 on Tuesday to start its current five-game road trip.

The Suns are 15-5 on the road this season. They are scheduled to visit LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday at the Target Center.

Milwaukee attempts to halt a five-game losing streak. On Wednesday, Ron Artest scored 36 points to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 114-106 victory over the Bucks at ARCO arena.

Earl Boykins poured in 36 points in the loss for Milwaukee, which continued to play shorthanded. The Bucks continue to play without forward Charlie Villanueva (right shoulder tendinitis), and guards Michael Redd (strained patellar tendon in left knee) and Maurice Williams (sprained left shoulder).

Ruben Patterson had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Bucks, who have dropped 10 of their last 11 games overall.

The Bucks, who will host the Knicks on Sunday, are 9-7 at home this season.

This is the second and final meeting of the season between the squads. On December 1st, Marion and Nash both posted 27 points to lead Phoenix to a 122-116 victory over Milwaukee at US Airways Center.

Phoenix has lost two of its last three at Milwaukee. The Suns have won five of the last six contests in the series.

01/26 15:11:26 ET

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