Suns Defeat Short-handed Kings, 118-100
Amare Stoudemire returns to form against the struggling Sacramento Kings - scores 33 points and pulls down 21 rebounds in 118-100 Suns victory. One game after scoring only 4 points (still a victory), STAT blows up versus the short-handed Kings in Phoenix.
The key to this game was the Suns hussle on defense and attacking the boards. Phoenix finished with a 58-33 advantage on the boards - very unusual for them. In what has become the Suns calling card, they took over the game in the 3rd quarter and never looked back. Most teams can keep up with Phoenix during the first half, but the 2nd half is a different story.
It also helped that the Suns were willing to pass the ball - they finished with a 27-9 advantage in the assists department. Ok, so how do the Kings score 100 points with only 7 assists??? Amazing... Probably would've had a few more if they could shoot better than 39% from the field.Watch highlights of the Suns/Kings game on 3/22/07
Steve Nash had another strong game, finishing w/ 17 points and 16 assists (& 6 rebounds). Boris Diaw seems to be getting his confidence back; he finished w/ 15 points and 14 rebounds off the bench. Shawn Marion is still in a bit of a funk, but at least Phoenix is still winning. He finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds, about 2/3 of his average in both categories, but did shoot over 71% from the field.
Friday is an off night for the Suns, but they have a rematch in Sacramento against the Kings on Sunday. Get ready for the game w/ your Suns fan gear or Kings fan gear.