Bulls no match for Suns' 4th quarter surge, Phoenix wins 88-77

The nation was primed to see the Suns/Bulls game today, but Chicago's poor record forced ABC to modify the 1st game of a doubleheader - showing Celtics/Magic instead (which didn't disappoint despite the absence of Kevin Garnett).  While most Suns fans are use to seeing Steve Nash & Co. run up & down the court, it would've been good to get more national exposure.  Yes, Phoenix has been featured on ESPN and TNT games already this year, but non-cable game would still have been nice.

Shawn Marion dunks vs. Chicago Bulls 1/27/08  (Sampled photo - original (Randy Belice/NBAE Photos))Phoenix will come home from a four game road trip w/ a 3-1 record, including a last second victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.  Shawn Marion's floater (his only FG) was just enough to get the victory.  The Suns lone loss on the road trip came to the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves, who have given the Suns fits all year.

Today's game was fairly close until the 4th quarter, when Leandro Barbosa took over as the Suns went on a 12-0 run to put the game out of reach.  Barbosa only scored 13 pts, but his contributions late in the game were critical.  Amare Stoudemire led Phoenix w/ 24 pts, while Marion put in 15 pts, 11 rbs and fantasy stat building 6 steals.  The Suns' Steve Nash did not score until midway through the 2nd quarter and finished w/ 14 pts and 6 TO's.

The Bulls were led by the suddenly aggressive Kirk Hinrich, who recorded 31 pts in the loss, his second 30 pt game of the week.

The final score was the Suns second lowest scoring output of the season, but still good enough to defeat Chicago.  Phoenix only shot 41% in the game, but Chicago couldn't even match that, finishing with a 34.7% shooting debacle.  Phoenix put up 25 three's, but only hit 5 (20%) - the worst shooter being Raja Bell (only 1 of 8).

Homestand welcome...
The Suns open a 6 game homestand Tuesday against Atlanta and will play the majority of their remaining games this year in Phoenix, where they have excelled the past few years.  Tough tests are ahead, including games against the Spurs and the Western Conference leading New Orleans Hornets.  All 6 games can be seen locally on FSN AZ (Fox Sports Arizona).

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Published Sunday, January 27, 2008 10:16 PM by chowell

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Monday, January 28, 2008 4:35 PM by Patrick

# re: Bulls no match for Suns' 4th quarter surge, Phoenix wins 88-77

heck ya suns goin all the way this year.