Marbury, on the bench with four fouls for the first five minutes
of the fourth quarter, scored 14 of his 22 points in the last six
minutes to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 102-90 victory over the Trail
Blazers on Saturday night.
The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for Phoenix.
"The most important thing when you get in a situation like that
as a basketball player is to continue to stay focused," said
Marbury, who shot 5-for-6 in the fourth, including three
3-pointers. "We needed this game bad because we haven't been
Tony Delk had 27 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in a
reserve role for Phoenix. Rodney Rogers added 18 points and Shawn
Marion finished with 16 for the Suns, who faced a nine-point
deficit with 7:17 remaining.
Penny Hardaway, the Suns' second-leading scorer, scored six
points on 3-for-15 shooting.
"We controlled the whole game," Portland coach Maurice Cheeks
said. "It's a shame we lost that game. It's disappointing because
we controlled the whole game."
Stoudamire hit a 3-pointer and added a layup to give Portland a
78-69 lead, and the Trail Blazers held an 85-80 advantage when
Stoudamire hit a 3-pointer with 4:07 left.
Then, Marbury took over. He scored 12 straight points on three
3-pointers, a layup and a free throw, giving the Suns a 92-85 lead
with 1:38 remaining.
Phoenix, which trailed by as many as 10 in the second half,
outscored the Blazers 31-12 over the final 7:17.
The Suns outscored the Blazers 42-24 in the fourth quarter after
scoring a season-low 60 points over the first three quarters.
"That's what frustrates you so much," said Derek Anderson, who
scored all 13 of his points in the second half. "We did everything
we could to win this game. But we didn't stay together at the end.
We didn't depend on each other."
With Marbury on the bench with three fouls, Delk was the
catalyst for the Suns in the first half.
Delk scored 11 points in a 13-4 run as the Suns rallied from a
23-15 deficit and took a 28-27 lead with 9:47 left in the first
"Coming off the bench, you want to bring some energy and do
something to get the team going," Delk said. "The key is
offensive rebounding. You tell guys, the way to score in this
league is just follow the ball."
Wallace hit a jumper and Steve Kerr added three free throws when
he was fouled by Hardaway on a 3-point attempt, as Portland
regained the lead 32-28.
Rogers scored four points, and Delk and John Wallace scored
three each as the Suns outscored Portland 14-6 over the final 7:54
of the half for a 42-38 lead at the break.
The Suns' 40-point quarter was their first since a 120-115
loss to Dallas on Dec. 11, 1999. ... Portland is 3-5 in the second
game of back-to-back sets, and 2-13 when Wallace scores fewer than
23 points. ... Hardaway missed eight of nine first-half shots, including a
dunk and a layup, to go with two turnovers and two fouls. But he
also blocked a pair of shots in the first half. ... Phoenix has won
five of its last six against Portland.