The two All-Stars added to their efficiency rating Saturday
night, combining for 18 points in the final period -- 10 by Marion,
eight by Marbury -- to lead Phoenix to a 116-107 victory over the
Golden State Warriors, the Suns' highest point production of the
Marbury, who was 16-of-17 from the free-throw line, finished
with 32 points, and Marion who was 14-of-21 from the field, scored
29. Marion also had a game-high 15 rebounds.
"Our goal was to win our last three games before the All-Star
break," Marion said. "Now, we have two wins. We have one more to
The Warriors, sparked by Richardson's six points and the play of
reserve guard Bob Sura, used a 20-6 run over the final 4:41 of the
second quarter to take a 58-57 halftime lead. That burst helped
Golden State overcome a 14-point deficit, 44-30, in the middle of
the period. During their big spurt, the Warriors outhustled and
outrebounded the Suns, capitalizing on several fast-break
With Marion scoring seven points and Marbury six, the Suns
regained the lead, 81-76, after three periods and never trailed in
the fourth quarter. Phoenix's zone defense disrupted the Warriors'
offense in the third period.
"We went to a zone in the third period and took them out of
their rhythm," Phoenix coach Frank Johnson said, noting that the
Warriors scored only 18 points in the quarter, after a 37-point
second period. "We did it to try and draw them out of their
offensive rhythm, and it helped.
"They had used a zone in the second quarter to throw us off. It
was payback time in the third quarter."
Warriors coach Eric Musselman said the differences in the game
were Golden State's lack of defense, turnovers and the Suns' foul
shooting. Golden State turned the ball over 17 times, including
seven by Arenas, to Phoenix's 11. The Suns shot 38 foul shots,
hitting 32. The Warriors were 23-of-27 from the line.
"We need to work to get better at defense at the end of the
game and take a lot better care of the basketball," Musselman
said. "Down the stretch, Phoenix got to the foul line a lot. Every
time we made a run, they ended up at the foul line."
Phoenix had used an 11-0 run midway through the first quarter to
build a 34-21 lead by the end of the period. Stoudemire led the
Suns' charge with nine points, but sat out virtually the entire
second period with three fouls.
This was the first of six straight games at America West
Arena for the Suns. The home stand ends Feb. 19 against Houston. In
between, Phoenix plays Chicago, the Clippers, New York and Boston.
... A moment of silence was held before the game in memory of the
seven astronauts who died aboard the spacecraft Columbia on
Saturday. ... Phoenix center Scott Williams was a high school
senior when the space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after
takeoff in 1986 and he vividly remembers the disaster. ``Those
images haunted me for a long time,'' he said. Williams played nine
minutes in the first half but sat out the second because of an
upper respiratory illness. ... Despite the Warriors' losing record
(20-26), they lead the NBA in free throws made, offensive rebound
percentage, offensive rebounds per game and total rebounds per
game. ... Alton Ford, who had scored only three points in nine
previous games with the Suns, scored four on Saturday _ all in the