PHOENIX (AP) -- After squandering double-digit leads in the second half of three straight home losses, the Phoenix Suns found a
way to win at America West Arena.
Shawn Marion had 22 points and 15 rebounds and Raja Bell scored
a season-high 20 points, helping the Suns to a 101-86 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night for coach Mike D'Antoni's 100th NBA win.
"The 100th win means absolutely nothing," said D'Antoni, who guided the Suns to a league-high 62 wins last season. "It was good for us to get a win at home. We had good stretches of very good basketball. We played well for a while and for some reason we had a couple of lapses in the middle of the game instead of at the end of the game, which is good."
Leandro Barbosa, starting for the first time this season, added 19 points for the Suns, and Steve Nash had 18 points and 10 assists.
"Finally, we won one at home," Barbosa, who fell one point short of recording his third consecutive game with 20 or more points, said. "That's what we were looking for. At the end of the game we played hard and got a couple of steals and that made the
After being outscored 88-69 in the fourth quarter of their previous three home games, Phoenix outscored Golden State 20-16 in the final period.
"We needed it," Marion said of the home victory. "This is a step in the right direction. Now, we've got to use this as a building block."
Bell said: "It was exciting to get that first win at home. We owed it to ourselves and to our fans to finish out the game and solidify that we can win games like that."
Coach Mike Montgomery bemoaned the Warriors' lackadaisical performance.
"We weren't ready to play at all," he said. "We never really did the things you need to win a game like this. They [the Suns] play small. They mess with the game because they don't play a center. They're quick with that lineup. Marion is a hard matchup for us athletically."
The Suns took a 35-18 first-period lead thanks to Bell's 12 points, Nash's seven assists and the team's 60 percent shooting (15-for-25). Phoenix built the advantage to 20 points four times in the second quarter, before the Warriors cut the deficit to 53-47 at halftime.
Golden State mounted its comeback with a small lineup, including four guards -- Richardson, Davis, Fisher and Calbert Cheaney. Those four accounted for 25 of the Warriors' 29 points in the second
period, with Richardson and Fisher each scoring nine.
Richardson missed all five of his shots in the opening quarter, before connecting on four of five in the second period, while Cheaney was 3-for-3 in the quarter.
Bell triggered the Suns' early burst, hitting all five of his shots in the opening period, including two 3-pointers. During one span, he scored eight in a row in Phoenix's 12-0 run following an opening basket by Davis. In the first 6:15, the Suns ran their patented fastbreak to perfection and made 10 of their first 12 shots, with Nash setting up six of the field goals.
The Suns upped their lead to 81-70 after three quarters as Bell added seven points. Davis kept the Warriors in contention with 14 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Pietrus scored Golden State's other nine points in the period.
America West Arena will be renamed Monday following the merger between America West Airlines and US Airways that was completed this year. ... Marion and San Antonio's Tim Duncan are
the only players in the league to record a double-double in each game this season. ... Before Saturday, the Warriors had limited opponents under 100 points in five of their six games. ... The Suns' Boris Diaw required two stitches above his left eye after being hit by an elbow from Fisher with 5:22 remaining in the third quarter. ... This was the Suns' 116th victory over Golden State, their most against any team.