The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

9 March 2007

Sun burned

For a moment in the first quarter, it looked like Phoenix was going to run away with it; the Suns scored 34 points in 12 minutes, and 21 of them came from 3-balls. But the Hornets stuck close, trailing by one at the half and briefly taking the lead a couple of times after that. Finally, with 3.5 seconds to go, the Hornets, down one, got a stop, and after a timeout, the timing of which was questioned by the Suns, tried one last shot. Didn't go, and that's how it ended: Suns 104, Hornets 103.

This was one of those rare games where everybody who played scored, but nobody scored a whole lot. Leandro Barbosa, off the bench, was high man for the Suns with 19, and Amare Stoudemire picked up the double-double with 18 points and 11 boards. Captain America Steve Nash dropped in 15. For the night, the Suns tried 35 treys, and connected on 14; Raja Bell got five of them.

David West and Devin Brown had 19 points each to lead the Bees; Tyson Chandler got his 14th straight double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds). Weird statistic: both Hornets and Suns starters scored 70 points. (Jannero Pargo led the Hornet bench with 15.)

Minnesota obligingly lost tonight, so the Bees, 0-4 in March, remain in 10th place in the conference. The last meeting with the Jazz is tomorrow night.

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