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Suns lucky 13
The Phoenix Suns power to their 13th straight win.
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2007 15:10 GMT

Happy times at the Phoenix Suns [GALLO/GETTY]

The Phoenix Suns made it 13th straight National basketball Association wins when they downed the Kevin Garnett-less Minnesota Timberwolves 131-102.
Amare Stoudemire scored 25 points and Shawn Marion added 17 and a season-high 20 rebounds as the Suns downed the Timberwolves who were clearly missing the star Garnett after he was suspended one game by the NBA for taking a swing at Detroit's Antonio McDyess in a game on Friday.

The Suns have now won 31 of their last 34 games and own the NBA's second-best record behind Dallas (34-8).
  
The Suns set a franchise-record 15-game winning streak earlier this season, and look to break it with their up tempo offence.

Phoenix visits Washington on Tuesday. The Wizards ended the Suns' 15-game run on December 22.
  
Stoudemire led the way for Phoenix, making 11-of-14 shots from the field and also grabbing eight rebounds.
  
Marion was 8-of-12 from floor, throwing down an assortment of emphatic dunks and controlling the boards for the Suns, who have averaged 112 points during their winning streak.

Barry drives Spurs

Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs have shown their depth as Brent Barry came off the bench to score 23 points and see off the Philadelphia 76ers 99-85.

With starters Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili struggling, Barry combined with Tim Duncan, who added 17 and 15 rebounds, to give the Spurs a rare win in Philadelphia.

The Texans have lost five of six National Basketball Association games since 1999, before last night a sole victory on November 18, 2004 was the only one in that time.

Struggling to a 5-5 record in their last 10 games, the Spurs received a huge contribution from their reserves, who scored 52 points.
  
Barry shot 8-of-11 from the field, including 5-of-8 from three point rainge. With San Antonio's starting backcourt struggling through a bad shooting night, Barry stretched the defence with his shooting ability and drove the ball effectively into the lane.
  
Parker and Ginobili combined for just 20 points.
  
The Sixers continue to struggle in the post-Iverson era with the defeat their fourth in five games.

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