Sun sets on Phoenix record
The Philadelphia 76ers end the Phoenix Suns' bid for a piece of NBA history.
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2007 09:21 GMT

76ers centre Samuel Dalembert, centre right, dunks against the Phoenix Suns [AFP]

The Phoenix Suns were one win away from becoming the first team in National Basketball Association (NBA) history to go undefeated on the road against rivals from the opposite conference, but were stopped by the Philadelphia 76ers in a 99-94 loss at the Wachovia Center, Philadelphia on Wednesday.
Philadelphia forward Andre Iguodala recorded 24 points and seven rebounds, while guard Willie Green scored 20 points as the Sixers stopped the Suns' run and avoided getting swept in the season series against Phoenix for the third year in a row.

"A win is a win, but certainly playing against Phoenix knowing they're coming in with 14 straight wins against Eastern Conference opponents is a big win for us," said Maurice Cheeks, Sixers coach. 

"Phoenix, being as good as they are, we tried to come in and put the focus on winning."

Suns centre Amare Stoudemire had 31 points and 13 rebounds, while Nash added 23 and nine assists for the visitors, who were without fellow All-Star Shawn Marion due to hand and quadriceps injuries.

"We just didn't make enough shots," Nash said.

"They played a good game and we played a sub-par game, and they beat us.

"We usually win on back-to-backs. I don't know what it was.

"Someone out there wasn't going to let us win all 15 road games in the East."

The Suns had won their 14th straight road game over an Eastern team by coming from 18 points down in the third quarter against Indiana before running out winners 103-92 on Tuesday.

A record nonetheless

As it was, the Suns' 14-1 record on the road against the East set a league record for winning percentage (.933), and they are now 23-4 overall against Eastern Conference teams.

The Suns may have already thought they had 15 from 15 in the bag as the Sixers had lost five of their last seven games going into Wednesday's clash.

However a determined effort saw the home side gain a valuable win, out-rebounding the Suns 50-37 and making sure that the NBA's best three-point shooting team connected on just 10 of 26 from beyond the arc.

"We just didn't pull it off," Mike D'Antoni, Phoenix coach, said. 

"Give them credit"

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