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Suns maintain best record

January 10, 2005 14:02 IST
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Shawn Marion had 21 points and Amare Stoudemire contributed 20 and 14 rebounds as the Phoenix Suns crushed the Indiana Pacers 124-89 on Sunday, improving their NBA best record to 30-4.

It was the largest margin of victory this season for the streaking Suns and their sixth straight win surpassed last year's win total with still over half the schedule remaining.

The Suns wasted no time taking control of the contest, storming to a 35-17 first quarter lead.

Phoenix got contributions from nearly everyone up and down the line-up with seven players figuring in double digits, Joe Johnson hitting for 15 points, Quentin Richardson 14 and Steve Nash, Steven Hunter and Maciej Lampe 10 apiece.

In Seattle, Vladimir Radmanovic poured in 27 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, sparking the SuperSonics to a 108-98 win over the Miami Heat.

It was the second time in six days the SuperSonics had beaten the Heat, having snapped Miami's franchise record 14-game winning steak on Monday.

Danny Fortson had a double-double for Seattle, contributing 18 points and 10 rebounds to the cause while Ray Allen had 15 points and seven assists.

Shaquille O'Neal had a game high 28 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks for the Heat.

In Denver, Tracy McGrady had 45 points and Yao Ming added 21 and seven rebounds as the Houston Rockets dumped the Nuggets 116-98.

Carmelo Anthony, Denver's leading scorer who has been slowed by nagging ankle injuries, was back in form draining 27 points but the Nuggets woes continue as they suffered their fourth straight loss and 10th in 11 games.

In Toronto, Chris Bosh had his fourth straight double-double pouring in 21 points and snaring a career high 17 rebounds to power the Raptors to a 109-87 win over the faltering Golden State Warriors, who absorbed their fifth straight loss.

Morris Peterson also had 21 points for the Raptors while Rafer Alston broke out of a long scoring slump, hitting for 15 points after missing 23 consecutive shots.

Trailing by two at the half, the Raptors outscored the Warriors 36-17 in the third quarter to register their third win in four games.

In New York, Allan Houston had a season-high 20 points and Stephon Marbury added 20 and 12 rebounds as the Knicks snapped a four-game losing skid with a 113-105 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Zach Randolf drained a game high 27 and grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double but it was not enough to keep the Trail Blazers from suffering their third straight loss as they embark on a six-game road trip.

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