The Phoenix Suns were off and running as never before last night, and the Indiana Pacers hardly knew what hit them. Shawn Marion scored 21 points and Amare Stoudemire had 20 points and 14 rebounds to help the Suns rout the Pacers, 124-89, for their sixth straight victory and NBA-best 30th of the year, one more than they won all of last season.
Phoenix's 30-4 start ties the 1959-60 Celtics and 1971-72 Bucks for the best start for a team with four losses in NBA history.
Joe Johnson added 15 points, Quentin Richardson 14, and Steve Nash, Steven Hunter, and Maceij Lampe each scored 10 in the Suns' highest-scoring game since the 1999-2000 season. "It's a blast, man, especially when we come out like we did tonight," Marion said. "The crowd was into it, we were into it, we were all pumped up. We just ran away with it right from the jump, and they didn't show no signs of life out there."Phoenix never trailed, blowing open a 22-point lead in the first quarter, 25 in the second, 38 in the third, and 42 in the fourth. Jamaal Tinsley scored 21 points and Jermaine O'Neal had 16 for the Pacers, who fell to 0-3 on their four-game road trip. The Suns had the pedal to the floor from the start, opening up a 15-3 lead on Marion's 3-pointer, then 22-5 on Stoudemire's fast-break dunk with 5:44 left in the quarter.
Phoenix led by 22 twice in the first quarter, the last time at 31-9 on Richardson's turnaround 10-footer from the baseline with 1:56 left. The Suns got the lead to 25 late in the second quarter, the last time at 65-40 after Nash's 19-footer with 22 seconds to play. Tinsley's layup made it 65-42 at the break.
Phoenix started the second half with a 10-2 run to go up 75-44 on Marion's 13-foot turnaround jumper with 8:43 left in the quarter. "Hey, there's a reason they're 30-4," Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said. "They're really good."
SuperSonics 108, Heat 98 -- Vladimir Radmanovic scored 27 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, and host Seattle beat Miami for the second time in six days.Radmanovic hit three of his five 3-pointers in the final period and the Sonics ended a two-game losing streak by outscoring the Heat, 13-1, in the final 4:40. Shaquille O'Neal had 28 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat, but Radmanovic, who had 21 points in the second half, and the Sonics' reserves outscored their Miami counterparts, 66-17.
Rockets 116, Nuggets 98 -- Tracy McGrady scored 20 of his 45 points in the fourth quarter and had 12 rebounds to help Houston pull away in Denver.McGrady hit four 3-pointers and was 7 of 9 overall in the fourth quarter, reaching 40 points for the third time this season. McGrady finished 15 of 26, along with five assists and three blocks.Denver, which was led by Carmelo Anthony's 27 points, has lost four straight and 10 of 11.
Knicks 113, Trail Blazers 105 -- Allan Houston had his best game of the season for host New York with 25 points on 8-for-12 shooting as the Knicks broke a four-game losing streak. Jerome Williams played 44 minutes in his first start for the Knicks and had 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. Williams also had two fast-break baskets in the fourth quarter to help seal the victory. Zach Randolph scored 27 points and Ruben Patterson chipped in 20 for the Trail Blazers, losers of four straight.
Raptors 109, Warriors 87 -- Chris Bosh had 21 points and a career-high 17 rebounds and Rafer Alston ended a shooting slump with 14 second-half points to lead Toronto at home. Alston had missed his last 23 shots over three games before his layup sparked a 15-2 run in the third quarter. He made his next six shots as Toronto outscored Golden State, 36-17, in the third quarter and went on its biggest win of the season.
Clifford Robinson had 18 points for the Warriors.