(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Suns will try to extend their winning streak
Sunday evening when they head to the Wells Fargo Center to meet the
The Suns open a six-game eastern road trip and won two in a row back home
before the flight left. Phoenix needed overtime, but eventually came out on
top against the New Orleans Hornets on Friday, 111-108.
Same story for Phoenix as it has been all year. The Suns fell 19 points behind
in the second half, but came back for the win. It was the 11th time the Suns
trailed by double-digits in 13 games this season.
"Obviously a much needed win, but I just thought we hung in," said Suns coach
Alvin Gentry. "We didn't get off to the start that we wanted to and we have to
do a little bit better job of following the game plan. That caused us some
problems as far as getting in the paint, but I just thought we kept battling
and found a way to come up with the win."
The Suns are 1-4 on the road this season, but are 2-0 with their new starting
lineup. Out were Luis Scola and Jared Dudley and in came Markieff Morris and
Shannon Brown. Six Suns, including a game-high 23 from Morris, scored in
double-figures and the Suns only committed 10 turnovers on Friday night.
The Sixers lost a heartbreaker at home Saturday night to the Oklahoma City
Thunder, 116-109 in overtime. Kevin Durant went off for 37 points thanks to
15-for-17 shooting from the free-throw line. Russell Westbrook scored 30 with
The foul shooting became an interesting subplot on Saturday night. The Thunder
attempted and converted 20 more free-throw attempts than Philadelphia and
Oklahoma City made 86.5 percent.
"It's tough to guard the foul line," said Sixers coach Doug Collins.
The news on the injury front wasn't great for the 76ers on Saturday.
Jason Richardson sprained his ankle against the Thunder and only played 18
minutes. His status for Sunday night is doubtful.
The bigger, but far less shocking story had to do with Andrew Bynum.
The former All-Star center, acquired in a summer blockbuster, will be out
indefinitely. There are no timelines for his return now as he is suffering
from "bilateral bone bruises and a weakened cartilage state" in his knees.
"We've said all along that we need some patience, that this is hard to predict
this healing process," 76ers general manager Tony DiLeo said. "Andrew is the
indicator how his body reacts."
The Sixers are getting toward the end of a run of eight out of nine games at
home. They are 3-3 at home during this stretch with Sunday night and Tuesday's
game against the Dallas Mavericks remaining.
The two teams have split the last six meetings and the Sixers are 2-1 in
Philadelphia since the 2008-09 season.
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