2/20/2012 7:46:16 AM
The Wizards opened their trek impressively with wins at Detroit and Portland,
their first back-to-back triumphs of the season, before faltering against the
LA Clippers and Utah. Most recently John Wall scored 24 points to lead
Washington and Jordan Crawford added 21, in the team's 114-100 setback vs. the
JaVale McGee ended with 15 points while Nick Young and rookie Jan Vesely each
had 10 as the Wizards fell to 3-12 as the visitor on the season.
"They swung it around and made some shots," said Wizards coach Randy Wittman.
"We have to do a better job of when a guy gets going, step up to the plate,
get a little pissed off about what's going on and fight the guy."
Washington hasn't finished with a .500 or better record on a road trip of four
or more games since a 3-1 excursion from Dec. 17-22, 2006.
The Suns, meanwhile, opened a six-game homestand on Sunday by salvaging the
back end of a home-and-home set with their Pacific Division rival, the Lakers.
Jared Dudley led Phoenix with a season-high 25 points as Phoenix topped LA,
102-90. Marcin Gortat had a double-double with 21 points and 15 rebounds, and
Steve Nash added 14 assists for the Suns, who avenged a 111-99 loss on Friday
night in Los Angeles two days earlier.
"I think offensively we were really efficient and we did a good job of
executing," said Suns head coach Alvin Gentry. "It was just a really good win
for us and we desperately need a good solid win at home against a good team."
Phoenix, which is just 6-8 at US Airways Center in 2011-12, has won four
straight and 19 of 22 against the Wizards in the Grand Canyon State.
The Suns will finish their residency by hosting Golden State, Minnesota, the
LA Clippers and Sacramento.