Phoenix Falls to Miami 117-113

Suns' 2nd straight loss to sub-par opponent
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2007 12:09 AM CST
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade pushed the ball upcourt against the Phoenix Suns during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 10, 2007 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Phoenix Suns lost to Eastern Conference cellar-dweller Miami 117-113 tonight,  on the heels of a defeat to the NBA’s worst team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, in their last game on Saturday. The Suns never led after the first quarter against the Heat and needed 21 points in the final four minutes to avoid an even more embarrassing home loss, reports the Arizona Republic

Dwyane Wade scored 31 points, to go along with six dimes, to lead the Heat. Shaquille O’Neal was one of three Miami players to record a double-double. Grant Hill, Shawn Marion, Amare Stoudemire and Raja Bell each had 19 points for Phoenix, but it wasn’t enough as shoddy defense and inconsistent offense prevented Phoenix from coming away with the victory.