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Suns romp behind 20 three-pointers

The Baltimore Sun

Shawn Marion scored a season-high 27 points, had six blocked shots and hit five of Phoenix's 20 three-pointers to lead the Suns to a 137-115 rout of the Denver Nuggets in a matchup of division leaders last night.

Marcus Banks, who has played his way back into the Suns' rotation, made a career-high seven threes en route to a season-best 23 points. The 20 three-pointers matched a franchise record and were one shy of the NBA record set by Toronto on March 13, 2005.

Allen Iverson scored 32 for the Nuggets, 17 in the first quarter, when his team fell behind 46-34.

Off the Court -- Heat center Shaquille O'Neal flew to Los Angeles to seek medical treatment for a hip injury that has sidelined him the past five games. O'Neal's departure two games into a five-game trip is the latest setback for the injury-marred Heat. He bruised his left hip Dec. 22 when he dived for a loose ball and slid into the scorer's table against Utah.

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