Suns deal Wizards 7th loss in row

The Baltimore Sun

PHOENIX -- Amare Stoudemire had 31 points, including two game-clinching free throws with 7.5 seconds to play, and the Phoenix Suns handed the Washington Wizards their seventh straight loss, 108-107, last night.

The skid is Washington's longest in nearly four years.

Antawn Jamison had 28 points and Brendan Haywood scored a season-high 21 for the Wizards, who last lost seven in a row March 5-16, 2004.

Stoudemire also had 13 rebounds and four blocked shots for the Suns, who played with their newest member Shaquille O'Neal watching from the bench in street clothes.

O'Neal worked out lightly before the game and was scheduled to practice today.

Raja Bell scored 21 points for Phoenix. Steve Nash had 10 points and 12 assists.

Washington trailed nearly the entire game but never by more than 10 points.

Nash's three-pointer with 1:42 to play put Phoenix ahead 103-97, then his two free throws made it 105-99 with 30.7 seconds to go.

Jamison's two free throws sliced the lead to 106-104 with 8.8 seconds to play, then Stoudemire put it away with two from the foul line with 7.5 seconds left. He has made 30 free throws in a row, tying his career high.

DeShawn Stevenson made a three-pointer at the buzzer to make it a one-point finish.

The already short-handed Wizards were without Caron Butler because of a left hip flexor and Antonio Daniels because of a sore right ankle.

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