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Seattle SuperSonics (23-25) at Phoenix Suns (18-33), 9 p.m.

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(Sports Network) - The Seattle try and put the brakes on a two-game losing streak tonight when they kick off a brief two-game road trip against the Phoenix at America West Arena.

Last night, the Sonics found themselves on the wrong end of a 96-90 decision to and the defending NBA champion San Antonio at Key Arena. scored 11 of his game-high 25 points in the third quarter for Seattle, while added 22 points in a losing effort.

Allen, who was chippy all night with San Antonio's , made just 8-of-20 shots from the field, as the Sonics fell for the fifth time in their last six tries.

Seattle, which will close its trek in Portland on Sunday, has dropped three in a row and seven of its last eight games on the road and is 9-13 away from home this season.

Phoenix, meanwhile, also comes into tonight's tilt on a sour note after dropping a 101-97 decision to the Portland on Wednesday at America West Arena.

returned to the Phoenix lineup and came off the bench to score 21 points, but the fell for the fourth time in five games. Stoudemire was nursing a sprained toe and ankle and hadn't played since a January 18 win against Portland. he is expected to start tonight.

led all players with 25 points for Phoenix. Johnson, who has thrived since the deal, has scored 20 or more points in seven straight games, which is the second-longest current streak in the NBA behind Orlando's (14).

Stoudemire's lay-in got Phoenix within 100-95 and he was fouled on a bucket that made it 100-97, but missed the free throw and the remained behind 100-97 with 30 seconds left.

The had a shot for a tie, but missed a three with 6.4 ticks remaining and sealed it with a free throw for the Blazers.

Marion had trouble hitting shots all night, going just 4-of-18 from the field.

Elsewhere on the injury front forward continues to be sidelined with a sore wrist and there is no timetable for his return.

The , who will be playing the third leg of a five-game homestand tonight, have won three of their last five home games and are 12-12 at America West Arena this season.

These two teams have split their two matchups this season, but Seattle has won four of six and six of the last nine matchups. The Sonics, though, have dropped three of four in Phoenix and are just 3-8 in their last 11 in the desert.

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