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Phoenix Suns Rack Up Defeats to the Cleveland Cavaliers, New Jersey Nets, and San Antonio to Extend Losing Streak

As a result of the four-game skid, Planet Orange is lingering near the bottom of the Pacific Division and Western Conference standings with a 4-8 record.

The first loss of the weekend came on Thursday night when the Cleveland Cavaliers came to US Airways Center on conquered Phoenix 101-90. While Michael Redd made a big splash during his debut in a purple and orange uniform with 12 points, the rest of the Suns pulled a major bellyflop by giving up 20 second chance points as the Cavs grabbed 15 rebounds.

Things were even worse against the New Jersey Nets on Friday as the Eastern Conference team waylaid the Suns 110-103. Both Steve Nash and Grant Hill sat on the bench with leg problems and watched as Nets superstar Deron Williams (35 points, 14 assists) helped steamroll the Suns through most of the game, amassing a 12-point deficient over Planet Orange by the fourth quarter. Some hot play by Ronnie Price and Shannon Brown (who subbed for the injured Nash and Hill) couldn't salvage the game for Phoenix, who cut the lead to only three points with less than three minutes left before New Jersey put it out of their reach.

Phoenix then began a five-game road trip with a visit to the hated San Antonio Spurs, which resulted in a 102-91 loss. The squad was as tough as ever, running up a 14-point lead over the Suns through the first half with Tim Duncan nabbing 24 points and 11 rebounds. Planet Orange clawed its way back to within five points with as many minutes left in the game as Marcin Gortat caught fire and contributed 24 points and 15 rebounds and a rested Steve Nash provided 20 points and 10 assists. San Antonio halted the come-from-behind win as the Suns fell apart in the final moments.

Things aren't going to be any easier for the Suns when they hit the Windy City tonight to battle the league-leading Chicago Bulls. Although anything can happen, its likely to be a slaughter. Tip off is at 6 p.m. TV: Fox Sports Arizona. Radio: KTAR 620 AM. For more info, visit www.suns.com.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.