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Warriors look to improve standing against Suns

Feb 13, 2008 - 1:11 PM Phoenix (36-15) at Golden State (31-20) 9:00 pm EST

OAKLAND, California (Ticker) - While the Golden State Warriors might be in the thick of the playoff race, they won't be able to contend for a division title without winning some games against the Phoenix Suns.

The Warriors get a chance to make their claim as the best team in the Pacific Division on Wednesday when they host the Western Conference-leading Phoenix Suns.

Golden State is currently tied with the Houston Rockets for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference and is five games behind the Suns in third place in the Pacific Division.

Shaquille O'Neal, who was acquired by the Suns on February 6, is still nursing a left hip injury and is unlikely to play in the contest.

The Warriors picked up their second straight win on Monday, 120-117, against the Washington Wizards. Despite trailing by 23 points during the second quarter, captain Stephen Jackson scored 41 points as Golden State came from behind for its fourth win in five games.

The Suns completed back-to-back wins with a narrow 108-107 triumph over the Wizards on Sunday. Amare Stoudemire led the way, scoring 31 points while grabbing 13 rebounds.

Stoudemire, who is averaging 23 points and 9.4 rebounds per game this season, had 17 points and eight boards during a 129-114 loss to the Warriors when the teams met for the first time this season on November 26.