Suns face Bulls Friday

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CHICAGO -- Because the Phoenix Suns have one of the NBA's oldest starting lineups and are playing their first season under a new coach, their streak of four straight 50-win seasons appeared to be in jeopardy.

With Amare Stoudemire still in his prime, however, Phoenix is in position for its best start in eight years.

Stoudemire looks to follow one of the best games of his career with another strong outing as the Suns try to improve to 5-1 for the first time since 2000-01 in a road game against the Chicago Bulls tonight.

Stoudemire was one point shy of his career high with 49 in Phoenix's 113-103 win over Indiana on Wednesday night.

He also had 11 rebounds and six assists.

The 25-year-old forward is the only Suns player under 32 years old to start every game.

Meanwhile, the Bulls have shot 38 percent from the field in dropping three of four games since a win in its season opener.

The Bulls were 31-for-79 in a 107-93 road loss to Cleveland on Wednesday night.

First-year Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro spent the last two seasons in the Phoenix front office and is facing the Suns for the first time since he was passed over for their head coaching position over the summer.

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