Sharpshooting Suns rout Clippers 124-93

  • Associated press
  • Friday, December 25, 2009 8:02pm
  • Sports

PHOENIX — Amare Stoudemire led seven Phoenix players in double figures with 26 points and the Suns beat the Los Angeles Clippers for the sixth straight time in a 124-93 rout on Friday night.

Jared Dudley and J.R. Richardson each added 18 for the Suns in their most lopsided victory and the Clippers’ worst loss this season.

Dudley, scoreless in Phoenix’s home loss to Oklahoma City on Wednesday night, made 4 of 5 3-pointers.

The Suns shot 54 percent, including 12 of 24 3s. They entered the game losers of two in a row, both at US Airways Center, after starting the season 10-0 at home.

Rasual Butler scored 22 and Chris Kaman had 19 for the Clippers, who had won two of three and four of six.

Grant Hill banked one in from three-quarters court at the halftime buzzer to put Phoenix up 67-55. The Suns turned it into a blowout in the third quarter.

Los Angeles was without Marcus Camby after the first quarter because of a sore left knee.

The Clippers shot just 40 percent, and no one struggled more than Eric Gordon, who scored 11 points on 4 of 15 shooting.

Leandro Barbosa scored 12 points in his return to the Suns after missing 12 games because of a sprained left ankle.

The Suns got off to a listless start, with the Clippers grabbing 14 of the game’s first 15 rebounds and taking a 16-8 lead. But Steve Nash’s driving layup kicked off a 12-2 run that put Phoenix up 20-18 on Richardson’s 22-footer, and the Suns led 30-26 after one.

A 10-2 spurt boosted the lead to 40-32 on Barbosa’s driving layup.

The Suns outscored the Clippers 12-4 to start the second half, making it 79-59 on Richardson’s 12-foot runner. Hill’s three-point play on a rebound basket put Phoenix ahead 86-64.

Stoudemire’s three-point play with 35.9 seconds left gave the Suns a 101-77 lead after three quarters.

NOTES: The Suns were 4-8 in Barbosa’s absence. … Nash is 18 shy of 14,000 career points. … Phoenix has not lost three straight this season. … After being outrebounded 14-1 to start the game, the Suns had a 44-26 advantage the rest of the way. … Kaman had seven rebounds in the first five minutes and three the rest of the game.

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