NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Phoenix
(Monday, February 2nd)
Final Score: Phoenix 129, Sacramento 81
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Amare Stoudemire led a balanced attack with 25 points and eight rebounds, and the Phoenix Suns set a US Airways Center record for largest winning margin with a 129-81 blowout of the Sacramento Kings.
Jason Richardson scored 16 of his 24 points in the opening quarter for the Suns, who led by as many as 50, on the way to breaking a two-game skid. Grant Hill scored 14, Leandro Barbosa 11, and Shaquille O'Neal ended with 10 points and nine rebounds as the Suns also broke a three-game slide at home.
"I think it was definitely needed, I talked earlier about just for our confidence we needed a game like this," said Suns coach Terry Porter. "We can start believing again that we are a good team. I think when you lose in this league, there are always doubts. We just have been kind of hitting bumps in the road. We needed to win to kind of get us going."
John Salmons had 19 points and seven rebounds for the Kings, losers in nine of their last 10 games. They also fell to 3-23 on the road and lost to the Suns for a sixth consecutive time.
"They came out aggressive early," said Salmons. "I think what hurt us was our transition defense and our rebounding. We did a poor job getting back when we were missing shots and they were throwing the ball down and getting easy layups and it snowballed from there."
Richardson was on fire early, nailing a three-pointer for a 13-5 lead. The Suns ended the first quarter on a 14-4 surge, widening their lead to 40-19.
Barbosa's three-ball expanded the margin to 57-30 with five minutes remaining in the second, and Louis Amundson's jam expanded the lead to 73-41 with a few seconds left in the half.
Salmons capped the half with a pair of free throws, but facing a 30-point deficit, it only got worse for the Kings in the third. Stoudemire had six straight Phoenix points at one juncture, moving the difference to 97-53. A Robin Lopez layup provided the largest margin at 105-55 with two minutes left in the third.
It was 105-57 moving to the fourth and the Suns had more easy baskets with their reserves in the game in the last quarter.
Before Monday, Phoenix's largest margin of victory at US Airways Center was 46, against the Clippers on February 2, 2000...The Suns held a 59-35 rebounding cushion and shot 51.1 percent from the field, compared to 36.9 percent for the Kings...Phoenix has won 11 of the last 12 meetings...Phoenix's largest margin of victory is 55, set April 19, 1989 (140-85) against Sacramento...Kevin Martin had 13 points, while Jason Thompson posted 12 points and eight boards before fouling out for Sacramento...The Suns went 33-of-40 at the foul line, compared to 13-of-18 for the Kings...Sacramento had 26 turnovers.
02/03 01:01:30 ET