NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at LA Clippers
(Wednesday, February 18th)
Final Score: Phoenix 142, LA Clippers 116
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Amare Stoudemire had 42 points and 11 rebounds, and the Phoenix Suns swept a home-and-home series with the Clippers by routing Los Angeles, 142-116, at Staples Center.
New Suns head coach Alvin Gentry improved to 2-0 since taking over for Terry Porter, albeit both wins have come against the Clippers, who have the third- worst record in the NBA at 13-42. The Suns have recorded their two highest offensive outputs of the season in the past two games, as the team crushed LA, 140-100, on Tuesday night.
"They were undersized, they only had one big guy. They only had one big guy in there so we took advantage of that," Gentry said. "Hopefully we got our confidence back."
Steve Nash contributed 21 points and 12 assists in the win for Phoenix, its fourth in the last six games overall. Jason Richardson, who returned from a one-game suspension, added 17 points, while Shaquille O'Neal recorded 16 points and six rebounds.
"On paper, we match up against anybody," O'Neal said. "We just have to go out and get it done."
Al Thornton scored a team-high 33 points for the Clippers, who were without Zach Randolph, who was suspended for two games after punching Phoenix' Louis Amundson on Tuesday. Eric Gordon had 23 points as LA fell for the third time in four games.
"We were overwhelmed by their size," Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy said. Our guys competed at a high level, but we only had one big guy (since Randolph was suspended)."
Reserve Fred Jones tallied a season-high 20 points, while Baron Davis had 14 in defeat.
The Clippers ended the first quarter on an 11-2 run but still trailed, 30-29, after the opening 12 minutes.
LA went up, 34-30, early in the second but a 17-4 Suns run put Phoenix back out in front. Stoudemire had nine points during the burst and his jumper gave the Suns a 47-38 lead. They led, 67-53, at halftime.
The Clips got as close as seven in the third quarter, but a Richardson layup in the final minute sent the Suns to the fourth with a 103-90 lead.
Phoenix outscored the Clippers, 13-5, in the early minutes of the fourth, as a Leandro Barbosa jumper made it a 116-95 game, and the Suns cruised from that point.
LA's Ricky Davis was ejected after receiving two technical fouls at the end of the third quarter. He scored 10 points...Stoudemire had 29 points and seven rebounds on 12-of-15 shooting in the first half. He shot 15-of-20 overall and 12-of-13 from the free throw line..Phoenix swept the season series from the Clippers, 4-0...Barbosa had 13 points for the Suns...Phoenix shot 58.9 percent overall, while LA shot 47.7 percent...DeAndre Jordan had nine points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers.
02/19 01:21:24 ET