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Phoenix wins fourth straight

Posted: Monday, November 22, 2004

LOS ANGELES Amare Stoudemire overcame early foul trouble to score 33 points, and the Phoenix Suns beat the Los Angeles Clippers 122-111 on Sunday for their fourth straight victory.

Joe Johnson had 23 points, and Shawn Marion 22 for the Suns, who improved to 8-2 and matched their best start since going 9-1 in 1980-81. Steve Nash had 22 points and 18 assists.

Quentin Richardson, playing his first regular-season game in Los Angeles since leaving the Clippers, had 11 points in 30 minutes before fouling out.

Stoudemire reached the 30-point mark for the fourth straight time and ninth time in 147 NBA games.

Marko Jaric scored 19 points for the Clippers.

Raptors 96, Spurs 91

TORONTO Lamond Murray scored all 13 of his points in the fourth quarter, helping Toronto overcome a 20-point deficit.

Rafer Alston had 20 points, a season-high 11 assists and seven rebounds for the Raptors, who ended a five-game losing streak.

Toronto snapped San Antonio's six-game winning streak by outscoring the Spurs 33-9 in the final period.

Tim Duncan had 26 points and 15 rebounds for the Spurs.

Raptors star Vince Carter scored just four points and didn't play in the fourth quarter, but Murray picked up the slack by going 6-for-7 from the field in the period.

Chris Bosh added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who staged the largest fourth-quarter comeback in team history rallying from 19 points down.

Heat 93, 76ers 83

MIAMI Dwyane Wade scored 25 points and Miami remained unbeaten against Eastern Conference opponents by beating short-handed Philadelphia.

Celtics 102, SuperSonics 83

BOSTON Ricky Davis scored 25 points and Paul Pierce added 17 points and 10 rebounds to help Boston snap Seattle's nine-game winning streak.

Pistons 117, Bobcats 116, 2OT

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Tayshaun Prince's dunk with 16.5 seconds left lifted Detroit to a double overtime victory against Charlotte in the Pistons' first game since their brawl with Indiana.

The Pistons finished the game with just five players because three fouled out and four were suspended for their roles in the melee two days earlier.

Knicks 98, Cavaliers 88

NEW YORK Jamal Crawford scored 13 of his 24 points during a fourth quarter in which New York held LeBron James scoreless and barely kept him from his first career triple-double.

Nuggets 110, Mavericks 82

DENVER Defensive specialist Greg Buckner scored a career-high 28 points and Carmelo Anthony had 21, giving the Denver Nuggets a 110-82 victory over the Dallas Mavericks Sunday night.

Kings 88, Bucks 79

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Peja Stojakovic scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and Sacramento made a late rally for its fifth straight victory.

Rockets 97, Trail Blazers 93

PORTLAND, Ore. Tracy McGrady had 16 points and 11 assists, and Yao Ming led Houston with 19 points to help the Rockets hold off Portland.

Lakers 103, Bulls 93

LOS ANGELES Kobe Bryant had 29 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, his fellow starters all scored in double figures, and the Los Angeles Lakers pulled away in the final five minutes to beat the winless Chicago Bulls 102-93 Sunday night.

The Bulls are within one loss of tying the 1967-68 team for the worst start in franchise history.



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