Richardson, Suns smoke 'Blazers

Posted: Monday, December 06, 2004

PORTLAND, Ore. Quentin Richardson made eight 3-pointers and scored 37 points to give the Phoenix Suns a 121-99 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.

Richardson matched his career high for made 3-pointers, set against Boston last February, and equaled his career best with 12 attempts reached twice before.

The Suns bounced back from a loss Friday that snapped their nine-game winning streak, but improved to 14-3.

Shawn Marion had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns, who led by as many as 25 points.

The Blazers were led by Zach Randolph, who had 24 points and 11 rebounds in his ninth double-double of the season.

Kings 119, Celtics 105

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Peja Stojakovic had 27 points, including six 3-pointers, to help the Sacramento Kings win their fourth straight game, 119-105 over the Boston Celtics Sunday night.

The Celtics blew an 18-point lead after one quarter as the Kings won for the 11th time in 12 games. Sacramento cut the lead to eight points by halftime and seized control with a 12-0 run to start the third.

Mike Bibby scored six of his 15 points during the run, including the go-ahead basket that gave Sacramento the lead for good.

Stojakovic made four his 3-pointers in the third to give the Kings a 13-point lead heading to the fourth, 93-80.

Brad Miller had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings, while Chris Webber had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Bibby added 10 assists and Darius Songaila had 14 points.

Mark Blount scored 18 points for Boston, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. Paul Pierce had 16 points, but none in the second half. Raef LaFrentz added 15 points and 14 rebounds, while Jeri Welsch had 13.

The Celtics ran at every opportunity in the first half and shot 52 percent to take a 63-55 lead at the intermission.



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