Stoudemire leads Suns past Clippers

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Amare Stoudemire scored 23 points and the Phoenix Suns extended their winning streak to three and dealt the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers their sixth consecutive loss, winning 106-98 Friday night.

The victory pulled the Suns (19-12) seven games over .500 for the first time this season. They're 9-3 in their last 12 games, with the three losses by a total of only 11 points, and have scored 100 or more points in 10 of their last 11 games.

After a miserable first half, Shaquille O'Neal hit six straight shots in the second half and finished with 17 points for Phoenix. Jason Richardson scored 15 points, Grant Hill 13, Leandro Barbosa 12 and Steve Nash nine points and 11 assists.

Marcus Camby was outstanding for Los Angeles with 19 points and 23 rebounds. Rookie Eric Gordon scored 21 points, Fred Jones had 16 and Al Thornton 15.

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