Stoudemire scores 49 points to pace Suns to road win over Pacers

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A big game for Amare Stoudemire.

He scored 49 points, falling a point short of his career high in the Phoenix Suns' 113-103 victory over Indiana last night.

Stoudemire was 17-for-21 from the field, made 15 free throws without a miss and had 11 rebounds, six assists and five steals. He just missed his career high of 50 points, set against Portland on Jan. 2, 2005.

Boris Diaw added 14 points for the Suns, who improved their record to 4-1 this seasn.

T.J. Ford and Danny Granger each scored 23 points, and Marquis Daniels added 19 for the Pacers, who are off to a 1-2 start.

The Suns shot 56 percent from the field to easily recover from an 11-point deficit in the first quarter.

Stoudemire had 21 points in the opening period, shooting 8-for-8 from the field while the rest of the Suns went 3-for-10.

Down 38-27 after the first quarter and 66-59 at halftime, Phoenix took an 86-84 lead on Leandro Barbosa's 3-pointer late in the third quarter.

The Suns held the Pacers scoreless for the final 3:13 of the third quarter and led 90-84 at the end of the period.