O'Neal scores 45 in Phoenix win over TorontoPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX (AP) -- Shaquille O'Neal scored 45 points in his biggest offensive performance in six years, powering the Phoenix Suns to a 133-113 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.
A week shy of his 37th birthday, O'Neal made 20 of 25 shots in the 49th 40-point game of his career but first in four seasons. He hadn't scored this many since he got 48 for the Los Angeles Lakers against Boston on March 21, 2003.
Louis Amundson scored a career-high 20 as the Suns outscored the Raptors in the paint by a remarkable 90-36. Matt Barnes added 18. Grant Hill had 14 points and 12 assists, just two shy of his career high set 11 years ago for the Suns, who were without Steve Nash.
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