Suns hand depleted Celtics third consecutive loss

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Phoenix Suns' Channing Frye (8) shoots over Boston Celtics' Shelden WIlliams, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) By Matt York Phoenix Suns' Channing Frye (8) shoots over Boston Celtics' Shelden WIlliams, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) By Matt York

PHOENIX -- Amare Stoudemire and Channing Frye scored 26 points apiece, and the Phoenix Suns handed the Boston Celtics their third consecutive loss, 116-98 on Wednesday night.

The Celtics were without injured Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in the final stop of what turned out to be an awful four-game road trip.

Without Garnett to guard him, Stoudemire scored 18 on 9-of-10 shooting in the first quarter and finished 11 of 14 from the field.

Frye had a season best in scoring, sinking 6-of-9 3-pointers and grabbing 10 rebounds as the Suns swept the two-game season series.

Eddie House led the Celtics with 19 points, going 5 of 7 on 3s.

Ray Allen managed 15 points of 4 of 13 shooting.

Boston's Kevin Garnett sits out Suns game with sore knee
  
Kevin Garnett joined Paul Pierce on the sideline for the Boston Celtics.

Garnett sat out Wednesday night's game against the Phoenix Suns because of a hyperextended right knee.

Coach Doc Rivers said before the game that Garnett hurt the knee in Sunday's loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles. Rivers said he didn't like the way Garnett "looked at all" in Monday's loss at Golden State.

The Celtics were without Pierce for the fourth game because of an injured right knee.

Rivers says he doesn't know how long the injury will sideline Garnett.

The coach says he's also keeping a close eye on guard Rajon Rondo, who played despite a sore hamstring.

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