Suns overcome Stoudemire's 41, beat Knicks 129-121

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New York Knicks' Amare Stoudemire (1) drives past Phoenix Suns' Robin Lopez (15) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, in New York.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) By Frank Franklin II New York Knicks' Amare Stoudemire (1) drives past Phoenix Suns' Robin Lopez (15) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) By Frank Franklin II

NEW YORK (AP) -- Vince Carter scored 29 points, including the 20,000th of his career, and the Phoenix Suns ran past the New York Knicks 129-121 on Monday to match a season high with their third straight victory.

Grant Hill added 25 points for Phoenix, which overcame a season-high 41 points from former Suns All-Star Amare Stoudemire and handed the Knicks their third loss in a row. Steve Nash finished with 15 points and 11 assists in a good start to a five-game Eastern trip for the Suns.

The Suns also held Stoudemire scoreless for the first eight minutes of the final period after he had 33 points through three, giving them just enough defense in a matchup that not surprisingly was otherwise all about offense.

Wilson Chandler scored 23 points for the Knicks. Raymond Felton had 13 assists but another poor shooting night, going 3 for 13 for seven points.