PHOENIX (AP) — Robin Lopez scored 19 of his career-high 30 points in the first half and the Phoenix Suns beat the Los Angeles Clippers 125-112 on Friday night for their fifth straight victory.
Amare Stoudemire added 20 points and Grant Hill had 18 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Suns, who won for the sixth time in seven games since the All-Star break. Phoenix has won 12 of its past 14 overall.
Lopez hit 13 of 16 shots and added 10 rebounds for the Suns, who beat the Clippers for the seventh straight time.
Chris Kaman scored 12 first-half points for Los Angeles, but was whistled for a pair of technicals 20 seconds into the second half and ejected.
The Suns' winning streak had been predicated on defense, with all but one of their past four opponents held under 100 points. That trend came to a crashing halt against the Clippers, who scored 59 points in the first half and 86 through three quarters.
Fortunately for the Suns, they had Lopez and Stoudemire.
Drew Gooden gave the Clippers their only lead of the second half, 73-72, on an offensive rebound and putback with 8:31 left in the third quarter. Jason Richardson's 3-point put Phoenix back in front 75-73, then Lopez and Stoudemire combined to score nine of the Suns' next 11 points as Phoenix went ahead 85-78 with 4:48 left in the period.
Phoenix closed the third on an 8-3 run, punctuated by Jared Dudley's layup at the buzzer, for a 96-86 lead heading into the fourth.
The Clippers pulled within four early in the fourth quarter, but consecutive 3-pointers by Dudley and Hill gave the Suns a 111-100 lead with 6:52 remaining.
Dudley added a second 3-pointer with 5:01 left to give Phoenix its biggest lead at 116-102.
NOTES: Gooden was whistled for a flagrant foul when he threw Lopez to the court following an offensive rebound with 1:29 to go. ... Phoenix has won 14 straight at home against Pacific Division opponents. ... The Clippers' last victory in Phoenix was April 17, 2007. ... Kaman left with five rebounds, ending his streak of four straight double-doubles. ... Lopez's previous career high was 20 points on Jan. 20 against New Jersey.