LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amare Stoudemire had 30 points and 14 rebounds and the Phoenix Suns breezed to their second rout of the Los Angeles Clippers in six days, beating them 127-101 on Wednesday night to sweep the four-game season series for the second straight year.
Channing Frye scored 23 points, making four 3-pointers during a 2:37 span of the fourth quarter to help Phoenix build its margin to 29 points with 6:45 remaining. Jason Richardson added 22 points for the Suns, who shot 56 percent en route to their 13th victory in 16 games.
Chris Kaman had 24 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers, who haven't beaten Phoenix since Jan. 15, 2008, and are 3-13 against them since losing Game 7 of the 2006 Western Conference semifinals at Phoenix. The loss was their eighth this season by 20 or more points. Eric Gordon had 21 points.
Davis, who committed a career-high nine turnovers in Monday's 108-104 win over Utah, had only one against the Suns in 25 minutes. It came with 8:10 left in the third quarter, when he attempted to thread the needle with a bounce pass to Drew Gooden in the lane and the ball was knocked away by Richardson, leading to Richardson's 3-pointer and a 70-63 Phoenix advantage.
In the previous meeting last Friday at Phoenix, Suns center Robin Lopez capitalized on Kaman's ejection 20 seconds into the third quarter and finished with a career-high 30 points and 12 rebounds. But Kaman had the upper hand in the rematch — statistically at least — leading the Clippers to a 58-57 halftime lead with 18 points. Lopez finished with five points and four rebounds in 19 minutes.
Neither team led by more than five points until Jared Dudley and Frye made 3-pointers 29 seconds apart to give Phoenix a 51-42 margin with 5:56 left in the second quarter. The Clippers responded with a 20-footer by Kaman, two free throws by Davis and a 3 by Gordon, who connected on his first four shots from behind the arc.
Phoenix is fifth in the Western Conference, a half-game behind Utah for homecourt advantage for the opening round of the playoffs. The Suns kick off a seven-game homestand Thursday night against the Jazz — the first of three more meetings with them, including the regular-season finale on April 14 at Salt Lake City.
NOTES: Phoenix G Steve Nash wasn't the only Olympic torch lighter in the arena. Among the crowd of 17,455 was fellow Olympian Rafer Johnson, who lit the cauldron atop the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to start the 1984 Summer Games. Nash competed for Canada in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and Johnson won the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1960 Games in Rome. ... The Suns' next victory will be their 1,900th as a franchise during the regular season. ... Nash had 13 assists. Another one was assist taken away late in the first quarter, after a video replay determined that Richardson had released his shot after the 24-second clock expired. ... Davis and Nash are among four active players with at least 12,000 points and 5,000 assists. The others are Jason Kidd and Allen Iverson. ... Phoenix is 14-5 since sixth man Leandro Barbosa left the lineup to undergo surgery on his right wrist to have a cyst removed. ... Clippers reserve F Craig Smith missed his second straight game because of a strained left biceps. ... When Phoenix beat the Clippers 140-110 at Staples Center in Gentry's first game as Suns head coach on Feb. 18, 2009, it was the largest winning margin victory following a coaching change in NBA history. The Suns are 56-37 since Gentry replaced Mike D'Antoni — compared to 36-57 in Gentry's first 93 games as Clippers coach. ... The Suns are 25-4 when shooting over 50 percent.