Stoudemire, Dudley help Suns wrap up 118-103 rout of reigning NBA champs

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With Kobe Brant watching from the bench, the Phoenix Suns used their depth to hammer the suddenly slumping Los Angeles Lakers.
The Suns reserves outscored their counterparts 52-31 to help Phoenix rout the reigning NBA champions 118-103 on Monday night.
Amare Stoudemire scored 26 points and Jared Dudley matched his career best with 19 for the Suns.
Victoria's Steve Nash had 16 points and 13 assists for the Suns, who led by as many as 12 in the second quarter, 19 in the third and 22 in the fourth to improve to 12-2 at home.
"I thought we played with so much energy and did a great job defensively," said Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry, who had severely criticized his team for its play in a 132-127 loss Saturday night at Golden State.
Bryant had 34 points for the Lakers but sat out the final 7:50 when the game was deemed out of reach by coach Phil Jackson.
"I wasn't comfortable with my starters or my bench," Jackson said. "I didn't like either group. Guys didn't play right. We had the inside game going for us, yet we just didn't attack."
Elsewhere in the NBA it was: Oklahoma City 105 New Jersey 89; Charlotte 94 Milwaukee 84; Memphis 116 Washington 111 (OT); Golden State 103 Boston 99; Philadelphia 104 Portland 93; and Sacramento 106 Denver 101.
At Phoenix, the Lakers were without Ron Artest for the second consecutive game. He sustained a concussion and injured his left elbow in a fall at his house on Christmas Day.
"It's a big adjustment because we're a team that thrives on chemistry," Bryant said. "You take him out of the lineup, now you're mixing lineups."
The margin matched Cleveland's 15-point victory over the Lakers in Los Angeles on Friday. Only a late spurt kept it from being the Lakers' most one-sided loss of the season.
Los Angeles hadn't given up this many points in a regular-season game since the Suns did it in Phoenix last March 1.
"They played much better than we did, in a nutshell," Bryant said. "That's all it was. They executed very well in transition, we didn't get back and it gave them a lot of easy opportunities, and that broke the game open."
Los Angeles' lone win in the last three was a 112-103, double-overtime victory at Sacramento on Saturday night.
Channing Frye had 14 points and a season-high 11 rebounds for the Suns, who fought the much bigger Lakers to a 43-43 standoff on the boards.
The Suns had lost three of four.
"Big win for us definitely," Stoudemire said. "Coming off a couple of tough losses, tonight was a big momentum change and a good confidence builder for us."
The Lakers, playing the third of four games in five days, trailed virtually all night. Leading 56-50 at the half, Phoenix used a 17-4 outburst to go up 87-68 on the first of Dudley's three three-pointers without a miss. Nash and Jason Richardson also had threes in the run.
Bryant scored nine straight Lakers points, but his driving layup at the third-quarter buzzer was blocked by Robin Lopez, and the Suns led 89-77 entering the fourth.
Dudley and Goran Dragic sank consecutive threes and Phoenix led 108-89 with 6:51 left. By then, Bryant had sat down for good.
Thunder 105 Nets 89
At East Rutherford, N.J., Kevin Durant matched his season high with 40 points and Oklahoma City defeated New Jersey, sending the Nets to their 10th straight loss and their second double-digit losing streak of the season.
Bobcats 94 Bucks 84
At Charlotte, N.C., Gerald Wallace had 21 points and 14 rebounds and the Bobcats beat Milwaukee, a miserable performance for the Bucks that prompted coach Scott Skiles to bench Michael Redd and Andrew Bogut.
Grizzlies 116 Wizards 111 (OT)
At Memphis, Tenn., O.J. Mayo scored 28 points, Zach Randolph had six of his 23 points in overtime and the Grizzlies beat Washington.
Warriors 103 Celtics 99
At Oakland, Calif., Monta Ellis scored 37 points and converted two free throws with 2.3 seconds left, and Golden State rallied from an early 18-point deficit to hand the Celtics their second two-game losing streak this season.
76ers 104 Blazers 93
At Portland, Ore., Elton Brand had a season-high 25 points and nine rebounds in a reserve role, leading Philadelphia over the Trail Blazers.
Kings 106 Nuggets 101
At Sacramento, Calif., Andres Nocioni made four three-pointers and scored a season-high 21 points, helping the Kings beat the struggling Nuggets.

Organizations: Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Grizzlies Trail Blazers Kings

Geographic location: Phoenix, Golden, Los Angeles Oklahoma City Victoria Cleveland Sacramento East Rutherford, N.J. New Jersey Charlotte, N.C. Memphis, Tenn. Washington Oakland Portland, Ore. Philadelphia Sacramento, Calif.

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