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Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011

Stoudemire returns to Phoenix in style

PHOENIX (AP) Amare Stoudemire made a triumphant return to Phoenix and his New York Knicks put on a performance that mirrored the high-flying Suns of years gone by.

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mory lane: New York's Amare Stoudemire drives around Phoenix's Grant Hill in the first quarter on Friday night. The Knicks beat the Suns 121-96. AP PHOTO

The Knicks buried Phoenix with an avalanche of 17 3-pointers in a 121-96 rout. The 17 3s, in 33 attempts, matched New York's season high and were second-most in franchise history.

Stoudemire received a rousing ovation when he was introduced.

"It was great," he said. "It lets me know that the fans are still appreciative of the hard work I put on this court and the perseverance to injuries. It was a great ovation and I love the Phoenix fans forever."

Raymond Felton had his first career triple-double with 23 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds as the Suns matched their second-worst home loss since 2000.

"The ball was coming my way. Everybody did a great job of boxing out so it allowed me to get some rebounds," Felton said. "That's what really happened so I've got to take my hat off to my teammates. Once again they made me look good tonight."

Stoudemire had 19 by halftime. But it was the Knicks' sharpshooters who turned the game into a blowout with a 3-point barrage in a 38-point third quarter.

"I had one objective and that was to dominate from the start," Stoudemire said. "That was my main goal was to dominate from the get-go. I got it going early. Then in the second half they went to a zone and my teammates got it going."

It was the kind of performance Suns fans were accustomed to in coach Mike D'Antoni's 4 1/2 seasons in Phoenix, before he jumped ship for New York in 2008.

"They really followed what we tried to do," D'Antoni said, "take them off 3s, play them straight up, make them make hard jump shots and I thought that kind of set the tone. Then we were just hitting 3s and that was kind of the difference in the game."

Celtics 122, Raptors 102

In Boston, rookie Luke Harangody had career highs with 17 points and 11 rebounds for his first NBA double-double, and the Celtics earned the 3,000th victory in franchise history.

Heat 101, Bucks 95 (OT)

In Milwaukee, Chris Bosh had 16 points and 12 rebounds, leading the surging Heat in an overtime victory over the Bucks that extended their road winning streak to 12 games.

Lakers 101, Hornets 97

In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant had 25 points while moving into ninth place on the NBA's career scoring list, and Pau Gasol had 21 points and 13 rebounds.

Warriors 116, Cavaliers 98

In Oakland, Calif., Monta Ellis scored 32 points, David Lee had 22 points and 14 rebounds.

Trail Blazers 108, T-Wolves 98

In Minneapolis, Wesley Matthews scored 29 of his career-high 36 points in the first half and the Trail Blazers rolled to a victory over the Timberwolves.

Magic 110, Rockets 95

In Orlando, Jason Richardson and Brandon Bass scored 18 points apiece, and the Magic rolled to their season-high eighth straight win.

Spurs 90, Pacers 87

In Indianapolis, Manu Ginobili scored 25 points to help the Spurs beat the Pacers and snap a two-game skid.

76ers 105, Bulls 99

In Philadelphia, Jodie Meeks scored 24 points, Lou Williams had 20, and the 76ers avenged a 45-point loss to Chicago.

Wizards 97, Nets 77

In Washington, Rashard Lewis had 16 points and a season-high 13 rebounds, and the Wizards raced out to an early 18-point lead.

Grizzlies 110, Jazz 99

In Memphis, Rudy Gay scored 28 points, Zach Randolph added 26 points and 11 rebounds and the Grizzlies won their third straight game.

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