Suns Blaze Past Rockets

Flawless Amare leads Phoenix to 7th straight
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2008 5:52 AM CDT
Houston Rockets Tracy McGrady (1) looks to pass as Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire defends during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 22, 2008.   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Suns reminded the recently unbeatable Rockets what it's like to be left in the dust, posting record stats on its way to a 122-113 triumph and a jump to third in the Western Conference. White hot from the start, Phoenix shot a mind-boggling 76% in the first half, with even more impressive free-throw efforts, reports the Arizona Republic.

Amare Stoudemire made all 20 of his attempts from the line on the way to scoring 38 points, breaking the Suns' single game record and tying for second in NBA history. Shaquille O'Neal also pleasantly surprised his team by going 7-for-9, totaling 23 points. Tracy McGrady topped out Houston's scoring with 30 points, plus nine assists and seven boards.