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Suns score perfect 10
Amare Stoudemire plays the leading role in extending the Phoenix Suns winning streak.
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2006 12:47 GMT

 The Phoenix Suns' Amare Stoudemire has a good night at the office (Picture: GALLO/GETTY)

The Phoenix Suns extended their winning streak to 10 games in Charlotte thanks largely to Amare Stoudemire who scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

Also helping out were Boris Diaw with 17 points and Steve Nash added 11 points and 10 assists for the Suns in a 114-84 rout of Charlotte.
With the win Phoenix, have now had a double-digit winning streak in each of their last three seasons.

"We just have a lot of good players and it's been that way," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said.

"Every guy can score. We passed the ball and weren't selfish, and just took what the other team gave us."
  
The Suns, who started the season 1-5, have won 12 of their last 13 games, and have averaged 128 points in their last five to explode to the top of the NBA in scoring average.
  
Stoudemire shot 8-of-11 from the field and had 10 points in the first period, 18 at halftime and 22 with four minutes left in the third quarter, when Phoenix outscored Charlotte 25-8.
  
"We just took what the defense gave us and (that) happened to be in the paint for me," Stoudemire said. "We played great basketball as a team and that's what it takes out there."
  
Charlotte trailed 57-54 at halftime, but Raymond Felton hit a 3-pointer to tie the game.
  
Over the next three minutes, Phoenix went on a 15-0 run in which reigning two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Nash scored seven points.
  
"We didn't play well in the first half and we were still up three points, and we wanted to take advantage of that," Nash said.  "We just picked it up a little bit in the second half and certainly scored the ball well. I think we earned it in the second half."

Bryant back

Meanwhile in Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant returned to action for the Lakers on Sunday, scoring 34 points in a 106-99 National Basketball Association victory over the San Antonio Spurs.
  
Bryant led all five Lakers starters in double figures as Los Angeles won for the fifth time in six games.
  
After sitting out Friday's win against Atlanta with a sprained right ankle, Bryant bounced back in a big way.
  
He shot 13-of-25 from the field, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, and also had eight rebounds and three steals in 39 minutes.
  
Bryant received plenty of help from his teammates as Lamar Odom had 18 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists and Luke Walton scored 17 points. Kwame Brown added 11 and Smush Parker 10.
  
The Spurs entered on a four-game winning streak, including the last three by a combined 89 points. They also had won seven of the last eight meetings with the Lakers but were unable to overcome a 37-22 deficit in the third quarter, 19 turnovers and a 42-33 rebounding disadvantage.

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