PHOENIX - PHOENIX (AP) — Amare Stoudemire and Channing Frye scored 26 points apiece, and the Phoenix Suns handed what was left of the Boston Celtics their third straight loss, 116-98 on Wednesday night.
Without Garnett to guard him, Stoudemire scored 18 on 9-of-10 shooting in the first quarter and finished 11 of 14 from the field.
Frye had a season best in scoring, sinking 6-of-9 3-pointers and grabbing 10 rebounds as the Suns swept the two-game season series.
The Suns, who improved to 13-2 at home, never trailed after a 16-0 first-quarter run.
The Celtics lost all three of their games in the West during a trip that started with a win at Orlando. It is Boston's longest losing streak since dropping four straight last Jan. 4-9.
Boston was without Pierce for the fourth straight game with a knee infection. Garnett joined him on the sidelines Wednesday with a hyperextended right knee.
The 16-0 run put Phoenix up 24-12 on Stoudemire's 7-foot bank shot on a pass from Steve Nash.
The Suns stretched it to 38-23 after Barbosa's 21-footer with 8:47 left in the half. Barbosa sank a 31-footer as the shot clock expired to put Phoenix up 44-30 6:21 from the break.
Stoudemire scored four, Frye sank a 3-pointer and Jason Richardson scored six in a 13-2 run in the third. Richardson capped the spurt with a 22-footer that put Phoenix ahead 77-57 with 4:43 left in the quarter.
House's 3-pointer cut it to 85-73 with 1:13 to play in the third, but Frye sank a pair of long ones, the first with his foot on the 3-point line and the second with both feet behind it, and Phoenix led 90-73 after three.
NOTES: The Celtics were 13-1 on the road before their trip West. ... Boston had lost by no more than 11 in its seven losses going into the game. ... Frye matched his season high in 3-pointers. ... Frye went to the University of Arizona, House to Arizona State. ... Besides House, the rest of the Celtics made 1 of 14 3-pointers.