Phoenix (11-20) at Los Angeles (12-14)

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  • Game info: 10:30 pm EST Mon Dec 29, 2003
  • TV: KUTP, FSW2
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The Phoenix Suns will wrap up what has been a difficult December as they face the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.

The Suns beat the Philadelphia 76ers 100-92 Sunday, snapping a three-game losing streak.

Shawn Marion scored 26 points, and Joe Johnson had 23 for the Suns, who won for just the third time in 13 games since they lost star big man Amare Stoudamire to a sprained ankle on Dec. 5.

Stephon Marbury scored 16 of his 17 points in the first half, helping Phoenix build a 19-point lead that eventually dwindled to three late in the final quarter. The Suns hit nine 3-pointers on a season-high 23 3-point attempts, but were outscored 40-26 in the paint.

“The first quarter probably decided the game,” Phoenix coach Mike D’Antoni said. “It was a big first quarter for us … then we had a lull in the middle again. That is something that we definitely need to work on.”

Phoenix entered this month a respectable 7-8, but has gone 4-12 in December to fall into last place in the Western Conference.

“We kept our composure and kept attacking them,” Marion said. “We’ve been playing with great energy but we need to sustain it for 48 minutes. Tonight we did that.”

The Clippers are coming off Sunday’s 94-88 loss to the Toronto Raptors, snapping a five-game home winning streak.

Quentin Richardson had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Elton Brand had 14 points and 13 boards, giving the Clippers two players with double-doubles for the first time this season.

Los Angeles failed to pull its record to .500 for the first time since Nov. 19, when it was 4-4.

“We’ve got to keep plugging away,” said Los Angeles guard Doug Overton. “It would have been nice to get to .500, but it didn’t happen for us today. We got good looks out there, and you can’t complain about that. They just didn’t go down.”

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