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SUNS 122, HEAT 107

Amare Stoudemire scored 34 points and the host Suns won their seventh straight and 18th in 19 games in a matchup of the teams with the best record in the West and East. All five Suns starters hit double figures _ in the first half.

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KINGS SHORTHANDED: Chris Webber missed Sacramento's game against Denver with a sore left knee, leaving the Kings with just nine players in uniform. Webber missed his third game of the season with soreness in his knee, which still hasn't fully recovered from microfracture surgery after the 2003 playoffs. Webber, who missed all but 24 games of last season following the surgery, was scratched from the lineup moments before game time. Webber, a five-time All-Star, leads the Kings this season with 20.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, along with 4.9 assists. Sacramento also faced the Nuggets without guard Cuttino Mobley and forward Michael Bradley, who hadn't arrived in town after Monday's trade with Orlando for Doug Christie.

BUCKS: Center Dan Gadzuric left Tuesday night's game after feeling lightheaded and complaining of stomach pain, and was taken to an area hospital. Gadzuric had tests and was discharged, Bucks spokesman Matt Wessel said. He was to meet the team at the Atlanta airport.


EX-GATOR NAMED INTERIM COACH: Olympic gold medalist, WNBA star and former Gator DeLisha Milton-Jones was named interim coach of the Los Angeles Stars of the American Basketball Association, becoming the second woman head coach of a men's pro team. The Stars hired Milton-Jones last month to be an assistant coach. Her husband, Roland Jones, is a backup point guard with the Stars.