Phoenix at Los Angeles

Suns 118, Clippers 97 wire reports

LOS ANGELES -- Grant Hill scored 13 of his 21 points during a 30-6 run over the final 7:47 of the first half, propelling the Phoenix Suns to a 118-97 exhibition rout of the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.

Leandro Barbosa had 19 points, Shawn Marion added 12 points and 11 rebounds and Steve Nash had nine points and 11 assists for the Suns, who again played without two-time All-Star center Amare Stoudemire following arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Oct. 2.

Corey Maggette had 16 points for the Clippers, who were without Cuttino Mobley because of a strained left calf that has sidelined him for all four preseason games.

Hill, an unrestricted free agent who signed with Phoenix in July after being courted by 10 other teams, led the Suns to a 65-49 halftime lead by making eight of his first nine shots. He played only three minutes in the second half with the Suns enjoying a huge lead.

Phoenix made only one of its first 11 attempts from 3-point range before D.J. Strawberry and Marion connected from behind the arc 28 seconds apart to give the Suns a 47-43 lead with 4:46 left in the half. Raja Bell missed his first five shots, but ended the drought with a 3-pointer that extended the margin to 54-45 with 2:51 to go in the half.

Bell scored 12 of his 15 points in the third quarter, helping Phoenix open up a 94-68 lead.

Strawberry, the son of former major leaguer Darryl Strawberry, played 10 minutes and was 1-for-5 from the field with three assists. The 22-year-old guard, who played his high school ball about 40 miles south of Staples Center at Mater Dei in Santa Ana, was taken in the second round of the draft out of Maryland. The rookie's two-year contract, which includes a one-year team option, guarantees him a roster spot this season.

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