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PHOENIX 124, SACRAMENTO 96

SACRAMENTO, California (Ticker) -- Quentin Richardson and the
Phoenix Suns put an exclamation point on an outstanding
preseason.

Richardson had five 3-pointers and scored 16 of his 18 points in
the first half to help Phoenix to a 124-96 victory over the
Sacramento Kings in the preseason finale for both teams.

With the Suns trailing 26-25 late in the first quarter,
Richardson hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions and scored
10 straight points during a 12-0 run, which was capped with a
driving layup by Leandro Barbosa 1:09 into the second quarter.

Richardson, who was signed as a free agent in the offseason, has
averaged 15.8 points during the preseason.

Phoenix already held a 41-32 lead when Amare Stoudemire's
running hook shot 2:05 later started a 15-3 run. Stoudemire
scored eight of his 19 points during the run and Casey Jacobsen
hit a 3-pointer to end the outburst as the Suns outscored
Sacramento 43-20 in the second quarter.

Joe Johnson had 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists and
Shawn Marion added 18 points and nine boards for the Suns, who
outrebounded Sacramento, 53-23.

Phoenix (7-1), which opens the regular season at home against
Atlanta on Wednesday, was 30-of-43 from the floor in the first
half and scored over 100 points for the seventh time in the
preseason.

Predrag Stojakovic scored 21 points and Darius Songaila added 15
for Sacramento, which lost four of its final five preseason
games and finished at 2-6.

Matt Barnes and Mike Bibby each scored 12 points for the Kings,
who visit Dallas for the season opener on Tuesday.