Leandro Barbosa got the start in the absence of injured Amare Stoudemire and scored a career-high 41 points Friday night to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 140-118 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Jason Richardson added 34 points and Shaquille O’Neal 22 as the Suns became the first team in 18 seasons to score at least 140 points in three consecutive games. The Portland Trail Blazers did it from Nov. 13-17 in 1990. The Suns did it for the first time in franchise history.
Kevin Durant scored 35 for the Thunder.
Barbosa moved into the starting lineup after Stoudemire underwent surgery Friday to repair a partially torn retina in his right eye.
The speedy Suns’ guard also had seven assists and tied his career best with six steals.