PHOENIX, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Alvin Gentry
made his debut as an interim head coach Tuesday, directing the Phoenix Suns to a 140-100 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Phoenix replaced Terry Porter on Monday after the head coach was fired despite leading the perennial Western Conference contenders to a 28-23 record leading up to the NBA All-Star Game.
Leandro Barbosa, starting in place of the suspended Jason Richardson, led the Suns with 24 points. Amare Stoudemire added 23 points in Phoenix's highest-scoring output of the season.
Grant Hill and Shaquille O'Neal had 20 and 15 points, respectively.
Eric Gordon led the Clippers with 24 points.
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