Shaun Livingston added 21 for the short-handed Clippers, who
were playing their first game against an NBA team after two
exhibition games in Europe. Quinton Ross scored 13 and Cuttino
Mobley had 12.
Leandro Barbosa led the Suns with 19 points and Steve Nash
scored 15. Amare Stoudemire, attempting a comeback after playing
only three games last season because of two knee operations, scored
eight points on 4-of-7 shooting and grabbed a team-high six
rebounds in 19 minutes. He missed all four of his free throws.
The Clippers put together a 19-10 surge over the final 6 minutes
of the third to take an 83-75 lead going into the final period.
Brand was the catalyst, scoring nine of the Clippers' first 11
points during their decisive run.
Los Angeles led by as many as 16 in the fourth quarter.
This was the first matchup between the teams since the Suns
defeated the Clippers in seven games in the Western Conference
semifinals last season, their first meeting ever in the postseason.
The teams will meet again in Phoenix's regular-season home opener