LOS ANGELES -- In trying to get Michael Beasley to become a leading scorer, who knew benching him would be the answer? Suns coach Alvin Gentry gave Beasley 20 games of rope as a starter despite defensive and shooting woes but brought him off the bench Saturday while putting Jared Dudley back in the starting lineup for the Suns’ 117-99 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Beasley reacted with his season’s second-highest-scoring game (21 points) and a career-high-tying four 3-pointers. Beasley made 7 of 11 shots, was better defensively and added five assists and four rebounds but had three turnovers and went scoreless while playing all of the decisive fourth quarter. Beasley scored 18 of his points in the first half.
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