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Nash had 18 points and 11 assists. Stoudemire was 15 of 28 from the floor and eclipsed 30 points for the fifth time in the past 13 games.
Tony Parker, returning to the San Antonio lineup after missing Friday's loss at Houston because of an illness, scored 16 points. Reserve DeJuan Blair added 14 points.
But no reserve was bigger for the Spurs than Jefferson. Demoted to the bench two weeks ago after not meeting expectations as a high-priced starter, Jefferson eclipsed 20 points for the first time in two months.
He came in off the bench for the fifth time in six games, a role the career starter appears likely to keep the rest of the season. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said before the game that Jefferson has better "focus" in his reserve role while sidestepping his disappointment as a starter.
Jefferson's 20 points were the most since he had 24 in a win over Milwaukee on Dec. 29. He was 7-of-11 from the field and hit two 3-pointers.
Frye added 11 for the Suns.
NOTES: The Spurs will see plenty of Suns-caliber opponents the rest of the way. Sixteen of their remaining 26 games are against teams with winning records. ...Spurs F Antonio McDyess had 12 points and nine rebounds, and returned to the game after being helped to the locker room in the third quarter with a hyperextended left knee.
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