PHOENIX, March 9 (Ticker) -- The Phoenix Suns needed Amaré Stoudemire at his best to hold off the San Antonio Spurs, who were without their best.

Stoudemire scored 10 of his 44 points in the final four-plus minutes as the Suns turned back the severely shorthanded Spurs, 107-101, and forged a tie atop the NBA.

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The victory gave the Suns (47-14) wins over every team, the first time they have done that since the 1994-95 season. But it was in no way a convincing triumph as the Spurs (47-14) nearly won despite playing without injured All-Stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili.

Duncan, a two-time MVP, was held out with a sprained ankle that limited him to 30 minutes in Tuesday's win over New Jersey. Ginobili, an All-Star guard who scored a career-high 48 points in overtime win at Phoenix on Jan. 21, was sidelined with a groin injury.

"The bottom line is we beat San Antonio, but I don't think it means anything for the future," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We definitely didn't put any fear in Ginobili or Duncan's eyes. We didn't play well, but that is what happens when you are psyched up for a game and there huge stars get out, you turn it down a notch then you try to turn it back up and you can't do it."

Without their two best players, the Spurs fought back from an early 15-point deficit and threw a scare into the Suns. But they had no answer for Stoudemire, Phoenix's All-Star center who made 17-of-22 shots and 10-of-13 free throws.

"I came out with a lot of intensity and didn't let down until I got into foul trouble," Stoudemire explained. "With or without Duncan and Ginobili, I was going to bring my A game."

Stoudemire had a three-point play to give Phoenix an 89-82 lead early in the fourth quarter but sat with his fifth foul less than two minutes later. With him on the bench, the Spurs closed to 93-92 midway through the period.

Shawn Marion and Steven Hunter had easy hoops before Stoudemire returned with 4:49 to go. He had two free throws, a dunk and two more free throws to keep the lead at 103-98 with 2:35 left.

Tony Massenburg and Tony Parker missed layups for San Antonio, and Stoudemire sealed it with consecutive hammer dunks for a 107-98 bulge in the final minute.

Marion had 18 points and 17 rebounds and Steve Nash added 11 and 15 assists for the Suns, who had lost their last eight meetings with the Spurs, dating to the first round of the 2003 playoffs.

"We pulled out a good win against a good team but we wanted their big guns out there," admitted Marion. "It takes a little momentum out of you when they are not playing, but we made some good stops held them down when we needed to and got the win."

Parker scored a season-high 30 points, none in the fourth quarter.

"I ran out of gas in the fourth quarter," Parker admitted. "A lot of guys stepped up tonight and just because Tim and Manu don't play, that doesn't mean we can't compete. I'm not even surprised that it was close."

Devin Brown added 13 for the Spurs, who had won their last 41 games when scoring 100 points, including their first 24 this season.

The Suns have won four in a row and ended a five-game run by the Spurs.

With Duncan out of the lineup, Stoudemire had his way early. He scored 13 points in the first quarter as Phoenix built a 36-24 lead despite losing Shootout champion Quentin Richardson to a mild concussion midway through the period.

A 3-pointer by Nash made it 43-28 with 7:13 left in the second quarter. The Spurs rallied within 48-42 behind their guards before consecutive dunks by Marion helped rebuild the lead to 54-44 at halftime.

A three-point play by Bruce Bowen pulled San Antonio into a 66-66 tie before Phoenix responded with four straight baskets, including two by Stoudemire. The Suns took an 83-80 lead into the final period.

"Yes, we lost but it was good for us because it showed us we can trust the system to keep us in games," Spurs swingman Brent Barry said. "If we defend properly and make an effort to do the things we are suppose to do on the court we can play with anybody regardless who is playing with us."