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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 23 34 22 23 102 DENVER 26 12 26 17 81 FINAL


PHOENIX (102) AT DENVER (81)

PHOENIX REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

MCDYESS F 17 6-11 1-1 1 4 5 0 6 0 2 13 ROBINSON F 25 5-12 4-7 3 3 6 2 5 1 0 14 WILLIAMS C 25 1-3 0-0 2 5 7 1 3 0 0 2 KIDD G 35 2-6 2-2 5 7 12 7 2 4 6 7 CHAPMAN G 30 6-14 0-0 1 3 4 3 1 1 0 12 MANNING 27 6-8 3-4 3 3 6 3 3 2 4 15 NASH 29 9-17 0-0 1 0 1 9 2 1 0 20 CEBALLOS 26 3-12 5-5 4 5 9 2 4 2 2 12 MCCLOUD 18 1-4 0-0 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 2 MILIC 4 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 THOMPSON 4 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 BRYANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-90 15-19 21 35 56 27 27 11 15 102 (.456) (.789) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 16(17 PTS)

DENVER REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

L ELLIS F 22 1-7 1-2 1 2 3 2 2 2 3 3 BATTIE F 31 4-11 6-7 1 5 6 1 2 1 4 14 D GARRETT C 29 1-7 3-6 5 4 9 0 1 0 1 5 JACKSON G 29 3-12 5-6 1 7 8 5 1 3 1 11 WASHINGTON G 33 5-11 2-2 1 3 4 2 2 0 1 14 FORTSON 22 1-4 2-2 1 2 3 1 5 0 2 4 NEWMAN 24 3-6 3-4 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 10 GOLDWIRE 19 4-6 0-0 0 0 0 3 3 1 3 9 K GARRIS 9 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 LAUDERDALE 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 H ELLIS 10 2-5 2-2 1 2 3 1 2 0 1 6 WOLF 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2

TOTALS 240 26-72 24-31 11 25 36 18 19 8 17 81 (.361) (.774) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 18(24 PTS)

PHOENIX 23 34 22 23 - 102 DENVER 26 12 26 17 - 81

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - ROBINSON, CHAPMAN, MANNING, NASH, CEBALLOS, MCCLOUD. DENVER - D GARRETT 5, BATTIE 2, JACKSON, WASHINGTON, FORTSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 5-15 (.333), KIDD 1-2, CHAPMAN 0-3, NASH 2-5, CEBALLOS 1-3, MCCLOUD 0-1, THOMPSON 1-1. DENVER 5-11 (.455), L ELLIS 0-1, JACKSON 0-1, WASHINGTON 2-4, NEWMAN 1-2, GOLDWIRE 1-2, K GARRIS 1-1. TECHNICALS: DENVER - FORTSON. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, TOMMIE WOOD, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 12,120. T - 2:10.


PHOENIX (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 17 6-11 1-1 1-5 0 6 13 Robinson 25 5-12 4-7 3-6 2 5 14 Williams 25 1-3 0-0 2-7 1 3 2 Kidd 35 2-6 2-2 5-12 7 2 7 Chapman 30 6-14 0-0 1-4 3 1 12 Manning 27 6-8 3-4 3-6 3 3 15 Nash 29 9-17 0-0 1-1 9 2 20 Ceballos 26 3-12 5-5 4-9 2 4 12 Mccloud 18 1-4 0-0 0-4 0 1 2 Milic 4 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 Thompson 4 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 3 Bryant DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-90 15-19 21-56 27 27 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Kidd 1-2, Chapman 0-3, Nash 2-5, Ceballos 1-3, Mccloud 0-1, Thompson 1-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 6 (Robinson, Chapman, Manning, Nash, Ceballos, Mccloud). Turnovers: 16 (Kidd 6, Manning 4, Ceballos 2, Mcdyess 2, Milic). Steals: 11 (Kidd 4, Ceballos 2, Manning 2, Chapman, Nash, Robinson).

DENVER (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Ellis 22 1-7 1-2 1-3 2 2 3 Battie 31 4-11 6-7 1-6 1 2 14 D Garrett 29 1-7 3-6 5-9 0 1 5 Jackson 29 3-12 5-6 1-8 5 1 11 Washington 33 5-11 2-2 1-4 2 2 14 Fortson 22 1-4 2-2 1-3 1 5 4 Newman 24 3-6 3-4 0-0 1 0 10 Goldwire 19 4-6 0-0 0-0 3 3 9 K Garris 9 1-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 3 Lauderdale 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 H Ellis 10 2-5 2-2 1-3 1 2 6 Wolf 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-72 24-31 11-36 18 19 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.361, FT-.774. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (L Ellis 0-1, Jackson 0-1, Washington 2-4, Newman 1-2, Goldwire 1-2, K Garris 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 10 (D Garrett 5, Battie 2, Jackson, Washington, Fortson). Turnovers: 18 (Battie 4, Goldwire 3, L Ellis 3, Fortson 2, D Garrett, H Ellis, Jackson, Newman, Washington). Steals: 8 (Jackson 3, L Ellis 2, Battie, Goldwire, Wolf). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 23 34 22 23 - 102 Denver 26 12 26 17 - 81 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 1 (Fortson, 7:33 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,120. T: 2:10. Officials: Terry Durham, Tommie Wood, Monty Mccutchen.


GAME RECAP

Steve Nash scored 15 of his 20 points in the first half and the Phoenix Suns capitalized on a huge second quarter for a 102-81 victory over the Denver Nuggets, who suffered their seventh straight loss.

Danny Manning added 15 points and Cliff Robinson contributed 14 for Phoenix, which turned a 26-23 deficit after one quarter into a 57-38 halftime advantage.

Rookies Eric Washington and Tony Battie led Denver with 14 points apiece. The Nuggets, owners of the worst record in the league at 2-22, are in the midst of their second longest losing streak of the season. They lost 12 straight games to start the season.

After Denver's Anthony Goldwire drained a three-pointer for a 31-23 lead, the Suns took over. Nash scored five points in a quick 7-0 burst that pulled Phoenix within 31-30 with 9:14 left in the second quarter.

Washington canned a three-pointer to give the Nuggets a 34-30 lead, but the Suns scored 23 of the next 25 points, capped by Rex Chapman's layup for a 53-36 lead with 2:14 left. Robinson scored seven points in the spurt.

Phoenix allowed only one field goal during the 6:37 run while forcing five of Denver's 17 turnovers.

"They threw a little pressure on us in the second quarter, and we didn't handle it at all," Denver coach Bill Hanzlik said. "It just went turnover, layup, turnover, layup. We played great in the first quarter, got a little lead, but then in the second we fell apart."

The Suns maintained a comfortable margin in the third quarter, leading by as many as 23 points. They took a 79-64 lead into the final period.

Denver got within 79-66 with 11:12 remaining on Johnny Newman's layup, but Phoenix put the game out of reach with an 18-6 burst, taking its biggest lead at 97-72 on rookie Marko Milic's lay-in.

Jason Kidd led Phoenix's assault on the boards with 12 rebounds. The Suns held a 56-36 rebounding advantage, while holding the Nuggets to 36 percent shooting (26-for-72). Phoenix shot 46 percent (41-of-90) from the field.

"Our defensive effort was pretty good," Suns coach Danny Ainge said. "In the first quarter, Denver shot the ball very well. They were making long shots. Then they started missing their shots. We got more rebounds because of our depth and experience."

Former Nugget Antonio McDyess, who was shipped to the Suns this past off-season in a three-team trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers, finished with 13 points and five rebounds in his first game against his former club.

"I was surprised by the fan reaction," said McDyess, commenting on his warm reception from the crowd. "I expected them to boo me. It made me feel good and I'm happy with that. I don't miss the losing, it's sad to go away and come back and see it."

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