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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 21 30 25 20 96 ATLANTA 30 18 19 24 91 FINAL


PHOENIX (96) AT ATLANTA (91)

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

ROBINSON F 27 4-14 1-1 2 1 3 2 6 3 1 9 BRYANT F 23 4-6 1-2 2 2 4 0 1 1 0 9 MCDYESS C 16 1-6 0-0 2 3 5 1 5 0 1 2 CHAPMAN G 36 12-19 0-0 0 8 8 3 3 2 0 26 KIDD G 43 3-12 2-2 1 6 7 13 2 1 3 10 MANNING 32 9-14 1-2 1 3 4 1 2 0 2 19 NASH 24 5-8 0-0 0 1 1 7 1 1 0 13 WILLIAMS 22 2-4 0-2 1 3 4 0 1 0 0 4 MCCLOUD 17 2-7 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 4 CEBALLOS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMPSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-90 5-9 9 29 38 28 23 8 7 96 (.467) (.556) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 7(7 PTS)

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

CORBIN F 37 7-14 1-1 0 4 4 1 2 2 2 15 LAETTNER F 33 3-5 3-4 3 8 11 4 3 0 4 9 MUTOMBO C 38 5-8 10-16 4 7 11 0 2 0 4 20 SMITH G 39 11-17 2-3 3 2 5 4 4 0 1 26 BLAYLOCK G 38 3-12 0-0 0 3 3 11 2 3 4 8 BROWN 18 2-8 0-0 0 6 6 0 0 1 0 4 HENDERSON 13 0-5 1-2 1 3 4 0 2 0 1 1 RECASNER 24 3-8 0-0 2 2 4 1 1 0 0 8 ANDERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION BARRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION CRAWFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-77 17-26 13 35 48 21 16 6 16 91 (.442) (.654) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 17(22 PTS)

PHOENIX 21 30 25 20 - 96 ATLANTA 30 18 19 24 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - MANNING 2, MCDYESS, ROBINSON. ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 6, SMITH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 7-19 (.368), ROBINSON 0-1, CHAPMAN 2-5, KIDD 2-8, NASH 3-3, MCCLOUD 0-2. ATLANTA 6-17 (.353), CORBIN 0-1, SMITH 2-3, BLAYLOCK 2-9, RECASNER 2-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, GREG WILLARD, TIM DONAGHY. A - 13,539. T - 2:07.


PHOENIX (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Robinson 27 4-14 1-1 2-3 2 6 9 Bryant 23 4-6 1-2 2-4 0 1 9 Mcdyess 16 1-6 0-0 2-5 1 5 2 Chapman 36 12-19 0-0 0-8 3 3 26 Kidd 43 3-12 2-2 1-7 13 2 10 Manning 32 9-14 1-2 1-4 1 2 19 Nash 24 5-8 0-0 0-1 7 1 13 Williams 22 2-4 0-2 1-4 0 1 4 Mccloud 17 2-7 0-0 0-2 1 2 4 Ceballos DNP - coach's decision Milic DNP - coach's decision Thompson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-90 5-9 9-38 28 23 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.467, FT-.556. 3-Point Goals: 7-19, .368 (Robinson 0-1, Chapman 2-5, Kidd 2-8, Nash 3-3, Mccloud 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Manning 2, Mcdyess, Robinson). Turnovers: 7 (Kidd 3, Manning 2, Mcdyess, Robinson). Steals: 8 (Robinson 3, Chapman 2, Bryant, Kidd, Nash).

ATLANTA (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Corbin 37 7-14 1-1 0-4 1 2 15 Laettner 33 3-5 3-4 3-11 4 3 9 Mutombo 38 5-8 10-16 4-11 0 2 20 Smith 39 11-17 2-3 3-5 4 4 26 Blaylock 38 3-12 0-0 0-3 11 2 8 Brown 18 2-8 0-0 0-6 0 0 4 Henderson 13 0-5 1-2 1-4 0 2 1 Recasner 24 3-8 0-0 2-4 1 1 8 Anderson DNP - coach's decision Barry DNP - coach's decision Crawford DNP - coach's decision Miller DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-77 17-26 13-48 21 16 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.442, FT-.654. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Corbin 0-1, Smith 2-3, Blaylock 2-9, Recasner 2-4). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 7 (Mutombo 6, Smith). Turnovers: 17 (Blaylock 4, Laettner 4, Mutombo 4, Corbin 2, Henderson, Smith). Steals: 6 (Blaylock 3, Corbin 2, Brown). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 21 30 25 20 - 96 Atlanta 30 18 19 24 - 91 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,539. T: 2:07. Officials: Hue Hollins, Greg Willard, Tim Donaghy.


GAME RECAP

Rex Chapman scored 26 points and Danny Manning added 19 as the Phoenix Suns held off a late rally by the Atlanta Hawks and picked up their fifth win in six games, 96-91.

Steve Nash chipped in 13 points for the Suns, who led 81-69 with just over 11 minutes remaining before the Hawks scored 17 of the next 23 points. But Nash followed with a jumper as the Suns closed with a 9-5 spurt.

"I thought we played hard. This (Atlanta) is a good defensive basketball team," said Suns coach Danny Ainge. "We got out on breaks and had an easy time scoring tonight. We didn't get many post-ups tonight. Thank goodness Nash, Manning and (Rex) Chapman shot the ball well tonight."

Phoenix (27-13) did not pick up its 27th win last season until March 17th.

Steve Smith scored 26 points and Dikembe Mutombo added 20 for Atlanta, which has lost four straight overall and three in a row at home.

The Suns led by nine points entering the final period and extended the advantage to 81-69 in less than a minute on a three-pointer by Nash. Just under eight minutes later, Mutombo hit a pair of free throws to cut the margin to 87-86.

Nash followed with a jumper and Mutombo missed two from the line. Mark Bryant and Manning sandwiched jumpers around Tyrone Corbin's lay-in for the Hawks, but Mutombo missed two more free throws with a chance to bring Atlanta within three points.

Atlanta's Eldridge Recasner missed a layup and, after Manning connected on one of two free throws, Christian Laettner did the same to cut the Suns' lead to 94-89 with 1:12 to play. Jason Kidd and Laettner each hit two foul shots in the final minute to provide the final margin.

"We had a lot of guys make some plays for us down the stretch," Manning said. "Just a great team effort. They made a run and we were able to hang on. They missed some shots and we were able to capatalize."

Mutombo grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked six shots, and Laettner also pulled down 11 rebounds for the Hawks, who held a 48-38 advantage on the boards but committed 17 turnovers and shot 44 percent from the field (34-of-77).

"I think it hurts," said Mutombo when asked about his misses down the stretch. "I feel very bad for my teammates. I think our confidence was very good today. Somehow, we made a few errors down the strech, leading to some easy baskets. Hopefully we can make some more progress and come back."

Phoenix shot 47 percent (42-of-90), including 7-of-19 from three-point range, and committed only nine turnovers. Kidd added 10 points and 13 assists, while Chapman pulled down eight rebounds for the Suns, who were playing the first of a six-game road trip.

"We came out a little sluggish but got out and started running a little bit," said Chapman. "We had a pretty good second and third. Our defense was a little suspect. We were just able to finish them off in the end. That's good."

Atlanta led 30-21 after one quarter but the Suns used a 21-9 spurt to move ahead, 42-39, midway through the second.

The Hawks fought back and tied it, 56-56, late in the third quarter, but Chapman scored nine points over the next three minutes and capped a 14-4 spurt with a three-pointer to give the Suns a 70-60 advantage.

"I think the effort was here tonight," said Hawks guard Steve Smith. "It was much better but you don't win on effort. You have to execute and put together 48 minutes. (Get) a couple of loose balls. Get a win."

Mookie Blaylock dished out 11 assists for the Hawks, who fell to 14-8 at home. The Hawks are splitting their home games this season between the Georgia Dome and Georgia Tech's Alexander Coliseum while a new arena is being built.

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