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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 25 22 34 25 106 PHILADELPHIA 26 30 29 12 97 FINAL


PHOENIX (106) AT PHILADELPHIA (97)

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

ROBINSON F 36 5-9 3-6 3 2 5 2 2 2 3 13 MCDYESS F 40 10-17 2-3 6 7 13 7 3 2 2 22 BRYANT C 22 0-1 2-2 1 4 5 1 3 1 2 2 CHAPMAN G 33 12-19 0-1 0 0 0 7 0 1 1 29 KIDD G 29 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 8 1 1 1 5 NASH 27 6-14 2-2 0 1 1 1 4 3 1 17 MANNING 22 5-9 2-2 2 1 3 0 2 0 3 12 JOHNSON 20 2-2 2-2 0 1 1 3 1 2 4 6 WILLIAMS 11 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 0 0 0 LLAMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCCLOUD DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-77 13-18 13 21 34 29 18 12 17 106 (.545) (.722) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 17(18 PTS)

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

WEATHERSPOON F 36 3-8 2-2 5 2 7 2 1 1 0 8 COLEMAN F 30 2-6 1-2 0 6 6 3 1 1 2 5 RATLIFF C 36 5-9 2-4 2 5 7 2 3 1 0 12 JACKSON G 36 10-16 0-0 1 3 4 6 5 2 2 22 IVERSON G 40 11-20 5-6 1 2 3 7 3 2 7 30 THOMAS 18 3-8 4-4 3 2 5 2 1 1 0 10 SNOW 10 1-3 2-2 0 0 0 1 2 3 2 4 MCKIE 15 2-5 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 4 WILLIAMS 19 1-3 0-0 2 1 3 0 2 1 0 2 CUMMINGS DNP - COACH'S DECISION DAVIS DNP - STRAINED RIGHT WRIST PARKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-78 16-20 15 22 37 23 20 12 14 97 (.487) (.800) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17(22 PTS)

PHOENIX 25 22 34 25 - 106 PHILADELPHIA 26 30 29 12 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - ROBINSON 2, CHAPMAN, WILLIAMS. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 2, WILLIAMS 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 9-16 (.563), ROBINSON 0-1, CHAPMAN 5-8, KIDD 1-2, NASH 3-5. PHILADELPHIA 5-15 (.333), JACKSON 2-5, IVERSON 3-7, THOMAS 0-2, SNOW 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE BORGIA, JOE FORTE, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 12,787. T - 1:58.


PHOENIX (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Robinson 36 5-9 3-6 3-5 2 2 13 Mcdyess 40 10-17 2-3 6-13 7 3 22 Bryant 22 0-1 2-2 1-5 1 3 2 Chapman 33 12-19 0-1 0-0 7 0 29 Kidd 29 2-6 0-0 0-2 8 1 5 Nash 27 6-14 2-2 0-1 1 4 17 Manning 22 5-9 2-2 2-3 0 2 12 Johnson 20 2-2 2-2 0-1 3 1 6 Williams 11 0-0 0-0 1-4 0 2 0 Llamas DNP - coach's decision Mccloud DNP - coach's decision Milic DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-77 13-18 13-34 29 18 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.545, FT-.722. 3-Point Goals: 9-16, .563 (Robinson 0-1, Chapman 5-8, Kidd 1-2, Nash 3-5). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 4 (Robinson 2, Chapman, Williams). Turnovers: 17 (Johnson 4, Manning 3, Robinson 3, Bryant 2, Mcdyess 2, Chapman, Kidd, Nash). Steals: 12 (Nash 3, Johnson 2, Mcdyess 2, Robinson 2, Bryant, Chapman, Kidd).

PHILADELPHIA (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Weatherspoon 36 3-8 2-2 5-7 2 1 8 Coleman 30 2-6 1-2 0-6 3 1 5 Ratliff 36 5-9 2-4 2-7 2 3 12 Jackson 36 10-16 0-0 1-4 6 5 22 Iverson 40 11-20 5-6 1-3 7 3 30 Thomas 18 3-8 4-4 3-5 2 1 10 Snow 10 1-3 2-2 0-0 1 2 4 Mckie 15 2-5 0-0 1-2 0 2 4 Williams 19 1-3 0-0 2-3 0 2 2 Cummings DNP - coach's decision Davis DNP - strained right wrist Parker DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-78 16-20 15-37 23 20 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.487, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Jackson 2-5, Iverson 3-7, Thomas 0-2, Snow 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Ratliff 2, Williams 2). Turnovers: 17 (Iverson 7, Coleman 2, Jackson 2, Snow 2, Mckie). Steals: 12 (Snow 3, Iverson 2, Jackson 2, Coleman, Ratliff, Thomas, Weatherspoon, Williams). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 25 22 34 25 - 106 Philadelphia 26 30 29 12 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,787. T: 1:58. Officials: Joe Borgia, Joe Forte, Leroy Richardson.


GAME RECAP

Kevin Johnson returned from a 31-game absence and hit a key basket during the decisive fourth-quarter run as the Phoenix Suns rallied for a 106-97 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Phoenix, which trailed by nine points at halftime, faced an 85-81 deficit heading into the fourth quarter. But Danny Manning opened the period with a 14-footer to spark the pivotal 17-3 burst.

"All year long, our strength has been our depth and versatility and we like to take advantage of that," Johnson explained. "Some guys will get more minutes, some guys will have a hot hand, but all we care about is winning. We don't care whose turn it is."

Johnson followed Manning's jumper with a layup to forge an 85-85 tie before Cliff Robinson's bucket with 10:15 to play put the Suns ahead for good. Steve Nash highlighted the run with a three-pointer and Antonio McDyess' jumper capped it with 4:54 remaining, building a 98-88 cushion.

Philadelphia got no closer than six points the rest of the way and matched its longest losing streak of the season with its sixth straight defeat.

Johnson, sidelined since December 11th after undergoing knee surgery, finished with six points and three assists in 20 minutes off the bench.

"Conditioning and timing were the most difficult because the game is so much faster," Johnson said. "It would've been easier to play a team like Detroit that slows it up, but with Iverson and the rest of that team it's so fast. I turned the ball over a couple of times because of that speed."

"In the fourth quarter when everything we did ran dry, we get a Hall-of-Famer off the bench," Chapman said of Johnson. "He was able to break down their defense at will when he wanted to."

McDyess had 22 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists and Nash added 17 points for the Suns, who have won eight of their last 10 games. Rex Chapman hit four of his five three-pointers and scored 16 of his 29 points in the third quarter to help the Suns rally from a 56-47 halftime deficit.

"We had some fresh bodies in the second half, especially in the third, and it showed on our defense," Suns coach Danny Ainge said. "Rex shot the ball well, Dice (McDyess) got some easy opportunities, Cliff Robinson came through for us big in the second half. Danny Manning, KJ (Johnson) and Steve Nash all contributed big in the second half."

Allen Iverson broke out of a recent slump with 30 points for the 76ers, who have lost 12 of the last 13 meetings in the series.

"We have this young point guard that feels he can beat anybody at any time, that's his m.o." Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "I have to keep trying to make him understand that they only won 22 games last year and we're sliding that way again this year."

A short jumper by Iverson pulled Philadelphia within 89-88 with 9:04 to go, but the Suns reeled off the next nine points. After Nash's three-pointer, Manning sank two free throws and a 15-footer before the jumper by McDyess, his only basket of the final period.

Iverson's jumper trimmed the deficit to 102-96 with 32 seconds left, but Nash answered with two free throws and Chapman fed Manning for a layup in the waning moments.

Robinson had 13 points and Manning chipped in 12 for Phoenix, which shot 54.5 percent (42-of-77) and made 9-of-16 from three-point range. Jason Kidd was held to five points but handed out eight assists.

Iverson, who has refused to talk to the media since the losing streak began, was 11-of-20 from the field and had seven assists but also committed seven of the Sixers' 17 turnovers. He averaged just 11 points on 30 percent shooting (18-of-60) during the first five games of the current skid.

"There was a time about a month ago when we were thinking pass first and getting a lot of shots. We weren't turning the ball over and we were having success," said Brown, whose team went 7-3 to open the new year. "But it's not one guy (Iverson). You can't point to one guy and say that's the difference, but point guard is a unique position and you do have to have a guard back there that does think pass first."

Jim Jackson scored 22 points, Theo Ratliff added 12 and rookie Tim Thomas 10 for Philadelphia, which shot 49 percent (36-of-78) from the field and made 16-of-20 free throws.

Nash scored 10 points in the second quarter, including a three-pointer that tied it, 34-34, with 8:42 left. But the Sixers went on a 13-3 run to take the lead. Iverson, who also had 10 points in the period, hit a three-pointer to open the spurt and a layup by Thomas capped it with 3:19 left for a 47-37 lead.

The Suns went back in front with a 14-2 burst to open the third period. Kidd hit from behind the arc and McDyess had a driving layup before Chapman drained a three-pointer and made a steal and driving layup. Kidd fed Robinson for a fast-break dunk and McDyess hit a layup to give Phoenix a 61-58 lead.

"My teammates were setting screens for me and the passes were right on the money," Chapman said.

"More than anything, we've gotta get stops when we need them," said Sixers forward Derrick Coleman, who left the game in the second quarter with a strained back but returned in the second half. "Tonight we played pretty good defense, they got guys who can stroke the ball. There were a couple of times I had my hands all up in Chapman's face, and he just kept making shots."

Chapman continued to bomb away in the period and scored 11 of the Suns' final 15 points of the quarter. But Iverson had 13 points in the period and helped keep the Sixers in it. His three-pointer put Philadelphia ahead, 83-81, with 34 seconds left before Thomas drained a jumper as the quarter ended.

The Suns has gone 4-1 on its seven-game eastern road trip, which concludes with games on Tuesday in Toronto and Thursday in New Jersey.

"It's been a very long road trip for us and it was good to get this win," Chapman said. "Outside of the first half of this game, it's been a pretty solid trip for us and we want to finish it off good in Toronto and New Jersey."

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