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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 25 29 16 24 94 SAN ANTONIO 27 19 21 14 81 FINAL


PHOENIX (94) AT SAN ANTONIO (81)

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

NASH F 30 2-5 0-0 2 3 5 5 2 1 1 6 MCDYESS F 34 3-14 4-6 3 9 12 3 5 2 0 10 ROBINSON C 24 3-9 0-0 1 2 3 1 4 0 0 6 CHAPMAN G 15 2-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 4 KIDD G 47 11-19 5-6 1 10 11 5 0 0 0 29 MCCLOUD 23 4-8 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 11 JOHNSON 29 5-9 4-5 0 3 3 4 1 0 2 14 WILLIAMS 12 1-4 0-0 2 3 5 0 2 0 0 2 MANNING 25 6-12 0-0 1 2 3 2 2 1 0 12 BRYANT 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CEBALLOS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-87 13-17 10 34 44 21 18 5 4 94 (.425) (.765) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 5(4 PTS)

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

DUNCAN F 46 11-27 8-11 2 9 11 2 2 0 2 30 ROBINSON F 17 3-10 4-4 4 2 6 3 0 1 0 10 W PERDUE C 26 6-9 0-2 7 7 14 0 2 0 2 12 JACKSON G 41 4-13 0-0 1 3 4 1 5 1 0 9 JOHNSON G 39 2-5 0-0 1 0 1 5 2 0 0 4 C PERSON 22 2-11 0-0 2 6 8 2 2 1 0 4 DEL NEGRO 29 3-9 1-2 0 3 3 3 0 1 2 8 HERRERA 11 1-5 0-0 2 4 6 0 4 0 0 2 GEARY 5 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 ALEXANDER 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ROSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION M WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-92 13-19 20 34 54 16 17 4 6 81 (.359) (.684) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 8(12 PTS)

PHOENIX 25 29 16 24 - 94 SAN ANTONIO 27 19 21 14 - 81

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - MCDYESS 4, KIDD, WILLIAMS. SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 5, W PERDUE 3, C PERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 7-17 (.412), NASH 2-3, CHAPMAN 0-2, KIDD 2-5, MCCLOUD 3-6, JOHNSON 0-1. SAN ANTONIO 2-16 (.125), JACKSON 1-7, C PERSON 0-5, DEL NEGRO 1-3, GEARY 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TOM WASHINGTON, RON GARRETSON, RODDY MOTT. A - 20,557. T - 1:59.


PHOENIX (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Nash 30 2-5 0-0 2-5 5 2 6 Mcdyess 34 3-14 4-6 3-12 3 5 10 Robinson 24 3-9 0-0 1-3 1 4 6 Chapman 15 2-7 0-0 0-1 1 0 4 Kidd 47 11-19 5-6 1-11 5 0 29 Mccloud 23 4-8 0-0 0-1 0 2 11 Johnson 29 5-9 4-5 0-3 4 1 14 Williams 12 1-4 0-0 2-5 0 2 2 Manning 25 6-12 0-0 1-3 2 2 12 Bryant 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Ceballos DNP - coach's decision Milic DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-87 13-17 10-44 21 18 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (Nash 2-3, Chapman 0-2, Kidd 2-5, Mccloud 3-6, Johnson 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Mcdyess 4, Kidd, Williams). Turnovers: 5 (Johnson 2, Mccloud, Nash). Steals: 5 (Mcdyess 2, Manning, Mccloud, Nash).

SAN ANTONIO (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 46 11-27 8-11 2-11 2 2 30 Robinson 17 3-10 4-4 4-6 3 0 10 W Perdue 26 6-9 0-2 7-14 0 2 12 Jackson 41 4-13 0-0 1-4 1 5 9 Johnson 39 2-5 0-0 1-1 5 2 4 C Person 22 2-11 0-0 2-8 2 2 4 Del Negro 29 3-9 1-2 0-3 3 0 8 Herrera 11 1-5 0-0 2-6 0 4 2 Geary 5 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 Alexander 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Rose DNP - coach's decision M Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-92 13-19 20-54 16 17 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.359, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals: 2-16, .125 (Jackson 1-7, C Person 0-5, Del Negro 1-3, Geary 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 9 (Duncan 5, W Perdue 3, C Person). Turnovers: 8 (Del Negro 2, Duncan 2, W Perdue 2). Steals: 4 (C Person, Del Negro, Jackson, Robinson). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 25 29 16 24 - 94 San Antonio 27 19 21 14 - 81 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,557. T: 1:59. Officials: Tom Washington, Ron Garretson, Roddy Mott.


GAME RECAP

Jason Kidd tied a season high with 29 points as the Phoenix Suns held the San Antonio Spurs -- playing without an injured David Robinson in the second half -- scoreless for nearly five minutes in the fourth quarter en route to a 94-81 victory.

Kidd, who had 11 rebounds and five assists, had 20 points in the first half to lead Phoenix to a 54-46 edge at halftime. He drained 5-of-6 free throws to cap a decisive 14-0 burst, which gave the Suns a 92-78 lead with 40 seconds to play.

Tim Duncan had 30 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks for the Spurs and his fallaway had tied the game, 78-78, with 5:24 to play. But Duncan missed his final four shots of the contest and San Antonio failed to score again until Jaren Jackson hit a meaningless three-pointer with 29 seconds left.

"It was tough out there without Dave (Robinson), it was the first time without him," Duncan said. "It was a learning experience for me and I just tried to hold down the fort."

The Spurs missed Robinson, who had 10 points and six rebounds in 17 minutes, but did not play in the second half due to pain in his right knee. He has yet to miss a game this season after playing in just six all of last season due to foot and back injuries.

"I don't believe it's anything serious," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said about Robinson's injury. "He's just having a period of bad tendinitis or 'jumper's knee'. He'll have a few days to rest before the game Tuesday. Of course, he won't practice."

Antonio McDyess had just 10 points on 3-of-14 shooting for Phoenix, but played a larger role defensively with 12 boards, four blocks and two steals. Phoenix committed just five turnovers, one shy of the team-record low, in winning for the fifth time in six road games and fourth straight time against the Spurs.

"It kind of wears you down when they get the ball to Duncan down low every time," McDyess said. "At the end of the game we played pretty good defense on him. Then with David out in the second half he was the only guy they could go to down low."

San Antonio, which suffered a 106-105 loss at home against Seattle on Wednesday, has lost two straight games for the first time since December 4th-9th. The Spurs have also lost back-to-back games at the Alamodome since winning 15 in a row at home.

Without Robinson, San Antonio was done in by its poor outside shooting and a mediocre effort from the bench. The Spurs missed their first eight three-pointers and finished just 2-of-16 from behind the arc. The reserves were outscored by the Suns' bench, 39-16, and shot just 7-of-28 from the field.

"We played well overall," Suns coach Danny Ainge said. "Defensively, we played pretty solid. McDyess did a good job of shutting Duncan down. Thirty points is all right if you make him shoot 30 times."

Phoenix connected on 7-of-17 from three-point range, including a 3-of-6 effort from George McCloud, who finished with 11 points off the bench. He had made just one of his last 19 three-point attempts coming into the game.

Kevin Johnson chipped in 14 points and Danny Manning added 12 for the Suns, who rebounded from a 115-110 home loss to Portland on Thursday. Phoenix has not dropped back-to-back games in over a month and has won six of its last eight contests overall.

Suns coach Danny Ainge opted to oppose San Antonio's starting front line of seven-footers -- Robinson, Duncan and Will Perdue -- with a small lineup that included three guards. Kidd's outside shooting helped keep the Suns in it, going for 14 points in the first quarter as Phoenix trailed 27-25.

"With us starting a small lineup, we had to knock down shots and force them to adjust to us," Kidd said. "We stuck to our game plan and forced the ball up the floor in order to wear out their big guys."

Kidd, who shot 9-of-12 from the floor in the first half, buried a jumper to cap a 9-2 spurt that gave Phoenix a 40-33 lead with 7:16 left in the second period.

Duncan stepped up his play in the second half with Robinson sidelined, scoring eight points in the Spurs' 12-2 burst that opened the third quarter. His short hook knotted the score, 58-58, with 6:24 remaining before McCloud drained a three-pointer to halt San Antonio's run.

"In the second half, we had to rely on Tim for all the offense," said Spurs guard Chuck Person, who was 2-of-11 from the floor. "That's the first time he's had to shoulder the load all season. He has to start getting used to that. He may have just gotten a little winded in the end with all those touches."

But the Spurs were unable to go in front and Phoenix led 70-67 after three quarters. Vinny Del Negro drained a three-pointer, San Antonio's first of the game, with 9:45 left to tie the game, 74-74. Avery Johnson followed with a driving lay-in to give the Spurs their first and only lead of the second half.

Perdue finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds to help San Antonio to a 54-44 edge on the glass. The Spurs committed a season-low eight turnovers but shot just 36 percent from the field (33-of-92).

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