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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MILWAUKEE 31 22 28 20 101 PHOENIX 29 28 26 25 108 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIL - RAY ALLEN 31, GLENN ROBINSON 19, SAM CASSELL 19 PHO - RODNEY ROGERS 24, CLIFF ROBINSON 19, OLIVER MILLER 17

HIGH REBOUND: MIL - RAY ALLEN 7, SCOTT WILLIAMS 6 PHO - RODNEY ROGERS 13, OLIVER MILLER 12

HIGH ASSISTS: MIL - SAM CASSELL 10, RAY ALLEN 3 PHO - JASON KIDD 11, CLIFF ROBINSON 7

ATT: 18,656


Extended Box

MILWAUKEE (101) AT PHOENIX (108)

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

ROBINSON F 31 7-15 5-6 0 3 3 1 2 0 2 19 S WILLIAMS F 22 2-3 0-0 0 6 6 0 6 3 4 4 JOHNSON C 31 1-2 2-4 3 2 5 1 4 1 1 4 ALLEN G 41 11-23 4-4 1 6 7 3 2 1 1 31 CASSELL G 36 9-18 1-2 1 2 3 10 6 0 3 19 DEL NEGRO 19 2-6 0-0 1 2 3 2 0 1 1 4 THOMAS 30 7-9 1-1 1 4 5 1 3 2 3 16 MANNING 21 2-4 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 1 2 4 REID 6 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 TRAYLOR 3 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 ELLIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WORKMAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-83 13-17 7 31 38 20 25 9 18 101 (.494) (.765) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 19(24 PTS)

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

ROBINSON F 40 8-18 0-1 1 3 4 7 6 0 4 19 ROGERS F 40 9-18 6-8 5 8 13 3 4 1 3 24 O MILLER C 38 7-13 3-5 4 8 12 3 3 1 2 17 CHAPMAN G 26 6-10 2-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 16 KIDD G 40 4-13 4-4 2 6 8 11 4 1 5 13 BAILEY 22 2-10 0-0 5 1 6 0 1 1 1 4 DAY 16 0-4 2-2 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 2 WEST 10 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 1 LIVINGSTON 8 6-6 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 12 GUGLIOTTA DNP - NOT WITH TEAM HARDAWAY DNP - PLANTAR FASCIAITIS LONGLEY DNP - BACK SPASMS

TOTALS 240 42-92 18-24 17 30 47 29 22 6 16 108 (.457) (.750) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16(15 PTS)

MILWAUKEE 31 22 28 20 - 101 PHOENIX 29 28 26 25 - 108

BLOCKED SHOTS: MILWAUKEE - JOHNSON 4, ALLEN 2, S WILLIAMS 2, MANNING. PHOENIX - KIDD, ROGERS, DAY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MILWAUKEE 6-16 (.375), ROBINSON 0-3, ALLEN 5-7, CASSELL 0-2, THOMAS 1-3, TRAYLOR 0-1. PHOENIX 6-18 (.333), ROBINSON 3-6, ROGERS 0-4, CHAPMAN 2-4, KIDD 1-2, BAILEY 0-1, DAY 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, GARY BENSON, TONY BROTHERS. A - 18,656. T - 2:08.


Box Score

MILWAUKEE (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Robinson 31 7-15 5-6 0-3 1 2 19 S Williams 22 2-3 0-0 0-6 0 6 4 Johnson 31 1-2 2-4 3-5 1 4 4 Allen 41 11-23 4-4 1-7 3 2 31 Cassell 36 9-18 1-2 1-3 10 6 19 Del Negro 19 2-6 0-0 1-3 2 0 4 Thomas 30 7-9 1-1 1-5 1 3 16 Manning 21 2-4 0-0 0-3 2 2 4 Reid 6 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Traylor 3 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Ellis DNP - coach's decision Workman DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-83 13-17 7-38 20 25 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Robinson 0-3, Allen 5-7, Cassell 0-2, Thomas 1-3, Traylor 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 9 (Johnson 4, Allen 2, S Williams 2, Manning). Turnovers: 19 (S Williams 4, Cassell 3, Thomas 3, Manning 2, Robinson 2, Allen, Del Negro, Johnson, Traylor). Steals: 9 (S Williams 3, Thomas 2, Allen, Del Negro, Johnson, Manning).

PHOENIX (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Robinson 40 8-18 0-1 1-4 7 6 19 Rogers 40 9-18 6-8 5-13 3 4 24 O Miller 38 7-13 3-5 4-12 3 3 17 Chapman 26 6-10 2-2 0-1 1 1 16 Kidd 40 4-13 4-4 2-8 11 4 13 Bailey 22 2-10 0-0 5-6 0 1 4 Day 16 0-4 2-2 0-2 2 1 2 West 10 0-0 1-2 0-1 0 2 1 Livingston 8 6-6 0-0 0-0 2 0 12 Gugliotta DNP - not with team Hardaway DNP - plantar fasciaitis Longley DNP - back spasms _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-92 18-24 17-47 29 22 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.457, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (Robinson 3-6, Rogers 0-4, Chapman 2-4, Kidd 1-2, Bailey 0-1, Day 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Kidd, Rogers, Day). Turnovers: 16 (Kidd 5, Robinson 4, Rogers 3, O Miller 2, Bailey, West). Steals: 6 (Livingston 2, Bailey, Kidd, O Miller, Rogers). ____________________________________________ Milwaukee 31 22 28 20 - 101 Phoenix 29 28 26 25 - 108 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,656. T: 2:08. Officials: Hugh Evans, Gary Benson, Tony Brothers.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- The depleted Phoenix Suns just keep winning under Scott Skiles.

Playing without four starters, the Suns received big efforts from Randy Livingston and Rodney Rogers and won their fourth straight game with Skiles at the helm, 108-101 over the Milwaukee Bucks.

"The guys are playing their hearts out right now," Skiles said. "I'm looking out there and I see the guys are tired because we are so under-manned. Yet they keep going."

Livingston scored 12 points, including six during a 15-0 run early in the second half. Rogers had a season-high 24 points for the Suns, who held the Bucks to just three points in the opening 6 1/2 minutes of the final period.

"Randy Livingston was huge," Skiles added. "He came in and gave us a big lift. I tell him all the time, he's got one of the hardest jobs in the league backing up an All-Star. He knows that he needs to come and play as hard as he possibly can for short minutes."

Oliver Miller, who tied his season high with 17 points, capped the key run with a dunk that gave the Suns a 98-84 lead with 6:52 left.

The Bucks used a late 9-0 spurt to crawl withing 106-101 on two free throws by Ray Allen with 19 seconds to play. Todd Day made a pair of foul shots with 18 seconds left as the Suns handed Milwaukee its 12th straight loss in Phoenix.

Allen scored 31 points for Milwaukee, which is 0-9 at America West Arena and had its three-game winning streak snapped.

"My recollection of the game is that we never made a defensive position," Bucks coach George Karl said. "To try and win on the road against a team that's hot is very dangerous. We played some good basketball along the way, but our defensive was never in tune to the game."

The Suns, who are without Tom Gugliotta, Penny Hardaway, Luc Longley and rookie Shawn Marion, won for the sixth time in seven games.

Tim Thomas opened the fourth quarter by draining a 3-pointer that gave Milwaukee an 84-83 advantage. But the Bucks did not score again until Glenn Robinson's 14-foot jumper with 5:33 to play. By that time, Phoenix had opened a 14-point lead.

Following Thomas' shot, Livingston put the Suns on top for good by spinning in the lane for a layup. Moments later, his steal and layup made it a three-point contest.

"My job is to go in and do whatever I can for the minutes I'm in," Livingston said. "Tonight I was able to get some easy layups, get some deflections for steals and I'm very happy to help the team."

Milwaukee's Ervin Johnson missed a pair of foul shots and Mark West made the second of two free throws for the Suns. Livingston followed with a dunk on the break and Robinson hit a 3-pointer from the left wing that put Phoenix on top, 93-84, and forced George Karl to call a timeout with 8:23 to play.

The stoppage did not help the Bucks, however, and Jason Kidd, who fell two rebounds shy of his third straight triple-double, hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Robinson found Miller cutting down the lane to cap the 15-point burst.

Kidd collected 13 points and 11 assists for the Suns, who shot 46 percent (42-of-92) and held a 47-38 advantage on the boards. Rogers had 13 rebounds and Miller 12 for Phoenix, which turned 19 Milwaukee turnovers into 24 points.

"We've got to do it because we are short-handed right now," Rogers said. "We needed everybody who can step up to step up. The guys are finding a way to do it and we're just trying to stay on the winning side until the other guys get back."

Robinson scored 19 points and Sam Cassell added 19 and 10 assists for the Bucks, who connected on 49 percent (41-of-83) and was 6-of-16 from beyond the arc.

"We went into the fourth quarter being down two and I think what happened was we went into a shell," Allen said. "We didn't pass the ball and we didn't guard anybody. We couldn't guard a wall tonight. We have to focus and play defense."

The Suns won 16 of the 18 meetings between the teams in the 1990s.

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