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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 15 17 30 26 88 PHOENIX 21 24 28 28 101 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - SHAWN KEMP 20, BOB SURA 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10 PHO - JASON KIDD 16, RODNEY ROGERS 16, TOM GUGLIOTTA 15

HIGH REBOUND: CLE - SHAWN KEMP 9, MARK BRYANT 6 PHO - TOM GUGLIOTTA 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: CLE - BOB SURA 10, BREVIN KNIGHT 10 PHO - JASON KIDD 12, CLIFF ROBINSON 6

ATT: 19,023


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (88) AT PHOENIX (101)

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

KEMP F 36 8-15 4-8 3 6 9 0 2 3 7 20 MURRAY F 24 4-8 0-0 0 3 3 0 5 0 3 9 BRYANT C 22 4-5 2-2 3 3 6 1 4 1 1 10 KNIGHT G 31 4-7 1-2 0 2 2 10 4 1 4 9 SURA G 38 3-9 3-4 0 3 3 10 4 3 3 12 C HENDERSON 31 4-10 2-2 1 3 4 2 1 3 0 10 MILLER 22 4-8 1-4 0 0 0 1 3 1 3 9 FERRY 12 0-1 1-1 0 1 1 1 5 0 0 1 DECLERCQ 19 3-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 2 1 6 PERSON 4 0-5 2-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 M HENDRICKSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DAVID DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-71 16-25 7 23 30 26 31 14 23 88 (.479) (.640) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 23(29 PTS)

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

GUGLIOTTA F 38 6-13 3-3 2 7 9 0 3 2 1 15 ROBINSON F 36 3-11 7-8 0 1 1 6 4 2 5 13 LONGLEY C 16 3-4 0-0 2 1 3 0 2 1 3 6 KIDD G 36 5-13 4-4 3 2 5 12 2 1 4 16 HARDAWAY G 28 3-10 6-6 2 4 6 3 1 0 2 12 DAY 13 3-8 0-0 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 9 ROGERS 30 6-9 2-4 2 4 6 2 3 1 2 16 O MILLER 22 2-2 4-4 1 2 3 1 5 1 3 8 LIVINGSTON 13 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 2 BAILEY 8 2-3 0-0 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 4 BLOUNT DNP - COACH'S DECISION CHAPMAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-76 26-29 14 24 38 27 26 8 22 101 (.447) (.897) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 24(19 PTS)

CLEVELAND 15 17 30 26 - 88 PHOENIX 21 24 28 28 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - KNIGHT, C HENDERSON, BRYANT, MURRAY, KEMP. PHOENIX - O MILLER 4, HARDAWAY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 4-11 (.364), MURRAY 1-2, SURA 3-6, C HENDERSON 0-1, PERSON 0-2. PHOENIX 7-19 (.368), ROBINSON 0-3, KIDD 2-5, HARDAWAY 0-1, DAY 3-6, ROGERS 2-3, LIVINGSTON 0-1. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - MILLER, PHOENIX - HEAD COACH SKILES. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, MONTY MCCUTCHEN, BILL KENNEDY. A - 19,023. T - 2:17.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kemp 36 8-15 4-8 3-9 0 2 20 Murray 24 4-8 0-0 0-3 0 5 9 Bryant 22 4-5 2-2 3-6 1 4 10 Knight 31 4-7 1-2 0-2 10 4 9 Sura 38 3-9 3-4 0-3 10 4 12 C Henderson 31 4-10 2-2 1-4 2 1 10 Miller 22 4-8 1-4 0-0 1 3 9 Ferry 12 0-1 1-1 0-1 1 5 1 Declercq 19 3-3 0-0 0-2 0 3 6 Person 4 0-5 2-2 0-0 1 0 2 M Hendrickson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 David DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-71 16-25 7-30 26 31 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.479, FT-.640. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Murray 1-2, Sura 3-6, C Henderson 0-1, Person 0-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 5 (Knight, C Henderson, Bryant, Murray, Kemp). Turnovers: 23 (Kemp 7, Knight 4, Miller 3, Murray 3, Sura 3, Bryant, Declercq, Person). Steals: 14 (C Henderson 3, Kemp 3, Sura 3, Declercq 2, Bryant, Knight, Miller).

PHOENIX (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gugliotta 38 6-13 3-3 2-9 0 3 15 Robinson 36 3-11 7-8 0-1 6 4 13 Longley 16 3-4 0-0 2-3 0 2 6 Kidd 36 5-13 4-4 3-5 12 2 16 Hardaway 28 3-10 6-6 2-6 3 1 12 Day 13 3-8 0-0 0-0 2 3 9 Rogers 30 6-9 2-4 2-6 2 3 16 O Miller 22 2-2 4-4 1-3 1 5 8 Livingston 13 1-3 0-0 0-2 1 2 2 Bailey 8 2-3 0-0 2-3 0 1 4 Blount DNP - coach's decision Chapman DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-76 26-29 14-38 27 26 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.447, FT-.897. 3-Point Goals: 7-19, .368 (Robinson 0-3, Kidd 2-5, Hardaway 0-1, Day 3-6, Rogers 2-3, Livingston 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (O Miller 4, Hardaway). Turnovers: 24 (Robinson 5, Kidd 4, Longley 3, O Miller 3, Hardaway 2, Rogers 2, Day, Gugliotta, Livingston). Steals: 8 (Gugliotta 2, Robinson 2, Kidd, Longley, O Miller, Rogers). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 15 17 30 26 - 88 Phoenix 21 24 28 28 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Cleveland 1 (Miller, 7:31 4th). Phoenix 1 (Head Coach Skiles, 7:24 4th). Flagrant fouls: Cleveland 1 (Miller, 7:24 4th). A: 19,023. T: 2:17. Officials: Mike Mathis, Monty Mccutchen, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Penny Hardaway made a successful return, scoring 12 points in a balanced attack that gave the Phoenix Suns a 101-88 victory over the road-weary Cleveland Cavaliers.

In his first season with the Suns, Hardaway had not played since December 4 due to plantar fasciatis in his right foot. At one point, he blamed the injury on Air Jordan sneakers he claimed were too narrow.

The moody four-time All-Star was acquired from Orlando during the offseason in a sign-and-trade deal that netted him $86 million over the next seven years. He was supposed to pair with Jason Kidd and form the league's best backcourt but the Suns struggled without him, going 11-12.

"I was happy to be back out on the floor, playing with Jason and the guys again," Hardaway said. "It was complete torture on the sidelines. I felt pretty good."

"It was nice to have Penny back, to get him 28 minutes and get his feet wet," Suns coach Scott Skiles said. "I think he did some nice things out there considering he hasn't played for a long time."

Kidd had 16 points and 12 assists to lead five players in double figures as Phoenix won its third straight game and improved to 11-0 at home against Eastern Conference opponents. The Suns had dropped seven of the previous eight meetings with Cleveland.

Playing for the fourth time in five nights, the Cavaliers lost their fifth straight game and completed a brutal 1-6 road trip.

"We struggled so much offensively in the first half, we couldn't sustain anything," Cavaliers coach Randy Wittman said. "If you look back on every game of this road trip, we were in the games. Consistency in effort is what we've got to have."

"Being tired is a horrible excuse," Cleveland center Mark Bryant said. "We're all professionals here. We get paid to stay in shape and play hard."

Bob Sura capped a 14-4 run with a 3-pointer as Cleveland drew within 59-56 with 4:40 remaining in the third quarter. But Phoenix stormed back with a 10-0 spurt, highlighted by two 3-pointers by Todd Day, to open a 69-56 lead at the 1:59 mark.

The Suns took a 73-62 lead into the final period. The Cavaliers cut the deficit to nine early in the fourth quarter but never threatened as Phoenix improved to 12-0 when holding its opponent under 90 points.

The Suns embark on a five-game road trip, opening against Indiana on Tuesday.

"We'd love to win all five but we got off on the right foot," Kidd said. "Getaway game, and now we go to Indiana and try to keep this thing going. We're playing good right now, so hopefully we can improve our road record."

Phoenix took advantage of 10 Cleveland turnovers to take a 21-15 lead after 12 minutes. The Cavs trailed 36-32 with 2:18 left in the second quarter, but Rodney Rogers nailed consecutive 3-pointers and Kidd added one of his own, extending the advantage to 45-32 at the half.

Rogers also scored 16 points and Tom Gugliotta added 15 for Phoenix, which shot 45 percent (34-of-76) from the field and made 26-of-29 free throws.

"We let them back in the game two or three times, but eventually we wore them down and won big," Gugliotta said.

"Penny played extremely well, being out so long," Gugliotta continued. He knew the plays and the defensive schemes."

Shawn Kemp had 20 points and nine rebounds but committed seven turnovers for Cleveland, which shot 48 percent (34-of-71) but committed 23 turnovers and made only 16-of-25 from the line.

Brevin Knight dished 10 assists and Sura also had 10 along with 12 points for the Cavs.

"We thought the road trip would be an opportunity to get closer and change our ways," Knight said. "But we fell into the same routine, the same problems. We can't use the road as an excuse. It's our job and we get paid well to do it - you've got to come out and perform."

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