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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 24 18 23 33 98 SAN ANTONIO 20 23 28 18 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHO - RODNEY ROGERS 22, TOM GUGLIOTTA 21, CLIFF ROBINSON 14 SAS - DAVID ROBINSON 31, MALIK ROSE 17, AVERY JOHNSON 12

HIGH REBOUND: PHO - TOM GUGLIOTTA 11, RODNEY ROGERS 9 SAS - DAVID ROBINSON 18, JEROME KERSEY 7

HIGH ASSISTS: PHO - JASON KIDD 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 SAS - TERRY PORTER 7, AVERY JOHNSON 6

ATT: 17,049


Extended Box

PHOENIX (98) AT SAN ANTONIO (89)

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

GUGLIOTTA F 44 9-20 3-4 4 7 11 3 5 2 1 21 ROBINSON F 39 6-16 1-2 5 3 8 2 4 0 0 14 LONGLEY C 10 0-1 2-2 2 0 2 0 3 0 3 2 HARDAWAY G 32 2-10 6-7 0 3 3 2 2 1 1 11 KIDD G 40 3-8 2-2 1 4 5 11 2 4 3 8 ROGERS 38 9-15 1-2 1 8 9 1 2 5 3 22 CHAPMAN 18 5-10 0-0 0 3 3 2 1 0 1 13 MARION 11 0-3 2-2 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 2 LIVINGSTON 8 2-5 0-0 0 3 3 3 1 0 0 5 BAILEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION BLOUNT DNP - COACH'S DECISION WEST DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-88 17-21 13 31 44 24 25 12 12 98 (.409) (.810) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(14 PTS)

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

DUNCAN F 13 1-5 2-2 1 2 3 1 0 0 1 4 J KERSEY F 20 3-4 0-0 2 5 7 0 1 1 1 6 ROBINSON C 41 9-16 13-16 7 11 18 3 3 1 2 31 ELIE G 30 1-9 2-2 0 1 1 2 4 1 2 4 JOHNSON G 36 6-12 0-0 0 3 3 6 3 0 3 12 ROSE 36 7-14 3-3 2 3 5 0 4 1 1 17 JACKSON 20 1-7 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 4 DANIELS 12 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 0 1 2 PORTER 26 2-7 1-2 0 2 2 7 1 3 5 7 WALKER 5 1-1 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 2 2 SPENCER 1 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 S KERR DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-78 23-29 12 32 44 21 19 7 19 89 (.410) (.793) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 19(19 PTS)

PHOENIX 24 18 23 33 - 98 SAN ANTONIO 20 23 28 18 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - GUGLIOTTA 2, LIVINGSTON, HARDAWAY, ROBINSON, MARION. SAN ANTONIO - ROBINSON 4, DUNCAN 2, ROSE 2, J KERSEY, JOHNSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 9-17 (.529), ROBINSON 1-3, HARDAWAY 1-2, KIDD 0-1, ROGERS 3-5, CHAPMAN 3-5, LIVINGSTON 1-1. SAN ANTONIO 2-12 (.167), ELIE 0-2, JACKSON 0-5, PORTER 2-5. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, BILL SPOONER, DEE KANTNER. A - 17,049. T - 2:13.


Box Score

PHOENIX (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gugliotta 44 9-20 3-4 4-11 3 5 21 Robinson 39 6-16 1-2 5-8 2 4 14 Longley 10 0-1 2-2 2-2 0 3 2 Hardaway 32 2-10 6-7 0-3 2 2 11 Kidd 40 3-8 2-2 1-5 11 2 8 Rogers 38 9-15 1-2 1-9 1 2 22 Chapman 18 5-10 0-0 0-3 2 1 13 Marion 11 0-3 2-2 0-0 0 5 2 Livingston 8 2-5 0-0 0-3 3 1 5 Bailey DNP - coach's decision Blount DNP - coach's decision West DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-88 17-21 13-44 24 25 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.409, FT-.810. 3-Point Goals: 9-17, .529 (Robinson 1-3, Hardaway 1-2, Kidd 0-1, Rogers 3-5, Chapman 3-5, Livingston 1-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Gugliotta 2, Livingston, Hardaway, Robinson, Marion). Turnovers: 13 (Kidd 3, Longley 3, Rogers 3, Chapman, Gugliotta, Hardaway). Steals: 12 (Rogers 5, Kidd 4, Gugliotta 2, Hardaway).

SAN ANTONIO (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 13 1-5 2-2 1-3 1 0 4 J Kersey 20 3-4 0-0 2-7 0 1 6 Robinson 41 9-16 13-16 7-18 3 3 31 Elie 30 1-9 2-2 0-1 2 4 4 Johnson 36 6-12 0-0 0-3 6 3 12 Rose 36 7-14 3-3 2-5 0 4 17 Jackson 20 1-7 2-2 0-0 0 2 4 Daniels 12 1-3 0-0 0-2 2 0 2 Porter 26 2-7 1-2 0-2 7 1 7 Walker 5 1-1 0-0 0-3 0 1 2 Spencer 1 0-0 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 S Kerr DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-78 23-29 12-44 21 19 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.410, FT-.793. 3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (Elie 0-2, Jackson 0-5, Porter 2-5). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 10 (Robinson 4, Duncan 2, Rose 2, J Kersey, Johnson). Turnovers: 19 (Porter 5, Johnson 3, Elie 2, Robinson 2, Walker 2, Daniels, Duncan, J Kersey, Jackson, Rose). Steals: 7 (Porter 3, Elie, J Kersey, Robinson, Rose). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 24 18 23 33 - 98 San Antonio 20 23 28 18 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,049. T: 2:13. Officials: Terry Durham, Bill Spooner, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- With superstar forward Tim Duncan out for the better part of three quarters, the San Antonio Spurs were beaten down the stretch by the Phoenix Suns.

Rodney Rogers remained hot with 22 points off the bench and Tom Gugliotta added 15 of his 21 after intermission as the Suns pulled away late for their sixth straight victory, 98-89 over the Spurs.

Duncan left the floor with 11:08 remaining in the second period after scoring four points in 13 minutes. Fellow "Twin Tower" David Robinson did an admirable job of picking up the slack with 31 points and 18 rebounds in 41 minutes.

But the Spurs appeared to wilt without their top option in the final period, making just six baskets over the final 12 minutes. Making matters worse, San Antonio also lost reserve guard Antonio Daniels to a sprained wrist with 9:12 remaining.

"It's frustrating," San Antonio guard Mario Elie said of Duncan's injury. "This is a tough situation. We were playing some good ball. But this is part of the NBA game."

"Tim has a lower abdominal strain and Antonio has a sprained left wrist," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich added. "It hurts to have this happen. Losing Tim probably had some effect. You get deflated initially but then when people start coming at you, you get back into competition."

Gugliotta dunked to forge a 71-71 tie with 10:01 to play, sparking a decisive 12-4 run that Penny Hardaway capped with a free throw with 6:21 remaining.

"We really didn't change that much on defense after Duncan went down," Gugliotta said. "I can't say that it didn't make our defensive job a little easier and took a little pressure off. But tonight David Robinson had to be the focal point of their offense and he didn't have anybody else to step up and complement him."

Rogers had nine fourth-quarter points and has led Phoenix in scoring in each of the last three games, averaging 27.1 points per contest during that stretch.

Cliff Robinson scored 14 points and Hardaway had eight of his 11 in the final period for the Suns, who can match their season-high seven-game run at home against Denver on Tuesday.

"They had the momentum the entire game," Hardaway said. "We weren't playing that well offensively but give credit to the coaching staff for shuffling the deck and making good things happen defensively."

Malik Rose scored 17 points off the bench for the Spurs, who had a seven-game home winning streak snapped and split their four-game season series with the Suns.

Rex Chapman kept Phoenix close in the first half, coming off the bench to score all 13 of his points in 10 minutes, knocking down 5-of-7 shots. Hardaway suffered through a dismal 2-of-10 shooting night but came up big when the Suns needed him most, making six free throws in crunch time.

"It seems like the history of the Spurs and Suns is full of ugly games," Hardaway said. "Hopefully we will continue to be on the winning side of more of those games in the future."

Gugliotta grabbed 11 rebounds for Phoenix, which shot 41 percent (36-of-88) and took advantage of 19 San Antonio turnovers.

Avery Johnson scored 12 points for the Spurs, who shot 41 percent (32-of-78) and battled the Suns to a 44-44 draw on the boards despite the absence of Duncan.

Robinson, who also blocked four shots, went 9-of-16 from the floor and 13-of-16 from the line, proving he could still put up big numbers. But the 7-1 center was held to just six points in the final period before a meaningless dunk before the buzzer.

"These are games we have to win," Robinson said. "They made a run in the fourth quarter and made a bunch of shots and we couldn't answere on offense. We were shorthanded, it's frustrating."

The Spurs entered the fourth quarter with a 71-65 lead before Cliff Robinson drained an eight-footer. Randy Livingston followed with a layup before Gugliotta's dunk tied the game.

Cliff Robinson hit a short jumper and Hardaway answered David Robinson's free throw with a pair of his own before Gugliotta made 1-of-2 from the stripe to give Phoenix a 77-72 lead with 7:21 remaining.

David Robinson responded with a 10-footer but Cliff Robinson was good from 24 feet and Hardaway drained another free throw to make it 81-74 with 6:21 left.

Rose converted a three-point play and Terry Porter hit from beyond the arc to shave the deficit to one before Jason Kidd and Cliff Robinson exchanged baskets with Johnson, keeping the Suns ahead, 85-84, with 4:34 to go.

Gugliotta framed two free throws by Hardaway with a 17-footer and dunk as Phoenix finally pulled away for good, 91-84, with 3:03 remaining.

"The biggest thing tonight was that we were able to turn it up down the stretch," said Kidd, who had eight points and 11 assists. "We were able to make a stand, force some turnovers and make some stops. That's what the game of basketball is about, making runs. We were able to put one together tonight at the right time."

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