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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 25 15 29 23 92 PHOENIX 35 27 14 24 100 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 25, PJ BROWN 22, TIM HARDAWAY 10 PHO - ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 28, TOM GUGLIOTTA 15, SHAWN MARION 13

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - PJ BROWN 11, ALONZO MOURNING 9 PHO - JASON KIDD 9, RODNEY ROGERS 8

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 11, JAMAL MASHBURN 6 PHO - JASON KIDD 17, ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 7

ATT: 19,023


Extended Box

MIAMI (92) AT PHOENIX (100)

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

BROWN F 41 10-17 2-3 6 5 11 1 4 0 1 22 MASHBURN F 34 3-12 2-2 0 3 3 6 5 4 2 9 MOURNING C 44 7-11 11-13 3 6 9 2 5 1 5 25 HARDAWAY G 36 4-14 0-0 0 3 3 11 2 0 6 10 MAJERLE G 37 2-7 0-0 0 4 4 0 4 3 4 6 CARTER 18 2-4 4-4 1 0 1 2 1 0 2 9 BOWEN 7 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 WEATHERSPOON 15 1-2 4-4 0 2 2 0 3 1 2 6 STRICKLAND 8 2-3 1-2 0 3 3 0 1 1 1 5 BUFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION CAUSWELL DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT THUMB H JAMISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-71 24-28 10 26 36 22 26 10 23 92 (.437) (.857) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 23(33 PTS)

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

GUGLIOTTA F 32 7-11 1-1 0 2 2 3 4 3 1 15 ROBINSON F 23 3-8 3-4 1 3 4 2 5 2 1 10 LONGLEY C 6 1-4 0-0 3 0 3 0 4 0 1 2 HARDAWAY G 43 13-19 2-6 0 5 5 7 2 2 2 28 KIDD G 43 3-5 4-5 1 8 9 17 1 2 5 10 BLOUNT 31 4-4 2-3 1 2 3 0 4 2 0 10 ROGERS 31 4-15 4-6 3 5 8 3 3 0 5 12 MARION 17 6-7 1-2 1 2 3 1 3 0 0 13 LIVINGSTON 11 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 BAILEY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 WEST 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 CHAPMAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-77 17-27 10 27 37 33 29 12 16 100 (.532) (.630) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17(17 PTS)

MIAMI 25 15 29 23 - 92 PHOENIX 35 27 14 24 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MOURNING 2, BROWN, WEATHERSPOON. PHOENIX - HARDAWAY, ROGERS, ROBINSON, BLOUNT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 6-14 (.429), MASHBURN 1-2, HARDAWAY 2-5, MAJERLE 2-6, CARTER 1-1. PHOENIX 1-6 (.167), ROBINSON 1-2, HARDAWAY 0-1, ROGERS 0-1, LIVINGSTON 0-2. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - HEAD COACH RILEY. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, HANK ARMSTRONG, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 19,023. T - 2:25.


Box Score

MIAMI (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 41 10-17 2-3 6-11 1 4 22 Mashburn 34 3-12 2-2 0-3 6 5 9 Mourning 44 7-11 11-13 3-9 2 5 25 Hardaway 36 4-14 0-0 0-3 11 2 10 Majerle 37 2-7 0-0 0-4 0 4 6 Carter 18 2-4 4-4 1-1 2 1 9 Bowen 7 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Weatherspoon 15 1-2 4-4 0-2 0 3 6 Strickland 8 2-3 1-2 0-3 0 1 5 Buford DNP - coach's decision Causwell DNP - sprained right thumb H Jamison DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-71 24-28 10-36 22 26 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.437, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Mashburn 1-2, Hardaway 2-5, Majerle 2-6, Carter 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Mourning 2, Brown, Weatherspoon). Turnovers: 23 (Hardaway 6, Mourning 5, Majerle 4, Carter 2, Mashburn 2, Weatherspoon 2, Brown, Strickland). Steals: 10 (Mashburn 4, Majerle 3, Mourning, Strickland, Weatherspoon).

PHOENIX (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gugliotta 32 7-11 1-1 0-2 3 4 15 Robinson 23 3-8 3-4 1-4 2 5 10 Longley 6 1-4 0-0 3-3 0 4 2 Hardaway 43 13-19 2-6 0-5 7 2 28 Kidd 43 3-5 4-5 1-9 17 1 10 Blount 31 4-4 2-3 1-3 0 4 10 Rogers 31 4-15 4-6 3-8 3 3 12 Marion 17 6-7 1-2 1-3 1 3 13 Livingston 11 0-4 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Bailey 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 West 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Chapman DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-77 17-27 10-37 33 29 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.532, FT-.630. 3-Point Goals: 1-6, .167 (Robinson 1-2, Hardaway 0-1, Rogers 0-1, Livingston 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Hardaway, Rogers, Robinson, Blount). Turnovers: 17 (Kidd 5, Rogers 5, Hardaway 2, Gugliotta, Livingston, Longley, Robinson). Steals: 12 (Gugliotta 3, Blount 2, Hardaway 2, Kidd 2, Robinson 2, Livingston). ____________________________________________ Miami 25 15 29 23 - 92 Phoenix 35 27 14 24 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 1 (Head Coach Riley, 11:28 2nd). Flagrant fouls: Miami 1 (Carter, 9:07 2nd). A: 19,023. T: 2:25. Officials: Mike Mathis, Hank Armstrong, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Penny Hardaway and Jason Kidd showed the Miami Heat why they could be among the best backcourt tandems in the league.

Hardaway matched a season high with 28 points and Kidd narrowly missed his sixth triple-double of the season as the Phoenix Suns won their 11th straight home game, a 100-92 victory over the Heat.

Hardaway made his first six shots from the field and finished 13-of-19 as he matched his high game as a Sun, previously established at Toronto on February 28.

It also was a big night for Kidd, who finished with 10 points, a season-high 17 assists and nine rebounds. He handed out 14 assists in the opening half, when Phoenix raced to a 62-40 advantage.

"They (assists) all came in the first half," Kidd said. "Guys were making layups after layups. We were pushing the ball, and we had great looks and everybody was making them tonight."

"Jason and Penny had great games, a lot of minutes," Suns coach Scott Skiles said. "I wish they didn't have that many minutes, but they controlled the tempo. There were a lot of contributions, but our backcourt in particular carried us."

Hardaway and Kidd each played 43 minutes.

Phoenix improved to 14-0 at home against Eastern Conference opponents and 26-5 overall at America West Arena. It has not lost at home since a 105-83 defeat to Portland on January 14.

In his second game back from an ankle injury, Alonzo Mourning had 25 points and nine rebounds for Miami, which trailed by 26 points late in the first half but closed within three early in the fourth quarter.

"I really don't have an answer as to how, at times, we approach a game," Mourning said. "We wait until we get into trouble before we start playing. I don't have an answer for that. We have to, as a team, come together and fix it now because we're getting back to lack of consistency again."

P.J. Brown added 22 points and 11 rebounds for Miami, which lost for the third time in its last four games and had it Atlantic Division lead reduced to one game over second-place New York.

Phoenix dominated the entire first half and was still in front, 66-42, with 10:55 left in the third quarter on a jumper by Tom Gugliotta. He made his first five shots in the opening quarter and finished with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

Coming off Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers and looking like a tired team, the Heat dug up enough energy to score 19 consecutive points, capped by a three-point play from Mourning, to close to 66-61 with 5:51 left in the third quarter.

The Suns matched a season low by scoring 14 points in the third quarter but still led 76-69 entering the final 12 minutes.

Rookie Anthony Carter made a pair of foul shots with 10 1/2 remaining to pull the Heat within 78-75. But Cliff Robinson drilled a 3-pointer and Rodney Rogers made two free throws for an eight-point bulge with 9:36 to play. Miami got no closer than five points thereafter.

"It was another very good win," Skiles said. "I was particularly proud of the guys tonight because I thought that earlier in the year when teams would make runs at us in the second half, we kind of wilted. We certainly didn't do that tonight."

Rookie Shawn Marion scored 13 points and Rogers added 12 off the bench to lead the Suns' reserves, who outscored Miami's bench, 35-20.

"The first half, we came out and stopped them on the defensive end, and then just pushed it right back at them and got a lot of fast-break points," Hardaway said. "In the second half, it seemed like we were more tentative for whatever reason. Maybe we were guarding against the lead, and they got back in the game. You have to give them credit. This is a league of runs."

Following a pair of free throws by Mourning that gave the Heat an early two-point lead, Phoenix used a 16-3 burst, capped by a layup from Hardaway, to open a 27-16 advantage with 3:27 left in the first quarter. Hardaway scored 10 points in the surge.

Phoenix shot an incredible 77 percent (17-of-22) in the opening 12 minutes en route to a 35-25 advantage. The points matched a high in a quarter for the Suns this season.

The Suns cooled down after the first quarter but still shot 53 percent (41-of-77) and held a slight 37-36 rebounding advantage.

Still ahead by seven midway through the second quarter, the Suns used a 17-2 spurt that featured three assists and a three-point play by Kidd to open their biggest lead, 62-36, with 33 seconds before the break.

Tim Hardaway added 10 points and 11 assists for the Heat, who shot 44 percent (31-of-71) and committed 23 turnovers that Phoenix converted into 33 turnovers.

"We could not overcome the horrible start and the turnovers," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "They got 33 points off turnovers and we had turnover problems yesterday. I don't know what it is, I'm doing something woefully wrong with this team right now."

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