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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SACRAMENTO 25 27 22 19 93 PHOENIX 34 16 38 26 114 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 16, VLADE DIVAC 14, JASON WILLIAMS 14 PHO - CLIFF ROBINSON 26, RODNEY ROGERS 18, RANDY LIVINGSTON 17

HIGH REBOUND: SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 6, THREE PLAYERS WITH 5 PHO - SHAWN MARION 9, TOBY BAILEY 8

HIGH ASSISTS: SAC - JASON WILLIAMS 7, TYRONE CORBIN 4 PHO - JASON KIDD 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

ATT: 19,023


Extended Box

SACRAMENTO (93) AT PHOENIX (114)

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

WEBBER F 30 6-16 4-4 3 3 6 2 5 4 5 16 C WILLIAMSON F 23 2-3 1-2 2 1 3 0 2 0 0 5 DIVAC C 23 6-13 2-3 2 3 5 2 2 0 1 14 ANDERSON G 26 5-13 0-2 2 3 5 0 3 0 2 10 J WILLIAMS G 30 4-10 3-3 1 2 3 7 0 2 5 14 FUNDERBURKE 20 3-7 2-2 3 2 5 1 1 2 1 8 CORBIN 25 0-6 0-0 0 1 1 4 0 0 1 0 POLLARD 23 3-5 2-3 1 3 4 0 1 1 1 8 DELK 22 3-7 1-2 1 1 2 2 3 2 4 8 MARTIN 18 2-7 5-5 0 2 2 3 1 1 1 10 BARRY DNP - PINCHED NERVED RIGHT SHOULDER STOJAKOVIC DNP - SPRAINED THUMB

TOTALS 240 34-87 20-26 15 21 36 21 18 12 21 93 (.391) (.769) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 21(22 PTS)

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

MARION F 24 7-10 0-0 1 8 9 6 2 2 0 14 ROBINSON F 36 11-18 2-5 0 2 2 4 3 2 3 26 LONGLEY C 16 1-1 2-2 3 4 7 3 4 0 4 4 HARDAWAY G 35 5-13 0-0 2 5 7 6 3 0 3 11 KIDD G 20 0-1 0-0 1 4 5 7 0 2 4 0 O MILLER 25 6-7 1-2 1 3 4 1 3 0 3 13 ROGERS 22 6-11 2-2 1 3 4 3 2 6 4 18 BAILEY 19 2-7 3-6 4 4 8 0 2 0 2 7 LIVINGSTON 24 6-10 5-5 1 1 2 4 4 0 2 17 MACLEAN 12 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 2 DAY 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 BLOUNT 3 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 2

TOTALS 240 46-85 15-22 15 37 52 35 27 13 26 114 (.541) (.682) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 26(27 PTS)

SACRAMENTO 25 27 22 19 - 93 PHOENIX 34 16 38 26 - 114

BLOCKED SHOTS: SACRAMENTO - POLLARD 2, WEBBER, MARTIN. PHOENIX - O MILLER 4, HARDAWAY 2, BAILEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SACRAMENTO 5-15 (.333), WEBBER 0-2, ANDERSON 0-4, J WILLIAMS 3-5, DELK 1-1, MARTIN 1-3. PHOENIX 7-13 (.538), ROBINSON 2-4, HARDAWAY 1-1, ROGERS 4-6, LIVINGSTON 0-1, DAY 0-1. TECHNICALS: SACRAMENTO - ANDERSON, J WILLIAMS, HEAD COACH ADELMAN, WEBBER, PHOENIX - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, HARDAWAY. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, STEVE JAVIE, BILL KENNEDY. A - 19,023. T - 2:13.


Box Score

SACRAMENTO (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Webber 30 6-16 4-4 3-6 2 5 16 C Williamson 23 2-3 1-2 2-3 0 2 5 Divac 23 6-13 2-3 2-5 2 2 14 Anderson 26 5-13 0-2 2-5 0 3 10 J Williams 30 4-10 3-3 1-3 7 0 14 Funderburke 20 3-7 2-2 3-5 1 1 8 Corbin 25 0-6 0-0 0-1 4 0 0 Pollard 23 3-5 2-3 1-4 0 1 8 Delk 22 3-7 1-2 1-2 2 3 8 Martin 18 2-7 5-5 0-2 3 1 10 Barry DNP - pinched nerved right shoulder Stojakovic DNP - sprained thumb _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-87 20-26 15-36 21 18 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.391, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Webber 0-2, Anderson 0-4, J Williams 3-5, Delk 1-1, Martin 1-3). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 4 (Pollard 2, Webber, Martin). Turnovers: 21 (J Williams 5, Webber 5, Delk 4, Anderson 2, Corbin, Divac, Funderburke, Martin, Pollard). Steals: 12 (Webber 4, Delk 2, Funderburke 2, J Williams 2, Martin, Pollard).

PHOENIX (114) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marion 24 7-10 0-0 1-9 6 2 14 Robinson 36 11-18 2-5 0-2 4 3 26 Longley 16 1-1 2-2 3-7 3 4 4 Hardaway 35 5-13 0-0 2-7 6 3 11 Kidd 20 0-1 0-0 1-5 7 0 0 O Miller 25 6-7 1-2 1-4 1 3 13 Rogers 22 6-11 2-2 1-4 3 2 18 Bailey 19 2-7 3-6 4-8 0 2 7 Livingston 24 6-10 5-5 1-2 4 4 17 Maclean 12 1-5 0-0 0-2 0 1 2 Day 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 Blount 3 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 2 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 46-85 15-22 15-52 35 27 114 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.541, FT-.682. 3-Point Goals: 7-13, .538 (Robinson 2-4, Hardaway 1-1, Rogers 4-6, Livingston 0-1, Day 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 7 (O Miller 4, Hardaway 2, Bailey). Turnovers: 26 (Kidd 4, Longley 4, Rogers 4, Hardaway 3, O Miller 3, Robinson 3, Bailey 2, Livingston 2, Blount). Steals: 13 (Rogers 6, Kidd 2, Marion 2, Robinson 2, Maclean). ____________________________________________ Sacramento 25 27 22 19 - 93 Phoenix 34 16 38 26 - 114 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Sacramento 4 (Anderson, 8:53 3rd; J Williams, 2:09 3rd; Head Coach Adelman, 3:32 4th; Webber, 2:11 4th). Phoenix 2 (Illegal Defense, 4:04 1st; Hardaway, 5:23 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,023. T: 2:13. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Steve Javie, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- The Phoenix Suns have survived plenty of injuries this season. For one half, they withstood the worst of them all.

With All-Star point guard Jason Kidd sidelined with a fractured left ankle, Randy Livingston scored 15 of his career-high 17 points in the second half to lead the Suns to their fifth straight victory, a 114-93 triumph over the Sacramento Kings.

Kidd, who leads the NBA in assists and triple-doubles, went down just before the end of the first half. He was carried off the court by teammates and an examination showed a fracture of the medial malleous bone. Kidd will have surgery Thursday and his return for the playoffs is questionable.

"It happened right in front of me but I missed it," Suns coach Scott Skiles said. "I know that when Jason Kidd is in a lot of pain like that, he is in a lot of pain. He is about as tough as they come. We'll just have to wait and see. Jason is a one-of-a-kind player."

Phoenix trailed 52-50 at halftime but was sparked by Livingston, who triggered a decisive 17-2 run in the third quarter, then put away the Kings early in the final period.

"I think just going against Jason every day in practice has really helped me and hopefully I'm ready for this opportunity if I have to fill some time until Jason gets back," Livingston said.

The Suns (44-23) have won 14 of their last 15 home games and moved within one win of clinching a playoff berth despite a series of injuries. Forwards Tom Gugliotta and Shawn Marion and guards Penny Hardaway and Rex Chapman all have missed huge chunks of the season.

Phoenix has remained competitive because of the brilliance of Kidd, its most indispensible player who had been healthy all season -- until tonight. His injury leaves the Suns without their best all-around player. In the previous two games, Kidd had just missed triple-doubles.

"This team has been through a lot of adversity this year and we've just been able to contain, to step it up," Livingston said. "It's amazing that we're in fourth place right now."

"You hate to lose Jason," Suns forward Cliff Robinson said. "We've had so many different things we've had to deal with this year and losing Jason would definitely be a tough blow for us to handle."

Robinson scored 26 points and Rodney Rogers added 18 for the Suns, who shot 54 percent (46-of-85) from the field and improved to 3-0 against the Kings this season.

Chris Webber scored 16 points for Sacramento, which has lost nine of its last 11 road games and fell one-half game behind Seattle into eighth place in the Western Conference. The Kings were whistled for four technical fouls.

"They played well and they beat us," said a terse Webber, who had one of the technicals. "They should be happy with that."

Livingston started the second half and a dunk by Webber gave the Kings a 56-55 lead 99 seconds into the third quarter. But Livingston had a three-point play to start a 17-2 burst.

Marion scored six points and Hardaway added five before a layup by Robinson gave Phoenix a 73-58 lead with 5:40 remaining.

"Everybody just picked it up," Livingston said. "With having our leader out, he is the guy that makes us go, everybody just stepped their game up."

"Once they got above 10, the air went out of our balloon and they jumped on us," Kings coach Rick Adelman said.

Sacramento closed the deficit to 88-74 entering the fourth quarter and a basket by Lawrence Funderburke made it 89-78 with 9:50 to play. Phoenix responded with eight straight points, including four by Livingston, to rebuild its lead to 19 points with 7:22 to go.

Marion scored 14 points, Oliver Miller added 13 and Hardaway 11 for the Suns, who held a 52-36 advantage in rebounds and a 59-34 margin in bench points.

"There were great performances off the bench again as we have had, so overall it was a very good win," Skiles said.

"(Rogers) is very difficult because he can play the small forward or the big forward," Adelman said. "If you put a small guy on him, he posts up and if you go big on him, he steps outside. ... He's done a terrific job and I can't think of anyone else that I would pick over him (for the Sixth Man Award)."

Vlade Divac and Jason Williams scored 14 points each for the Kings, who shot just 39 percent (34-of-87) and forced 26 turnovers while committing 21.

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