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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- VANCOUVER 32 28 26 23 7 116 PHOENIX 39 29 20 21 13 122 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: VAN - MICHAEL DICKERSON 35, OTHELLA HARRINGTON 20, TWO PLAYERS WITH 18 PHO - CLIFF ROBINSON 36, RANDY LIVINGSTON 23, ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 17

HIGH REBOUND: VAN - OTHELLA HARRINGTON 12, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 10 PHO - CLIFF ROBINSON 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: VAN - MIKE BIBBY 11, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 4 PHO - RANDY LIVINGSTON 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 18,463


Extended Box

VANCOUVER (116) AT PHOENIX (122) - FINAL IN OT

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 47 6-15 6-8 4 6 10 4 5 0 1 18 HARRINGTON F 45 6-13 8-8 8 4 12 0 5 0 4 20 PARKS C 9 1-2 1-1 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 3 BIBBY G 51 6-16 2-2 1 5 6 11 1 2 2 18 DICKERSON G 46 12-28 7-8 0 5 5 3 4 2 4 35 WEST 24 1-6 6-6 2 3 5 2 3 1 0 8 SCOTT 33 5-9 0-1 0 1 1 1 3 1 1 14 LOPEZ 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 EKEZIE 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 PALACIO 2 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 CARR DNP - STRAINED LEFT CALF REEVES DNP - STOMACH VIRUS

TOTALS 265 37-91 30-34 17 24 41 21 24 7 14 116 (.407) (.882) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 16(26 PTS)

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

MARION F 40 3-5 2-2 1 6 7 5 3 3 1 8 ROBINSON F 47 14-24 4-4 3 7 10 5 6 0 4 36 LONGLEY C 23 4-5 0-0 1 3 4 3 5 0 4 8 HARDAWAY G 34 6-13 5-6 1 3 4 4 5 3 1 17 LIVINGSTON G 38 10-20 1-1 3 4 7 7 3 2 3 23 ROGERS 32 5-11 3-3 1 3 4 2 3 1 0 14 BLOUNT 15 2-2 1-1 0 4 4 0 5 0 3 5 DAY 21 1-8 3-5 1 1 2 3 1 0 1 6 BAILEY 10 1-4 3-4 1 1 2 3 1 0 0 5 MACLEAN 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 JOHNSON DNP - STRAINED GROIN O MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 46-93 22-26 12 32 44 32 32 9 17 122 (.495) (.846) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 18(25 PTS)

VANCOUVER 32 28 26 23 7 - 116 PHOENIX 39 29 20 21 13 - 122

BLOCKED SHOTS: VANCOUVER - ABDUR-RAHIM 3, DICKERSON 2. PHOENIX - LIVINGSTON, ROBINSON, MARION, HARDAWAY, BLOUNT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: VANCOUVER 12-22 (.545), BIBBY 4-7, DICKERSON 4-7, SCOTT 4-8. PHOENIX 8-23 (.348), ROBINSON 4-6, HARDAWAY 0-1, LIVINGSTON 2-3, ROGERS 1-4, DAY 1-7, BAILEY 0-1, MACLEAN 0-1. TECHNICALS: VANCOUVER - HARRINGTON, PHOENIX - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, HEAD COACH SKILES, HARDAWAY. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, GEORGE TOLIVER, TIM DONAGHY. A - 18,463. T - 2:36.


Box Score

VANCOUVER (116) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 47 6-15 6-8 4-10 4 5 18 Harrington 45 6-13 8-8 8-12 0 5 20 Parks 9 1-2 1-1 1-1 0 2 3 Bibby 51 6-16 2-2 1-6 11 1 18 Dickerson 46 12-28 7-8 0-5 3 4 35 West 24 1-6 6-6 2-5 2 3 8 Scott 33 5-9 0-1 0-1 1 3 14 Lopez 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Ekezie 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Palacio 2 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Carr DNP - strained left calf Reeves DNP - stomach virus _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 37-91 30-34 17-41 21 24 116 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.407, FT-.882. 3-Point Goals: 12-22, .545 (Bibby 4-7, Dickerson 4-7, Scott 4-8). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 5 (Abdur-rahim 3, Dickerson 2). Turnovers: 16 (Dickerson 4, Harrington 4, Bibby 2, Abdur-rahim, Ekezie, Palacio, Scott). Steals: 7 (Bibby 2, Dickerson 2, Parks, Scott, West).

PHOENIX (122) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marion 40 3-5 2-2 1-7 5 3 8 Robinson 47 14-24 4-4 3-10 5 6 36 Longley 23 4-5 0-0 1-4 3 5 8 Hardaway 34 6-13 5-6 1-4 4 5 17 Livingston 38 10-20 1-1 3-7 7 3 23 Rogers 32 5-11 3-3 1-4 2 3 14 Blount 15 2-2 1-1 0-4 0 5 5 Day 21 1-8 3-5 1-2 3 1 6 Bailey 10 1-4 3-4 1-2 3 1 5 Maclean 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Johnson DNP - strained groin O Miller DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 46-93 22-26 12-44 32 32 122 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.495, FT-.846. 3-Point Goals: 8-23, .348 (Robinson 4-6, Hardaway 0-1, Livingston 2-3, Rogers 1-4, Day 1-7, Bailey 0-1, Maclean 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 5 (Livingston, Robinson, Marion, Hardaway, Blount). Turnovers: 18 (Longley 4, Robinson 4, Blount 3, Livingston 3, Day, Hardaway, Marion). Steals: 9 (Hardaway 3, Marion 3, Livingston 2, Rogers). _________________________________________________ Vancouver 32 28 26 23 7 - 116 Phoenix 39 29 20 21 13 - 122 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Vancouver 1 (Harrington, 7:33 3rd). Phoenix 3 (Illegal Defense, 3:16 2nd; Head Coach Skiles, 7:33 3rd; Hardaway, 7:33 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,463. T: 2:36. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, George Toliver, Tim Donaghy.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- It took a little longer than usual, but the Phoenix Suns still found a way to beat the floundering Vancouver Grizzlies.

Penny Hardaway scored eight of his 17 points in overtime as the Suns overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit for their 11th straight win against the Grizzlies, 122-116, maintaining their lead for fourth place in the Western Conference.

"It wasn't pretty, but we got the win," Hardaway said. "It was real important. We need to take care of the home court. We can't assume that the other teams are gonna beat San Antonio and help us. We must win these games at home."

Trailing 107-97 with 3:51 left in the fourth quarter, the Suns finally awoke from their slumber, reeling off the next eight points and pulling even at 109-109 on Todd Day's free throw with 20 seconds remaining in regulation.

Hardaway set the tone in overtime, burying a 13-footer. Mike Bibby's 3-pointer put the Grizzlies back in front, but Hardaway answered with a layup as Phoenix went ahead for good, 113-112, with 3:25 to play.

"Well, we got the win," Suns coach Scott Skiles said. "That was several quarters in a row, really until about three or four minutes to go in the game that we just didn't have any life."

Suns forward Rodney Rogers converted a three-point play and Hardaway responded to Othella Harrington's layup with one of his own, giving Phoenix a 118-114 lead with 1:24 left. Hardaway made two from the line to seal the win with 24 seconds left.

Cliff Robinson scored 36 points and Randy Livingston added a career-high 23 for Phoenix, which moved one game ahead of idle San Antonio for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

"It was a disappointing game in the fact that we didn't come out and play from the start the way we should have," Robinson said. "But at the same time, it's encouraging that we can do what we had to do to pull that win out."

"It's important for us to keep our rhythm and timing and maintain home court for the first round," Livingston said. "But also, we've got to keep playing better and get better because we want to be on the incline going into the playoffs."

Michael Dickerson scored 25 points for Vancouver, which is winless against Phoenix since a 121-107 triumph here on April 19, 1997. The Suns improved to 17-2 all time against the Grizzlies and needed overtime to beat them for the first time since a 98-84 win on February 19, 1996.

"We just didn't make any shots when we needed to and then they started making baskets," Dickerson said. "That's how you win the game."

Harrington scored 20 points and Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Bibby added 18 apiece for the Grizzies, who 41 percent (37-of-91) and yielded 24 points off turnovers. Vancouver has lost four straight since a modest two-game winning streak.

Rogers scored 14 points off the bench for the Suns, who were without point guard Kevin Johnson due to a groin strain. Phoenix shot 49.5 percent (46-of-93) and held a 44-41 rebounding edge.

The Grizzlies buried 12-of-22 3-point shots and appeared to take the game by the throat midway through the fourth period.

After Robinson's 3-pointer gave the Suns a 95-94 lead, Doug West made a layup and Dickerson hit two free throws to put Vancouver in front, 98-95. Livingston made a layup, but Abdur-Rahim hit a follow shot, West two free throws, Dickerson a 20-footer and Abdur-Rahim three free throws to make it 107-97 with 3:51 left.

Phoenix came storming back as Robinson dunked and Rogers converted a three-point play. Rookie Shawn Marion hit two free throws and Hardaway made 1-of-2 from the line to cut the margin to 107-105 with 1:33 left in regulation.

Harrington made two free throws before Day knocked down a 25-footer from the right sideline to shave the deficit to 109-108 with 1:03 left.

Day was fouled from beyond the arc with 19 seconds remaining, but the 70 percent free-throw shooter misfired on two straight before burying the third to knot the contest.

Dickerson had a chance to win the game in regulation but he fell down while trying to drive to the basket as time expired.

"It's just how you decide to go play the game," Vancouver coach Lionel Hollins said. "If you want to be embarrassed and lose by 30 or 40 points then you can. But if you want to you come back and play."

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