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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 23 33 23 15 94 GOLDEN STATE 34 15 24 23 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHO - CLIFF ROBINSON 26, JASON KIDD 24, SHAWN MARION 16 GSW - CHRIS MILLS 19, DANNY FORTSON 18, LARRY HUGHES 17

HIGH REBOUND: PHO - JASON KIDD 10, CORIE BLOUNT 8 GSW - DANNY FORTSON 18, ADONAL FOYLE 8

HIGH ASSISTS: PHO - JASON KIDD 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 GSW - MOOKIE BLAYLOCK 5, LARRY HUGHES 5

ATT: 15,460


Extended Box

PHOENIX (94) AT GOLDEN STATE (96)

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

MARION F 28 6-16 2-2 2 4 6 1 3 1 3 16 ROBINSON F 42 10-25 4-6 1 4 5 3 2 2 1 26 DUDLEY C 15 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 2 2 ELIE G 10 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 2 KIDD G 45 8-17 7-8 1 9 10 11 4 5 5 24 SANTIAGO 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 0 ROGERS 22 3-8 1-2 0 5 5 2 5 0 0 7 BLOUNT 24 1-1 0-0 3 5 8 2 3 0 1 2 DELK 38 5-14 2-2 0 3 3 3 2 2 2 13 MCPHERSON 9 1-4 0-0 3 0 3 1 0 1 0 2 GARCES 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 TSAKALIDIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-91 16-20 11 33 44 25 28 12 16 94 (.396) (.800) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16(12 PTS)

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

FORTSON F 31 4-9 10-12 8 10 18 1 2 0 1 18 JAMISON F 28 4-9 5-8 0 6 6 1 3 1 4 13 DAMPIER C 30 2-4 6-10 2 4 6 0 2 2 3 10 BLAYLOCK G 35 3-12 0-0 1 4 5 5 2 2 3 6 HUGHES G 40 6-20 3-4 1 4 5 5 6 2 7 17 MILLS 34 8-14 2-2 1 5 6 1 1 3 2 19 CUMMINGS 13 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 2 FOYLE 14 2-3 0-0 1 7 8 3 3 0 1 4 KEEFE 4 1-1 1-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 DEL NEGRO 11 1-3 1-1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 4 JACKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION PORTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-79 28-38 14 41 55 18 22 11 21 96 (.405) (.737) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 21(18 PTS)

PHOENIX 23 33 23 15 - 94 GOLDEN STATE 34 15 24 23 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - ROBINSON, MARION, GARCES. GOLDEN STATE - FOYLE 2, DAMPIER 2, BLAYLOCK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 6-21 (.286), MARION 2-5, ROBINSON 2-6, ELIE 0-1, KIDD 1-5, DELK 1-4. GOLDEN STATE 4-8 (.500), BLAYLOCK 0-1, HUGHES 2-3, MILLS 1-2, CUMMINGS 0-1, DEL NEGRO 1-1. TECHNICALS: PHOENIX - GARCES, GOLDEN STATE - HUGHES. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, JIM CAPERS, BILL KENNEDY. A - 15,460. T - 2:23.


Box Score

PHOENIX (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marion 28 6-16 2-2 2-6 1 3 16 Robinson 42 10-25 4-6 1-5 3 2 26 Dudley 15 1-1 0-0 1-2 0 3 2 Elie 10 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 2 2 Kidd 45 8-17 7-8 1-10 11 4 24 Santiago 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 2 0 Rogers 22 3-8 1-2 0-5 2 5 7 Blount 24 1-1 0-0 3-8 2 3 2 Delk 38 5-14 2-2 0-3 3 2 13 Mcpherson 9 1-4 0-0 3-3 1 0 2 Garces 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Tsakalidis DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-91 16-20 11-44 25 28 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.396, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 6-21, .286 (Marion 2-5, Robinson 2-6, Elie 0-1, Kidd 1-5, Delk 1-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Robinson, Marion, Garces). Turnovers: 16 (Kidd 5, Marion 3, Delk 2, Dudley 2, Blount, Elie, Garces, Robinson). Steals: 12 (Kidd 5, Delk 2, Robinson 2, Marion, Mcpherson, Santiago).

GOLDEN STATE (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fortson 31 4-9 10-12 8-18 1 2 18 Jamison 28 4-9 5-8 0-6 1 3 13 Dampier 30 2-4 6-10 2-6 0 2 10 Blaylock 35 3-12 0-0 1-5 5 2 6 Hughes 40 6-20 3-4 1-5 5 6 17 Mills 34 8-14 2-2 1-6 1 1 19 Cummings 13 1-4 0-0 0-0 1 2 2 Foyle 14 2-3 0-0 1-8 3 3 4 Keefe 4 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 0 3 Del Negro 11 1-3 1-1 0-1 1 1 4 Jackson DNP - coach's decision Porter DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-79 28-38 14-55 18 22 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.737. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (Blaylock 0-1, Hughes 2-3, Mills 1-2, Cummings 0-1, Del Negro 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Foyle 2, Dampier 2, Blaylock). Turnovers: 21 (Hughes 7, Jamison 4, Blaylock 3, Dampier 3, Mills 2, Fortson, Foyle). Steals: 11 (Mills 3, Blaylock 2, Dampier 2, Hughes 2, Cummings, Jamison). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 23 33 23 15 - 94 Golden State 34 15 24 23 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Phoenix 1 (Garces, 4:51 2nd). Golden State 1 (Hughes, 7:37 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,460. T: 2:23. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Jim Capers, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- New coach, new results for the Golden State Warriors.

Chris Mills' 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds remaining started the coaching tenure of Dave Cowens with a bang and lifted the Warriors to a 96-94 season opening victory over the Phoenix Suns.

A hard-nosed player and coach, Cowens had his new charges playing with tenacity and intensity. After Jason Kidd converted two free throws to give Phoenix a 94-93 lead with 29 seconds left, the Warriors worked the ball around.

Vinny Del Negro drove down the middle before throwing a pass over his shoulder to Mills, who drained a 28-footer from the right wing with two seconds remaining on the shot clock.

"What was a good thing that you saw was that when Vinny got the ball and was cold, he stayed with it," Cowens said. "He could have jacked one up and taken an off-balance shot, but he ended up kicking it out. Then Mills had to make an improbably shot. Sometimes it's better to lucky than good."

"It felt pretty good," Mills said. "I shot that ball with some extra arch and I kept my hand up there to get that follow through like my father always talks about. It went down for me and seemed like it touched nothing but the net. It was a great feeling."

On the final possession, the Suns went for the win, looking for a long-range shot. But Clifford Robinson's 3-pointer was an airball as time expired.

"We should not have been in that situation of letting them have the ball to win the game," Robinson said. "When you don't keep them down you give them a chance to get back into the game."

Mills scored 19 points off the bench and Danny Fortson -- making his debut after being acquired from Boston this summer -- had 18 and 18 rebounds for the Warriors, who won on opening night for the first time in six years and snapped a six-game losing streak to the Suns. Golden State had lost 17 of its past 19 encounters with Phoenix.

"I can't as a coach put more emphasis on the first game of the year than I can on the 20th game," Cowens said. "They're all important. They all add up to the same wins and loss column at the end of the year but I think from the way the team has been the last year, that obviously winning gets everybody excited and wins are wins are wins. Wins cure a lot of evils too."

Larry Hughes, covered most of the night by Kidd, shot just 6-of-20 from the floor and scored 17 points before fouling out with 29 seconds left but the Warriors started the season with a victory for the first time since a road win over San Antonio on November 4, 1994.

Golden State had not posted a season-opening victory at home since November 5, 1988 against Phoenix.

Kidd recorded his 32nd career triple-double with 24 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds and Cliff Robinson added 26 points for Phoenix, which fell to 19-14 all-time on opening night. The Suns have lost six of their last seven road season openers.

"We did everything we were supposed to do and Chris Mills hit a big tough shot," Kidd said. "We lost our season opener last year and came back to win the next four games. We have found ways to win but it just didn't happen tonight. We let the game slip away from us, and when we look back at it this is a game we should have won."

The Warriors owned the largest lead of the game, 12 points, as Adam Keefe converted a three-point play with 1:15 left in the first quarter.

However, the Suns outscored Golden State, 33-15, in the second quarter. They took a 56-47 advantage on a basket by Kidd with less than a minute before halftime.

Phoenix held a 79-73 lead at the start of the fourth quarter but the Warriors went on a 10-3 run to go ahead, 83-82, on a layup by Antawn Jamison with 6:41 left.

"I just don't think that we played as consistent as we should have tonight," said Robinson, whose team was outrebounded, 55-44. "We played in spurts and when you play a team on the road you have to do it on a consistent basis. We had them down but didn't keep them down by not putting pressure on them. They hit some open shots go get themselves back into the game each time we got a lead on them."

The Suns, who owned the NBA's fifth-best record last season, have started shorthanded with guard Penny Hardaway recovering from athroscopic knee surgery and power forward Tom Gugliotta out indefinitely after tearing up his knee last season.

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