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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 29 14 16 26 85 PHOENIX 24 24 29 20 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 30, KENDALL GILL 17, AARON WILLIAMS 8 PHO - CLIFF ROBINSON 17, THREE PLAYERS WITH 15

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 PHO - SHAWN MARION 11, CLIFF ROBINSON 7

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 9, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 2 PHO - JASON KIDD 16, SHAWN MARION 7

ATT: 17,239


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (85) AT PHOENIX (97)

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

JACKSON F 31 3-6 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 1 5 7 K MARTIN F 20 2-5 0-0 0 5 5 0 2 0 1 4 ESCHMEYER C 12 1-1 1-2 1 3 4 1 2 0 0 3 GILL G 37 7-17 2-2 0 5 5 2 2 1 4 17 S MARBURY G 37 10-22 9-10 4 2 6 9 3 0 7 30 WILLIAMS 23 3-5 2-2 1 2 3 1 4 0 1 8 NEWMAN 24 1-6 2-2 0 3 3 2 5 0 0 4 HARRIS 28 3-8 1-1 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 7 OLLIE 11 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 2 1 1 0 2 MCILVAINE 5 0-2 1-2 0 4 4 0 1 1 2 1 SAMAKE 12 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 DOUGLAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-75 18-21 8 30 38 19 22 4 20 85 (.427) (.857) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 21(26 PTS)

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

MARION F 40 6-15 3-4 4 7 11 7 3 3 0 15 ROBINSON F 36 8-17 1-3 0 7 7 0 3 0 4 17 BLOUNT C 3 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 ELIE G 11 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 2 KIDD G 41 3-10 1-2 2 4 6 16 3 2 2 8 DELK 33 7-17 0-0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 15 SANTIAGO 16 7-8 1-3 1 2 3 0 2 0 1 15 GUGLIOTTA 20 3-5 0-1 1 3 4 1 0 0 3 6 MCPHERSON 11 2-2 2-2 1 2 3 0 1 2 1 6 ROGERS 29 5-8 1-4 1 4 5 1 4 1 2 12 GARCES DNP - COACH'S DECISION TSAKALIDIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-83 10-21 10 30 40 32 18 10 13 97 (.506) (.476) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14(15 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 29 14 16 26 - 85 PHOENIX 24 24 29 20 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - SAMAKE 2, K MARTIN, GILL. PHOENIX - ROGERS 2, MARION, ROBINSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 3-10 (.300), JACKSON 1-1, GILL 1-2, S MARBURY 1-5, NEWMAN 0-1, HARRIS 0-1. PHOENIX 3-7 (.429), ROBINSON 0-1, KIDD 1-3, DELK 1-1, ROGERS 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, GEORGE TOLIVER, GREG WILLARD. A - 17,239. T - 2:00.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jackson 31 3-6 0-0 0-0 2 1 7 K Martin 20 2-5 0-0 0-5 0 2 4 Eschmeyer 12 1-1 1-2 1-4 1 2 3 Gill 37 7-17 2-2 0-5 2 2 17 S Marbury 37 10-22 9-10 4-6 9 3 30 Williams 23 3-5 2-2 1-3 1 4 8 Newman 24 1-6 2-2 0-3 2 5 4 Harris 28 3-8 1-1 2-3 0 1 7 Ollie 11 1-2 0-0 0-3 2 1 2 Mcilvaine 5 0-2 1-2 0-4 0 1 1 Samake 12 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 2 Douglas DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-75 18-21 8-38 19 22 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.427, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Jackson 1-1, Gill 1-2, S Marbury 1-5, Newman 0-1, Harris 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Samake 2, K Martin, Gill). Turnovers: 21 (S Marbury 7, Jackson 5, Gill 4, Mcilvaine 2, K Martin, Williams). Steals: 4 (Gill, Jackson, Mcilvaine, Ollie).

PHOENIX (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marion 40 6-15 3-4 4-11 7 3 15 Robinson 36 8-17 1-3 0-7 0 3 17 Blount 3 0-0 1-2 0-1 0 1 1 Elie 11 1-1 0-0 0-0 3 0 2 Kidd 41 3-10 1-2 2-6 16 3 8 Delk 33 7-17 0-0 0-0 4 1 15 Santiago 16 7-8 1-3 1-3 0 2 15 Gugliotta 20 3-5 0-1 1-4 1 0 6 Mcpherson 11 2-2 2-2 1-3 0 1 6 Rogers 29 5-8 1-4 1-5 1 4 12 Garces DNP - coach's decision Tsakalidis DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-83 10-21 10-40 32 18 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.476. 3-Point Goals: 3-7, .429 (Robinson 0-1, Kidd 1-3, Delk 1-1, Rogers 1-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Rogers 2, Marion, Robinson). Turnovers: 14 (Robinson 4, Gugliotta 3, Kidd 2, Rogers 2, Mcpherson, Santiago). Steals: 10 (Marion 3, Elie 2, Kidd 2, Mcpherson 2, Rogers). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 29 14 16 26 - 85 Phoenix 24 24 29 20 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,239. T: 2:00. Officials: Bernie Fryer, George Toliver, Greg Willard.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Stephon Marbury won the battle of the boxscore but Jason Kidd took the battle of the scoreboard in an interconference battle between two of the NBA's elite point guards.

Marbury's 30 points, six rebounds and nine assists were undone by Kidd's eight points, season-high 16 assists and six boards as the Phoenix Suns used a balanced scoring attack to hand the New Jersey Nets their first road loss, 97-85.

On the verge of their first 4-0 road start, the Nets instead were victims of their seventh straight loss in Phoenix since 1993.

Marbury, who has established himself as the top point guard in the Eastern Conference, hit 10-of-22 shots and 9-of-10 free throws but committed seven turnovers in 37 minutes.

"He's one of the best in the league," Kidd said of Marbury. "And I love going up against the best. That's what this league is all about."

Kendall Gill scored 17 points but was the only other New Jersey player to reach double figures.

Kidd was just 3-of-10 from the field but turned it over only twice in 41 minutes and received plenty of help in the scoring column.

"We had a pretty good matchup tonight," Marbury said. "Jason is a great player and he did his job tonight."

Cliff Robinson scored 17 points and Shawn Marion, Tony Delk and rookie Daniel Santiago added 15 apiece for the Suns, who have yet to surrender 100 points this season.

"The ball came to me and I was wide open," Santiago said. "I was just in a good rhythm tonight and it opened up for me. It was good because I helped the team get over the hump against them early."

Marbury slammed an alley-oop feed from Gill to give New Jersey its last lead, 52-50, with 10:03 remaining in the third quarter. Phoenix responded with a breathtaking 25-3 run that Robinson capped with a slam, opening a 75-55 bulge with 2:24 left in the period.

"We stopped them, they missed their shots and we came back," Kidd said of the decisive burst. "We took care of the ball, got some good looks and knocked the shots down."

"I've just been trying to get to the basket, not settle for jump shots," Robinson said. "I think anytime we're able to force a team out of what they like to do, we're going to get some easy shots."

Rodney Rogers scored 12 points off the bench for the Suns, who shot 51 percent (42-of-82) and held a 40-32 rebounding advantage. The Suns scored 26 points off New Jersey turnovers.

Trailing 24-13 with just over four minutes left in the first quarter, the Suns stormed back.

Delk hit a 21-footer and Tom Gugliotta connected from 19 feet before Delk sandwiched a free throw by Rogers with an 11-footer and 20-footer to cut the deficit to 25-22 with 30 seconds left in the first quarter.

"Our bench really brought us back," Phoenix coach Scott Skiles said. "We were behind and went to the bench. It was nice to see Googs back in there. Our bench all the way around played great."

Marion's two free throws with 4:03 left in the first half gave Phoenix the lead, 38-37. Rookie Paul McPherson dunked and hit two free throws before Kidd's basket made it 48-39 with 1:34 remaining in the first half.

Marbury made a basket and fed Johnny Newman for another as the Nets closed within 48-43 at the half. Marbury opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer, Aaron Williams hit a 10-footer and Marbury's acrobatic slam thrust the Nets in front.

Santiago and Marbury exchanged baskets before the Suns pulled away for good.

Marion's free throw, Mario Elie's layup, a jumper by Robinson and a layup by Santiago were followed by Marion's slam as Phoenix opened a 62-52 cushion with 6:39 left in the third quarter.

Another dunk by Marion, Santiago's 18-footer and layup helped stretch the margin to 71-54 with 3:53 left in the period.

"Eventually (the road winning streak) was going to come to an end," Marbury said. "We have to take and enjoy what we've been doing. But it's hard to win all the games on the road."

The Nets shot 43 percent (32-of-75) and lost rookie and top overall pick Kenyon Martin to an ankle injury in the first half.

"It's sore," Martin said. "I tried to tough it out but it's a long trip. It isn't getting any better and it isn't getting any worse."

"No excuses, they outplayed us," New Jersey coach Byron Scott said. "They kicked our butt. That's the bottom line. In the second half, when we got down by double digits, was the first time our team played selfish basketball. We got away from everything we accomplished early."

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