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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 17 21 23 23 84 NEW JERSEY 18 25 25 18 86 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHO - CLIFF ROBINSON 25, SHAWN MARION 19, JASON KIDD 17 NJN - AARON WILLIAMS 23, SHERMAN DOUGLAS 22, JOHNNY NEWMAN 13

HIGH REBOUND: PHO - SHAWN MARION 6, RODNEY ROGERS 6 NJN - AARON WILLIAMS 8, KENYON MARTIN 8

HIGH ASSISTS: PHO - JASON KIDD 7, ELLIOT PERRY 4 NJN - SHERMAN DOUGLAS 4, KEVIN OLLIE 3

ATT: 12,543


Extended Box

PHOENIX (84) AT NEW JERSEY (86)

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

MARION F 45 7-13 5-6 3 3 6 1 1 1 1 19 ROBINSON F 44 8-16 6-7 0 3 3 1 3 3 2 25 DUDLEY C 14 1-3 0-0 2 3 5 0 3 0 1 2 ELIE G 13 1-2 1-1 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 3 KIDD G 37 5-16 6-6 1 4 5 7 3 2 3 17 SANTIAGO 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 ROGERS 31 3-8 3-4 1 5 6 3 0 2 1 9 DELK 18 2-7 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 0 1 4 BLOUNT 6 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 GUGLIOTTA 18 0-2 1-2 0 4 4 0 2 0 2 1 PERRY 9 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 4 1 0 0 2 MCPHERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-71 22-26 8 27 35 19 21 8 12 84 (.408) (.846) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13(13 PTS)

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

K MARTIN F 38 4-8 0-0 1 7 8 1 3 2 2 8 WILLIAMS F 44 7-18 9-10 0 8 8 2 4 2 3 23 MCILVAINE C 24 2-7 2-2 3 2 5 1 2 0 0 6 DOUGLAS G 39 10-14 2-3 1 2 3 4 2 0 4 22 HARRIS G 35 5-11 0-0 2 4 6 2 2 3 1 10 NEWMAN 30 6-11 1-1 1 2 3 2 5 1 1 13 ESCHMEYER 8 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 1 JACKSON 13 1-3 1-2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 OLLIE 9 0-1 0-2 0 2 2 3 3 0 0 0 GILL DNP - RIGHT KNEE TENDINITIS S MARBURY DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE SAMAKE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-73 16-22 8 29 37 16 24 8 11 86 (.479) (.727) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13(14 PTS)

PHOENIX 17 21 23 23 - 84 NEW JERSEY 18 25 25 18 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - DUDLEY 2, ROBINSON, SANTIAGO. NEW JERSEY - WILLIAMS 3, MCILVAINE, K MARTIN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 4-14 (.286), ROBINSON 3-6, KIDD 1-5, ROGERS 0-2, GUGLIOTTA 0-1. NEW JERSEY 0-5 (.000), WILLIAMS 0-1, HARRIS 0-2, NEWMAN 0-1, JACKSON 0-1. TECHNICALS: PHOENIX - HEAD COACH SKILES, NEW JERSEY - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: TED BERNHARDT, DERRICK STAFFORD, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 12,543. T - 2:11.


Box Score

PHOENIX (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marion 45 7-13 5-6 3-6 1 1 19 Robinson 44 8-16 6-7 0-3 1 3 25 Dudley 14 1-3 0-0 2-5 0 3 2 Elie 13 1-2 1-1 0-2 1 1 3 Kidd 37 5-16 6-6 1-5 7 3 17 Santiago 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Rogers 31 3-8 3-4 1-6 3 0 9 Delk 18 2-7 0-0 0-1 2 3 4 Blount 6 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 2 2 Gugliotta 18 0-2 1-2 0-4 0 2 1 Perry 9 1-3 0-0 0-1 4 1 2 Mcpherson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-71 22-26 8-35 19 21 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.408, FT-.846. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Robinson 3-6, Kidd 1-5, Rogers 0-2, Gugliotta 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Dudley 2, Robinson, Santiago). Turnovers: 13 (Kidd 3, Gugliotta 2, Robinson 2, Delk, Dudley, Marion, Rogers, Santiago). Steals: 8 (Robinson 3, Kidd 2, Rogers 2, Marion).

NEW JERSEY (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Martin 38 4-8 0-0 1-8 1 3 8 Williams 44 7-18 9-10 0-8 2 4 23 Mcilvaine 24 2-7 2-2 3-5 1 2 6 Douglas 39 10-14 2-3 1-3 4 2 22 Harris 35 5-11 0-0 2-6 2 2 10 Newman 30 6-11 1-1 1-3 2 5 13 Eschmeyer 8 0-0 1-2 0-2 0 2 1 Jackson 13 1-3 1-2 0-0 1 1 3 Ollie 9 0-1 0-2 0-2 3 3 0 Gill DNP - right knee tendinitis S Marbury DNP - sprained left ankle Samake DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-73 16-22 8-37 16 24 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.479, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 0-5, .000 (Williams 0-1, Harris 0-2, Newman 0-1, Jackson 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Williams 3, Mcilvaine, K Martin). Turnovers: 13 (Douglas 4, Williams 3, K Martin 2, Harris, Newman). Steals: 8 (Harris 3, K Martin 2, Williams 2, Newman). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 17 21 23 23 - 84 New Jersey 18 25 25 18 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Phoenix 1 (Head Coach Skiles, 5:31 2nd). New Jersey 1 (Illegal Defense, 4:37 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,543. T: 2:11. Officials: Ted Bernhardt, Derrick Stafford, Leroy Richardson.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Like his jump, Kenyon Martin timed his reappearance perfectly.

Martin scored his only points of the second half when he soared to put back Sherman Douglas's miss with 2.1 seconds remaining, giving the New Jersey Nets an 86-84 victory over the Phoenix Suns that ended their losing streak at nine games.

Douglas gave the Nets the leadership they needed with point guard Stephon Marbury missing his third straight game with a sprained left ankle and Kendall Gill sitting out with tendinitis in his right knee.

Douglas scored 22 points for the Nets, who were led by Aaron Williams with 23 and Johnny Newman with 13.

The 12-year veteran point guard responded brilliantly to the call not only to replace Marbury as the team's offensive leader, but also to slow down Suns star Jason Kidd, who is regarded as one of the top point guards in the league.

"Sherman Douglas killed us," Suns coach Scott Skiles said. "If I weren't coaching the losing team, it would be kind of refreshing to watch this game, because he is a guy who knows how to play and run a team. It just shows that if you still know how to play, you can play in this league because some of the guys don't."

Not only did Douglas hit 10-of-14 from the field, he helped hold Kidd to 17 points on 5-of-16 shooting.

"You're playing against one of the best point guards in the league, and Sherman outplayed him, no questions, hands down," Nets coach Byron Scott said. "The thing that Sherman does so well, is that he understands the flow of the game. His play tonight was just outstanding. I couldn't ask for anything more. Sherm did a good job of pushing it and then slowing it down."

Martin, the rookie forward, finished with eight points but scored when New Jersey needed it most. Douglas beat Suns star Jason Kidd on a drive into the lane and lofted a high soft shot that bounced around the rim.

With Phoenix's big men coming to try to cut off Douglas's path to the basket, Martin was left alone to leap and put the ball back in.

Cliff Robinson scored 25 points, Shawn Marion added 19 and Kidd 17 for the Suns, who started the Nets' nine-game slide back on November 22.

Even before the final buzzer sounded, the Nets had accomplished something they had not throughout the losing streak. They led after each of the first three quarters and shot the ball better than their opponents.

The Nets connected on 48 percent of their shots (35-of-73) and committed just 11 turnovers. They held the Suns to 41 percent (29-of-71) from the floor.

After going ahead 18-17 on Douglas's 14-foot jumper with 15 seconds to go in the first quarter, New Jersey did not give up the lead until Robinson scored on a breakaway dunk to tie it, 78-78, with 3:03 left.

The teams traded points the rest of the way until the clock ran out on the Suns after Martin's basket.

"We've been playing with fire all year, especially against the teams we're supposed to beat," Kidd said. "Tonight it did not happen for us. Every time we had to get a stop, they found a way to get to the line or get a basket. Their star player is out, and most of the time someone is going to rise up and Sherman played a great game tonight."

Newman answered Robinson's dunk with a 20-footer with 2:39 left, and the Nets had a chance to get a four-point lead after Tom Gugliotta missed a jumper from the right side, but Kidd stripped the ball from Douglas.

Marion capitalized, nailing a 21-footer with 1:39 to go, tying the score at 80-80.

Douglas found the net from 19 feet on the right side, but Rodney Rogers tied it up again when he hit two free throws with 1:08 to play.

Newman pump-faked to get free of Robinson and connected from 17 feet, giving the Nets an 84-82 edge with 52 seconds to play.

Kidd tried to put the Suns up, launching a shot from beyond the arc, but the ball bounced off the back of the rim. The Suns controlled the rebound, and Robinson was fouled with 22 seconds left. He hit both free throws, setting the stage for Douglas's drive and Martin's follow.

"It just goes to show you what playing hard will do for you as a team," Scott said. "We're playing with some pride and some passion. The guys out there really responded. We're going to try to get a streak going the other way."

The Nets led most of the night but never by more than nine points, while the Suns' biggest lead was just three, 15-12, with 3:10 left in the first quarter.

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