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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 20 20 28 26 94 PHOENIX 33 18 26 26 103 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - ANDRE MILLER 22, MATT HARPRING 19, CHRIS GATLING 14 PHO - JASON KIDD 29, TONY DELK 22, RODNEY ROGERS 16

HIGH REBOUND: CLE - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 11, CHRIS GATLING 9 PHO - TOM GUGLIOTTA 10, TONY DELK 8

HIGH ASSISTS: CLE - ANDRE MILLER 11, WESLEY PERSON 2 PHO - JASON KIDD 10, CLIFF ROBINSON 5

ATT: 18,312


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (94) AT PHOENIX (103)

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

HARPRING F 32 6-11 5-10 2 6 8 0 3 2 1 19 WEATHERSPOON F 39 3-7 0-1 5 6 11 0 3 0 1 6 MIHM C 18 3-7 0-2 1 3 4 0 2 0 2 6 MILLER G 42 8-18 6-7 2 2 4 11 3 2 5 22 PERSON G 16 2-5 0-0 1 4 5 2 1 0 3 5 LANGDON 17 2-3 4-6 0 2 2 1 3 0 1 8 GATLING 30 5-12 4-6 2 7 9 1 4 0 0 14 MURRAY 32 5-14 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 2 2 10 COLES 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BROWN 8 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 A JOHNSON 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 C HENDERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-79 21-34 13 33 46 17 24 6 16 94 (.443) (.618) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 16(20 PTS)

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

MARION F 3 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 ROBINSON F 36 3-12 3-4 0 2 2 5 4 0 2 11 TSAKALIDIS C 6 2-2 0-0 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 4 ELIE G 21 1-4 2-2 1 2 3 4 1 1 0 5 KIDD G 42 13-26 2-2 2 4 6 10 0 4 3 29 ROGERS 37 5-12 6-7 1 5 6 3 4 1 1 16 GUGLIOTTA 32 6-10 2-2 2 8 10 1 5 0 0 14 T DELK 36 8-19 4-4 3 5 8 1 3 1 1 22 V DEL NEGRO 9 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 PERRY 8 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 0 DUDLEY 10 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 0 SANTIAGO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-91 19-21 13 27 40 27 23 8 9 103 (.429) (.905) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 9(6 PTS)

CLEVELAND 20 20 28 26 - 94 PHOENIX 33 18 26 26 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - MIHM 2, LANGDON, MURRAY, WEATHERSPOON, MILLER. PHOENIX - ROGERS, T DELK, DUDLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 3-11 (.273), HARPRING 2-3, PERSON 1-2, LANGDON 0-1, GATLING 0-1, MURRAY 0-3, COLES 0-1. PHOENIX 6-14 (.429), ROBINSON 2-3, ELIE 1-2, KIDD 1-2, ROGERS 0-2, GUGLIOTTA 0-1, T DELK 2-3, PERRY 0-1. TECHNICALS: PHOENIX - HEAD COACH SKILES, KIDD, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: MIKE CALLAHAN, BOB DELANEY, COURTNEY KIRKLAND. A - 18,312. T - 2:13.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harpring 32 6-11 5-10 2-8 0 3 19 Weatherspoon 39 3-7 0-1 5-11 0 3 6 Mihm 18 3-7 0-2 1-4 0 2 6 Miller 42 8-18 6-7 2-4 11 3 22 Person 16 2-5 0-0 1-5 2 1 5 Langdon 17 2-3 4-6 0-2 1 3 8 Gatling 30 5-12 4-6 2-9 1 4 14 Murray 32 5-14 0-0 0-2 1 3 10 Coles 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Brown 8 0-0 2-2 0-1 0 2 2 A Johnson 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 C Henderson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-79 21-34 13-46 17 24 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.618. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Harpring 2-3, Person 1-2, Langdon 0-1, Gatling 0-1, Murray 0-3, Coles 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 6 (Mihm 2, Langdon, Murray, Weatherspoon, Miller). Turnovers: 16 (Miller 5, Person 3, Mihm 2, Murray 2, A Johnson, Harpring, Langdon, Weatherspoon). Steals: 6 (Harpring 2, Miller 2, Murray 2).

PHOENIX (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marion 3 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 Robinson 36 3-12 3-4 0-2 5 4 11 Tsakalidis 6 2-2 0-0 2-2 0 0 4 Elie 21 1-4 2-2 1-3 4 1 5 Kidd 42 13-26 2-2 2-6 10 0 29 Rogers 37 5-12 6-7 1-6 3 4 16 Gugliotta 32 6-10 2-2 2-10 1 5 14 T Delk 36 8-19 4-4 3-8 1 3 22 V Del Negro 9 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 Perry 8 0-3 0-0 0-0 3 1 0 Dudley 10 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 2 0 Santiago DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-91 19-21 13-40 27 23 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.905. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Robinson 2-3, Elie 1-2, Kidd 1-2, Rogers 0-2, Gugliotta 0-1, T Delk 2-3, Perry 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 3 (Rogers, T Delk, Dudley). Turnovers: 9 (Kidd 3, Robinson 2, Dudley, Rogers, T Delk, Tsakalidis). Steals: 8 (Kidd 4, Elie, Perry, Rogers, T Delk). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 20 20 28 26 - 94 Phoenix 33 18 26 26 - 103 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Phoenix 3 (Head Coach Skiles, 10:05 3rd; Kidd, 10:05 3rd; Illegal Defense, 11:05 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,312. T: 2:13. Officials: Mike Callahan, Bob Delaney, Courtney Kirkland.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Coming off wins over NBA heavyweights Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Lakers, Jason Kidd was not about to let his team have a letdown against the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers.

Continuing his trend of looking for his shot more yet continuing to create for teammates, Kidd had 29 points, 10 assists and six rebounds as the Suns extended their winning streak to five games with a 103-94 victory.

"The team's won five in a row. We felt like we should have ended this game a little sooner," Kidd said. "This is the right time of year to start picking up our game. We need the bench to come off and give us a spark when the starters aren't shooting. They did that tonight."

Kidd cranked up 26 shots Wednesday, making 13, and has averaged 26.6 points in his last seven games, more than 10 points above his season average of 16.3.

"That's old news now. Everybody exoects me to score points," Kidd added. "I don't want to let anyone down."

Bidding to become only the fourth player to lead the league in assists for three straight seasons, Kidd recorded four of his 10 assists in a 19-0 first-quarter run that opened a 26-9 lead for the Suns.

"I thought it was a good game early on," Phoenix coach Scott Skiles said. "I thought we played well early on but as soon as I went to the bench, we had a couple of lineups out there that aren't used to playing together and we just lost all of our defensive intensity."

After a 3-pointer by Cleveland's Matt Harpring with 9:17 left in the first quarter, the Cavaliers endured a 6 1/2-minute scoring drought.

"You can't fault our effort tonight," Harpring said. "I felt like we really came out and played hard, which was fun. They were on fire in the first quarter. They just couldn't miss."

Kidd sank a 3-pointer and assisted on a pair of 3-pointers by Clifford Robinson in the decisive run. The Suns held an 11-point halftime advantage and took a nine-point lead into the fourth quarter.

Cleveland pulled within 77-74 on a pair of free throws by Chucky Brown with 10:17 left, but Phoenix scored seven of the next nine points as Kidd converted a driving layup and set up Mario Elie for an uncontested 3-pointer after penetrating into the lane.

The Cavs again fought back, pulling within 96-92 after Harpring hit 1-of-2 free throws with 2:09 left. Kidd again deflated Cleveland with a 20-foot jumper from the right side with 1:50 remaining.

Rodney Rogers hit three free throws and Tony Delk converted two in the final 51 seconds to seal the win.

Delk finished with 22 points, Rogers scored 16 and Tom Gugliotta added 14 and 10 rebounds for the Suns, who moved 1 1/2 games ahead of eighth-place Minnesota in the Western Conference playoff race.

Cavs second-year point guard Andre Miller went head-to-head with Kidd most of the night and recorded his fourth straight double-double with 22 points and 11 assists. Harpring finished with 19 points.

Cleveland suffered its eighth straight road loss.

Phoenix starting forward Shawn Marion suffered a bruised left knee in the first quarter and played just three minutes. He returned in the second quarter and grabbed a rebound and converted a layup with 8:15 left, but continued to experience pain in the knee and sat out the rest of the game.

Losing their second-leading scorer and top rebounder for any extended period of time would be a damaging blow for the Suns, who are only two games behind the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland and Dallas in the loss column.

Without Marion for most of Wednesday's game, the Suns were outrebounded, 46-40. Marion is averaging 17.3 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.

Phoenix started its current homestand with an 84-71 win over Philadelphia last Friday and followed with a 104-83 rout of the Lakers on Monday as Marion scored 27 points.

Kidd nearly recorded a triple-double with 22 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in the win over the Lakers. On Wednesday, he again controlled the game, scoring eight points in the first quarter as the Suns opened a 33-20 lead.

Phoenix matched its biggest lead at 37-20 after a layup by Delk with 10:33 left in the half.

Cleveland responded with a 17-6 run as Lamond Murray hit four jumpers. A layup by Harpring with 2:58 left capped the spurt, bringing the Cavs within 43-37.

But the Suns scored the next six points on jumpers by Rogers and Delk and a layup by Kidd and held a 51-40 halftime advantage.

A layup by Gugliotta with 7:14 left in the third quarter increased the lead to 64-49, but Cleveland responded with an 11-2 run. Wesley Person ignited it with a 3-pointer from the right side and Miller capped the spurt with a pair of free throws with 4:18 remaining, pulling the Suns within 66-60.

Kidd and Delk followed with jumpers for Phoenix. After Miller hit a 16-footer, Delk connected on a 3-pointer to give Phoenix a 73-62 lead.

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