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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 25 26 25 11 87 PHOENIX 22 26 21 20 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - AARON WILLIAMS 18, KENYON MARTIN 17, KERRY KITTLES 13 PHO - SHAWN MARION 24, STEPHON MARBURY 20, ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 12

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - JASON KIDD 10, AARON WILLIAMS 8, KENYON MARTIN 8 PHO - IAKOVOS TSAKALIDIS 12, SHAWN MARION 10, ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 6

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - JASON KIDD 8, KERRY KITTLES 5, KENYON MARTIN 4 PHO - STEPHON MARBURY 4, TOM GUGLIOTTA 3, JOE JOHNSON 3


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (87) AT PHOENIX (89)

NEW JERSEY

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

K MARTIN F 41 8-15 1-2 2 6 8 4 6 4 3 17 K VAN HORN F 29 4-10 0-2 1 7 8 1 4 0 1 9 J COLLINS C 27 4-7 4-4 3 3 6 4 2 2 1 12 J KIDD G 41 4-18 0-0 4 6 10 8 1 1 3 10 K KITTLES G 37 5-16 2-3 0 2 2 5 1 2 2 13 R JEFFERSON 22 3-8 2-3 1 2 3 1 6 1 2 8 L HARRIS 12 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 A WILLIAMS 21 7-11 4-5 6 2 8 1 2 0 1 18 D MARSHALL 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 A JOHNSON 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 B ARMSTRONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION B SCALABRINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-87 13-19 18 29 47 25 24 11 15 87 (.402) (.684) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15 (12 PTS)

PHOENIX

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

S MARION F 44 8-15 8-8 2 8 10 0 1 1 2 24 T GUGLIOTTA F 30 1-6 0-0 0 3 3 3 4 0 1 2 J TSAKALIDIS C 42 6-13 0-0 5 7 12 1 3 1 3 12 S MARBURY G 40 8-23 4-4 3 2 5 4 3 1 3 20 J JOHNSON G 25 3-6 0-0 1 2 3 3 0 1 3 6 P HARDAWAY 23 3-9 6-7 2 4 6 1 1 1 1 12 C OUTLAW 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 M PALACIO 8 1-3 2-2 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 4 D MAJERLE 22 3-5 1-4 0 4 4 2 3 1 1 9 J WALLACE DNP - COACH'S DECISION J VOSKUHL DNP - COACH'S DECISION A FORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-81 21-25 13 31 44 15 18 7 15 89 (.407) (.840) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 15 (15 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 25 26 25 11 - 87 PHOENIX 22 26 21 20 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - A WILLIAMS 2, J KIDD, K VAN HORN, K MARTIN. PHOENIX - T GUGLIOTTA 3, S MARION 2, D MAJERLE, J TSAKALIDIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 4-12 (.333), K VAN HORN 1-3, J KIDD 2- 6, K KITTLES 1-3. PHOENIX 2-7 (.286), S MARBURY 0-3, D MAJERLE 2-4.

TECHNICAL FOULS: NEW JERSEY - A JOHNSON. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: NOLAN FINE, TED BERNHARDT. A - 16,251. T - 2:10.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (87)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Martin 41 8-15 1-2 2-8 4 6 17 K Van Horn 29 4-10 0-2 1-8 1 4 9 J Collins 27 4-7 4-4 3-6 4 2 12 J Kidd 41 4-18 0-0 4-10 8 1 10 K Kittles 37 5-16 2-3 0-2 5 1 13 R Jefferson 22 3-8 2-3 1-3 1 6 8 L Harris 12 0-1 0-0 1-1 1 0 0 A Williams 21 7-11 4-5 6-8 1 2 18 D Marshall 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 A Johnson 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 B Armstrong DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Scalabrine DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-87 13-19 18-47 25 24 87 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (K Van Horn 1-3, J Kidd 2-6, K Kittles 1-3). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:5 (A Williams 2, J Kidd, K Van Horn, K Martin). Turnovers:15 (J Kidd 3, K Martin 3, K Kittles 2, R Jefferson 2, D Marshall, J Collins, K Van Horn, A Williams, L Harris). Steals: 11 (K Martin 4, K Kittles 2, J Collins 2, L Harris, R Jefferson, J Kidd).

PHOENIX (89)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Marion 44 8-15 8-8 2-10 0 1 24 T Gugliotta 30 1-6 0-0 0-3 3 4 2 J Tsakalidis 42 6-13 0-0 5-12 1 3 12 S Marbury 40 8-23 4-4 3-5 4 3 20 J Johnson 25 3-6 0-0 1-3 3 0 6 P Hardaway 23 3-9 6-7 2-6 1 1 12 C Outlaw 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 M Palacio 8 1-3 2-2 0-1 1 0 4 D Majerle 22 3-5 1-4 0-4 2 3 9 J Wallace DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Voskuhl DNP - COACH'S DECISION A Ford DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-81 21-25 13-44 15 18 89 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.407, FT-.840. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (S Marbury 0-3, D Majerle 2-4). Team Rebounds: 12. Blocked Shots:7 (T Gugliotta 3, S Marion 2, D Majerle, J Tsakalidis). Turnovers:15 (S Marbury 3, J Tsakalidis 3, J Johnson 3, S Marion 2, P Hardaway, T Gugliotta, M Palacio, D Majerle). Steals: 7 (P Hardaway, D Majerle, S Marbury, M Palacio, S Marion, J Tsakalidis, J Johnson).

------------------------------------------- NEW JERSEY 25 26 25 11 - 87 PHOENIX 22 26 21 20 - 89 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: New Jersey - 1 (A Johnson, 7:33 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,251. T: 2:10. Officials: Nolan Fine, Ted Bernhardt.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- For one night, the Phoenix Suns got the better of the Jason Kidd-Stephon Marbury trade.

Marbury scored 20 points and the Suns escaped with an 89-87 victory over Kidd's New Jersey Nets when Keith Van Horn missed a pair of free throws in the final second.

During the offseason, the Suns dealt Kidd to the Nets for Marbury in a swap of All-Star guards. The trade has been one-sided, with the Suns in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 1988 and the perennial doormat Nets rocketing to the top of the Eastern Conference.

"I wasn't thinking about (the matchup)," Marbury said. "All you can do is play basketball. All that media hype is going to be there."

"(It was a) great game," Kidd said. "The big thing for me was to not come out and do anything out of the ordinary. I just played the game."

In the first meeting between the teams on December 5, Kidd scored six points, handed out 13 assists and pulled down nine rebounds in a 106-87 victory at New Jersey.

Phoenix trailed 84-82 with 3:04 to play before Marbury tied it with an 18-footer that triggered a 7-3 surge to close the game.

"In the second half, we made a conscious effort not to let them get quick, easy baskets like they did in the first half," Marbury said.

Kidd, who was booed by the America West Arena crowd throughout most of the game, scored 10 points on just 4-of-18 shooting and was held scoreless in the final quarter. He flashed the fans an obscene gesture as he left the court.

"I wasn't surprised at all," Kidd said of the reaction. "They're trying to help their team win the ballgame. It didn't bother me at all. I am out there having fun. Hopefully, the fans got their money's worth."

The eight-year veteran also had some harsh words for Phoenix chairman Jerry Colangelo and his son Bryan, the president and general manager who orchestrated the trade.

"I don't work for the Colangelos," Kidd said. "If I did, I'd probably quit."

The Nets still had a chance to tie after Suns guard Dan Majerle missed 3-of-4 free throws in the waning seconds, then fouled Van Horn with 0.4 seconds to go. But Van Horn, a 79 percent free-throw shooter, missed the first, then intentionally missed the second before time ran out.

"I was focused on the shot," Van Horn said. "I was thinking it was just me out there. I felt focused, I was ready to take the shot."

"I made a dumb foul," Majerle said. "I didn't think they had enough time. He made a good pump-fake on me. I didn't want him to shoot the three."

Phoenix has won eight straight at home against New Jersey since 1993.

Aaron Williams scored 18 points for New Jersey, which lost its fourth straight road game.

After Marbury's tying basket, Jake Tsakalidis gave the Suns their first lead since the opening quarter at 86-84 on a tip-in with 2:11 to play.

Kenyon Martin made 1-of-2 from the line 18 seconds later, pulling the Nets within one, and Majerle answered with 1-of-2 one second later.

Phoenix's Shawn Marion, who scored 24 points, hit two free throws with 46 seconds left. But Martin hit a jump shot 12 seconds later to bring the deficit back to two points.

New Jersey led 76-67 going into the fourth quarter, but Phoenix scored the first nine points, tying the game with 6:14 remaining on Marion's layup.

"We were just playing defense," Marion said. "We just made sure to limit them to one shot and once we did that, we stopped their transition offense. We just calmed ourselves down and got good shots."

"It's tough anytime you lose a game you seemingly had control of," New Jersey coach Byron Scott said. "In the fourth quarter, we had a pretty good lead but we didn't make shots and had some turnovers that were costly."

Martin, who had 17 points, scored the Nets' first basket of the quarter with 5:54 to play.

Martin returned to the lineup after serving a one-game suspension for accumulating too many flagrant fouls.

"We didn't make the play we needed to," he said. "We didn't just want to win this game for Jason. We lost yesterday, too."

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