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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     PHOENIX          24   18   18   13    73   
     SEATTLE          15   24   21   26    86      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   PHO - SHAWN MARION 21, PENNY HARDAWAY 16, JOE 
                      JOHNSON 12
                SEA - BRENT BARRY 25, GARY PAYTON 20, DESMOND 
                      MASON 11

HIGH REBOUND:   PHO - SHAWN MARION 11, PENNY HARDAWAY 10, TOM 
                      GUGLIOTTA 7
                SEA - DESMOND MASON 6, THREE PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   PHO - PENNY HARDAWAY 5, JOE JOHNSON 3, TOM 
                      GUGLIOTTA 2
                SEA - GARY PAYTON 8, RASHARD LEWIS 3, ANSU 
                      SESAY 3

Box Score

PHOENIX (73) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Marion 45 10-23 1-1 4-11 1 0 21 T Gugliotta 35 2-8 0-0 1-7 2 3 4 J Tsakalidis 22 3-4 0-0 1-4 1 1 6 P Hardaway 40 7-15 2-2 4-10 5 5 16 J Johnson 42 6-18 0-0 2-5 3 4 12 A Stoudemire 20 3-9 4-4 2-6 1 2 10 R Brown 13 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 4 2 S Williams 13 0-1 0-0 1-2 1 2 0 D Langhi 7 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 C Jacobsen 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 C Outlaw DNP - COACH'S DECISION S Marbury DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-85 7-7 15-46 15 21 73 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.388, FT-1.000. 3-Point Goals: 0-10, .000 (S Marion 0-4, T Gugliotta 0-1, P Hardaway 0-1, J Johnson 0-3, C Jacobsen 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:3 (S Marion 2, T Gugliotta). Turnovers:17 (S Marion 6, J Johnson 3, T Gugliotta 2, J Tsakalidis 2, A Stoudemire 2, P Hardaway, R Brown). Steals: 3 (S Marion 2, T Gugliotta). SEATTLE (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Evans 6 0-0 0-2 0-0 1 0 0 R Lewis 36 3-13 4-4 1-4 3 3 10 P Dobnjak 15 2-4 0-2 0-2 1 0 4 B Barry 41 9-12 2-3 1-5 2 4 25 G Payton 39 9-19 1-2 1-5 8 3 20 D Mason 37 5-14 1-1 4-6 1 2 11 C Booth 24 3-3 2-4 1-4 1 1 8 V Radmanovic 20 2-6 2-2 2-5 1 1 6 A Sesay 16 1-1 0-0 0-2 3 3 2 J James 6 0-2 0-0 0-3 1 2 0 K Anderson DNP - BACK SPASMS J Forte DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-74 12-20 10-36 22 19 86 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.459, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (R Lewis 0-2, B Barry 5-6, G Payton 1-3, D Mason 0-1, V Radmanovic 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:8 (R Lewis 3, V Radmanovic 2, G Payton, J James, D Mason). Turnovers:12 (G Payton 4, C Booth 2, V Radmanovic 2, R Lewis, J James, D Mason, P Dobnjak). Steals: 10 (B Barry 3, G Payton 3, R Lewis 2, C Booth, V Radmanovic). ------------------------------------------- PHOENIX 24 18 18 13 - 73 SEATTLE 15 24 21 26 - 86 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Phoenix - 1 (Defensive Three, 2:00 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,002. T: 2:11. Officials: Bill Spooner, Derek Richardson, Derrick Stafford.


Extended Box

PHOENIX (73) AT SEATTLE (86) PHOENIX REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S MARION F 45 10-23 1-1 4 7 11 1 0 2 6 21 T GUGLIOTTA F 35 2-8 0-0 1 6 7 2 3 1 2 4 J TSAKALIDIS C 22 3-4 0-0 1 3 4 1 1 0 2 6 P HARDAWAY G 40 7-15 2-2 4 6 10 5 5 0 1 16 J JOHNSON G 42 6-18 0-0 2 3 5 3 4 0 3 12 A STOUDEMIRE 20 3-9 4-4 2 4 6 1 2 0 2 10 R BROWN 13 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 0 1 2 S WILLIAMS 13 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 0 D LANGHI 7 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 C JACOBSEN 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 C OUTLAW DNP - COACH'S DECISION S MARBURY DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE TOTALS 240 33-85 7-7 15 31 46 15 21 3 17 73 (.388) (1.000) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 18 (19 PTS) SEATTLE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R EVANS F 6 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 R LEWIS F 36 3-13 4-4 1 3 4 3 3 2 1 10 P DOBNJAK C 15 2-4 0-2 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 4 B BARRY G 41 9-12 2-3 1 4 5 2 4 3 0 25 G PAYTON G 39 9-19 1-2 1 4 5 8 3 3 4 20 D MASON 37 5-14 1-1 4 2 6 1 2 0 1 11 C BOOTH 24 3-3 2-4 1 3 4 1 1 1 2 8 V RADMANOVIC 20 2-6 2-2 2 3 5 1 1 1 2 6 A SESAY 16 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 3 3 0 0 2 J JAMES 6 0-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 0 1 0 K ANDERSON DNP - BACK SPASMS J FORTE DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 34-74 12-20 10 26 36 22 19 10 12 86 (.459) (.600) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 15 (14 PTS) PHOENIX 24 18 18 13 - 73 SEATTLE 15 24 21 26 - 86 BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - S MARION 2, T GUGLIOTTA. SEATTLE - R LEWIS 3, V RADMANOVIC 2, G PAYTON, J JAMES, D MASON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 0-10 (.000), S MARION 0-4, T GUGLIOTTA 0- 1, P HARDAWAY 0-1, J JOHNSON 0-3, C JACOBSEN 0-1. SEATTLE 6-13 (.462), R LEWIS 0-2, B BARRY 5-6, G PAYTON 1-3, D MASON 0-1, V RADMANOVIC 0- 1. TECHNICAL FOULS: PHOENIX - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, DEREK RICHARDSON, DERRICK STAFFORD. A - 14,002. T - 2:11.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Shawn Marion was too much for the Seattle SuperSonics in the first half, but Brent Barry was too much for the Phoenix Suns down the stretch. After Marion scored 16 of his 21 points in the first half, Barry scored 14 of his 25 in the second half as the SuperSonics pulled away for an 86-73 victory over the Suns. Marion, a rising star who averaged 19 points and nearly 10 rebounds per game last season, got the Suns off to a good start. He hit 8-of-10 shots in the first 24 minutes as Phoenix took a 42-39 halftime lead. But he went cold and was just 2-of-13 in the second half. Barry finished 9-of-12 from the floor, including 5-of-6 from 3-point range. A career 43 percent shooter from the arc, Barry did most of his damage in the fourth quarter, when the Sonics used an 18-6 run to snap a tie and take a 78-66 advantage with 5:15 remaining. Barry had eight of his 14 second-half points during the burst. Backcourt mate Gary Payton added 20 points and eight assists for Seattle, which shot 46 percent (34-of-74) and won its fifth straight home opener. The Suns scored six of the first eight points of the second half, opening a 48-41 lead on Joe Johnson's running jumper with 10:10 remaining. But they could not put away the Sonics as they missed 13 of their next 16 shots until Randy Brown forged a 60-60 tie with a jumper. According to Sonics coach Nate McMillan, the key to stopping Marion in the second half was the defense of Ansu Sesay, Desmond Mason and Rashard Lewis. "I thought we did a good job of getting close to those guys in the second half," McMillan said. "In the first half we were in their face, but we didn't get contest shots. We ended up giving way too many uncontested shots. I thought in the second half we did a better job of getting closer and just getting aggressive defensively. I thought Ansu, Mason and Lewis did a better job defending Marion and we just got more aggressive on the defensive end of the floor." "We were not doing the things in the second half that we did in the first half to get the lead," Marion admitted. "In the second half we were not as patient as in the first half. We were not running our offense. We had too many turnovers. It was our first game and I think we could have won this game." While the Suns slumped, the Sonics began to heat up. They made five of their final eight shots in the third period and began the fourth 8-of-10. It took just 40 seconds for Mason to start the run as he took a pass from Sesay and made a short jumper. Barry and Marion traded baskets, but the Suns only points over the next 3:40 came from a pair of foul shots by rookie Amare Stoudemire with 8:43 remaining. Following Stoudemire's free throws, Payton misfired on a 3-point attempt from the right side and Barry went by several defenders to grab the rebound and score, giving the Sonics a 68-64 lead. "I thought the aggressive play that he showed, especially in the second half, is something that he is capable of," McMillan said of Barry. "We are going to need him to do that on a consistent basis this season. He did a very good job on both ends of the floor." "We need to get effort from everyone on the defensive end and on the offensive end someone is going to need to step up and help Gary out and take the load off his shoulders," Barry said. "It's just a matter of playing off guys. When they take the ball out of Gary's hands, you've got to find guys who are in the right spot. If you play 41 minutes, you've got to find a way to get something done on the court, and today it was scoring." Sesay's driving layup, Barry's two free throws, Payton's layup and Calvin Booth's jump shot extended Seattle's advantage to 76-64 with 6:04 to go. The Suns got within 79-73 with 1:56 left, but Payton hit a 3-pointer 27 seconds later that gave Seattle a 11-point lead. "We had a chance," Suns coach Frank Johnson said. "We never really took the ball to the hole. We settled for jump shots. They started scrambling at the end with their smaller lineup and it took us out of our sets, which we should stay in. What led to their run at the end were our turnovers." The Suns, who have dropped four straight season openers, shot just 39 percent (33-of-85) and went 0-for-10 from 3-point range, while the Sonics made 6-of-13 3-pointers.


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