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NBA  FINAL IN 1ST OT  1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  1OT  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MIAMI            23   18   22   16   21    100  
     PHOENIX          25   19   24   11   11    90      FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS:   MIA - EDDIE JONES 21, CARON BUTLER 20, BRIAN 
                      GRANT 17
                PHO - SHAWN MARION 30, AMARE STOUDEMIRE 20, 
                      STEPHON MARBURY 18

HIGH REBOUND:   MIA - BRIAN GRANT 17, VLADIMIR STEPANIA 7, 
                      CARON BUTLER 6
                PHO - SHAWN MARION 9, AMARE STOUDEMIRE 9, 
                      STEPHON MARBURY 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIA - EDDIE JONES 7, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3
                PHO - STEPHON MARBURY 8, PENNY HARDAWAY 6, TWO
                      PLAYERS WITH 2

Box Score

MIAMI (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Butler 44 6-13 8-10 3-6 3 3 20 M Allen 25 0-6 0-0 1-4 0 3 0 B Grant 42 5-9 7-8 4-17 1 4 17 T Best 31 5-14 4-4 0-3 3 2 16 E Jones 47 6-13 6-6 0-2 7 1 21 M James 22 4-9 2-2 2-2 1 3 12 L Ellis 19 2-7 0-0 3-4 0 1 5 E House 15 3-7 0-0 1-4 3 0 7 V Stepania 20 1-1 0-1 1-7 1 2 2 A Carter DNP - COACH'S DECISION R Butler DNP - COACH'S DECISION S Lampley DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 265 32-79 27-31 15-49 19 19 100 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.871. 3-Point Goals: 9-21, .429 (C Butler 0-1, T Best 2-5, E Jones 3-5, M James 2-4, L Ellis 1-4, E House 1-2). Team Rebounds: 12. Blocked Shots:5 (V Stepania 3, B Grant, M Allen). Turnovers:13 (B Grant 3, C Butler 3, M James 2, T Best, E Jones, M Allen, V Stepania, E House). Steals: 5 (M James 2, T Best, C Butler, E Jones). PHOENIX (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Marion 46 11-26 5-5 3-9 2 4 30 A Stoudemire 45 8-13 4-5 2-9 0 3 20 S Williams 24 4-7 0-0 0-2 0 5 8 S Marbury 49 8-18 1-1 2-5 8 4 18 P Hardaway 40 3-13 1-1 0-2 6 6 8 B Outlaw 29 2-5 0-0 1-3 2 2 4 J Johnson 13 0-5 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 C Jacobsen 11 0-4 0-0 2-2 1 2 0 J Voskuhl 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 D Langhi 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 A Ford 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 T Gugliotta DNP - RIGHT FOOT CONTUSION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 265 37-92 11-12 10-35 20 29 90 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.917. 3-Point Goals: 5-22, .227 (S Marion 3-10, S Marbury 1-4, P Hardaway 1-3, J Johnson 0-2, C Jacobsen 0-3). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:5 (S Marion 2, P Hardaway, A Stoudemire, S Marbury). Turnovers:11 (P Hardaway 3, S Marbury 3, A Stoudemire 3, C Jacobsen 2). Steals: 6 (S Marion 2, A Stoudemire 2, S Williams, S Marbury). ------------------------------------------------ MIAMI 23 18 22 16 21 - 100 PHOENIX 25 19 24 11 11 - 90 ------------------------------------------------ Technical fouls: Miami - 2 (T Best, 5:58 1st; L Ellis, 7:03 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,420. T: 2:23. Officials: Derek Richardson, Don Vaden, Ed Mallory.


Extended Box

MIAMI (100) AT PHOENIX (90) MIAMI REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === C BUTLER F 44 6-13 8-10 3 3 6 3 3 1 3 20 M ALLEN F 25 0-6 0-0 1 3 4 0 3 0 1 0 B GRANT C 42 5-9 7-8 4 13 17 1 4 0 3 17 T BEST G 31 5-14 4-4 0 3 3 3 2 1 1 16 E JONES G 47 6-13 6-6 0 2 2 7 1 1 1 21 M JAMES 22 4-9 2-2 2 0 2 1 3 2 2 12 L ELLIS 19 2-7 0-0 3 1 4 0 1 0 0 5 E HOUSE 15 3-7 0-0 1 3 4 3 0 0 1 7 V STEPANIA 20 1-1 0-1 1 6 7 1 2 0 1 2 A CARTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION R BUTLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION S LAMPLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 265 32-79 27-31 15 34 49 19 19 5 13 100 (.405) (.871) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 16 (11 PTS) PHOENIX REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S MARION F 46 11-26 5-5 3 6 9 2 4 2 0 30 A STOUDEMIRE F 45 8-13 4-5 2 7 9 0 3 2 3 20 S WILLIAMS C 24 4-7 0-0 0 2 2 0 5 1 0 8 S MARBURY G 49 8-18 1-1 2 3 5 8 4 1 3 18 P HARDAWAY G 40 3-13 1-1 0 2 2 6 6 0 3 8 B OUTLAW 29 2-5 0-0 1 2 3 2 2 0 0 4 J JOHNSON 13 0-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 C JACOBSEN 11 0-4 0-0 2 0 2 1 2 0 2 0 J VOSKUHL 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 D LANGHI 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 A FORD 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 T GUGLIOTTA DNP - RIGHT FOOT CONTUSION TOTALS 265 37-92 11-12 10 25 35 20 29 6 11 90 (.402) (.917) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 11 (12 PTS) MIAMI 23 18 22 16 21 - 100 PHOENIX 25 19 24 11 11 - 90 BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - V STEPANIA 3, B GRANT, M ALLEN. PHOENIX - S MARION 2, P HARDAWAY, A STOUDEMIRE, S MARBURY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 9-21 (.429), C BUTLER 0-1, T BEST 2-5, E JONES 3- 5, M JAMES 2-4, L ELLIS 1-4, E HOUSE 1-2. PHOENIX 5-22 (.227), S MARION 3- 10, S MARBURY 1-4, P HARDAWAY 1-3, J JOHNSON 0-2, C JACOBSEN 0-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: MIAMI - T BEST, L ELLIS. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DEREK RICHARDSON, DON VADEN, ED MALLORY. A - 12,420. T - 2:23.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Travis Best's explosive finish led the Miami Heat to their best offensive game of the season. Best made his final five shots and scored 14 of his 16 points in the last 7 1/2 minutes as the Miami Heat posted a 100-90 overtime victory over the Phoenix Suns. Best missed his first nine shots and had only two points with 2 1/2 minutes left in regulation. But the veteran point guard made his final five shots and was the only Miami player to hit a basket in the last 7:26. "I was going to keep putting them up until eventually they would go down," he said. "I kept getting really good looks. The shots felt good, I wasn't just putting them up to put them up." The Heat took the lead for good at 82-79 on Best's 3-pointer 14 seconds into overtime. He made a runner over Vladimir Stepania 54 seconds later and buried another 3-pointer for an 88-81 lead with 88 seconds left. "In overtime someone has to step up and be aggressive and look for the offense," Best said. "That's what I tried to do." "We called the first play in overtime for him. He made the 3, then he made the runner," Miami coach Pat Riley said. "Once we got ahead by five, we kept putting the ball in his hands and he kept making the plays." The Heat made 12-of-12 free throws in the final 66 seconds, including six by Brian Grant. Best sank two with 14 seconds to go as Miami reached 100 points for the first time since the final game of last season. The Heat made 3-of-4 shots and 13-of-14 free throws in overtime and switched to zone defense to stifle Phoenix's offense late in the game. "We go from shooting 50 percent in the first half to 40 for the game and their zone really hurt us," Phoenix coach Frank Johnson said. "When all of a sudden it started working, you stay in it. We became hesitant with our shot and our ball movement. You can't do that." "I don't know if it has ever been seen before from a Pat Riley team," Best said. "But it put them out of sync. They weren't looking for us to do that." The Suns missed their first six shots in the extra session and made just eight of its final 42 attempts. "Whenever you don't make shots against a zone, they're going to stay in it," Suns forward Shawn Marion said. "We started missing and they started getting easy baskets. That's pretty much how it goes." Rookie Caron Butler tied a season high with 20 points and Grant had 17 and 17 rebounds for Miami, which has won consecutive games for the first time since March 9-12. The Heat had a 49-35 rebounding advantage and outscored the Suns, 27-11, from the free-throw line. Marion scored a season-high 30 points and rookie Amare Stoudemire added a season-best 20 for the Suns. Phoenix scored just 11 points in the fourth quarter but had a 76-75 lead after Marion drained a 3-pointer with 2:49 remaining. But Best made his first basket seconds later to regain the lead for Miami. Marion buried another jumper with 2:09 remaining, but Best responded again with a driving layup to forge a 79-79 tie at 37 seconds. Phoenix's Stephon Marbury, who had 18 points and eight assists, made a wild pass for a turnover as time expired.


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