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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     PHOENIX          22   26   24   31    103  
     BOSTON           28   28   16   22    94      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   PHO - SHAWN MARION 32, JOE JOHNSON 19, AMARE 
                      STOUDEMIRE 19
                BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 31, TONY DELK 18, PAUL 
                      PIERCE 16

HIGH REBOUND:   PHO - AMARE STOUDEMIRE 12, SHAWN MARION 11, 
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 9
                BOS - VIN BAKER 8, ERIC WILLIAMS 7, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   PHO - PENNY HARDAWAY 6, STEPHON MARBURY 6, JOE
                      JOHNSON 3
                BOS - ERIC WILLIAMS 5, TONY DELK 5, ANTOINE 
                      WALKER 3

         ATT:   13,049

Box Score

PHOENIX (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Marion 44 11-20 9-10 2-11 2 1 32 A Stoudemire 34 6-7 7-11 6-12 0 4 19 B Outlaw 44 3-4 0-2 3-9 2 3 6 P Hardaway 27 4-11 1-2 2-9 6 1 9 S Marbury 40 8-19 1-2 0-0 6 3 18 J Tsakalidis 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 J Johnson 31 7-14 4-4 0-7 3 2 19 C Jacobsen 12 0-3 0-2 0-0 0 3 0 S Williams 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 J Voskuhl DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Langhi DNP - COACH'S DECISION A Ford DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-81 22-33 13-48 19 19 103 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 3-15, .200 (S Marion 1-5, P Hardaway 0-2, S Marbury 1-2, J Johnson 1-5, C Jacobsen 0-1). Team Rebounds: 14. Blocked Shots:2 (B Outlaw, A Stoudemire). Turnovers:14 (S Marbury 4, P Hardaway 3, B Outlaw 3, A Stoudemire 2, S Marion, J Johnson). Steals: 8 (J Johnson 3, B Outlaw 2, A Stoudemire 2, P Hardaway). BOSTON (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Walker 45 13-27 1-2 0-6 3 6 31 E Williams 43 3-10 2-3 3-7 5 3 8 V Baker 32 3-7 2-2 4-8 0 5 8 T Delk 31 7-16 0-0 2-6 5 3 18 P Pierce 35 7-18 2-2 1-6 1 2 16 B Sundov 8 2-5 0-0 2-4 0 2 4 W Mccarty 23 3-5 0-0 0-0 1 3 7 S Williams 19 1-3 0-0 0-2 2 1 2 K Brown 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 T Battie DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE J Bremer DNP - COACH'S DECISION R Wolkowyski DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-91 7-9 12-40 18 25 94 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 9-33, .273 (A Walker 4-11, E Williams 0-1, V Baker 0-1, T Delk 4-10, P Pierce 0-5, W Mccarty 1-3, S Williams 0-2). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:3 (V Baker, K Brown, P Pierce). Turnovers:11 (A Walker 5, V Baker 2, P Pierce 2, E Williams, T Delk). Steals: 8 (P Pierce 4, A Walker, T Delk, W Mccarty, B Sundov). -------------------------------------------- PHOENIX 22 26 24 31 - 103 BOSTON 28 28 16 22 - 94 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Boston - 3 (COACH O'Brien, 9:08 3rd; A Walker, 9:08 3rd; V Baker, 0:50 4th). Flagrant fouls: Boston 1 (V Baker, 2:34 3rd). A: 13,049. T: 2:11. Officials: Ken Mauer, Scott Wall, Sean Corbin.


Extended Box

PHOENIX (103) AT BOSTON (94) PHOENIX REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S MARION F 44 11-20 9-10 2 9 11 2 1 0 1 32 A STOUDEMIRE F 34 6-7 7-11 6 6 12 0 4 2 2 19 B OUTLAW C 44 3-4 0-2 3 6 9 2 3 2 3 6 P HARDAWAY G 27 4-11 1-2 2 7 9 6 1 1 3 9 S MARBURY G 40 8-19 1-2 0 0 0 6 3 0 4 18 J TSAKALIDIS 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 J JOHNSON 31 7-14 4-4 0 7 7 3 2 3 1 19 C JACOBSEN 12 0-3 0-2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 S WILLIAMS 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 J VOSKUHL DNP - COACH'S DECISION D LANGHI DNP - COACH'S DECISION A FORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 39-81 22-33 13 35 48 19 19 8 14 103 (.481) (.667) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 15 (13 PTS) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A WALKER F 45 13-27 1-2 0 6 6 3 6 1 5 31 E WILLIAMS F 43 3-10 2-3 3 4 7 5 3 0 1 8 V BAKER C 32 3-7 2-2 4 4 8 0 5 0 2 8 T DELK G 31 7-16 0-0 2 4 6 5 3 1 1 18 P PIERCE G 35 7-18 2-2 1 5 6 1 2 4 2 16 B SUNDOV 8 2-5 0-0 2 2 4 0 2 1 0 4 W MCCARTY 23 3-5 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 7 S WILLIAMS 19 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 2 K BROWN 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 T BATTIE DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE J BREMER DNP - COACH'S DECISION R WOLKOWYSKI DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 39-91 7-9 12 28 40 18 25 8 11 94 (.429) (.778) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 11 (9 PTS) PHOENIX 22 26 24 31 - 103 BOSTON 28 28 16 22 - 94 BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - B OUTLAW, A STOUDEMIRE. BOSTON - V BAKER, K BROWN, P PIERCE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 3-15 (.200), S MARION 1-5, P HARDAWAY 0- 2, S MARBURY 1-2, J JOHNSON 1-5, C JACOBSEN 0-1. BOSTON 9-33 (.273), A WALKER 4-11, E WILLIAMS 0-1, V BAKER 0-1, T DELK 4-10, P PIERCE 0- 5, W MCCARTY 1-3, S WILLIAMS 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: BOSTON - COACH O'BRIEN, A WALKER, V BAKER. FLAGRANT FOULS: BOSTON 1 (V BAKER, 2:34 3RD,). OFFICIALS: KEN MAUER, SCOTT WALL, SEAN CORBIN. A - 13,049. T - 2:11.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- It looked like the lucky leprechaun was wearing orange and purple for a night. How else could the Phoenix Suns slip past the dilapidated Boston Celtics? Shawn Marion scored a season high-tying 32 points and rookie Amare Stoudemire and Joe Johnson each chipped in 19 as the Suns snapped their five-game road losing streak by rallying for a 103-94 victory over the Celtics. Boston, which already was missing starting center Tony Battie due to a one-game suspension, had its coach ejected and star player injured in a volatile third quarter. With 30 seconds left in the second and with his team and down by 11, Stoudemire keyed an important 8-0 run with a free throw and a dunk to end the first half. "That was a big run for us," said Suns coach Frank Johnson. "We didn't let it get out of hand. When we have a feeling of desperation, we play with more intensity." As Boston missed its first four shots to open the third quarter, Marion buried a nine-foot hook and Stephon Marbury added a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 56-53. On the next series Paul Pierce drove the lane for a layup at 9:11 and came down hard on his face on what looked like a foul by Stoudemire. "He came to the hole and I jumped straight up to block the shot," Stoudemire said. "No contact was made. He was trying to hang one to draw the foul and he fell funny. I didn't even see how he fell. I didn't know he was hurt." But his coach did. Jim O'Brien ran across the court with intense emotion and subsequently was kicked out of the game after official Scott Wall had heard and seen enough. "I'm not talking about that," said O'Brien, who was tossed out for only the second time in his career - the first on December 1, 2001 at New Jersey. "He's got to protect his star players," Johnson said. "Maybe I'd have gotten into a fight or something, but that's what a coach is supposed to do." The momentum had shifted by then and remained in Phoenix's favor thereafter. By clawing and grabbing, taking advantage of open lanes and kicking it back out when they needed to, the Suns grabbed their first lead of the game, 59-58, on Stoudemire's dunk at 7:58. "Draw and kick," Marion said of his team's offensive success. "(The Celtics) are a team that just swarms you in the paint and they collapse." Boston slowly started to see its chances of winning the game fade. A delay of game was called, and Vin Baker, who finished with eight points, eight rebounds and five fouls in his first start of the season, committed a flagrant and possibly retaliatory foul on Bo Outlaw. The Celtics, who led by 11 in the second quarter, saw their lead evaporate into a 72-72 tie at the end of three. "They played well, it's just unfortunate," said Walker, who tied his season-high with 31 points. Boston built a five-point advantage around the nine-minute mark of the fourth quarter but Phoenix battled back. Both teams traded baskets until Outlaw dunked at 5:05 to take the lead for good at 86-85. "When a team can make big dunks or shoot 3s, then that's big," said Outlaw, who finished with six points and nine rebounds. Marion added a driving, authoritative, one-handed dunk at 3:56 and a 17-footer 26 seconds later for the team's final field goal. The rest was done on free throws. "So it can happen," Johnson said of his club's first win in three games. "It is possible for us to do it. It certainly took us all 48 minutes to do it, though." Pierce, who had his two front teeth broken but returned in the same period, had just six of his 16 points in the second half. The 25-year-old All-Star was sent to New England Baptist Hospital after the game for X-rays and is listed as day-to-day. "You don't want to see that happen to anybody, especially Paul" Suns guard Penny Hardaway said. "But I think that kind of got them a little deflated and we took advantage."


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