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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     PHOENIX          24   30   22   19    95   
     DALLAS           26   14   29   33    102     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   PHO - PENNY HARDAWAY 21, SHAWN MARION 21, 
                      STEPHON MARBURY 20
                DAL - STEVE NASH 27, DIRK NOWITZKI 27, EDUARDO
                      NAJERA 14

HIGH REBOUND:   PHO - SHAWN MARION 18, BO OUTLAW 5, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 4
                DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 11, EDUARDO NAJERA 9, 
                      ADRIAN GRIFFIN 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   PHO - STEPHON MARBURY 9, PENNY HARDAWAY 8, TWO
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                DAL - STEVE NASH 13, DIRK NOWITZKI 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   20,087

Box Score

PHOENIX (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Marion 47 10-20 0-2 5-18 2 4 21 A Stoudemire 22 3-6 3-3 1-2 1 4 9 B Outlaw 21 3-3 1-1 0-5 1 2 7 P Hardaway 47 10-19 1-2 1-4 8 3 21 S Marbury 38 9-18 2-2 1-3 9 6 20 J Johnson 35 6-12 0-0 1-4 2 0 14 J Voskuhl 21 0-0 1-4 1-3 0 5 1 C Jacobsen 7 0-2 2-2 0-0 0 1 2 S Williams 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 T Gugliotta DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Langhi DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Tsakalidis DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-80 10-16 10-39 23 25 95 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.513, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (S Marion 1-4, P Hardaway 0-2, J Johnson 2-5, C Jacobsen 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:5 (S Marion 2, A Stoudemire 2, B Outlaw). Turnovers:13 (B Outlaw 3, S Marion 3, J Voskuhl 3, S Marbury, J Johnson, C Jacobsen, A Stoudemire). Steals: 5 (P Hardaway 2, S Marion, C Jacobsen, A Stoudemire). DALLAS (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Griffin 38 4-11 0-0 3-7 3 1 8 D Nowitzki 41 10-16 4-6 1-11 4 5 27 R LaFrentz 14 2-5 0-0 2-3 0 3 5 R Bell 9 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 S Nash 39 10-21 6-7 1-3 13 3 27 N Van Exel 28 2-8 1-2 1-3 2 0 6 A Johnson 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 S Bradley 16 3-5 0-0 0-4 1 3 6 W Williams 23 3-6 0-0 0-2 1 1 7 E Najera 29 4-10 6-9 4-9 3 1 14 T Abdul-Wahad DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Finley DNP - STRAINED LEFT HAMSTRING _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-84 17-24 12-44 27 18 102 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.464, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 7-21, .333 (A Griffin 0-1, D Nowitzki 3-5, R LaFrentz 1-3, R Bell 0-1, S Nash 1-4, N Van Exel 1-3, W Williams 1-4). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:3 (S Nash, R LaFrentz, D Nowitzki). Turnovers:10 (D Nowitzki 4, S Bradley 2, N Van Exel 2, S Nash, E Najera). Steals: 4 (A Griffin 3, E Najera). ------------------------------------------- PHOENIX 24 30 22 19 - 95 DALLAS 26 14 29 33 - 102 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Phoenix - 1 (Defensive Three, 5:36 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,087. T: 2:06. Officials: Blane Reichelt, Gary Benson, Joe Crawford.


Extended Box

PHOENIX (95) AT DALLAS (102) PHOENIX REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S MARION F 47 10-20 0-2 5 13 18 2 4 1 3 21 A STOUDEMIRE F 22 3-6 3-3 1 1 2 1 4 1 1 9 B OUTLAW C 21 3-3 1-1 0 5 5 1 2 0 3 7 P HARDAWAY G 47 10-19 1-2 1 3 4 8 3 2 0 21 S MARBURY G 38 9-18 2-2 1 2 3 9 6 0 1 20 J JOHNSON 35 6-12 0-0 1 3 4 2 0 0 1 14 J VOSKUHL 21 0-0 1-4 1 2 3 0 5 0 3 1 C JACOBSEN 7 0-2 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 S WILLIAMS 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 T GUGLIOTTA DNP - COACH'S DECISION D LANGHI DNP - COACH'S DECISION J TSAKALIDIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 41-80 10-16 10 29 39 23 25 5 13 95 (.513) (.625) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14 (13 PTS) DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A GRIFFIN F 38 4-11 0-0 3 4 7 3 1 3 0 8 D NOWITZKI F 41 10-16 4-6 1 10 11 4 5 0 4 27 R LAFRENTZ C 14 2-5 0-0 2 1 3 0 3 0 0 5 R BELL G 9 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 S NASH G 39 10-21 6-7 1 2 3 13 3 0 1 27 N VAN EXEL 28 2-8 1-2 1 2 3 2 0 0 2 6 A JOHNSON 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 S BRADLEY 16 3-5 0-0 0 4 4 1 3 0 2 6 W WILLIAMS 23 3-6 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 7 E NAJERA 29 4-10 6-9 4 5 9 3 1 1 1 14 T ABDUL-WAHAD DNP - COACH'S DECISION M FINLEY DNP - STRAINED LEFT HAMSTRING TOTALS 240 39-84 17-24 12 32 44 27 18 4 10 102 (.464) (.708) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 10 (19 PTS) PHOENIX 24 30 22 19 - 95 DALLAS 26 14 29 33 - 102 BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - S MARION 2, A STOUDEMIRE 2, B OUTLAW. DALLAS - S NASH, R LAFRENTZ, D NOWITZKI. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 3-12 (.250), S MARION 1-4, P HARDAWAY 0- 2, J JOHNSON 2-5, C JACOBSEN 0-1. DALLAS 7-21 (.333), A GRIFFIN 0- 1, D NOWITZKI 3-5, R LAFRENTZ 1-3, R BELL 0-1, S NASH 1-4, N VAN EXEL 1- 3, W WILLIAMS 1-4. TECHNICAL FOULS: PHOENIX - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BLANE REICHELT, GARY BENSON, JOE CRAWFORD. A - 20,087. T - 2:06.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- The Dallas Mavericks again showed their ability to come from behind. With Michael Finley still sidelined due to a strained left hamstring and Dirk Nowitzki in foul trouble, the Mavericks rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to post a 102-95 victory over the Phoenix Suns. Nowitzki and Steve Nash scored 27 points apiece for Dallas, which avoided consecutive home losses for the first time this season and won for the 10th time when facing a double-digit deficit. The Mavericks rebounded from a dismal second quarter, when they scored just 14 points and shot 17 percent (3-of-18) from the field. The Mavericks opened a 3 1/2-game lead over San Antonio in the Midwest Division. "It was one of the ugliest quarters we've played all season, which I had no answers or any knowledge of how to change it," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "We got it together at halftime and played a great second half to win a very, very difficult game." The Mavericks trailed, 76-69, entering the fourth quarter but took control by scoring the first 15 points of the period. Nowitzki and Walt Williams drilled consecutive 3-pointers to give Dallas the lead for good at 79-76 with 10:30 to go. "It was a big game," Nowitzki said. "Nobody seemed to have any energy in the first half. They just outplayed us in every category but we knew what we had to do in the third quarter, just come out and play a little harder and get the loose balls." Nash also handed out 13 assists for his 13th double-double of the season. He sparked the Mavs with his dribble penetration in the third quarter, when he had 15 points and three assists. The All-Star point guard took over when Nowitzki went to the bench with his fifth foul with 4:57 left in the period. "It's a bad feeling to lose, especially in a big game, so I just wanted to go down fighting," said Nash, referring to Thursday's defeat to the Spurs. "I just gave it everything I had and luckily made some plays for my teammates and I think the energy was contagious." "What else can I say about Stevie? He's an All-Star and he's going to take over games," Dallas forward Eduardo Najera added. "Everyone has a lot of confidence in him and he just delivered." Nowitzki, who was unstoppable in the fourth quarter with 15 points, hit another 3-pointer to cap the 15-0 run and give the Mavericks an 84-76 lead with 8:33 left. He has at least 20 points in 25 of his last 27 contests. Shawn Marion scored 21 points and grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds for the Suns, who squandered a 54-40 halftime lead and dropped one-half game behind idle Houston in the battle for the final Western Conference playoff spot. Phoenix got no closer than six points in the final minutes. "It was two different halves today," Phoenix coach Frank Johnson said. "They got in the zone in the second half and we got a little stagnant. I think we came out that third quarter and were walking the ball up. That is not our style." The Suns, who shot 51 percent from the field (41-of-80), were held to 41 points in the second half, including just 19 over the final 12 minutes. Dallas closed to 69-67 on Shawn Bradley's dunk with 2:29 left in the third quarter. The Suns appeared to right themselves, ending the period with a 7-2 spurt to take a seven-point lead into the final quarter. But the lead lasted exactly 60 seconds as the first of Nowitzki's three 3-pointers in the fourth tied the contest with 11 minutes to play. Nowitzki also grabbed 11 rebounds for his 35th double-double. The Mavericks also got a key contribution from Najera, who chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds. Dallas is 10-0 this season when Najera scores in double figures. Penny Hardaway scored a season-high 21 points for the Suns, while Stephon Marbury added 20. "When I looked at the score at halftime, I said there capable of scoring 65-70 points in the second half," Hardaway said. "We are capable of getting 50-55 points on the board to keep the lead. We didn't hold up our end of the bargain." Dallas, which shot 46 percent (39-of-84), held a 26-24 lead after the first period. But the Suns outscored the Mavericks, 30-14, in the second quarter to take their 14-point halftime advantage. "In the second quarter, they looked like they were playing harder for the eighth spot than we were for the best record in the league," Nelson said. "It just doesn't make any sense. This is a good lesson. It's best to learn lessons when you get a win."


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