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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     PHOENIX          17   19   36   38    110  
     BOSTON           30   32   17   27    106     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   PHO - STEPHON MARBURY 34, JOE JOHNSON 17, 
                      SHAWN MARION 15
                BOS - PAUL PIERCE 24, VIN BAKER 22, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 16

HIGH REBOUND:   PHO - SHAWN MARION 10, JAKE VOSKUHL 9, JAHIDI 
                      WHITE 7
                BOS - ERIC WILLIAMS 10, VIN BAKER 9, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   PHO - STEPHON MARBURY 7, JOE JOHNSON 4, PENNY 
                      HARDAWAY 3
                BOS - MIKE JAMES 6, JIRI WELSCH 5, TWO PLAYERS
                      WITH 4

         ATT:   15,116

Box Score

PHOENIX (110) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Marion 44 4-16 6-7 2-10 2 4 15 A Stoudemire 17 1-6 3-4 1-6 0 1 5 J Voskuhl 31 3-5 5-5 3-9 1 4 11 P Hardaway 33 4-9 1-2 1-3 3 3 10 S Marbury 41 11-19 9-12 0-6 7 3 34 J Johnson 32 7-15 3-5 1-4 4 3 17 J White 15 1-2 0-0 1-7 1 1 2 L Barbosa 9 2-3 0-0 1-2 1 1 4 T Gugliotta 4 0-1 2-2 0-0 0 0 2 C Jacobsen 14 3-5 2-2 0-2 1 4 10 S Williams DNP - COACH'S DECISION R Archibald DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-81 31-39 10-49 20 24 110 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.444, FT-.795. 3-Point Goals: 7-19, .368 (S Marion 1-3, P Hardaway 1-2, S Marbury 3-6, J Johnson 0-3, L Barbosa 0-1, C Jacobsen 2-4). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:8 (S Marion 2, J Johnson 2, P Hardaway, A Stoudemire, J Voskuhl, J White). Turnovers:17 (P Hardaway 3, S Marbury 3, J Voskuhl 3, L Barbosa 3, T Gugliotta, A Stoudemire, J Johnson, J White, S Marion). Steals: 12 (S Marion 3, J Johnson 3, C Jacobsen 3, P Hardaway, T Gugliotta, L Barbosa). BOSTON (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp V Baker 34 9-14 4-6 5-9 4 3 22 J Welsch 37 4-12 0-0 0-6 5 1 9 M Blount 16 0-1 2-4 0-3 1 1 2 M James 34 5-13 2-2 1-4 6 4 16 P Pierce 39 8-16 5-5 0-6 4 3 24 R LaFrentz 8 2-4 0-1 1-2 0 1 4 E Williams 36 6-16 2-3 2-10 3 4 16 T Battie 10 3-4 0-0 1-2 0 1 6 M Banks 14 1-5 0-0 0-2 3 4 2 W Mccarty 9 2-5 0-0 1-1 0 3 5 K Brown 3 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 J Jones DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-92 15-21 11-46 26 26 106 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.435, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 11-29, .379 (J Welsch 1-5, M James 4-9, P Pierce 3-5, R LaFrentz 0-1, E Williams 2-6, W Mccarty 1-2, K Brown 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:5 (R LaFrentz 2, V Baker, P Pierce, T Battie). Turnovers:17 (P Pierce 4, E Williams 3, M Banks 3, M James 2, J Welsch 2, V Baker, W Mccarty, T Battie). Steals: 11 (J Welsch 3, E Williams 2, M Banks 2, V Baker, P Pierce, W Mccarty, R LaFrentz). -------------------------------------------- PHOENIX 17 19 36 38 - 110 BOSTON 30 32 17 27 - 106 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Phoenix - 1 (COACH Johnson, 3:20 2nd). Boston - 2 (Defensive Three, 10:12 2nd; Defensive Three, 9:49 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,116. T: 2:13. Officials: Bennie Adams, Mark Wunderlich, Ron Garretson.


Extended Box

PHOENIX (110) AT BOSTON (106) PHOENIX REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S MARION F 44 4-16 6-7 2 8 10 2 4 3 1 15 A STOUDEMIRE F 17 1-6 3-4 1 5 6 0 1 0 1 5 J VOSKUHL C 31 3-5 5-5 3 6 9 1 4 0 3 11 P HARDAWAY G 33 4-9 1-2 1 2 3 3 3 1 3 10 S MARBURY G 41 11-19 9-12 0 6 6 7 3 0 3 34 J JOHNSON 32 7-15 3-5 1 3 4 4 3 3 1 17 J WHITE 15 1-2 0-0 1 6 7 1 1 0 1 2 L BARBOSA 9 2-3 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 4 T GUGLIOTTA 4 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 C JACOBSEN 14 3-5 2-2 0 2 2 1 4 3 0 10 S WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION R ARCHIBALD DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 36-81 31-39 10 39 49 20 24 12 17 110 (.444) (.795) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 17 (24 PTS) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === V BAKER F 34 9-14 4-6 5 4 9 4 3 1 1 22 J WELSCH F 37 4-12 0-0 0 6 6 5 1 3 2 9 M BLOUNT C 16 0-1 2-4 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 2 M JAMES G 34 5-13 2-2 1 3 4 6 4 0 2 16 P PIERCE G 39 8-16 5-5 0 6 6 4 3 1 4 24 R LAFRENTZ 8 2-4 0-1 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 4 E WILLIAMS 36 6-16 2-3 2 8 10 3 4 2 3 16 T BATTIE 10 3-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 6 M BANKS 14 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 3 4 2 3 2 W MCCARTY 9 2-5 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 1 1 5 K BROWN 3 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 J JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 40-92 15-21 11 35 46 26 26 11 17 106 (.435) (.714) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 17 (20 PTS) PHOENIX 17 19 36 38 - 110 BOSTON 30 32 17 27 - 106 BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - S MARION 2, J JOHNSON 2, P HARDAWAY, A STOUDEMIRE, J VOSKUHL, J WHITE. BOSTON - R LAFRENTZ 2, V BAKER, P PIERCE, T BATTIE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 7-19 (.368), S MARION 1-3, P HARDAWAY 1- 2, S MARBURY 3-6, J JOHNSON 0-3, L BARBOSA 0-1, C JACOBSEN 2-4. BOSTON 11- 29 (.379), J WELSCH 1-5, M JAMES 4-9, P PIERCE 3-5, R LAFRENTZ 0-1, E WILLIAMS 2-6, W MCCARTY 1-2, K BROWN 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: PHOENIX - COACH JOHNSON. BOSTON - DEFENSIVE THREE 2. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNIE ADAMS, MARK WUNDERLICH, RON GARRETSON. A - 15,116. T - 2:13.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Stephon Marbury more than made up for the absence of Amare Stoudemire in the second half against the Boston Celtics. Marbury scored 27 of his 34 points after the break as the Phoenix Suns rallied from a 29-point deficit for a record-setting 110-106 victory over the Celtics. The Suns' previous biggest comeback was from a 27-point third-quarter deficit in a 109-108 overtime triumph at Dallas on March 2, 1997. Stoudemire sprained his left ankle after landing on Paul Pierce's foot with 3:20 left in the second quarter and the Celtics ahead, 51-31. Last season's Rookie of the Year, Stoudemire was helped off the court, taken to a hospital and did not return. X-rays were negative, but Stoudemire will return to Phoenix and miss the final three contests of the Suns' four-game road trip. "To be honest, we weren't even thinking about that," Marbury said. "Our whole mind-set was to put our pride on the line. Amare was out there doing the same thing before he got hurt. We kind of worried about him, but we didn't. When you lose one of your star players, you usually get down. Tonight, we didn't get down at all, we continued to play." Phoenix trailed, 65-36, after Boston's Mike James nailed a 3-pointer to begin the second half. But Marbury scored 13 points in the period to help the Suns pull within 79-72, then added 14 in the fourth quarter, including back-to-back 3-pointers that gave Phoenix a 101-96 lead with 2:17 left. "We went to a smaller lineup in the second half and it worked," said Phoenix forward Shawn Marion, who had 15 points. "We were confusing them, forcing turnovers, getting layups, getting to the foul line, hitting shots. Next thing you know, that basket that looked so big for them the first half just closed on them." Boston got within 107-106 on two free throws by James with 10.8 seconds to go, but Marbury hit a pair from the line less than a second later, James missed a 3-pointer and former Celtic Joe Johnson hit 1-of-2 free throws to ice it with 1.3 seconds to play. "Very difficult to swallow for our basketball team," Celtics coach Jim O'Brien said. "The difference between the first half and the second half was that we had difficulty contending with their small lineup. They would not let us get into an offense that we need to make basketball plays." The Celtics made half their 50 shots in the first half but connected on just 36 percent (15-of-42) after the break. "You can say (Marbury) had a big night and he did," Suns coach Frank Johnson said. "But still on the defensive end, we had five guys swarming, making defensive plays and getting to loose balls." "I felt like when they stopped attacking the basket, the basket just got small once the lead started to shrink, and I think they started to get passive and they weren't asserting themselves like they were at the beginning of the game," Marbury said. Pierce scored 24 points and Vin Baker added 22 for Boston, which suffered its fourth straight defeat and eighth in 10 contests. The Celtics' biggest previous blown lead this season was 17 points at New York on November 17. "There's no explanation for this," Baker said. "This is a disappointing loss. I'm still reeling from everything that just happened the last two quarters." "The question is, how do we respond? That's the big question," O'Brien said.


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