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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      PHOENIX          25   32   23   32    112  
      NEW JERSEY       21   20   26   13    80      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   PHO - AMARE STOUDEMIRE 22, JOE JOHNSON 18, 
                      STEVE NASH 17
                NJN - RICHARD JEFFERSON 24, RON MERCER 13, 
                      ALONZO MOURNING 12

HIGH REBOUND:   PHO - AMARE STOUDEMIRE 9, QUENTIN RICHARDSON 
                      6, JOE JOHNSON 6
                NJN - ALONZO MOURNING 7, RICHARD JEFFERSON 7, 
                      JASON COLLINS 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   PHO - STEVE NASH 8, JOE JOHNSON 4, SHAWN 
                      MARION 3
                NJN - RON MERCER 4, RICHARD JEFFERSON 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   13,254

Box Score

PHOENIX (112) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Johnson 33 6-12 3-4 1-6 4 1 18 S Marion 31 5-11 2-6 1-5 3 3 13 A Stoudemire 34 7-12 8-10 3-9 1 2 22 Q Richardson 30 2-9 2-2 2-6 0 4 6 S Nash 37 6-8 4-4 1-2 8 0 17 J Voskuhl 13 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 5 0 M Lampe 14 4-6 0-0 0-1 0 3 8 L Barbosa 10 2-2 2-2 1-2 1 2 7 S Hunter 17 4-4 4-6 2-5 1 0 12 C Jacobsen 18 3-3 2-2 0-2 0 3 9 Y Tabuse 3 0-1 0-0 0-2 2 0 0 J Vroman DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-68 27-36 11-42 21 23 112 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.574, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 7-14, .500 (J Johnson 3-4, S Marion 1-3, Q Richardson 0-4, S Nash 1-1, L Barbosa 1-1, C Jacobsen 1-1). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:7 (S Hunter 4, S Marion 2, A Stoudemire). Turnovers:15 (S Nash 6, Q Richardson 2, L Barbosa 2, J Johnson 2, J Voskuhl, C Jacobsen, A Stoudemire). Steals: 9 (S Nash 3, S Marion 2, A Stoudemire 2, Q Richardson, L Barbosa). NEW JERSEY (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Jefferson 30 7-19 8-8 2-7 4 4 24 E Williams 35 3-9 3-4 1-3 1 5 9 J Collins 35 2-5 0-0 4-5 0 5 4 R Mercer 32 6-13 1-1 1-1 4 0 13 J Vaughn 25 1-5 0-0 0-1 2 2 2 B Scalabrine 14 2-7 0-0 2-2 0 1 5 A Mourning 18 5-9 2-2 2-7 0 2 12 Z Planinic 11 2-6 1-1 0-1 0 0 5 R Buford 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 A Williams 13 1-3 1-2 2-3 0 2 3 T Best 14 1-4 1-1 0-2 2 1 3 N Krstic 7 0-1 0-2 0-2 0 0 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-82 17-21 14-34 13 22 80 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.366, FT-.810. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (R Jefferson 2-4, E Williams 0-2, B Scalabrine 1-3, Z Planinic 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:3 (A Mourning 2, J Collins). Turnovers:12 (R Jefferson 3, A Mourning 2, R Mercer 2, E Williams, B Scalabrine, J Vaughn, T Best, A Williams). Steals: 10 (A Williams 3, J Vaughn 2, E Williams, R Jefferson, N Krstic, R Mercer, T Best). -------------------------------------------- PHOENIX 25 32 23 32 - 112 NEW JERSEY 21 20 26 13 - 80 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Phoenix - 1 (A Stoudemire, 2:45 3rd). New Jersey - 2 (A Mourning, 4:39 1st; A Mourning, 1:24 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,254. T: 2:09. Officials: Bob Delaney, Ed Malloy, Jess Kersey.


Extended Box

PHOENIX (112) AT NEW JERSEY (80) PHOENIX REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J JOHNSON F 33 6-12 3-4 1 5 6 4 1 0 2 18 S MARION F 31 5-11 2-6 1 4 5 3 3 2 0 13 A STOUDEMIRE C 34 7-12 8-10 3 6 9 1 2 2 1 22 Q RICHARDSON G 30 2-9 2-2 2 4 6 0 4 1 2 6 S NASH G 37 6-8 4-4 1 1 2 8 0 3 6 17 J VOSKUHL 13 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 5 0 1 0 M LAMPE 14 4-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 8 L BARBOSA 10 2-2 2-2 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 7 S HUNTER 17 4-4 4-6 2 3 5 1 0 0 0 12 C JACOBSEN 18 3-3 2-2 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 9 Y TABUSE 3 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 J VROMAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 39-68 27-36 11 31 42 21 23 9 15 112 (.574) (.750) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 15 (20 PTS) NEW JERSEY REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R JEFFERSON F 30 7-19 8-8 2 5 7 4 4 1 3 24 E WILLIAMS F 35 3-9 3-4 1 2 3 1 5 1 1 9 J COLLINS C 35 2-5 0-0 4 1 5 0 5 0 0 4 R MERCER G 32 6-13 1-1 1 0 1 4 0 1 2 13 J VAUGHN G 25 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 2 1 2 B SCALABRINE 14 2-7 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 5 A MOURNING 18 5-9 2-2 2 5 7 0 2 0 2 12 Z PLANINIC 11 2-6 1-1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5 R BUFORD 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 A WILLIAMS 13 1-3 1-2 2 1 3 0 2 3 1 3 T BEST 14 1-4 1-1 0 2 2 2 1 1 1 3 N KRSTIC 7 0-1 0-2 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 TOTALS 240 30-82 17-21 14 20 34 13 22 10 12 80 (.366) (.810) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 13 (8 PTS) PHOENIX 25 32 23 32 - 112 NEW JERSEY 21 20 26 13 - 80 BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - S HUNTER 4, S MARION 2, A STOUDEMIRE. NEW JERSEY - A MOURNING 2, J COLLINS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 7-14 (.500), J JOHNSON 3-4, S MARION 1- 3, Q RICHARDSON 0-4, S NASH 1-1, L BARBOSA 1-1, C JACOBSEN 1-1. NEW JERSEY 3- 10 (.300), R JEFFERSON 2-4, E WILLIAMS 0-2, B SCALABRINE 1-3, Z PLANINIC 0- 1. TECHNICAL FOULS: PHOENIX - A STOUDEMIRE. NEW JERSEY - A MOURNING 2. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, ED MALLOY, JESS KERSEY. A - 13,254. T - 2:09.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) - Amare Stoudemire is not too busy developing into a premier power forward to help the Phoenix Suns sell some tickets. Stoudemire collected 22 points and nine rebounds and Steve Nash had a season-high 17 points and eight assists as the Suns matched their best start in 20 years with a 112-80 victory over the New Jersey Nets. "I told guys back before the season started, buy season tickets," Stoudemire said. "I had a feeling how this team was going to be. We're exciting. I'm telling you, buy season tickets." Phoenix already has established itself as one of the best offensive teams in the NBA in its first three games with Nash, who was signed as a free agent during the offseason. With the All-Star point guard running the offense, the Suns are averaging better than 110 points per game. "It's the best offense I've witnessed and ever been a part of," Stoudemire said. "It's not just high-scoring and fun to watch, but it's fun to be around these guys." "I think we can (keep up the pace)," Nash said. "We're an offensive team." As a result, Phoenix has opened a season with three straight wins for the first time since a 5-0 start in 1984-85. Phoenix was dominant almost from the start against New Jersey, which struggled after a double-overtime victory at Chicago on Friday. "It wasn't easy for them coming from Chicago after a double-overtime game and against a team that likes to go up and down," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We had a bit more rest than them and we could see their shots in the fourth quarter coming up a little short." Phoenix pulled away early, bridging the first two quarters with an 18-2 tear. Maciej Lampe buried four jumpers during the burst, which Shawn Marion capped with a dunk for a 39-23 lead with 7:08 left in the second quarter. "Lampe came in and had eight points in six minutes," D'Antoni said. "He was big for us and I was searching for something and Steven Hunter came up big. So many times you play back-to-back, you need fresh legs, and they provided that." The Suns scored 32 points on 12-of-19 shooting in the second quarter led by Nash, who had seven points and five assists in the period. They have outscored opponents, 105-63, in the second quarter of their first three games while shooting 64 percent (40-of-63). "I have no idea why," Nash said of the trend. "It's just happened that way." The Nets never got closer than 11 points in the second half. Previously one of the NBA's best running teams, they were listless without star point guard Jason Kidd, who is recovering from offseason knee surgery. "It makes it a lot easier," said Nash, who was teammates with Kidd on the Suns from 1996-98. "I don't mind him taking the night off. He's the best point guard in the game." Stoudemire made 7-of-12 shots and Nash was 6-for-8 as the Suns shot 57 percent from the floor (39-of-68). Joe Johnson had 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting, sealing the rout with a thunderous dunk with 3:02 remaining. "Our style is more open," Johnson said. "We've got a good team and if we play defense, we're going to be top three in the league." The Suns played plenty of defense against the Nets, who shot 37 percent (30-of-82). Phoenix led by as many as 34 points. "Our performance, starting with me, was unacceptable," New Jersey coach Lawrence Frank said. "We have to have pride defending our home court. This is the second straight team that has come in here and clearly outplayed us." After producing 26 points, 21 rebounds and nine assists in 57 minutes Friday, New Jersey's Richard Jefferson picked up two fouls in the first three minutes and played just 11 minutes in the first half. He scored 16 of his 24 points in the second half. "It's always better for him to be out of the game," D'Antoni said. "He's their main weapon."


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