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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      NEW JERSEY       23   34   21   27    105  
      PHOENIX          25   30   34   24    113     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   NJN - VINCE CARTER 32, JASON KIDD 23, RODNEY 
                      BUFORD 16
                PHO - AMARE STOUDEMIRE 33, STEVE NASH 30, 
                      QUENTIN RICHARDSON 20

HIGH REBOUND:   NJN - JASON COLLINS 10, VINCE CARTER 9, JASON 
                      KIDD 8
                PHO - SHAWN MARION 13, AMARE STOUDEMIRE 8, TWO
                      PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   NJN - JASON KIDD 8, VINCE CARTER 4, BRIAN 
                      SCALABRINE 3
                PHO - STEVE NASH 9, SHAWN MARION 5, JOE 
                      JOHNSON 3

         ATT:   18,139

Box Score

NEW JERSEY (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Buford 42 6-15 2-3 0-7 1 3 16 J Collins 35 4-6 5-6 5-10 1 4 13 N Krstic 29 4-9 4-4 1-2 1 4 12 J Kidd 43 7-16 5-5 2-8 8 2 23 V Carter 41 13-26 6-8 2-9 4 3 32 T Best 27 1-7 3-5 0-1 2 5 6 B Thomas 11 1-3 1-1 0-1 1 1 3 B Scalabrine 11 0-1 0-0 3-3 3 0 0 J Vaughn 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 J Moiso DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Smith DNP - COACH'S DECISION R Jefferson DNP - LEFT WRIST INJURY _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-83 26-32 13-41 21 22 105 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.434, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (R Buford 2-4, J Kidd 4-7, V Carter 0-1, T Best 1-1, B Thomas 0-2, B Scalabrine 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:3 (J Collins 2, V Carter). Turnovers:8 (V Carter 2, R Buford 2, J Kidd, J Collins, B Scalabrine, N Krstic). Steals: 6 (J Kidd 2, J Collins 2, V Carter, R Buford). PHOENIX (113) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Q Richardson 41 7-15 1-2 0-6 2 5 20 S Marion 40 3-11 2-3 2-13 5 2 10 A Stoudemire 42 13-16 7-11 1-8 1 2 33 J Johnson 44 4-12 4-4 2-6 3 4 15 S Nash 39 10-15 5-5 3-3 9 0 30 J Jackson 17 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 5 2 S Hunter 9 1-1 1-4 1-2 0 1 3 J Voskuhl 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 B Outlaw 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 P Shirley DNP - COACH'S DECISION S Parker DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-73 20-29 9-40 22 20 113 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.534, FT-.690. 3-Point Goals: 15-30, .500 (Q Richardson 5-10, S Marion 2-4, J Johnson 3-8, S Nash 5-6, J Jackson 0-2). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:8 (S Marion 4, S Hunter 2, B Outlaw, J Johnson). Turnovers:13 (S Nash 3, S Marion 3, J Johnson 3, A Stoudemire 2, Q Richardson, S Hunter). Steals: 4 (S Marion 2, Q Richardson, A Stoudemire). -------------------------------------------- NEW JERSEY 23 34 21 27 - 105 PHOENIX 25 30 34 24 - 113 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: New Jersey - 2 (COACH Frank, 2:41 3rd; Defensive Three, 3:50 3rd). Phoenix - 1 (Defensive Three, 11:27 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,139. T: 2:17. Officials: Derek Collins, Michael Smith, Tom Washington.


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (105) AT PHOENIX (113) NEW JERSEY REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R BUFORD F 42 6-15 2-3 0 7 7 1 3 1 2 16 J COLLINS F 35 4-6 5-6 5 5 10 1 4 2 1 13 N KRSTIC C 29 4-9 4-4 1 1 2 1 4 0 1 12 J KIDD G 43 7-16 5-5 2 6 8 8 2 2 1 23 V CARTER G 41 13-26 6-8 2 7 9 4 3 1 2 32 T BEST 27 1-7 3-5 0 1 1 2 5 0 0 6 B THOMAS 11 1-3 1-1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 3 B SCALABRINE 11 0-1 0-0 3 0 3 3 0 0 1 0 J VAUGHN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 J MOISO DNP - COACH'S DECISION J SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION R JEFFERSON DNP - LEFT WRIST INJURY TOTALS 240 36-83 26-32 13 28 41 21 22 6 8 105 (.434) (.813) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 9 (13 PTS) PHOENIX REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === Q RICHARDSON F 41 7-15 1-2 0 6 6 2 5 1 1 20 S MARION F 40 3-11 2-3 2 11 13 5 2 2 3 10 A STOUDEMIRE C 42 13-16 7-11 1 7 8 1 2 1 2 33 J JOHNSON G 44 4-12 4-4 2 4 6 3 4 0 3 15 S NASH G 39 10-15 5-5 3 0 3 9 0 0 3 30 J JACKSON 17 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 5 0 0 2 S HUNTER 9 1-1 1-4 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 3 J VOSKUHL 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 B OUTLAW 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 P SHIRLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION S PARKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 39-73 20-29 9 31 40 22 20 4 13 113 (.534) (.690) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14 (15 PTS) NEW JERSEY 23 34 21 27 - 105 PHOENIX 25 30 34 24 - 113 BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - J COLLINS 2, V CARTER. PHOENIX - S MARION 4, S HUNTER 2, B OUTLAW, J JOHNSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 7-16 (.438), R BUFORD 2-4, J KIDD 4- 7, V CARTER 0-1, T BEST 1-1, B THOMAS 0-2, B SCALABRINE 0-1. PHOENIX 15- 30 (.500), Q RICHARDSON 5-10, S MARION 2-4, J JOHNSON 3-8, S NASH 5- 6, J JACKSON 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: NEW JERSEY - COACH FRANK, DEFENSIVE THREE. PHOENIX - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DEREK COLLINS, MICHAEL SMITH, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 18,139. T - 2:17.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- After a highly competitive first half, the Phoenix Suns' high-octane offense proved to much for the New Jersey Nets. Amare Stoudemire scored 33 points and Steve Nash added a season-high 30 as the Suns snapped a season-high six-game losing streak with a 113-105 victory over the Nets. "Nothing grand, just a 32nd win after seven tries," Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We are kind of cruising a little bit. I don't know if it is emotional or what, but we are going to have to turn it up." Entering the game riding a season-best three-game winning streak, the Nets went shot for shot with the league's top offense in the first half, taking a 57-55 lead at halftime behind 18 points from Vince Carter. Jason Kidd added three 3-pointers for New Jersey, which shot 54 percent (23-of-43) in the first two quarters. The Nets grabbed their largest lead when Jason Collins' jumper made it 62-57 with 10:42 left in the third period. But the Suns responded with one of their signature runs, blitzing the Nets for 16 straight points. Quentin Richardson started the spurt with a 3-pointer and Shawn Marion capped it with a jumper, giving Phoenix a 73-62 lead with 6:31 remaining. A layup by Stoudemire less than 2 1/2 minutes later pushed the lead to 14 points, and New Jersey got no closer than four points thereafter. "The third quarter kind of put us in a bad way with them shooting those threes," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "That third quarter turned the game around for them. They are better then us and separated themselves." Stoudemire, who made his first eight shots of the game, continued to feast upon the Nets, improving to 4-1 with career averages of 23.8 points and 10.6 rebounds. "I have been focusing on my shots and they seem to be falling for me everytime I put it up," Stoudemire said. "It seemed kind of unnatural for us to be on a six-game losing streak. I knew it was just a matter of time before we got to where we were." Carter, who entered with a career average of 30.4 points against the Suns, scored 32 points on 13-of-26 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds for New Jersey, which absorbed its 11th straight loss at America West Arena. "I think they thought they were going to blow us out," Carter said. "We kind of earned their respect and made them buckle down and play their kind of basketball. The mental focus and the effort we put out was phenomenal. It is too bad we couldn't finish that great story with a win." In the two games since Steve Nash has returned from a back and a thigh injury he has averaged 23 points and 11 assists. The 30-point output means all five starters for the Suns have scored 30 or more in a game this season. Kidd chipped in 23 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Nets, who surrendered a season high in points. The previous high was 112 by Washington on December 1 and Phoenix on November 6. "It might not look like it but we tried to slow it down," Kidd said. "Everything was going pretty well but we didn't want to give up a big quarter like in the third. They got shooters everywhere." Acquired from the New Orleans Hornets on Friday, 13-year veteran Jim Jackson had an inauspicious debut with the Suns, scoring just two points in 17 minutes against one of his 11 former teams.


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