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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      PHOENIX          29   41   21   29    120  
      CHARLOTTE        14   33   29   29    105     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   PHO - SHAWN MARION 26, JOE JOHNSON 26, AMARE 
                      STOUDEMIRE 23
                CHA - JASON HART 21, GERALD WALLACE 17, JASON 
                      KAPONO 15

HIGH REBOUND:   PHO - AMARE STOUDEMIRE 14, SHAWN MARION 10, 
                      STEVE HUNTER 7
                CHA - PRIMOZ BREZEC 11, EMEKA OKAFOR 7, FIVE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS:   PHO - STEVE NASH 10, QUENTIN RICHARDSON 4, TWO
                      PLAYERS WITH 3
                CHA - BREVIN KNIGHT 15, FIVE PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   11,664

Box Score

PHOENIX (120) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Q Richardson 35 2-7 2-4 1-3 4 4 8 S Marion 35 9-11 7-7 2-10 1 0 26 A Stoudemire 33 9-18 4-4 5-14 1 5 23 S Nash 28 4-9 2-2 1-3 10 1 11 J Johnson 36 9-22 5-5 1-6 3 1 26 L Barbosa 20 1-3 2-2 0-3 3 2 4 J Jackson 22 6-10 0-0 1-2 2 3 15 S Hunter 15 2-4 0-0 5-7 0 3 4 W Mccarty 13 1-5 0-2 0-6 1 3 3 B Outlaw 3 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 J Voskuhl DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Shirley DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-90 22-26 17-55 25 23 120 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.478, FT-.846. 3-Point Goals: 12-29, .414 (Q Richardson 2-4, S Marion 1-3, A Stoudemire 1-1, S Nash 1-2, J Johnson 3-8, L Barbosa 0-1, J Jackson 3-5, W Mccarty 1-5). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:6 (S Marion 3, S Hunter 2, A Stoudemire). Turnovers:13 (J Johnson 4, A Stoudemire 3, L Barbosa 3, W Mccarty, S Marion, Q Richardson). Steals: 9 (J Jackson 2, S Nash 2, S Marion 2, B Outlaw, W Mccarty, A Stoudemire). CHARLOTTE (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Robinson Jr 16 1-2 0-0 1-2 2 1 2 E Okafor 31 6-15 1-3 5-7 2 0 13 P Brezec 32 1-10 3-4 6-11 2 3 5 B Knight 33 6-12 0-0 0-4 15 3 12 J Kapono 23 6-14 0-0 0-4 0 2 15 M Carroll 21 4-13 3-4 1-4 0 1 11 G Wallace 30 3-6 10-12 1-4 2 1 17 J Hart 23 7-10 4-4 0-4 1 4 21 M Ely 18 2-6 0-0 0-1 0 3 4 M Allen 9 2-3 1-1 0-3 0 1 5 C Alexander 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 1 0 K Bogans DNP - BACK SPASMS _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-92 22-28 14-44 26 20 105 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (B Robinson Jr 0-1, J Kapono 3-6, M Carroll 0-2, G Wallace 1-3, J Hart 3-4, C Alexander 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:5 (P Brezec 2, E Okafor 2, G Wallace). Turnovers:11 (P Brezec 4, B Robinson Jr 2, C Alexander, B Knight, M Ely, M Carroll, G Wallace). Steals: 6 (G Wallace 3, B Knight 2, J Hart). -------------------------------------------- PHOENIX 29 41 21 29 - 120 CHARLOTTE 14 33 29 29 - 105 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Charlotte - 1 (COACH Bickerstaff, 2:31 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 11,664. T: 2:04. Officials: Marc Davis, Mike Henderson, Scott Foster.


Extended Box

PHOENIX (120) AT CHARLOTTE (105) PHOENIX REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === Q RICHARDSON F 35 2-7 2-4 1 2 3 4 4 0 1 8 S MARION F 35 9-11 7-7 2 8 10 1 0 2 1 26 A STOUDEMIRE C 33 9-18 4-4 5 9 14 1 5 1 3 23 S NASH G 28 4-9 2-2 1 2 3 10 1 2 0 11 J JOHNSON G 36 9-22 5-5 1 5 6 3 1 0 4 26 L BARBOSA 20 1-3 2-2 0 3 3 3 2 0 3 4 J JACKSON 22 6-10 0-0 1 1 2 2 3 2 0 15 S HUNTER 15 2-4 0-0 5 2 7 0 3 0 0 4 W MCCARTY 13 1-5 0-2 0 6 6 1 3 1 1 3 B OUTLAW 3 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 J VOSKUHL DNP - COACH'S DECISION P SHIRLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 43-90 22-26 17 38 55 25 23 9 13 120 (.478) (.846) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 13 (19 PTS) CHARLOTTE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === B ROBINSON JR F 16 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 2 1 0 2 2 E OKAFOR F 31 6-15 1-3 5 2 7 2 0 0 0 13 P BREZEC C 32 1-10 3-4 6 5 11 2 3 0 4 5 B KNIGHT G 33 6-12 0-0 0 4 4 15 3 2 1 12 J KAPONO G 23 6-14 0-0 0 4 4 0 2 0 0 15 M CARROLL 21 4-13 3-4 1 3 4 0 1 0 1 11 G WALLACE 30 3-6 10-12 1 3 4 2 1 3 1 17 J HART 23 7-10 4-4 0 4 4 1 4 1 0 21 M ELY 18 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 4 M ALLEN 9 2-3 1-1 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 5 C ALEXANDER 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 K BOGANS DNP - BACK SPASMS TOTALS 240 38-92 22-28 14 30 44 26 20 6 11 105 (.413) (.786) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 11 (12 PTS) PHOENIX 29 41 21 29 - 120 CHARLOTTE 14 33 29 29 - 105 BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - S MARION 3, S HUNTER 2, A STOUDEMIRE. CHARLOTTE - P BREZEC 2, E OKAFOR 2, G WALLACE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 12-29 (.414), Q RICHARDSON 2-4, S MARION 1- 3, A STOUDEMIRE 1-1, S NASH 1-2, J JOHNSON 3-8, L BARBOSA 0-1, J JACKSON 3- 5, W MCCARTY 1-5. CHARLOTTE 7-17 (.412), B ROBINSON JR 0-1, J KAPONO 3- 6, M CARROLL 0-2, G WALLACE 1-3, J HART 3-4, C ALEXANDER 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: CHARLOTTE - COACH BICKERSTAFF. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MARC DAVIS, MIKE HENDERSON, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 11,664. T - 2:04.


Game Story

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Sharing the ball makes travel easier to tolerate for coach Mike D'Antoni and the Phoenix Suns. Joe Johnson and Shawn Marion scored 26 points apiece and the Suns won a franchise-record 28th road game by posting a 120-105 triumph over the lowly expansion Charlotte Bobcats. The Suns (51-16) also tied a team mark with nine consecutive road wins and are 1 1/2 games ahead of the San Antonio Spurs in the battle for first place in the Western Conference. "It's a little goal we've talked about," D'Antoni said. "Plus we're 28-7 on the road. Those two things we are very proud of. That's a testament to this team. I think we've proved we're a pretty good team." Johnson scored 18 first-half points, including nine during a 22-4 spurt bridging the first two quarters that gave the Suns a 36-14 lead early in the second. Phoenix finished the half with a season-high 70 points. "You cannot afford to have deficits against a basketball team of that caliber," Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "They are the real deal as a basketball team, with Steve Nash distributing the basketball and the way they can make those open shots." "We played great defense to start the game," Nash said. "But we got very complacent and that allowed them to fight back. For us, the game was won in the first quarter." The Bobcats opened the third quarter with three buckets by Jason Kapono and got within 75-60 before Stoudemire converted a three-point play after dunking a feed from Nash, giving the Suns an 80-62 edge. "Once we move the ball, we can get anything we want," Stoudemire said. "Tonight was one of those nights. Everybody was pretty much on." Jason Hart made three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and helped Charlotte cut the deficit to 91-81 with 10:36 remaining. But Marion put an exclamation point on the contest by hitting a bucket with 2:42 left for a 120-102 edge. "We established ourselves early," Marion said. "The key was maintaining our energy level on the defensive end especially when the Bobcats made their run. But we just kept our composure and closed it out." Stoudemire scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Nash had 11 with 10 assists for his 41st double-double. The Suns had a 55-44 rebounding edge and improved to 22-5 against the East. Coupled with Tuesday's victory at Atlanta, Phoenix has posted back-to-back wins against the two worst teams in the East and will meet Miami on Friday in a battle of 50-win squads. "It will be a great game with teams (that) play two different styles," D'Antoni said. "We'll see who has the will to play their style for 48 minutes. This is a game we've been waiting for. It's big for us because if we win, we get the tiebreaker, which would be nice." Hart scored a career-high 21 points to lead six players in double figures for Charlotte, which has lost 11 of 12. Gerald Wallace scored 17 points and Brevin Knight added 12 with 15 assists. "We just showed our pride, character and heart," Hart said. "We just kept fighting. When you're down, all you can do is keep fighting and try to make a game out of it." "The Bobcats never quit," D'Antoni said. "They never have all year. They shot the ball extremely well after the first quarter and made it a game. We were just glad they were cold at first."


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