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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      PHOENIX          31   26   36   25    118  
      ORLANDO          31   30   24   31    116     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   PHO - SHAWN MARION 27, JOE JOHNSON 26, STEVE 
                      NASH 23
                ORL - GRANT HILL 26, DESHAWN STEVENSON 22, 
                      JAMEER NELSON 19

HIGH REBOUND:   PHO - SHAWN MARION 14, AMARE STOUDEMIRE 7, 
                      JIMMY JACKSON 5
                ORL - DWIGHT HOWARD 10, GRANT HILL 8, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   PHO - STEVE NASH 12, JIMMY JACKSON 4, JOE 
                      JOHNSON 4
                ORL - STEVE FRANCIS 9, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   17,283

Box Score

PHOENIX (118) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Q Richardson 19 2-5 0-0 0-0 0 4 4 S Marion 36 11-18 2-2 3-14 0 5 27 A Stoudemire 38 3-7 8-13 0-7 1 6 14 J Johnson 45 10-17 2-3 3-4 4 3 26 S Nash 36 7-13 8-8 2-4 12 2 23 J Jackson 25 4-10 2-2 1-5 4 3 11 L Barbosa 17 4-7 2-2 1-1 3 2 11 S Hunter 11 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 W Mccarty 13 0-1 0-0 0-2 1 2 0 B Outlaw DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Voskuhl DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Shirley DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-79 24-30 10-38 25 29 118 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.532, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 10-27, .370 (Q Richardson 0-3, S Marion 3-6, J Johnson 4-5, S Nash 1-2, J Jackson 1-7, L Barbosa 1-3, W Mccarty 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:1 (A Stoudemire). Turnovers:20 (A Stoudemire 5, Q Richardson 4, S Nash 3, J Jackson 2, J Johnson 2, W Mccarty 2, S Marion, L Barbosa). Steals: 10 (S Nash 4, Q Richardson 2, J Johnson 2, S Marion, A Stoudemire). ORLANDO (116) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp G Hill 43 11-19 4-5 4-8 2 2 26 D Howard 37 5-8 2-2 3-10 1 4 12 K Cato 29 2-5 2-2 0-6 0 5 6 D Stevenson 34 9-16 3-4 0-1 2 2 22 S Francis 41 5-17 7-9 4-6 9 4 17 J Nelson 26 7-17 3-4 1-3 2 2 19 S Augmon 17 4-7 5-6 5-6 0 1 13 M Jones 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 M Kasun 6 0-0 1-4 1-2 0 0 1 T Battie 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 P Garrity 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 B Hunter DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-89 27-36 18-43 17 23 116 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.483, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (G Hill 0-1, D Stevenson 1-1, S Francis 0-2, J Nelson 2-6). Team Rebounds: 13. Blocked Shots:1 (D Howard). Turnovers:17 (S Francis 6, G Hill 4, D Howard 2, K Cato, M Jones, D Stevenson, J Nelson, M Kasun). Steals: 8 (S Francis 3, J Nelson 3, G Hill, D Howard). -------------------------------------------- PHOENIX 31 26 36 25 - 118 ORLANDO 31 30 24 31 - 116 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Phoenix - 1 (A Stoudemire, 3:28 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,283. T: 2:16. Officials: Joe Forte, Luis Grillo, Scott Wall.


Extended Box

PHOENIX (118) AT ORLANDO (116) PHOENIX REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === Q RICHARDSON F 19 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 2 4 4 S MARION F 36 11-18 2-2 3 11 14 0 5 1 1 27 A STOUDEMIRE C 38 3-7 8-13 0 7 7 1 6 1 5 14 J JOHNSON G 45 10-17 2-3 3 1 4 4 3 2 2 26 S NASH G 36 7-13 8-8 2 2 4 12 2 4 3 23 J JACKSON 25 4-10 2-2 1 4 5 4 3 0 2 11 L BARBOSA 17 4-7 2-2 1 0 1 3 2 0 1 11 S HUNTER 11 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 W MCCARTY 13 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 2 0 B OUTLAW DNP - COACH'S DECISION J VOSKUHL DNP - COACH'S DECISION P SHIRLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 42-79 24-30 10 28 38 25 29 10 20 118 (.532) (.800) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 21 (34 PTS) ORLANDO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === G HILL F 43 11-19 4-5 4 4 8 2 2 1 4 26 D HOWARD F 37 5-8 2-2 3 7 10 1 4 1 2 12 K CATO C 29 2-5 2-2 0 6 6 0 5 0 1 6 D STEVENSON G 34 9-16 3-4 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 22 S FRANCIS G 41 5-17 7-9 4 2 6 9 4 3 6 17 J NELSON 26 7-17 3-4 1 2 3 2 2 3 1 19 S AUGMON 17 4-7 5-6 5 1 6 0 1 0 0 13 M JONES 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 M KASUN 6 0-0 1-4 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 T BATTIE 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 P GARRITY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 B HUNTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 43-89 27-36 18 25 43 17 23 8 17 116 (.483) (.750) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 17 (26 PTS) PHOENIX 31 26 36 25 - 118 ORLANDO 31 30 24 31 - 116 BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - A STOUDEMIRE. ORLANDO - D HOWARD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 10-27 (.370), Q RICHARDSON 0-3, S MARION 3- 6, J JOHNSON 4-5, S NASH 1-2, J JACKSON 1-7, L BARBOSA 1-3, W MCCARTY 0- 1. ORLANDO 3-10 (.300), G HILL 0-1, D STEVENSON 1-1, S FRANCIS 0-2, J NELSON 2-6. TECHNICAL FOULS: PHOENIX - A STOUDEMIRE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, LUIS GRILLO, SCOTT WALL. A - 17,283. T - 2:16.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns displayed the sense of urgency that the Orlando Magic needed. Nash had 23 points and 12 assists and directed the offense down the stretch as the Suns held on for a 118-116 victory over the Magic, whose playoff hopes took another serious hit. Shawn Marion had 27 points and 14 rebounds and Joe Johnson scored 26 points for the Suns (52-17), who bounced back from Friday's loss at Miami and moved percentage points ahead of the Heat for the NBA's best record. "These are games you would like to have to give yourself a chance to get the best record," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said. "From that standpoint, we were looking at it as though we needed to win this one." As has been the case all season, they were led by Nash, the All-Star point guard who makes all the right decisions. He helped Phoenix build an 11-point advantage midway through the fourth quarter, then nursed it to the final buzzer. "We really didn't show up at all in the first half," Nash said. "We really challenged ourselves at halftime to try and close the trip out right. I thought we saw a big change in our attitude in the second half." Nash scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, including two free throws for a 112-104 lead with 4:28 left. His penetration and pass set up Jim Jackson for a lane jumper that made it 116-111 with 1:05 to go. "I've been asked questions referring to him (Nash) as MVP," Magic interim coach Chris Jent said. "That's what MVPs do; they carry their teams. That's the mark of a great player." After a free throw by Orlando's DeShawn Stevenson, Nash made a 15-footer with 42 seconds left. That was just enough for Phoenix, which committed two turnovers and watched rookie Jameer Nelson's potential game-winning 3-pointer bounce away at the horn. "We kept fighting," said Nelson, who scored 19 points off the bench. "We closed the gap to two, got a chance and got a good look. Next time, I'm going to knock it down." Despite just 14 points from foul-plagued All-Star Amare Stoudemire, the Suns shot 53 percent (42-of-79) from the field and improved to a league-best 29-8 on the road. "We came out with a little more intensity (in the second half)," said Stoudemire, who took just seven shots. "This was the last game of a road trip and that's usually the hardest game to win. After the tough game last night against Miami, we had to focus in." Not even the return of star guard Steve Francis could boost the Magic. Coming off a three-game league suspension for kicking a cameraman, Francis had 17 points and nine assists but made just 5-of-17 shots and committed six turnovers. "We were in it until the last shot," Francis said. "For me, it was good to be out there for the first time in over a week. It was tough. I wasn't able to hit shots." Grant Hill scored 26 points and Stevenson added 22 for the Magic (32-37), who battled but lost for the 10th time in 11 games. They fell three games in the loss column behind Philadelphia in the race for the Eastern Conference's final playoff berth. "Despite our loss, I thought we still played hard," Francis said. "If we can play hard like that the last 14 games ... someone's going to give us a break."


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