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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      DENVER           23   32   33   26    114  
      PHOENIX          24   32   33   34    123     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   DEN - CARMELO ANTHONY 22, ANDRE MILLER 19, TWO
                      PLAYERS WITH 14
                PHO - SHAWN MARION 30, STEVE NASH 23, JOE 
                      JOHNSON 23

HIGH REBOUND:   DEN - MARCUS CAMBY 9, EDUARDO NAJERA 7, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 6
                PHO - SHAWN MARION 14, QUENTIN RICHARDSON 8, 
                      STEVE HUNTER 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   DEN - EARL BOYKINS 7, ANDRE MILLER 7, MARCUS 
                      CAMBY 3
                PHO - STEVE NASH 12, SHAWN MARION 3, JOE 
                      JOHNSON 3

         ATT:   18,422

Box Score

DENVER (114) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Anthony 32 8-19 6-10 3-6 1 5 22 B Russell 21 3-6 0-0 0-1 0 3 8 M Camby 29 7-11 0-0 4-9 3 2 14 A Miller 35 9-19 1-2 5-6 7 3 19 D Johnson 12 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Nene 15 0-3 4-6 0-3 2 2 4 E Boykins 26 3-11 4-4 0-0 7 1 11 G Buckner 23 4-6 0-0 2-5 2 2 10 E Najera 27 4-8 2-2 2-7 1 4 10 W Person 20 5-6 0-0 0-1 2 0 14 K Martin DNP - CHEST CONTUSION F Elson DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-92 17-24 16-39 25 23 114 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.478, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 9-19, .474 (C Anthony 0-3, B Russell 2-4, D Johnson 0-1, E Boykins 1-4, G Buckner 2-3, W Person 4-4). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:5 (M Camby 3, B Russell, E Najera). Turnovers:13 (C Anthony 3, M Camby 2, E Boykins 2, A Miller 2, E Najera 2, B Russell, G Buckner). Steals: 13 (G Buckner 3, B Russell 2, C Anthony 2, W Person, M Camby, Nene, E Najera, E Boykins, A Miller). PHOENIX (123) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Q Richardson 35 4-10 3-4 2-8 2 4 13 S Marion 42 11-16 5-5 2-14 3 1 30 S Hunter 23 6-7 2-6 3-6 1 3 14 S Nash 37 7-10 8-10 1-1 12 2 23 J Johnson 43 9-16 3-3 1-2 3 2 23 J Voskuhl 21 1-4 2-4 2-3 0 5 4 J Jackson 12 1-5 2-2 2-3 1 1 4 L Barbosa 14 3-8 0-0 0-0 1 1 7 W Mccarty 13 2-4 0-2 0-2 0 1 5 B Outlaw DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Shirley DNP - COACH'S DECISION A Stoudemire DNP - LEFT ANKLE INFLAMMATION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-80 25-36 13-39 23 20 123 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.550, FT-.694. 3-Point Goals: 10-22, .455 (Q Richardson 2-4, S Marion 3-8, S Nash 1-1, J Johnson 2-2, J Jackson 0-2, L Barbosa 1-3, W Mccarty 1-2). Team Rebounds: 15. Blocked Shots:1 (S Hunter). Turnovers:18 (S Nash 6, L Barbosa 3, J Jackson 2, W Mccarty 2, J Johnson 2, J Voskuhl, Q Richardson, S Hunter). Steals: 8 (Q Richardson 3, W Mccarty 2, S Nash, J Johnson, L Barbosa). -------------------------------------------- DENVER 23 32 33 26 - 114 PHOENIX 24 32 33 34 - 123 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Denver - 1 (COACH Karl 2 (ejected), 0:42 4th). Phoenix - 2 (Defensive Three, 3:07 2nd; Defensive Three, 9:33 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,422. T: 2:17. Officials: Joe Derosa, Rodney Mott, Sean Corbin.


Extended Box

DENVER (114) AT PHOENIX (123) DENVER REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === C ANTHONY F 32 8-19 6-10 3 3 6 1 5 2 3 22 B RUSSELL F 21 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 2 1 8 M CAMBY C 29 7-11 0-0 4 5 9 3 2 1 2 14 A MILLER G 35 9-19 1-2 5 1 6 7 3 1 2 19 D JOHNSON G 12 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 NENE 15 0-3 4-6 0 3 3 2 2 1 0 4 E BOYKINS 26 3-11 4-4 0 0 0 7 1 1 2 11 G BUCKNER 23 4-6 0-0 2 3 5 2 2 3 1 10 E NAJERA 27 4-8 2-2 2 5 7 1 4 1 2 10 W PERSON 20 5-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 14 K MARTIN DNP - CHEST CONTUSION F ELSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 44-92 17-24 16 23 39 25 23 13 13 114 (.478) (.708) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13 (25 PTS) PHOENIX REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === Q RICHARDSON F 35 4-10 3-4 2 6 8 2 4 3 1 13 S MARION F 42 11-16 5-5 2 12 14 3 1 0 0 30 S HUNTER C 23 6-7 2-6 3 3 6 1 3 0 1 14 S NASH G 37 7-10 8-10 1 0 1 12 2 1 6 23 J JOHNSON G 43 9-16 3-3 1 1 2 3 2 1 2 23 J VOSKUHL 21 1-4 2-4 2 1 3 0 5 0 1 4 J JACKSON 12 1-5 2-2 2 1 3 1 1 0 2 4 L BARBOSA 14 3-8 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 7 W MCCARTY 13 2-4 0-2 0 2 2 0 1 2 2 5 B OUTLAW DNP - COACH'S DECISION P SHIRLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION A STOUDEMIRE DNP - LEFT ANKLE INFLAMMATION TOTALS 240 44-80 25-36 13 26 39 23 20 8 18 123 (.550) (.694) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 18 (11 PTS) DENVER 23 32 33 26 - 114 PHOENIX 24 32 33 34 - 123 BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - M CAMBY 3, B RUSSELL, E NAJERA. PHOENIX - S HUNTER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 9-19 (.474), C ANTHONY 0-3, B RUSSELL 2- 4, D JOHNSON 0-1, E BOYKINS 1-4, G BUCKNER 2-3, W PERSON 4-4. PHOENIX 10- 22 (.455), Q RICHARDSON 2-4, S MARION 3-8, S NASH 1-1, J JOHNSON 2- 2, J JACKSON 0-2, L BARBOSA 1-3, W MCCARTY 1-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: DENVER - COACH KARL 2 (EJECTED). PHOENIX - DEFENSIVE THREE 2. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, RODNEY MOTT, SEAN CORBIN. A - 18,422. T - 2:17.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Even without Amare Stoudemire, the Phoenix Suns still were able to deliver another message to the Denver Nuggets. Playing without their leading scorer, the Suns relied on their other offensive weapons in an entertaining 123-114 victory over the Nuggets, who had a six-game winning streak snapped. In what may have been a preview of a possible first-round playoff matchup, the Suns improved to 3-0 against the Nuggets, who entered the contest as the NBA's hottest team. Denver has won 14 of its last 16 games, but both losses have come against Phoenix. "Hopefully this kills a bit of their confidence," said Suns center Steven Hunter, who made 6-of-7 shots and scored 14 points in Stoudemire's place. "I was talking to (Andre) Miller after the game and he said he hopes they play us in the first round and my question was, 'Why? We beat you three times and tonight we beat you without one of the best players in the league.' I didn't get an answer." Stoudemire, the Suns' All-Star center, sat out with a left ankle injury, but backcourt tandem of Steve Nash and Joe Johnson more than picked up the slack, especially in the fourth quarter. After Earl Boykins' layup with 5:45 remaining gave the Nuggets their biggest lead at 107-102, Johnson and Nash combined for the first 13 points in an 18-3 run as the Suns took over down the stretch, looking very much like a team fighting for the NBA's best record. Johnson drilled a jumper and 3-pointer 40 seconds apart, tying the game at 107-107 with 4:50 left. After Carmelo Anthony's layup put Denver in front, Nash hit a jumper and Johnson converted a three-point play with 3:43 to go, giving Phoenix the lead for good. "I feel real confident with the ball in my hand and wanted to be aggressive," said Johnson, who made 9-of-16 shots. "I was really taking it upon myself. They backed down and gave me my shot and taking it when I was there." "We had the game, then Joe Johnson was like the quiet assassin out there," Anthony said. "He had like nine straight points and put his team on his back tonight." Shawn Marion had 30 points and 14 rebounds and Nash and Johnson each scored 23 points for the Suns (53-17), who moved one game ahead of San Antonio for the Western Conference's best record and one-half game in front of Miami for the league's top mark. "It was a little different out there without Amare," said Marion, who went 11-of-16 from the floor. "Everybody had to step up a notch and we did that. Most of the stuff that he (Amare) gets I was getting tonight, like transition. Tonight I got the chance to run the floor and took advantage of it." Anthony scored 22 points to pace seven players in double figures for Denver, which fell to 22-6 under coach George Karl, who was ejected with 42 seconds remaining after picking up a pair of technical fouls. "We didn't lose the game because of refereeing, we got beat by a team that is playing really well," Karl said. "The consistency is frustrating. We got hit on our arms a lot. I snapped at the end because of the touch foul on Nash ended the game rather then letting the game end itself." "We squandered some points in the first half, we had some mental breakdowns," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said. "In the fourth quarter we just beat them up. This is what it's going to take; our attitude and just be tougher." Denver (38-31), which would meet Phoenix in the first round of the playoffs if the season ended Monday, is two games ahead of Minnesota for the Western Conference's final postseason berth. "Whoever we play, we play," D'Antoni said. "I could make a case of every team we want (to play) and every team we don't want. It's just about the Suns. If we play well, that is all we have to worry about." Wesley Person scored 14 points to lead a strong bench effort for the Nuggets, who played without starting forward Kenyon Martin (chest). Denver's bench outscored Phoenix's reserves, 49-20. Quentin Richardson added 14 points for Phoenix, which shot 55 percent (44-of-80) and made 10-of-22 3-pointers. Denver shot 48 percent (44-of-92), including 9-of-19 from the arc.


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