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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 29 16 22 23 90 SACRAMENTO 19 21 19 37 96 FINAL


PHOENIX (90) AT SACRAMENTO (96)

PHOENIX REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

CEBALLOS F 26 3-8 1-2 1 3 4 0 5 1 0 8 MCDYESS F 44 5-11 2-2 6 10 16 1 4 4 5 12 ROBINSON C 38 10-17 3-4 1 5 6 3 3 0 6 23 CHAPMAN G 36 6-17 1-2 1 2 3 4 1 3 1 16 KIDD G 40 2-9 5-8 1 5 6 6 3 3 8 9 NASH 21 2-4 1-1 2 0 2 4 1 0 1 5 MANNING 23 6-12 5-6 4 3 7 2 5 0 3 17 BRYANT 11 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 2 0 MCCLOUD 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MILIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMPSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-80 18-25 17 29 46 21 24 11 26 90 (.425) (.720) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 27(32 PTS)

SACRAMENTO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

C WILLIAMSON F 43 10-21 5-7 2 2 4 4 4 0 2 25 OWENS F 25 3-11 0-0 1 3 4 0 4 1 3 6 STEWART C 43 2-7 1-4 9 10 19 4 3 1 1 5 RICHMOND G 45 11-20 9-12 3 2 5 9 4 4 6 35 JOHNSON G 35 3-8 5-6 1 3 4 2 4 1 4 11 POLYNICE 9 0-2 0-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 HURLEY 10 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 T ABDUL-WAHAD 24 4-10 0-4 2 0 2 1 3 3 0 8 DEHERE 6 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 M ABDUL-RAUF DNP - COACH'S DECISION SALVADORI DNP - COACH'S DECISION HENDRICKSON DNP - FLU

TOTALS 240 35-84 20-35 19 21 40 22 24 11 17 96 (.417) (.571) TEAM REBS: 21 TOTAL TO: 17(16 PTS)

PHOENIX 29 16 22 23 - 90 SACRAMENTO 19 21 19 37 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - MCDYESS 3, MANNING 3, CEBALLOS, ROBINSON. SACRAMENTO - STEWART 3, OWENS 2, RICHMOND, DEHERE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 4-15 (.267), CEBALLOS 1-3, CHAPMAN 3-8, KIDD 0-2, NASH 0-1, MCCLOUD 0-1. SACRAMENTO 6-12 (.500), RICHMOND 4-8, JOHNSON 0-1, DEHERE 2-3. TECHNICALS: PHOENIX - BRYANT, SACRAMENTO - HEAD COACH JORDAN. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, SEAN CORBIN, KEVIN FEHR. A - 14,458. T - 2:19.


PHOENIX (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Ceballos 26 3-8 1-2 1-4 0 5 8 Mcdyess 44 5-11 2-2 6-16 1 4 12 Robinson 38 10-17 3-4 1-6 3 3 23 Chapman 36 6-17 1-2 1-3 4 1 16 Kidd 40 2-9 5-8 1-6 6 3 9 Nash 21 2-4 1-1 2-2 4 1 5 Manning 23 6-12 5-6 4-7 2 5 17 Bryant 11 0-1 0-0 1-2 1 2 0 Mccloud 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Milic DNP - coach's decision Thompson DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-80 18-25 17-46 21 24 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.720. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Ceballos 1-3, Chapman 3-8, Kidd 0-2, Nash 0-1, Mccloud 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 8 (Mcdyess 3, Manning 3, Ceballos, Robinson). Turnovers: 27 (Kidd 8, Robinson 6, Mcdyess 5, Manning 3, Bryant 2, Chapman, Nash). Steals: 11 (Mcdyess 4, Chapman 3, Kidd 3, Ceballos).

SACRAMENTO (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Williamson 43 10-21 5-7 2-4 4 4 25 Owens 25 3-11 0-0 1-4 0 4 6 Stewart 43 2-7 1-4 9-19 4 3 5 Richmond 45 11-20 9-12 3-5 9 4 35 Johnson 35 3-8 5-6 1-4 2 4 11 Polynice 9 0-2 0-2 0-1 1 1 0 Hurley 10 0-2 0-0 1-1 1 0 0 T Abdul-wahad 24 4-10 0-4 2-2 1 3 8 Dehere 6 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 6 M Abdul-rauf DNP - coach's decision Salvadori DNP - coach's decision Hendrickson DNP - flu _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-84 20-35 19-40 22 24 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.417, FT-.571. 3-Point Goals: 6-12, .500 (Richmond 4-8, Johnson 0-1, Dehere 2-3). Team rebounds: 21. Blocked shots: 7 (Stewart 3, Owens 2, Richmond, Dehere). Turnovers: 17 (Richmond 6, Johnson 4, Owens 3, C Williamson 2, Polynice, Stewart). Steals: 11 (Richmond 4, T Abdul-wahad 3, Hurley, Johnson, Owens, Stewart). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 29 16 22 23 - 90 Sacramento 19 21 19 37 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Phoenix 1 (Bryant, 5:48 2nd). Sacramento 1 (Head Coach Jordan, 7:28 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,458. T: 2:19. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Sean Corbin, Kevin Fehr.


GAME RECAP

Mitch Richmond scored 14 of his season-high 35 points in the fourth quarter and made a key defensive play down the stretch as the Sacramento Kings rallied for a 96-90 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Richmond converted a three-point play with 4:29 remaining to put the Kings in front, 80-79, their first lead since early in the first quarter. He followed that with a fallaway jumper before Corliss Williamson, who had 17 of his 25 points in the second half, hit a four-footer to cap a 10-1 run.

Richmond, who also handed out nine assists, made his fourth three-pointer with 1:29 to play, building an 89-83 lead. Jason Kidd sank a free throw and Rex Chapman, who scored 16 points, nailed a running jumper to trim the deficit to 89-86 with 44 seconds left.

Rookie Michael Stewart, who grabbed a season-high 19 rebounds, hit a foul shot before Richmond blocked Chapman's three-point attempt and fed rookie Tariq Abdul-Wahad for an easy dunk with 30 seconds to go.

"We certainly picked up the energy and Mitch, 'the rock,' got it going," Kings coach Eddie Jordan said. "He carried us and we played some really good defense down the stretch."

Richmond, who continues to be the subject of trade talks, had been averaging just 15 points on 12-of-41 shooting over the last three games.

"I haven't been shooting the ball that well and I just wanted to concentrate on that a little bit better," Richmond said. "My three's hadn't been working for me so I just wanted to try and get my height and follow through. Tonight they were going in for me."

Cliff Robinson scored 23 points and Danny Manning, who missed the last six games due to injury, added 17 and seven boards for Phoenix, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. Antonio McDyess had 12 points and a season-high 16 rebounds but committed two of the Suns' 27 turnovers in the final 18 seconds.

"Unbelievable. You just wish you knew what frame of mind we came to play with," Suns coach Danny Ainge said. "I certainly don't think it was the great defense that the Kings played. We couldn't catch and we couldn't pass. I have no explanation for that."

After Abdul Wahad's dunk, Chapman came back with a high arcing three-pointer that went off the glass, the rim, the glass again and in, pulling Phoenix within 92-89.

But Williamson hit 1-of-2 from the foul line before McDyess lost the ball out of bounds, stole the ensuing inbounds pass and threw the ball away. Rookie Anthony Johnson sank three free throws in the final 10 seconds to secure the victory for the Kings, who were coming off a 109-67 loss to San Antonio.

"Everyone was down about the San Antonio game, but tonight we picked it up in the second half and got a victory," Williamson said. "Once we got close, we felt like we had a chance to win, especially at home. You kind of feed off the fact that you don't want to lose in your own gym."

The Kings outscored Phoenix 37-23 in the final period, winning their fifth straight at home and for the fifth time in their last six games overall.

Sacramento atoned for a 20-of-35 effort from the foul line by hitting 6-of-12 from three-point range. Phoenix connected on just 4-of-15 from behind the arc.

Phoenix opened the third quarter with a 12-3 run, keyed by Robinson's six points. His tip-in capped the spurt and gave the Suns their biggest lead of the game, 57-43 with 6:25 left.

But Sacramento answered with a 10-2 spurt and Williamson's dunk made it 59-53 with 3:45 to go.

Phoenix committed nine turnovers in the fourth quarter after finishing with a season-low seven in Friday's 100-79 victory over the Spurs. The Suns had won nine of their last 11 games and five-of-six on the road.

"Too many turnovers, that explains it all," said Kidd, who had six assists and eight turnovers. "It was just one of those days. We should have had the game under control, but we let it slip away. This is a game that you look back upon when the season's over and say, shoulda, woulda, coulda."

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