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SAN ANTONIO (79) AT PHOENIX (97)

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

DUNCAN F 33 4-17 9-11 1 5 6 4 4 0 4 17 JACKSON F 43 3-8 4-4 1 3 4 1 3 0 2 13 W PERDUE C 39 8-11 0-0 6 13 19 0 2 1 2 16 JOHNSON G 41 1-6 0-0 0 1 1 6 4 1 6 2 DEL NEGRO G 38 6-13 0-0 1 3 4 4 1 0 2 12 GEARY 7 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 HERRERA 24 5-9 2-4 0 0 0 1 4 2 6 12 M WILLIAMS 15 2-4 2-2 1 4 5 1 1 0 1 7 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROBINSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-68 17-21 10 29 39 17 20 4 24 79 (.426) (.810) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 24(22 PTS)

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

BRYANT F 17 5-6 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 10 MCDYESS F 32 6-13 2-2 2 5 7 1 4 0 4 14 ROBINSON C 36 6-12 2-2 1 3 4 1 3 5 1 15 KIDD G 37 4-10 2-2 1 8 9 11 1 1 1 10 CHAPMAN G 37 6-12 1-1 0 1 1 6 1 2 2 14 WILLIAMS 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 MANNING 29 8-13 1-4 0 6 6 6 1 1 1 17 JOHNSON 24 4-8 1-2 2 3 5 6 0 1 1 9 MCCLOUD 8 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 1 1 0 SCOTT 16 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 1 6 MILIC 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NASH DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-80 9-13 7 30 37 33 14 12 13 97 (.525) (.692) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 13(15 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 29 17 23 10 - 79 PHOENIX 22 24 22 29 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN, W PERDUE. PHOENIX - MCDYESS 2, ROBINSON, MANNING. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 4-7 (.571), JACKSON 3-5, JOHNSON 0-1, M WILLIAMS 1-1. PHOENIX 4-12 (.333), ROBINSON 1-3, KIDD 0-2, CHAPMAN 1-3, SCOTT 2-4. TECHNICALS: SAN ANTONIO - W PERDUE. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, NOLAN FINE, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 19,023. T - 1:59.


SAN ANTONIO (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 33 4-17 9-11 1-6 4 4 17 Jackson 43 3-8 4-4 1-4 1 3 13 W Perdue 39 8-11 0-0 6-19 0 2 16 Johnson 41 1-6 0-0 0-1 6 4 2 Del Negro 38 6-13 0-0 1-4 4 1 12 Geary 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Herrera 24 5-9 2-4 0-0 1 4 12 M Williams 15 2-4 2-2 1-5 1 1 7 Alexander DNP - coach's decision Robinson DNP - coach's decision Rose DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-68 17-21 10-39 17 20 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.426, FT-.810. 3-Point Goals: 4-7, .571 (Jackson 3-5, Johnson 0-1, M Williams 1-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 2 (Duncan, W Perdue). Turnovers: 24 (Herrera 6, Johnson 6, Duncan 4, Del Negro 2, Jackson 2, W Perdue 2, Geary, M Williams). Steals: 4 (Herrera 2, Johnson, W Perdue).

PHOENIX (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bryant 17 5-6 0-0 1-1 0 2 10 Mcdyess 32 6-13 2-2 2-7 1 4 14 Robinson 36 6-12 2-2 1-4 1 3 15 Kidd 37 4-10 2-2 1-9 11 1 10 Chapman 37 6-12 1-1 0-1 6 1 14 Williams 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Manning 29 8-13 1-4 0-6 6 1 17 Johnson 24 4-8 1-2 2-5 6 0 9 Mccloud 8 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 Scott 16 2-4 0-0 0-2 2 1 6 Milic 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Nash DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-80 9-13 7-37 33 14 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.525, FT-.692. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Robinson 1-3, Kidd 0-2, Chapman 1-3, Scott 2-4). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 4 (Mcdyess 2, Robinson, Manning). Turnovers: 13 (Mcdyess 4, Chapman 2, Bryant, Johnson, Kidd, Manning, Mccloud, Robinson, Scott). Steals: 12 (Robinson 5, Chapman 2, Bryant, Johnson, Kidd, Manning, Mccloud). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 29 17 23 10 - 79 Phoenix 22 24 22 29 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: San Antonio 1 (W Perdue, 7:41 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,023. T: 1:59. Officials: Hue Hollins, Nolan Fine, Derek Richardson.


GAME RECAP

Danny Manning scored nine of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, during which the Phoenix Suns shut down the San Antonio Spurs en route to their season-high fifth straight win, 97-79.

Cliff Robinson scored six of his 15 points in a game-ending 17-2 burst by Phoenix, which made 11-of-15 shots in the final period while holding the Spurs to just three baskets in 12 attempts.

"We struggled defensively in the first half, but in the second half our defense did a really good job," said Suns coach Danny Ainge, who saw six of his players score in double figures. "We got a lot of contributions out of a lot of good guys tonight. It was a great team effort."

Spurs rookie All-Star Tim Duncan scored 17 points but was limited to 4-of-17 shooting and six rebounds. He had been averaging 28.8 points and 12.5 boards in the previous six contests for San Antonio, which has dropped four of its last six games.

"The Suns really took me out of my game and I wasn't able to contribute to my team," Duncan said. "I think down the stretch, I had a few chances and I really blew it. All in all, we had too many mistakes out there."

The Suns still trail the first-place Seattle SuperSonics by 3 1/2 games in the Pacific Division, but have moved a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers for third place overall in the Western Conference. The SuperSonics beat the Denver Nuggets tonight and the Lakers lost to the Orlando Magic earlier today.

Will Perdue had 14 points and a season-high 19 rebounds for the Spurs, who sit behind the Lakers for fifth place in the West. He started at center in place of David Robinson, who missed his fourth straight game due to an inflamed right knee. The All-Star center is also expected to miss Tuesday's contest against the Minnesota Timberwolves before being re-evaluated on Wednesday.

The Suns' Jason Kidd came up one rebound shy of a triple-double, finishing with 10 points and 11 assists. Rex Chapman and Antonio McDyess contributed 14 points apiece for Phoenix, which forced 24 turnovers and had 20 fast-break points to the Spurs' two.

"When we win it's always because of our defense," Kidd said. "We can score against anybody and when we're shooting bad, we know we can make the stops and tonight was a perfect case. In the second half, we stopped them and converted when they missed shots."

Monty Williams buried a double-pumping, high-arching bomb from behind halfcourt as the third period ended to give San Antonio a 69-68 edge. Teammate Carl Herrera opened the fourth quarter with a basket, but it was all Phoenix from there.

The Suns reeled off 10 straight points, sparked by a pair of buckets by Manning. Chapman capped that spurt when he drained a three-pointer and was fouled, hitting the free throw for a four-point play and a 78-71 lead with 7:40 to play.

A hook shot by Duncan trimmed the deficit to 80-77 less than three minutes later before Phoenix started its decisive run. After two free throws by Kidd, Cliff Robinson stripped Avery Johnson for one of his five steals and converted a fast-break layup for an 84-77 edge.

"Well, it was a helluva game until four or five minutes to go," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "They just exploded on us. ... I did think to some degree we ran out of gas. I think it was obvious Timmy (Duncan) ran out of gas."

Herrera's jumper made it 85-79 with 3:17 remaining and provided San Antonio with its final points. Dennis Scott, who the Suns acquired from Dallas earlier this week, drained a pair of three-pointers around jumpers by Manning and Robinson as Phoenix sealed its 10th victory in 12 games.

"Our team is doing very well and I think a lot of that has to do with spacing," Manning explained. "When we have good spacing out on the floor, we have very good perimeter shooters and we're able to balance out. Dennis came in here big and knocked down some big shots."

Johnson made just 1-of-6 shots for two points while committing six turnovers. Jaren Jackson scored 13 points and Herrera and Vinny Del Negro chipped in 12 apiece for the Spurs, who shot 43 percent from the floor (29-of-68).

Mark Bryant tied a season high with 10 points for Phoenix, which connected on 52.5 percent (42-for-80) of its shots from the field and has beaten the Spurs in all three meetings this season.

San Antonio led for much of the first half and grabbed a 31-22 advantage early in the second quarter on a pair of free throws by Duncan. But the Suns chipped away as Robinson hit a three-pointer and Kevin Johnson had a basket to tie the game, 44-44, with 1:56 left in the period. The game remained tied at halftime, 46-46.

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