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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 19 27 20 19 85 PHOENIX 19 33 19 18 89 FINAL


WASHINGTON (85) AT PHOENIX (89)

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

WEBBER F 45 8-24 1-3 1 6 7 6 4 2 2 17 HOWARD F 39 8-15 6-8 2 2 4 2 3 2 3 22 DAVIS C 13 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 0 STRICKLAND G 43 3-13 2-2 2 5 7 13 1 2 0 8 CHEANEY G 39 6-15 1-3 2 2 4 3 5 4 2 13 T MURRAY 31 7-17 0-0 1 5 6 0 0 1 1 19 WALLACE 12 3-3 0-3 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 6 WHITNEY 7 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 GRANT 5 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 EACKLES 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 HAM DNP - COACH'S DECISION SHAMMGOD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-89 10-19 12 24 36 24 17 11 9 85 (.393) (.526) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 9(6 PTS)

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

MANNING F 27 7-12 4-5 0 7 7 0 4 0 3 18 MCDYESS F 27 6-9 2-2 1 4 5 1 5 1 1 14 WILLIAMS C 24 1-1 0-0 3 7 10 0 1 0 0 2 KIDD G 37 5-14 2-2 0 8 8 5 1 1 2 13 NASH G 24 3-8 1-1 1 0 1 2 1 0 6 8 ROBINSON 34 5-10 0-0 3 8 11 4 3 1 4 11 JOHNSON 35 8-13 1-2 2 5 7 13 0 0 4 17 SCOTT 32 2-9 0-0 1 0 1 2 2 0 0 6 BRYANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION CHAPMAN DNP - GROIN INJURY MCCLOUD DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-76 10-12 11 39 50 27 17 3 20 89 (.487) (.833) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 22(16 PTS)

WASHINGTON 19 27 20 19 - 85 PHOENIX 19 33 19 18 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - WEBBER. PHOENIX - ROBINSON 2, MCDYESS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 5-16 (.313), WEBBER 0-1, STRICKLAND 0-1, CHEANEY 0-3, T MURRAY 5-10, WHITNEY 0-1. PHOENIX 5-15 (.333), KIDD 1-4, NASH 1-4, ROBINSON 1-2, SCOTT 2-5. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - HOWARD, . OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, JOE DEROSA, DEE KANTNER. A - 19,023. T - 2:07.


WASHINGTON (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Webber 45 8-24 1-3 1-7 6 4 17 Howard 39 8-15 6-8 2-4 2 3 22 Davis 13 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 2 0 Strickland 43 3-13 2-2 2-7 13 1 8 Cheaney 39 6-15 1-3 2-4 3 5 13 T Murray 31 7-17 0-0 1-6 0 0 19 Wallace 12 3-3 0-3 2-3 0 0 6 Whitney 7 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Grant 5 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Eackles 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Ham DNP - coach's decision Shammgod DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-89 10-19 12-36 24 17 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.393, FT-.526. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Webber 0-1, Strickland 0-1, Cheaney 0-3, T Murray 5-10, Whitney 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 1 (Webber). Turnovers: 9 (Howard 3, Cheaney 2, Webber 2, Davis, T Murray). Steals: 11 (Cheaney 4, Howard 2, Strickland 2, Webber 2, T Murray).

PHOENIX (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Manning 27 7-12 4-5 0-7 0 4 18 Mcdyess 27 6-9 2-2 1-5 1 5 14 Williams 24 1-1 0-0 3-10 0 1 2 Kidd 37 5-14 2-2 0-8 5 1 13 Nash 24 3-8 1-1 1-1 2 1 8 Robinson 34 5-10 0-0 3-11 4 3 11 Johnson 35 8-13 1-2 2-7 13 0 17 Scott 32 2-9 0-0 1-1 2 2 6 Bryant DNP - coach's decision Chapman DNP - groin injury Mccloud DNP - coach's decision Milic DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-76 10-12 11-50 27 17 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.487, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Kidd 1-4, Nash 1-4, Robinson 1-2, Scott 2-5). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Robinson 2, Mcdyess). Turnovers: 22 (Nash 6, Johnson 4, Robinson 4, Manning 3, Kidd 2, Mcdyess). Steals: 3 (Kidd, Mcdyess, Robinson). ____________________________________________ Washington 19 27 20 19 - 85 Phoenix 19 33 19 18 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 2 (Howard, 11:13 3rd; , 5:07 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Phoenix 1 (Robinson, 11:13 3rd). A: 19,023. T: 2:07. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Joe Derosa, Dee Kantner.


GAME RECAP

Cliff Robinson hit the go-ahead basket with 11 seconds to play as the Phoenix Suns snapped a three-game losing streak and posted their 10th consecutive home victory over the Washington Wizards, 89-85.

Danny Manning scored 18 points while Kevin Johnson collected 17, a season-high 13 assists and seven rebounds for Phoenix, which has not lost at home to Washington since February 27th, 1988.

Johnson buried a 17-foot, pull-up jumper that gave Phoenix an 85-83 edge with 48 seconds to play. But Juwan Howard, who scored 22 points, tipped in a miss by Chris Webber to knot the score just 16 seconds later.

Jason Kidd drove the lane for the Suns before passing off to Robinson, who sank a short hook shot over Howard to put Phoenix in front. Webber was fouled by Hot Rod Williams with 6.7 seconds to go and went to the line with a chance to tie, but missed both attempts after making his only other foul shot of the game.

"Tonight we fought through and we made the shots when we had to," Kidd said. "That's where it counts, coming down the stretch run."

Manning secured the rebound and Kidd sealed the win by hitting two free throws with 3.4 seconds left as the Suns avoided what would have been their season-high fourth straight loss. Robinson had 11 points and 11 boards for Phoenix, which won for just the second time in its last 10 games against teams with winning records.

Webber finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists but was just 8-of-24 from the field for Washington, which has lost 18 of the last 20 games against the Suns. The Wizards, who fell to 2-2 on their five-game road trip, are tied with Orlando and New Jersey for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

"We had confidence in him (Webber) tonight and if we were to do it again, I'd want Web to do it again," Wizards forward Tracy Murray said.

Steve Nash drained a three-pointer to give the Suns a 71-66 lead after three quarters. Manning opened the final period with a layup and Johnson followed with back-to-back baskets to build the lead to double digits.

Phoenix hit three of its first five shots of the fourth, but missed its next 10 attempts as Washington reeled off 12 straight points to take the lead. Murray, who had 19 points, buried three of his five three-pointers during that spurt, the last of which gave the Wizards a 78-77 edge with 5:22 to play.

"We started making some tough shots, especially Tracy hitting the threes," Howard said. "It came down to foul shots, and that's part of the game when someone misses."

"I had missed three shots before, so they probably figured I was cold," Murray said. "I just wandered into some nice spots and the guys found me."

The game was back-and-forth from there until Robinson's basket lifted Phoenix to its sixth win in its last seven home games.

Robinson was actually a bit lucky to still be in the game at that point after getting called for a flagrant foul when he elbowed Howard early in the third quarter. A brief altercation ensued but no punches were thrown and the players were pulled apart quickly, but Howard still received the technical.

"It was a tough, emotional game that both teams really wanted to win, especially after the altercation," Robinson said. "What happened was unfortunate, it's not the thing I like to get involved with. It's the first time of anything like that in my NBA career."

Johnson had nine points and five assists in the second period, when Phoenix made 14-of-18 (78 percent) shots from the field to open a 52-46 halftime lead.

"We needed someone to step it up for us, and KJ (Johnson) came off the bench and did it for us. We've been waiting for that all season," Kidd said. "When you have a future Hall-of-Famer in KJ, you have to believe in him. He kept everybody composed and took charge, and that's what we've been lacking."

With the Wizards trailing 57-51 early in the third quarter, Rod Strickland fed Webber for a layup to spark a 9-0 spurt. Calbert Cheaney followed with a free throw and, after Howard buried two straight jumpers, hit a tip-in with 6:38 left for a 60-57 lead.

But the Suns scored the next seven points to retake the lead. Manning capped that run with a three-point play, giving Phoenix a 64-60 edge with 3 1/2 minutes remaining in the third.

Kidd registered 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists while Antonio McDyess chipped in 14 points for the Suns, who had 18 fast-break points to Washington's two.

Strickland handed out 13 assists and grabbed seven rebounds but was held to eight points on 3-of-13 shooting. Cheaney added 13 points as Washington shot 39 percent (35-of-89) from the field. Murray was 5-for-10 from behind the arc but the rest of the Wizards went 0-for-6.

"We had some nice looks, but they just didn't go down," Wizards coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "I thought our execution was good, but things didn't happen. It was a helluva basketball game."

The Suns hit 49 percent (37-of-76) from the floor and owned a 50-36 edge on the boards to atone for their 22 turnovers. Phoenix made 10-of-12 from the foul line while Washington hit just 10-of-19.

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