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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 34 22 24 23 103 SACRAMENTO 21 20 28 28 97 FINAL


Box Score

PHOENIX (103) AT SACRAMENTO (97)

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

MANNING F 8 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 MCDYESS F 19 5-5 0-0 0 3 3 0 5 0 1 10 ROBINSON C 38 12-24 8-11 1 9 10 1 1 2 2 33 CHAPMAN G 37 7-12 2-2 0 3 3 5 3 0 0 21 KIDD G 40 6-14 5-5 0 4 4 9 1 2 4 18 SCOTT 23 2-7 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 0 4 JOHNSON 22 1-5 0-0 1 3 4 5 0 2 0 2 BRYANT 24 0-0 6-6 2 3 5 1 2 0 2 6 MCCLOUD 16 3-6 0-0 1 4 5 1 0 0 2 6 NASH 5 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 WILLIAMS 8 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 0 0 0 MILIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-77 22-26 6 34 40 25 17 6 11 103 (.481) (.846) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 12(15 PTS)

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

C WILLIAMSON F 40 13-24 1-2 2 3 5 3 6 1 4 27 OWENS F 17 1-5 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 1 0 3 THORPE C 12 3-5 1-1 1 5 6 2 3 0 3 7 DEHERE G 16 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 2 JOHNSON G 42 7-16 0-0 2 3 5 5 1 2 0 16 T ABDUL-WAHAD 23 2-6 1-2 0 2 2 2 0 2 1 6 STEWART 22 4-6 3-6 3 6 9 1 1 0 1 11 FUNDERBURKE 20 3-5 2-2 2 4 6 1 1 0 1 8 ROBINSON 24 3-9 0-0 0 3 3 6 3 1 1 8 HENDRICKSON 24 3-5 3-4 0 4 4 1 4 0 0 9 POLYNICE DNP - COACH'S DECISION RICHMOND DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 40-85 11-17 11 33 44 24 22 7 12 97 (.471) (.647) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13(15 PTS)

PHOENIX 34 22 24 23 - 103 SACRAMENTO 21 20 28 28 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - ROBINSON 2, WILLIAMS 2, CHAPMAN, BRYANT, MCCLOUD, MCDYESS. SACRAMENTO - THORPE, T ABDUL-WAHAD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 7-15 (.467), ROBINSON 1-2, CHAPMAN 5-8, KIDD 1-4, JOHNSON 0-1. SACRAMENTO 6-14 (.429), OWENS 1-1, JOHNSON 2-5, T ABDUL-WAHAD 1-1, ROBINSON 2-7. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, MARK WUNDERLICH, JIM CAPERS. A - 13,950. T - 2:03.


Agate Box Score

PHOENIX (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Manning 8 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 0 2 Mcdyess 19 5-5 0-0 0-3 0 5 10 Robinson 38 12-24 8-11 1-10 1 1 33 Chapman 37 7-12 2-2 0-3 5 3 21 Kidd 40 6-14 5-5 0-4 9 1 18 Scott 23 2-7 0-0 0-2 1 3 4 Johnson 22 1-5 0-0 1-4 5 0 2 Bryant 24 0-0 6-6 2-5 1 2 6 Mccloud 16 3-6 0-0 1-5 1 0 6 Nash 5 0-1 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 Williams 8 0-1 0-0 1-3 1 1 0 Milic DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-77 22-26 6-40 25 17 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.846. 3-Point Goals: 7-15, .467 (Robinson 1-2, Chapman 5-8, Kidd 1-4, Johnson 0-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 8 (Robinson 2, Williams 2, Chapman, Bryant, Mccloud, Mcdyess). Turnovers: 12 (Kidd 4, Bryant 2, Mccloud 2, Robinson 2, Mcdyess). Steals: 6 (Johnson 2, Kidd 2, Robinson 2).

SACRAMENTO (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Williamson 40 13-24 1-2 2-5 3 6 27 Owens 17 1-5 0-0 1-3 1 2 3 Thorpe 12 3-5 1-1 1-6 2 3 7 Dehere 16 1-4 0-0 0-1 2 1 2 Johnson 42 7-16 0-0 2-5 5 1 16 T Abdul-wahad 23 2-6 1-2 0-2 2 0 6 Stewart 22 4-6 3-6 3-9 1 1 11 Funderburke 20 3-5 2-2 2-6 1 1 8 Robinson 24 3-9 0-0 0-3 6 3 8 Hendrickson 24 3-5 3-4 0-4 1 4 9 Polynice DNP - coach's decision Richmond DNP - sore right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-85 11-17 11-44 24 22 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.471, FT-.647. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Owens 1-1, Johnson 2-5, T Abdul-wahad 1-1, Robinson 2-7). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Thorpe, T Abdul-wahad). Turnovers: 13 (C Williamson 4, Thorpe 3, Dehere, Funderburke, Robinson, Stewart, T Abdul-wahad). Steals: 7 (Johnson 2, T Abdul-wahad 2, C Williamson, Owens, Robinson). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 34 22 24 23 - 103 Sacramento 21 20 28 28 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,950. T: 2:03. Officials: Ed F Rush, Mark Wunderlich, Jim Capers.


Game Recap

Cliff Robinson scored 33 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Phoenix Suns moved closer to gaining homecourt advantage for the first round of the playoffs with their season-high sixth straight victory, 103-97 over the Sacramento Kings.

The win may prove to be a costly one for the Suns. Starting forward Danny Manning left in the first quarter with a suspected tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. An MRI on Wednesday will determine the extent of the injury.

"Mentally I'm fine but physically I'm not so good," said Manning, who blew out the same knee as a rookie with the Los Angeles Clippers in 1989. "It all happended so fast. My personal opinion is that I've blown it out again. I'm expecting the worst and hoping for the best.

Rex Chapman added 21 points and Jason Kidd scored 12 of his 18 in the second half while dishing out nine assists for the Suns, who trail fourth-place San Antonio by one game in the Western Conference. Phoenix's winning streak is its longest since taking 11 in a row from March 20th-April 10th, 1997.

"Seems like everybody has got a little different version of what happened," Manning continued. "Cliff had the ball and I tried to cut past Billy Owens for a layup. The pass came and that's all I remember. Then I was laying on the ground. I've been here before, I know what it takes to get back."

Corliss Williamson led Sacramento with 27 points before fouling out and Anthony Johnson scored 16. Michael Stewart had 11 points and nine rebounds, one game after missing his first game of the season due to a coach's decision. The Kings have dropped 14 of their last 15 games and eight of nine at home.

Sacramento All-Star guard and leading scorer Mitch Richmond missed his second game with a sore right knee.

The Kings trailed by as many as 22 points but pulled within two points late in the fourth quarter due to their bench. After Phoenix went ahead, 87-77, on two free throws by Robinson with 8:34 left, Sacramento went on an 11-4 run, capped by Mark Hendrickson's jumper with 4:45 to go.

"I looked at my players' faces, and I don't know whether it was Danny's incident, but I didn't recognize that team out there," Phoenix head coach Danny Ainge said. "Sacramento played with a lot of energy. The game is easy to play when you have no consequences to your actions. Our guys let up and those guys kept on playing. But we still managed to win. "

Robinson hit 1-of-2 free throws 16 seconds later and sank another with 3:40 to go as Williamson fouled out, boosting the Suns' lead to 93-88.

"That hurt because he (Williamson) was our go-to man and when he fouled out that was a big blow to us," Johnson said. "It may have been the difference. Early on, we played bad and we had to catch up but the young guys played with a lot of energy and enthusiasm and the crowd got behind us."

Chris Robinson nailed a three-pointer with 3:22 remaining to pull the Kings within 93-91 but Kidd made a sank two free throws with 2:18 left and Sacramento failed to convert on its next two possessions.

Kidd made a layup with 66 seconds remaining, pushing Phoenix's lead to six points before Johnson cut the deficit back to three with a three-pointer with 58 seconds left. Eight seconds later Cliff Robinson dunked and Chris Robinson threw the ball away.

"We (the bench players) knew that we had to come in and provide some sort of spark because they (the Suns) were just taking over the game offensively," said Chris Robinson, who finished with eight points and six assists. "I think we caught them off-guard a little bit. Once they had built their big lead they seemed to take a little pressure off and that's when we came back."

Cliff Robinson made a pair of free throws with 23.3 seconds left before Sacramento's Tariq Abdul-Wahad hit a three-pointer to close his team within 101-97 with 14.8 seconds to go. However, Chapman's two free throws sealed the Suns' seventh win in eight meetings with Sacramento. Phoenix took 3-of-4 from the Kings this season, winning the season-series for the 10th time in 11 years.

"We jumped on Sacramento, but in this day and age winning on the road is the hardest thing to do in this league," Kidd said. "Anytime you don't have anything to lose, you play a lot better and more relaxed. And those are the times when the elite teams get beat."

Sacramento took its only lead at 9-8 on Williamson's 15-foot jumper with 8:20 left in the first quarter. But Phoenix went on a 24-5 run as Cliff Robinson and Chapman each had nine points apiece.

The Suns opened the third with a 13-6 spurt to take their largest lead, 69-47, with 7:53 left as Chapman hit consecutive three-pointers. But Sacramento rallied, closing the quarter with a 20-9 burst to pull within 80-69 after three quarters.

"I saw a lot of character from our team with the way they came out in the second half," Kings coach Eddie Jordan said. "We talked at halftime about showing a defensive posture, meaning we didn't want to see guys standing around. We wanted to put some pressure on them. We wanted activity and energy and that's what we saw. Certainly coming back is exciting and it's fun to watch. We even had a couple of chances to get ahead but things just didn't work out."

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