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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 39 31 35 24 129 VANCOUVER 18 30 35 23 106 FINAL


Box Score

PHOENIX (129) AT VANCOUVER (106)

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

MCCLOUD F 38 11-15 0-0 1 7 8 6 4 2 1 25 ROBINSON F 25 6-9 4-4 1 1 2 3 3 0 1 16 MCDYESS C 34 10-15 3-5 2 5 7 3 4 1 2 23 CHAPMAN G 32 8-11 1-2 0 0 0 6 1 1 4 21 KIDD G 26 1-2 5-7 0 4 4 9 0 2 2 7 JOHNSON 13 2-2 0-0 0 2 2 4 1 0 1 4 WILLIAMS 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 SCOTT 26 7-11 0-0 0 5 5 4 1 1 1 15 NASH 22 4-8 0-0 0 3 3 4 0 3 1 11 MILIC 10 1-3 2-2 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 4 LLAMAS 8 1-4 1-2 0 2 2 0 3 1 3 3 BRYANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 51-80 16-22 4 30 34 42 18 11 16 129 (.638) (.727) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 16(22 PTS)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 34 7-18 1-1 4 2 6 2 1 0 2 15 SMITH F 14 2-3 2-2 0 0 0 1 1 2 2 6 MASSENBURG C 33 3-7 6-8 1 11 12 2 3 2 3 12 B EDWARDS G 24 4-10 2-2 2 1 3 4 3 2 1 12 MAYBERRY G 35 4-9 0-0 1 0 1 8 4 2 2 9 DANIELS 34 10-16 2-2 0 1 1 5 0 1 0 23 LYNCH 20 4-7 1-1 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 9 CHILCUTT 12 3-5 0-0 0 3 3 1 0 0 1 7 HURLEY 13 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 0 1 2 ROBINSON 13 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 3 0 5 NEWBILL 8 2-2 2-4 1 5 6 0 0 0 3 6 REEVES DNP - BRUISED KNEE

TOTALS 240 42-83 16-20 11 28 39 26 15 12 15 106 (.506) (.800) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 16(26 PTS)

PHOENIX 39 31 35 24 - 129 VANCOUVER 18 30 35 23 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - MCDYESS 3, LLAMAS 2, WILLIAMS. VANCOUVER - LYNCH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 11-17 (.647), MCCLOUD 3-5, CHAPMAN 4-5, SCOTT 1-2, NASH 3-4, LLAMAS 0-1. VANCOUVER 6-15 (.400), ABDUR-RAHIM 0-1, B EDWARDS 2-3, MAYBERRY 1-4, DANIELS 1-2, LYNCH 0-1, CHILCUTT 1-2, ROBINSON 1-2. TECHNICALS: VANCOUVER - SMITH 2 (EJECTED), HEAD COACH HILL 2 (EJECTED), ABDUR-RAHIM. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, NOLAN FINE, TIM DONAGHY. A - 16,266. T - 1:55.


Agate Box Score

PHOENIX (129) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mccloud 38 11-15 0-0 1-8 6 4 25 Robinson 25 6-9 4-4 1-2 3 3 16 Mcdyess 34 10-15 3-5 2-7 3 4 23 Chapman 32 8-11 1-2 0-0 6 1 21 Kidd 26 1-2 5-7 0-4 9 0 7 Johnson 13 2-2 0-0 0-2 4 1 4 Williams 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Scott 26 7-11 0-0 0-5 4 1 15 Nash 22 4-8 0-0 0-3 4 0 11 Milic 10 1-3 2-2 0-1 2 1 4 Llamas 8 1-4 1-2 0-2 0 3 3 Bryant DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 51-80 16-22 4-34 42 18 129 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.638, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 11-17, .647 (Mccloud 3-5, Chapman 4-5, Scott 1-2, Nash 3-4, Llamas 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 6 (Mcdyess 3, Llamas 2, Williams). Turnovers: 16 (Chapman 4, Llamas 3, Kidd 2, Mcdyess 2, Johnson, Mccloud, Nash, Robinson, Scott). Steals: 11 (Nash 3, Kidd 2, Mccloud 2, Chapman, Llamas, Mcdyess, Scott).

VANCOUVER (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 34 7-18 1-1 4-6 2 1 15 Smith 14 2-3 2-2 0-0 1 1 6 Massenburg 33 3-7 6-8 1-12 2 3 12 B Edwards 24 4-10 2-2 2-3 4 3 12 Mayberry 35 4-9 0-0 1-1 8 4 9 Daniels 34 10-16 2-2 0-1 5 0 23 Lynch 20 4-7 1-1 2-4 0 1 9 Chilcutt 12 3-5 0-0 0-3 1 0 7 Hurley 13 1-2 0-0 0-1 3 2 2 Robinson 13 2-4 0-0 0-2 0 0 5 Newbill 8 2-2 2-4 1-6 0 0 6 Reeves DNP - bruised knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-83 16-20 11-39 26 15 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Abdur-rahim 0-1, B Edwards 2-3, Mayberry 1-4, Daniels 1-2, Lynch 0-1, Chilcutt 1-2, Robinson 1-2). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 1 (Lynch). Turnovers: 16 (Massenburg 3, Newbill 3, Abdur-rahim 2, Mayberry 2, Smith 2, B Edwards, Chilcutt, Hurley). Steals: 12 (Robinson 3, B Edwards 2, Massenburg 2, Mayberry 2, Smith 2, Daniels). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 39 31 35 24 - 129 Vancouver 18 30 35 23 - 106 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Vancouver 5 (Smith 2 (ejected), 3:54 3rd; Head Coach Hill 2 (ejected), 3:47 3rd, 3:41 3rd; Abdur-rahim, 1:09 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,266. T: 1:55. Officials: Joe Forte, Nolan Fine, Tim Donaghy.


Game Recap

Antonio McDyess scored 13 of his 23 points in the first quarter as the Phoenix Suns cruised to their season-high eighth straight win, 129-106 over the Vancouver Grizzlies, moving into fourth place in the Western Conference.

George McCloud had 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists while Rex Chapman added 21 points for Phoenix, which owns the NBA's longest current winning streak. Chapman buried four three-pointers and McCloud made three as the Suns went 11-of-17 from behind the arc and shot 64 percent (51-of-80) from the field overall.

"With the way we were shooting tonight, it seemed like nothing could go wrong," said McDyess, who was 10-of-15 from the floor. "I've never seen a greater shooting performance than that."

Phoenix (53-25) tied San Antonio for the fourth-best record in the West. Those two teams likely will meet in the opening round of the playoffs and if they end the season with identical records, the Suns own the tiebreaker by virtue of a 3-1 edge in the season series.

"We are just trying to prepare for the playoffs and play every game like it is the playoffs," added McDyess, who was coming off a career-high 37 points in Friday's win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Antonio Daniels scored a career-high 23 points off the bench for Vancouver, which set a pair of team records by giving up 70 points in the first half and 17 baskets in the first quarter.

Phoenix swept the four-game season series and improved to 10-2 all-time against Vancouver (18-60). The Suns are riding their longest winning streak since taking 11 in a row from March 20th-April 10th, 1997. They are 4-0 on their five-game road trip, which ends Monday at Golden State.

The Grizzlies never led as Phoenix opened the game with a 17-4 run. McDyess, who grabbed seven boards, scored six points in that burst before Cliff Robinson capped it with a three-point play. The Suns built a 39-18 lead at the end of one quarter, shooting 74 percent (17-of-23) from the field while holding Vancouver to 39 percent (7-of-18).

"I was really pleased with our energy level," Suns coach Danny Ainge said. "It's fun to play basketball that way and it was contagious. The energy that our starters came out and played with made everything contagious -- shooting and energy."

Phoenix continued to dominate in the second period, building its largest lead at 56-25 on a three-pointer by Chapman with 7:37 left before halftime. Dennis Scott scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half, helping the Suns to a 70-48 cushion.

Vancouver came as close as 85-69 with 4:27 to go in the third quarter on a jumper by Blue Edwards, who scored 12 points. But the game turned ugly shortly after that when Grizzlies forward Michael Smith was called for a foul after setting a pick on Chapman.

Smith argued the call and was whistled for a pair of technical fouls, ending his night with 3:54 left in the third. Vancouver coach Brian Hill also showed his displeasure for that call and was called for a technical seven seconds later. Just six seconds after that, Hill argued further and was ejected.

"That's my third (ejection) in 29 years," Hill said. "That says that 18 wins are getting to me. I still have hair on my head, it's grey, but it's still there."

Phoenix hit three of four free throws as a result of those technicals, sparking an 8-0 spurt. Chapman buried a jumper and McCloud drained a three-pointer, creating a 93-69 cushion.

"The biggest key for me is to get some quailty minutes and get in a rhythm," said McCloud, who has taken over at starting forward since Danny Manning suffered a season-ending knee injury. "It's something I've been wanting all year and with the injury to Danny (Manning), I jumped on the opportunity. I'm going out to prove something every game."

Robinson contributed 16 points while Steve Nash hit three three-pointers en route to his 11 points for Phoenix, which handed out 42 assists compared to Vancouver's 26.

Grizzlies leading scorer Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who averaged 29 points over his three previous outings, was held to 15 points. Tony Massenburg chipped in with 12 points and 12 rebounds for Vancouver, which defeated Portland in overtime on Saturday but has failed to post back-to-back wins since taking three straight from January 20th-24th.

"I thought we would try to come back off of yesterday's performance and try to scratch and claw for a win tonight," Hill said. "But it just wasn't there. I could see it right in the beginning of the game, we just didn't have energy."

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