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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 19 39 31 26 115 DENVER 35 17 23 31 106 FINAL


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PHOENIX (115) AT DENVER (106)

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

MCCLOUD F 35 9-13 1-2 3 3 6 3 4 0 3 24 GUGLIOTTA F 39 3-14 4-4 3 5 8 3 2 1 3 10 LONGLEY C 16 3-5 2-2 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 8 KIDD G 42 9-17 10-13 3 8 11 13 2 0 1 28 RESPERT G 7 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 MANNING 27 6-7 3-4 0 5 5 3 4 1 3 15 ROBINSON 30 5-8 1-4 0 4 4 2 2 2 0 11 MORRIS 18 5-7 0-0 2 4 6 0 2 0 0 12 BAILEY 14 0-2 0-0 0 4 4 1 2 0 0 0 BROWN 3 0-0 3-4 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 GARRITY 9 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 4 CHAPMAN DNP - BACK SPASMS KLEINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-79 24-33 12 36 48 26 24 4 12 115 (.532) (.727) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13(14 PTS)

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

MCDYESS F 44 8-15 4-5 5 7 12 2 4 0 5 20 STITH F 29 6-11 9-9 0 4 4 2 1 1 1 23 LAFRENTZ C 32 1-10 0-0 0 3 3 1 4 2 1 2 BILLUPS G 36 7-18 1-4 2 1 3 2 4 1 2 20 VAN EXEL G 36 7-17 5-7 0 4 4 9 2 0 0 21 E WILLIAMS 17 2-5 3-4 2 0 2 0 3 1 0 7 ALEXANDER 21 3-8 0-0 0 2 2 8 4 2 1 8 FORTSON 14 1-1 2-2 2 4 6 0 2 0 1 4 MEYER 2 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 M WILLIAMS 6 0-2 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 WASHINGTON 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 CLARK DNP - COACH'S DECISION TAYLOR DNP - COACH'S DECISION WHEELER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-89 25-33 11 26 37 24 25 7 11 106 (.393) (.758) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 11(13 PTS)

PHOENIX 19 39 31 26 - 115 DENVER 35 17 23 31 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - MCCLOUD 2, KIDD 2, MANNING, GARRITY. DENVER - MCDYESS 3, LAFRENTZ 2, STITH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 7-13 (.538), MCCLOUD 5-7, KIDD 0-1, MORRIS 2-3, GARRITY 0-2. DENVER 11-32 (.344), MCDYESS 0-1, STITH 2-5, LAFRENTZ 0-3, BILLUPS 5-12, VAN EXEL 2-5, ALEXANDER 2-5, MEYER 0-1. TECHNICALS: PHOENIX - GUGLIOTTA, DENVER - FORTSON. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, DON VADEN, DEE KANTNER. A - 10,415. T - 2:15.


Box Score

PHOENIX (115) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mccloud 35 9-13 1-2 3-6 3 4 24 Gugliotta 39 3-14 4-4 3-8 3 2 10 Longley 16 3-5 2-2 1-2 0 2 8 Kidd 42 9-17 10-13 3-11 13 2 28 Respert 7 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 Manning 27 6-7 3-4 0-5 3 4 15 Robinson 30 5-8 1-4 0-4 2 2 11 Morris 18 5-7 0-0 2-6 0 2 12 Bailey 14 0-2 0-0 0-4 1 2 0 Brown 3 0-0 3-4 0-0 1 0 3 Garrity 9 2-5 0-0 0-0 0 3 4 Chapman DNP - back spasms Kleine DNP - coach's decision Milic DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-79 24-33 12-48 26 24 115 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.532, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 7-13, .538 (Mccloud 5-7, Kidd 0-1, Morris 2-3, Garrity 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Mccloud 2, Kidd 2, Manning, Garrity). Turnovers: 13 (Gugliotta 3, Manning 3, Mccloud 3, Brown, Kidd, Respert). Steals: 4 (Robinson 2, Gugliotta, Manning).

DENVER (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 44 8-15 4-5 5-12 2 4 20 Stith 29 6-11 9-9 0-4 2 1 23 Lafrentz 32 1-10 0-0 0-3 1 4 2 Billups 36 7-18 1-4 2-3 2 4 20 Van Exel 36 7-17 5-7 0-4 9 2 21 E Williams 17 2-5 3-4 2-2 0 3 7 Alexander 21 3-8 0-0 0-2 8 4 8 Fortson 14 1-1 2-2 2-6 0 2 4 Meyer 2 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 M Williams 6 0-2 1-2 0-0 0 0 1 Washington 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Clark DNP - coach's decision Taylor DNP - coach's decision Wheeler DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-89 25-33 11-37 24 25 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.393, FT-.758. 3-Point Goals: 11-32, .344 (Mcdyess 0-1, Stith 2-5, Lafrentz 0-3, Billups 5-12, Van Exel 2-5, Alexander 2-5, Meyer 0-1). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 6 (Mcdyess 3, Lafrentz 2, Stith). Turnovers: 11 (Mcdyess 5, Billups 2, Alexander, Fortson, Lafrentz, Stith). Steals: 7 (Alexander 2, Lafrentz 2, Billups, E Williams, Stith). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 19 39 31 26 - 115 Denver 35 17 23 31 - 106 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Phoenix 1 (Gugliotta, 7:50 3rd). Denver 1 (Fortson, 7:50 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 10,415. T: 2:15. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Don Vaden, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Jason Kidd recorded the first triple-double of the season and the 20th of his career, leading the Phoenix Suns to another victory against an inferior opponent, 115-106 over the Denver Nuggets.

Kidd collected 28 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds as the Suns improved to 4-2 on the season. They have two wins each against the Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers, who have a combined 1-11 record. Their two losses were against Sacramento and Utah, who are 8-3 this season.

"It was an unbelievable individual performance by Jason Kidd," said Suns coach Danny Ainge. "He had a triple-double with only one turnover. It was one of the best individual performances I've seen."

"I don't care about the triple-double, as long as we win," Kidd said. "The biggest thing is, the big guys up front helped me out with the pick-and-roll. I tried to return the favor to them and get rebounds, and start the fast break."

George McCloud scored nine of his 24 points in the second quarter, when Phoenix erased a 19-point deficit to take the lead for good. McCloud helped atone for the absence of sharpshooter Rex Chapman, who sat out with back spasms.

Denver's Bryant Stith led a late comeback attempt, scoring 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter.

"We're not a good enough team to win with only one or two players," Stith said. "We have to win collectively. Everyone has to look into the mirror and ask themselves if they're giving 100 percent."

Former Sun Antonio McDyess had 20 points and 12 rebounds and easily outplayed the man that replaced him in Phoenix. Tom Gugliotta, who went for 29 points and 13 boards in a 115-108 win over Denver on February 7, scored just 10 points on 3-of-14 shooting and grabbed eight boards.

"We had a good effort all-around," Gugliotta said. "I was just out of the flow tonight. I was a little out of sync. The looks I get here are different than the last team I was with."

Nick Van Exel had 21 points and nine assists and Chauncey Billups added 20 points for the Nuggets, who attempted 32 3-pointers, hitting just 11. Phoenix was 7-of-13.

The game was tight in the first quarter until Van Exel sank two free throws to spark Denver's 10-0 spurt. Billups buried two 3-pointers before making a steal and layup for a 21-10 lead with 6:05 remaining. Van Exel scored 12 points and Billups added 11 in the first quarter as Denver grabbed a 35-19 advantage.

The lead grew as large as 42-23 early in the second period, but the Suns stormed back with a pivotal 29-4 burst. After a layup by Kidd triggered the run, Chris Morris followed with three straight baskets. McCloud's 3-pointer tied it, 43-43, and Danny Manning later sank two free throws to put the Suns in front for the first time, 47-46, with 3:26 left in the quarter. McCloud followed with another 3-pointer and Manning added a layup to cap the burst.

"When you get a team down 19, you don't throw up the first shot and then not get back on defense," Stith added. "You can't get carried away with a 19-point lead. They're a good basketball team, we just shouldn't have allowed them to get their confidence back because they are such a good team."

It was more of the same in the third quarter, with Kidd hitting a driving layup and feeding Cliff Robinson for a lay-in to spark an 8-0 spurt that gave the Suns a 79-64 cushion. A bank shot by Manning with 1:47 left gave Phoenix its biggest lead, 87-67.

"There is no excuse with them coming back from 19 and beating us by 10," McDyess said. "After the first half, we just got out of character and started playing bad."

Denver trailed 89-75 heading into the fourth, scoring just 40 points over the second and third periods after going for 35 in the first.

A 3-pointer by McCloud created a a 99-81 cushion with seven minutes to go, but the Nuggets responded with a 12-2 run. Stith converted a three-point play before Cory Alexander fed McDyess for a thunderous dunk that made it 101-93 with 4:49 to go. Gugliotta ended the Suns' drought with two free throws, but Stith came back with a 3-pointer to slice the margin to 103-96.

Denver got no closer, as Kidd hit all six of his free throws in the final 3 1/2 minutes to help seal the win.

Manning scored 15 points, Morris had 12 and Robinson chipped in 11 for the Suns, who shot 53 percent (42-of-79) and owned a 48-37 edge on the boards.

"That was the worst we played and the best we played all year both in one game," Ainge added.

Phoenix plays the second of three straight road games Tuesday in Houston. The Nuggets played the first of three games in four nights.

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