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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 24 25 34 23 106 LA LAKERS 22 32 23 24 101 FINAL


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PHOENIX (106) AT LA LAKERS (101)

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

GUGLIOTTA F 40 5-14 2-7 2 6 8 6 3 3 3 12 ROBINSON F 40 5-13 13-14 2 3 5 3 2 0 0 24 LONGLEY C 26 8-13 2-2 2 9 11 0 5 0 0 18 CHAPMAN G 17 3-8 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 6 KIDD G 41 9-16 5-6 1 6 7 10 1 4 3 23 BAILEY 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 BROWN 15 1-5 4-4 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 6 KLEINE 12 0-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 0 MANNING 27 4-8 3-3 4 3 7 1 3 0 3 11 MCCLOUD 17 2-3 2-2 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 6 MORRIS 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 GARRITY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-85 31-38 12 32 44 22 21 9 11 106 (.435) (.816) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 11(6 PTS)

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

KNIGHT F 11 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 2 RICE F 38 5-12 3-3 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 14 ONEAL C 31 9-20 6-11 4 6 10 1 5 0 0 24 BRYANT G 39 10-22 5-7 1 2 3 2 3 1 5 25 HARPER G 31 6-11 0-0 1 4 5 7 3 0 3 12 FISHER 17 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 3 4 1 1 7 FOX 20 4-6 0-0 1 3 4 1 4 0 1 9 REID 18 2-6 2-2 2 7 9 0 3 1 1 6 RODMAN 35 1-3 0-0 2 11 13 2 4 1 4 2 HORRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION PATTERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-89 16-23 11 37 48 16 32 4 17 101 (.461) (.696) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 18(25 PTS)

PHOENIX 24 25 34 23 - 106 LA LAKERS 22 32 23 24 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - MANNING 3, ROBINSON 2, GUGLIOTTA, BROWN. LA LAKERS - BRYANT 2, RODMAN, ONEAL, FOX, KNIGHT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 1-5 (.200), ROBINSON 1-1, CHAPMAN 0-1, KIDD 0-1, MCCLOUD 0-1, MORRIS 0-1. LA LAKERS 3-14 (.214), KNIGHT 0-1, RICE 1-5, BRYANT 0-3, HARPER 0-2, FISHER 1-2, FOX 1-1. TECHNICALS: PHOENIX - BROWN, ILLEGAL DEFENSE, LA LAKERS - RODMAN. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, BENNIE ADAMS, GREG WILLARD. A - 17,505. T - 2:21.


Box Score

PHOENIX (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gugliotta 40 5-14 2-7 2-8 6 3 12 Robinson 40 5-13 13-14 2-5 3 2 24 Longley 26 8-13 2-2 2-11 0 5 18 Chapman 17 3-8 0-0 0-1 1 0 6 Kidd 41 9-16 5-6 1-7 10 1 23 Bailey 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Brown 15 1-5 4-4 0-2 0 0 6 Kleine 12 0-4 0-0 1-2 0 3 0 Manning 27 4-8 3-3 4-7 1 3 11 Mccloud 17 2-3 2-2 0-0 0 3 6 Morris 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Garrity DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-85 31-38 12-44 22 21 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.435, FT-.816. 3-Point Goals: 1-5, .200 (Robinson 1-1, Chapman 0-1, Kidd 0-1, Mccloud 0-1, Morris 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 7 (Manning 3, Robinson 2, Gugliotta, Brown). Turnovers: 11 (Gugliotta 3, Kidd 3, Manning 3, Brown, Chapman). Steals: 9 (Kidd 4, Gugliotta 3, Chapman, Mccloud).

LA LAKERS (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Knight 11 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 3 2 Rice 38 5-12 3-3 0-1 0 3 14 Oneal 31 9-20 6-11 4-10 1 5 24 Bryant 39 10-22 5-7 1-3 2 3 25 Harper 31 6-11 0-0 1-5 7 3 12 Fisher 17 3-6 0-0 0-1 3 4 7 Fox 20 4-6 0-0 1-4 1 4 9 Reid 18 2-6 2-2 2-9 0 3 6 Rodman 35 1-3 0-0 2-13 2 4 2 Horry DNP - coach's decision Patterson DNP - coach's decision Rooks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-89 16-23 11-48 16 32 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.461, FT-.696. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (Knight 0-1, Rice 1-5, Bryant 0-3, Harper 0-2, Fisher 1-2, Fox 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Bryant 2, Rodman, Oneal, Fox, Knight). Turnovers: 18 (Bryant 5, Rodman 4, Harper 3, Fisher, Fox, Knight, Reid, Rice). Steals: 4 (Bryant, Fisher, Reid, Rodman). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 24 25 34 23 - 106 La Lakers 22 32 23 24 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Phoenix 2 (Brown, 3:44 3rd; Illegal Defense, 8:45 4th). La Lakers 1 (Rodman, 3:44 3rd). Flagrant fouls: La Lakers 1 (Fox, 3:44 3rd). A: 17,505. T: 2:21. Officials: Mike Mathis, Bennie Adams, Greg Willard.


Game Story

INGLEWOOD, California (Ticker) -- The unbeaten run of Dennis Rodman with the Los Angeles Lakers had to end at some point, and Jason Kidd made it happen.

Kidd scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half as the Phoenix Suns handed Rodman his first loss in a Lakers uniform, 106-101.

The Lakers had been 11-0 with Rodman in the lineup since he signed last month. After losing three of four, Los Angeles welcomed Rodman back to action after the flaky forward took a leave of absence and posted back-to-back victories to end a six-game road trip.

"No, we weren't tired. We just (stunk), well I (stunk)," said Rodman, who had four turnovers. "I should take the blame for tonight's loss. I threw the ball away too many times."

Rodman pulled down 13 rebounds in 35 minutes but was unable to prevent the end of the Lakers' nine-game home winning streak.

Cliff Robinson scored 24 points and Luc Longley had his best game with the Suns with 18 and 11 rebounds, but Kidd was the difference. The star point guard took over in the second half and finished with 10 assists and seven rebounds.

After making only 1-of-3 shots for two points in the first half, Kidd broke loose in the final 24 minutes when he connected on 8-of-13 shots. He scored six straight points, including the go-ahead basket, during a decisive 18-4 burst that closed the third quarter and gave Phoenix an 83-77 lead.

"Tonight was a case of them daring me to take the little jump shot at the free throw line. And tonight, I made a couple," Kidd said. "The scouting report on myself is don't let him get to the basket because he causes a lot of havoc, so it'll help me to look for that shot."

That run began shortly before Gerald Brown hit two foul shots after a flagrant foul by Rick Fox. Brown was challenged by Rodman and a minor altercation ensued, with both players receiving technical fouls.

Rodman further showed his frustration in the final minute, unnecessarily pushing Kidd in the back as the Lakers were trying to foul to save time. Kidd hit both free throws, the last of six in a row he made down the stretch.

Robinson was 13-of-14 from the line and the Suns sank 31-of-38 free throws overall, helping them move back over .500 as they beat Los Angeles for the first time in three tries this season. They had dropped 11 of the last 13 meetings overall.

Kobe Bryant scored 25 points but also committed five of the Lakers' 18 turnovers, which led to 25 points for the Suns. Shaquille O'Neal contributed 24 points and 10 rebounds, but managed only a free throw in the final period.

"They didn't go to him (O'Neal) as much in the fourth quarter, and we did a better job of making him shoot that turnaround baseline jumper instead of getting in the middle and getting deep," Longley said.

Robinson had a free throw and 3-pointer to trigger the decisive run before Brown's two free throws pulled Phoenix within 75-72. After another foul shot by Robinson, Kidd fed Manning for a 10-footer that tied the game.

Rodman's tip-in -- his only points of the game -- gave the Lakers their last lead, 77-75, with 2:05 left in the third. Kidd answered with a long jumper before converting a fast-break layup and a 16-footer to make it 81-77. Brown capped the tear with two more free throws.

"Jason Kidd took the game over in the third quarter," said Lakers guard Derek Harper.

"We felt they were defending the pick-and-roll, so Jason could get his shot anytime he wanted," said Suns coach Danny Ainge. "Jason just knocked them down."

A free throw by Rice had the Lakers within 85-82, but Kidd fed Longley for a jumper and George McCloud buried a 17-footer. The margin was down to 93-89 with 4:22 to go after a three-point play by Bryant, but Robinson came back with two foul shots before finding Longley for a layup.

Los Angeles was never able to get over the hump in the final minutes, losing at home for the first time since a Valentine's Day setback to Indiana.

Rice contributed 14 points and Harper added 12 and seven assists for the Lakers, who managed just six points off 11 Phoenix turnovers.

Robinson and Tom Gugliotta scored six points apiece as Phoenix stunned the Great Western Forum crowd by racing to an 18-4 lead. The Suns made 7-of-13 shots from the field to open the game, but hit just 11-of-29 the rest of the first half.

Los Angeles closed the first quarter with an 18-6 burst to pull within 24-22 by the end of the quarter. Fox scored seven of his nine points in that surge. O'Neal had six points in an 8-0 spurt that gave the Lakers a 32-26 lead with 8:27 left before halftime.

"We've got to come out ready to play. We've got to get warmed up and ready to go at 7:35, that's when the game starts," said Lakers coach Kurt Rambis. "It's frustration. It's been a little bit of a pattern that we don't come out hot."

Phoenix tied the game, 38-38, just 3 1/2 minutes later on Robinson's layup. The Lakers answered with eight straight points, with two free throws by Rice making it 46-38. The Suns led by as many as 14 points but went to the half trailing, 54-49, after O'Neal scored 12 in the second quarter.

"We have to pick it up," O'Neal said. "I think we played OK, but we just had a letdown in the last 10 minutes. We need to do a better job, especially at home."

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