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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 16 25 30 19 90 PHOENIX 30 30 37 32 129 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 25, JOHNNY NEWMAN 13, JAMIE FEICK 11 PHO - SHAWN MARION 27, JASON KIDD 21, CLIFF ROBINSON 21

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - JAMIE FEICK 10, KEITH VAN HORN 10 PHO - SHAWN MARION 8, OLIVER MILLER 8

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 2 PHO - ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 7, RANDY LIVINGSTON 7

ATT: 19,023


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (90) AT PHOENIX (129)

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

NEWMAN F 23 4-8 4-4 0 1 1 1 4 1 1 13 VAN HORN F 41 3-16 3-3 4 6 10 0 3 1 1 9 MCILVAINE C 13 3-6 1-2 2 1 3 0 4 0 0 7 HARRIS G 35 5-12 0-0 0 2 2 2 4 2 1 10 MARBURY G 41 5-19 12-14 0 3 3 7 2 3 3 25 FEICK 37 5-11 1-2 4 6 10 1 1 0 1 11 CAGE 9 1-1 1-1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 3 PERRY 9 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 DOUGLAS 24 2-7 6-6 1 2 3 2 3 0 1 10 G MURESAN 8 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 2 BURRELL DNP - LEFT KNEE KITTLES DNP - KNEE INJURY

TOTALS 240 29-86 28-32 13 22 35 13 24 7 11 90 (.337) (.875) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 12(13 PTS)

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

GUGLIOTTA F 28 2-3 1-2 0 4 4 3 2 1 0 5 MARION F 35 11-19 4-4 3 5 8 4 4 0 0 27 LONGLEY C 8 1-2 3-4 0 1 1 3 4 0 0 5 HARDAWAY G 31 5-9 3-4 0 6 6 7 1 2 2 13 KIDD G 27 10-12 0-0 0 3 3 5 1 0 2 21 O MILLER 18 3-3 0-0 2 6 8 2 1 0 0 6 LIVINGSTON 21 4-7 0-0 0 5 5 7 2 1 1 8 ROGERS 23 5-7 2-3 1 4 5 5 5 0 3 14 ROBINSON 23 9-13 3-3 1 2 3 2 3 0 2 21 CHAPMAN 14 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 4 DAY 6 1-1 2-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 WEST 6 0-1 0-0 0 6 6 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 53-83 18-22 7 43 50 40 25 5 11 129 (.639) (.818) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 11(9 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 16 25 30 19 - 90 PHOENIX 30 30 37 32 - 129

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - FEICK, VAN HORN, G MURESAN. PHOENIX - MARION 5, HARDAWAY 3, KIDD, O MILLER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 4-18 (.222), NEWMAN 1-3, VAN HORN 0-3, HARRIS 0-1, MARBURY 3-8, PERRY 0-2, DOUGLAS 0-1. PHOENIX 5-10 (.500), MARION 1-1, HARDAWAY 0-2, KIDD 1-1, ROGERS 2-3, CHAPMAN 0-2, DAY 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: KEN MAUER, LEROY RICHARDSON, VIOLET PALMER. A - 19,023. T - 2:05.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Newman 23 4-8 4-4 0-1 1 4 13 Van Horn 41 3-16 3-3 4-10 0 3 9 Mcilvaine 13 3-6 1-2 2-3 0 4 7 Harris 35 5-12 0-0 0-2 2 4 10 Marbury 41 5-19 12-14 0-3 7 2 25 Feick 37 5-11 1-2 4-10 1 1 11 Cage 9 1-1 1-1 1-1 0 1 3 Perry 9 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Douglas 24 2-7 6-6 1-3 2 3 10 G Muresan 8 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 Burrell DNP - left knee Kittles DNP - knee injury _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-86 28-32 13-35 13 24 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.337, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 4-18, .222 (Newman 1-3, Van Horn 0-3, Harris 0-1, Marbury 3-8, Perry 0-2, Douglas 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Feick, Van Horn, G Muresan). Turnovers: 12 (Marbury 3, Cage, Douglas, Feick, G Muresan, Harris, Newman, Perry, Van Horn). Steals: 7 (Marbury 3, Harris 2, Newman, Van Horn).

PHOENIX (129) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gugliotta 28 2-3 1-2 0-4 3 2 5 Marion 35 11-19 4-4 3-8 4 4 27 Longley 8 1-2 3-4 0-1 3 4 5 Hardaway 31 5-9 3-4 0-6 7 1 13 Kidd 27 10-12 0-0 0-3 5 1 21 O Miller 18 3-3 0-0 2-8 2 1 6 Livingston 21 4-7 0-0 0-5 7 2 8 Rogers 23 5-7 2-3 1-5 5 5 14 Robinson 23 9-13 3-3 1-3 2 3 21 Chapman 14 2-6 0-0 0-1 1 2 4 Day 6 1-1 2-2 0-0 1 0 5 West 6 0-1 0-0 0-6 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 53-83 18-22 7-50 40 25 129 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.639, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (Marion 1-1, Hardaway 0-2, Kidd 1-1, Rogers 2-3, Chapman 0-2, Day 1-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 10 (Marion 5, Hardaway 3, Kidd, O Miller). Turnovers: 11 (Rogers 3, Hardaway 2, Kidd 2, Robinson 2, Day, Livingston). Steals: 5 (Hardaway 2, Chapman, Gugliotta, Livingston). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 16 25 30 19 - 90 Phoenix 30 30 37 32 - 129 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,023. T: 2:05. Officials: Ken Mauer, Leroy Richardson, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- The Phoenix Suns played as if they had a score to settle with the New Jersey Nets.

In the first meeting between the teams since Penny Hardaway and Stephon Marbury exchanged words 17 days ago, the Suns crushed the lifeless Nets, 129-90, for their season-high fifth straight victory.

The winning streak is the longest for Phoenix since a 10-game run from March 27-April 15, 1998.

"These games are important because you never want a team like New Jersey to come in and sneak one, so we came out right off the bat and got some good shots," said Phoenix guard Jason Kidd, who scored 21 points. "Everybody concentrated on defense and we limited them to one shot."

On November 10 at Continental Airlines Arena, Marbury angered the Suns by refusing to shake Hardaway's hand prior to the opening tip. Hardwaway responded by calling the Nets guard a "sissy" and the two did not speak tonight.

"He didn't say anything to anybody," Hardaway said. "He was talking trash out there just in general. That's his game. He's a kid with a lot of heart and plays hard. It's just his way of expressing himself."

Rookie Shawn Marion scored a season-high 27 points for the Suns, who let their actions speak for themselves. With New Jersey leading 13-12 midway through the first period, Phoenix took control with a 16-0 run and steadily built the lead throughout the contest.

"We were playing defense and just going at it, playing our game," Marion said. "Everybody knows I was struggling a bit. I just took my time with the shots and knocked them down."

Tonight's win came three years to the day after Phoenix coach Danny Ainge earned his first victory in the NBA, also against New Jersey.

"We dominated from the opening tip," Ainge said. "Jason made some big shots when we struggled offensively and defensively he energized us. Shawn Marion made some big plays for us and got some easy looks."

Kidd made 10-of-12 shots in just 27 minutes for the Suns, who shot a season-high 64 percent (53-of-83) from the field. Phoenix opened its biggest advantage at 129-88 in the final minute.

Marbury scored 25 points but was just 5-of-19 from the field. Teammate Keith Van Horn made just 3-of-18 shots and was held to nine points. Marbury is fed up with the losing.

"Some days are better than others," he said. "It has to stop. We've got to make a stand. No one is going to give us a game by us being a bad team. We're not going to get any calls. There's a reason we're 2-12."

New Jersey lost for the ninth time in 10 games and dropped to 1-7 on the road. At 2-12, the Nets are in jeopardy of eclipsing last season's 3-17 start that got former coach John Calipari fired.

"Basically, we did everything wrong," Van Horn said. "I can pick and point out a number of things. We had no legs, we had no energy. We can't use the fourth game in five nights as excuse. We can't come out again like we did tonight."

Cliff Robinson also scored 21 points for the Suns, who outscored the Nets 64-28 in the paint and maintained a 50-35 rebounding edge. Phoenix recorded 40 assists compared to just 11 for New Jersey.

After breaking a seven-game losing streak with a 92-84 victory at Golden State on Wednesday, the Nets returned to their losing ways with a 103-80 setback to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. And the losing is taking a toll on normally mild-mannered coach Don Casey.

"I don't have much to say," he said. "In the last seven games we played very competitive and could have won. We did win one but these last two games have been a little soft. I really don't feel like answering any questions right now."

The Suns posted their largest win of the season while the Nets suffered their worst defeat. Phoenix also recorded its highest point total, surpassing the 105 it scored against Chicago on November 17.

The Nets still were with striking distance at halftime, trailing 60-41. But New Jersey's defense was virtually non-existent as the Suns scored 37 points in the third quarter to take a commanding 97-71 advantage into the final period.

Johnny Newman scored 13 points for the Nets, who shot just 34 percent (29-of-86) and dropped their sixth straight visit to Phoenix.

New Jersey has allowed at least 100 points in seven of its last eight contests.

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