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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 27 25 26 24 102 SACRAMENTO 31 15 21 30 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHO - ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 25, CLIFF ROBINSON 20, RODNEY ROGERS 16 SAC - JASON WILLIAMS 24, CHRIS WEBBER 17, VLADE DIVAC 16

HIGH REBOUND: PHO - ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 12, CORIE BLOUNT 8 SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 13, VLADE DIVAC 11

HIGH ASSISTS: PHO - KEVIN JOHNSON 9, ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 6 SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 5, VLADE DIVAC 4

ATT: 17,317


Extended Box

PHOENIX (102) AT SACRAMENTO (97)

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

MARION F 19 6-10 0-0 3 3 6 1 3 0 2 12 ROBINSON F 45 7-17 4-4 1 5 6 3 2 2 1 20 LONGLEY C 19 1-3 0-3 0 2 2 2 4 0 2 2 HARDAWAY G 39 8-17 9-12 1 11 12 6 1 3 2 25 LIVINGSTON G 21 4-5 1-2 0 2 2 3 3 0 2 10 ROGERS 28 7-10 0-2 3 3 6 1 3 1 1 16 O MILLER 4 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 JOHNSON 27 1-7 1-1 0 1 1 9 3 1 2 3 BLOUNT 24 4-5 3-6 3 5 8 1 5 0 3 11 DAY 13 1-4 0-0 1 2 3 2 3 0 0 2 BAILEY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MACLEAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-78 19-32 12 36 48 28 27 7 15 102 (.500) (.594) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 16(11 PTS)

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

WEBBER F 36 8-23 1-3 1 12 13 5 4 3 1 17 C WILLIAMSON F 27 5-10 3-4 4 4 8 0 3 0 1 13 DIVAC C 31 4-10 7-8 3 8 11 4 4 1 1 16 ANDERSON G 26 1-7 0-0 2 2 4 1 2 0 0 2 J WILLIAMS G 39 9-19 2-4 0 0 0 3 2 2 4 24 POLLARD 15 1-5 0-0 3 1 4 0 3 0 0 2 FUNDERBURKE 14 1-4 2-2 5 1 6 3 2 0 0 4 STOJAKOVIC 22 7-14 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 3 15 CORBIN 21 1-5 0-0 1 4 5 2 3 2 1 3 MARTIN 9 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 DELK DNP - HYPER-EXTENDED RIGHT LEG WENNINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-98 16-23 20 32 52 19 25 8 12 97 (.378) (.696) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 12(14 PTS)

PHOENIX 27 25 26 24 - 102 SACRAMENTO 31 15 21 30 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - ROBINSON 2, HARDAWAY, LONGLEY, MARION. SACRAMENTO - WEBBER, FUNDERBURKE, POLLARD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 5-10 (.500), ROBINSON 2-5, HARDAWAY 0-2, LIVINGSTON 1-1, ROGERS 2-2. SACRAMENTO 7-22 (.318), DIVAC 1-1, ANDERSON 0-4, J WILLIAMS 4-12, STOJAKOVIC 1-2, CORBIN 1-2, MARTIN 0-1. TECHNICALS: PHOENIX - ROGERS, SACRAMENTO - ANDERSON, DIVAC. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, LUIS GRILLO, VIOLET PALMER. A - 17,317. T - 2:30.


Box Score

PHOENIX (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marion 19 6-10 0-0 3-6 1 3 12 Robinson 45 7-17 4-4 1-6 3 2 20 Longley 19 1-3 0-3 0-2 2 4 2 Hardaway 39 8-17 9-12 1-12 6 1 25 Livingston 21 4-5 1-2 0-2 3 3 10 Rogers 28 7-10 0-2 3-6 1 3 16 O Miller 4 0-0 1-2 0-2 0 0 1 Johnson 27 1-7 1-1 0-1 9 3 3 Blount 24 4-5 3-6 3-8 1 5 11 Day 13 1-4 0-0 1-3 2 3 2 Bailey 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Maclean DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-78 19-32 12-48 28 27 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.594. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (Robinson 2-5, Hardaway 0-2, Livingston 1-1, Rogers 2-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 5 (Robinson 2, Hardaway, Longley, Marion). Turnovers: 16 (Blount 3, Hardaway 2, Johnson 2, Livingston 2, Longley 2, Marion 2, Robinson, Rogers). Steals: 7 (Hardaway 3, Robinson 2, Johnson, Rogers).

SACRAMENTO (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Webber 36 8-23 1-3 1-13 5 4 17 C Williamson 27 5-10 3-4 4-8 0 3 13 Divac 31 4-10 7-8 3-11 4 4 16 Anderson 26 1-7 0-0 2-4 1 2 2 J Williams 39 9-19 2-4 0-0 3 2 24 Pollard 15 1-5 0-0 3-4 0 3 2 Funderburke 14 1-4 2-2 5-6 3 2 4 Stojakovic 22 7-14 0-0 1-1 0 1 15 Corbin 21 1-5 0-0 1-5 2 3 3 Martin 9 0-1 1-2 0-0 1 1 1 Delk DNP - hyper-extended right leg Wennington DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-98 16-23 20-52 19 25 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.378, FT-.696. 3-Point Goals: 7-22, .318 (Divac 1-1, Anderson 0-4, J Williams 4-12, Stojakovic 1-2, Corbin 1-2, Martin 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Webber, Funderburke, Pollard). Turnovers: 12 (J Williams 4, Stojakovic 3, C Williamson, Corbin, Divac, Martin, Webber). Steals: 8 (Webber 3, Corbin 2, J Williams 2, Divac). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 27 25 26 24 - 102 Sacramento 31 15 21 30 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Phoenix 1 (Rogers, 2:44 4th). Sacramento 2 (Anderson, 1:46 3rd; Divac, 2:44 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,317. T: 2:30. Officials: Hugh Evans, Luis Grillo, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

SACRAMENTO, California (Ticker) -- The Phoenix Suns played like they want home-court advantage in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Sacramento Kings played like they do not want to take the court in the first round.

Penny Hardaway scored 25 points and Cliff Robinson added 20 as the Suns completed a season sweep of Sacramento with a 102-97 victory.

The Suns led 78-67 entering the fourth quarter but saw their lead cut to 87-83 on an 18-foot jumper by Predrag Stojakovic with 6:35 to play. But Rodney Rogers scored five points in an 11-2 run, including a dunk with 3:20 remaining, as Phoenix moved to a 98-85 advantage.

"It was a very good win," Phoenix coach Scott Skiles said. "I felt for the most part we were active all night. We stuck with the game plan and the guys just played hard."

Phoenix remained 1/2 game ahead of fifth-place San Antonio in the Western Conference for home-court advantage in the first round.

"Every game is important from here on out, because when you're playing in a five-game series, it's so important to have that fifth and decisive game on your home floor," Robinson said.

Jason Williams scored 24 points and Chris Webber contributed 17 and 13 rebounds for Sacramento, which suffered its third loss in four games and saw its lead over eighth-place Seattle reduced to one game with six to play.

"We just want to build on something so we're on a positive note going into the playoffs," Sacramento guard Darrick Martin said. "We played hard, but just didn't get any shots to go our way."

Phoenix opened the third quarter on an 11-1 run to take its largest lead of the game. Shawn Marion scored four points in the surge and Luc Longley's four-foot jumper extended the lead to 63-46 with 7:41 left.

Williams scored seven points in a 16-4 run, including a 3-pointer with 2:13 to play, as the Kings moved within 71-67. But a technical foul on Sacramento's Nick Anderson started a 7-0 run for the Suns to end the third quarter, capped by a 3-pointer from Rogers with 54 seconds left.

Rogers went 7-of-10 from the field and scored 16 points off the bench. Marion contributed 12 points and Corie Blount added 11 for Phoenix, which shot 50 percent (39-of-78), including 5-of-10 from 3-point range.

Playing his fifth game since coming out of retirement, Kevin Johnson made only 1-of-7 shots for the Suns and scored three points but dished out nine assists.

The Kings led 31-27 after the first quarter as Williams scored 12 points and Corliss Williamson added nine. But they went cold in the second quarter as Phoenix limited Sacramento to 22 percent (4-of-18) shooting and grabbed a 52-46 lead at the half.

"It was a tough game," Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. "We never really seemed to get anything going on the offensive end all day."

Vlade Divac had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Stojakovic added 15 points off the bench for the Kings, who shot under 38 percent (37-of-98). Williams went 9-of-19 from the field, including four 3-pointers, and Webber was 8-of-23. The Kings outrebounded Phoenix, 52-48.

"I wasn't rusty," Williams said. "I'm just out there playing and I want to do anything to help my team. We just need to take it game by game and try to improve (going) into the playoffs."

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