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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 16 24 18 21 79 PHOENIX 25 19 24 20 88 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ATL - JIMMY JACKSON 17, DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 15, ALAN HENDERSON 12 PHO - SHAWN MARION 24, JASON KIDD 19, CLIFF ROBINSON 15

HIGH REBOUND: ATL - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 17, ALAN HENDERSON 6 PHO - SHAWN MARION 13, JASON KIDD 13

HIGH ASSISTS: ATL - JASON TERRY 8, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 2 PHO - JASON KIDD 12, MARIO ELIE 3

ATT: 16,792


Extended Box

ATLANTA (79) AT PHOENIX (88)

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

HENDERSON F 35 4-11 4-6 2 4 6 1 2 1 4 12 MCLEOD F 30 4-8 0-0 1 4 5 2 5 0 4 8 MUTOMBO C 34 7-13 1-1 4 13 17 0 2 1 1 15 JACKSON G 37 8-18 1-3 1 2 3 2 2 2 4 17 TERRY G 37 3-10 0-0 0 2 2 8 2 2 3 7 WRIGHT 23 3-8 1-1 1 2 3 1 4 0 2 7 CRAWFORD 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 A JOHNSON 11 1-4 2-2 0 1 1 2 2 1 0 4 ROBINSON 15 3-6 1-1 3 2 5 0 0 2 1 8 D JOHNSON 14 0-2 1-2 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 1 MALONEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOTTOLA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-81 11-16 12 32 44 18 19 9 20 79 (.407) (.688) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 21(21 PTS)

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

MARION F 41 10-22 4-6 8 5 13 1 0 2 3 24 ROBINSON F 28 7-16 1-4 1 2 3 1 2 3 2 15 DUDLEY C 12 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 0 1 2 ELIE G 30 2-6 0-0 1 4 5 3 3 1 1 5 KIDD G 43 6-16 7-10 2 11 13 12 0 4 4 19 ROGERS 35 6-12 0-0 0 5 5 2 3 2 3 14 DELK 22 2-10 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 5 SANTIAGO 15 1-3 0-0 2 1 3 0 4 1 2 2 GARCES 7 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 BLOUNT 6 1-1 0-1 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 2 MCPHERSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 TSAKALIDIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-88 12-21 16 34 50 21 19 14 17 88 (.409) (.571) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 17(12 PTS)

ATLANTA 16 24 18 21 - 79 PHOENIX 25 19 24 20 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - MCLEOD 3, WRIGHT 2, MUTOMBO 2, HENDERSON, ROBINSON, A JOHNSON. PHOENIX - MARION 5, ROGERS 2, KIDD, ELIE, DUDLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 2-7 (.286), JACKSON 0-1, TERRY 1-3, ROBINSON 1-2, D JOHNSON 0-1. PHOENIX 4-15 (.267), MARION 0-1, ROBINSON 0-3, ELIE 1-2, KIDD 0-1, ROGERS 2-4, DELK 1-4. TECHNICALS: PHOENIX - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, DERRICK STAFFORD, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 16,792. T - 2:03.


Box Score

ATLANTA (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 35 4-11 4-6 2-6 1 2 12 Mcleod 30 4-8 0-0 1-5 2 5 8 Mutombo 34 7-13 1-1 4-17 0 2 15 Jackson 37 8-18 1-3 1-3 2 2 17 Terry 37 3-10 0-0 0-2 8 2 7 Wright 23 3-8 1-1 1-3 1 4 7 Crawford 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 A Johnson 11 1-4 2-2 0-1 2 2 4 Robinson 15 3-6 1-1 3-5 0 0 8 D Johnson 14 0-2 1-2 0-2 2 0 1 Maloney DNP - coach's decision Mottola DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-81 11-16 12-44 18 19 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.407, FT-.688. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Jackson 0-1, Terry 1-3, Robinson 1-2, D Johnson 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 10 (Mcleod 3, Wright 2, Mutombo 2, Henderson, Robinson, A Johnson). Turnovers: 21 (Henderson 4, Jackson 4, Mcleod 4, Terry 3, Wright 2, Crawford, Mutombo, Robinson). Steals: 9 (Jackson 2, Robinson 2, Terry 2, A Johnson, Henderson, Mutombo).

PHOENIX (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marion 41 10-22 4-6 8-13 1 0 24 Robinson 28 7-16 1-4 1-3 1 2 15 Dudley 12 1-2 0-0 0-3 1 2 2 Elie 30 2-6 0-0 1-5 3 3 5 Kidd 43 6-16 7-10 2-13 12 0 19 Rogers 35 6-12 0-0 0-5 2 3 14 Delk 22 2-10 0-0 0-2 0 2 5 Santiago 15 1-3 0-0 2-3 0 4 2 Garces 7 0-0 0-0 1-1 1 3 0 Blount 6 1-1 0-1 1-2 0 0 2 Mcpherson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Tsakalidis DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-88 12-21 16-50 21 19 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.409, FT-.571. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Marion 0-1, Robinson 0-3, Elie 1-2, Kidd 0-1, Rogers 2-4, Delk 1-4). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 10 (Marion 5, Rogers 2, Kidd, Elie, Dudley). Turnovers: 17 (Kidd 4, Marion 3, Rogers 3, Robinson 2, Santiago 2, Dudley, Elie, Mcpherson). Steals: 14 (Kidd 4, Robinson 3, Marion 2, Rogers 2, Blount, Elie, Santiago). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 16 24 18 21 - 79 Phoenix 25 19 24 20 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Phoenix 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 4:23 2nd, 8:50 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,792. T: 2:03. Officials: Joe Crawford, Derrick Stafford, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Dikembe Mutombo's double-double was no match for Jason Kidd's triple-double.

Mutombo's return had no positive effect on the winless Atlanta Hawks, who fell victim to Kidd's 19 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists in an 88-79 loss to the surging Phoenix Suns.

Mutombo was playing for the first time since early in the preseason, when he was diagnosed with a mild case of malaria. Without him, the rebuilding Hawks looked awful, losing their first five games by an average of 14 points.

Despite 15 points and 17 rebounds from their 7-2 defensive presence, the Hawks were not much better. They trailed for the final 3 1/2 quarters and continued the worst start since the franchise moved from St. Louis in 1968.

"I think a lot has to do with the mistakes we made tonight," Mutombo said. "One of the key mistakes to this ballgame was all the offensive rebounds that we gave to them (16). We can't afford that. If we continue to do that, it's going to be a long season."

Kidd's triple-double was his second this season and 33rd of his career, the most among active players. He also had one at Golden State on opening night.

"Our guys knocked down shots," Kidd said. "The guys let me get a couple of rebounds they could have gotten, so for me the hardest part of a triple-double is getting the points."

"He's capable of doing that just about every night," Suns coach Scott Skiles said. "The other night he was about one rebound away and I asked him if he wanted to stay in, but he said he didn't need to. He's not a statistics kind of guy."

Shawn Marion remained hot with 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Suns, who have won five in a row overall and eight straight at home vs. Atlanta since November 15, 1991. Marion, a second-year forward, is averaging 23 points over the last three games.

"The biggest part is I'm getting playing time," Marion said. "With Googs (Tom Gugliotta) and Penny (Hardaway) out, I'm getting some time at the two (shooting guard) and the three (small forward) spots. It's confidence in feeling comfortable and playing with Jason, he gets me the ball."

"Having both Shawn and Jason on the court at the same time brings a high level of intensity in the game," Suns coach Scott Skiles said. "Shawn can go up for the layup or he can take the shot. Every time the two of them touch the ball, something good can happen."

An 8-0 spurt capped by Kidd's basket gave Phoenix a 23-14 lead in the final minute of the first quarter. Atlanta opened the second period with seven straight points, pulling within 25-23, but got no closer.

The Suns led 44-40 at halftime and broke open the game with an 11-2 spurt to open the third quarter. Cliff Robinson scored five points in the run, which was capped by Marion's jumper that made it 55-42 with 8:28 left in the period.

Atlanta got no closer than seven points thereafter, managing just 39 points in the second half.

"We knew they'd be a little more excited about the game since Dikembe was coming back, so we did what we had to do to get the win," said Robinson, who scored 15 points. "It's kind of hard to get up for a team like that, but that's the bottom line. We got the win.

"I'm OK but it's still going to take a while with chemistry," Mutombo said. "For the most part, the conditioning's OK but they have to learn to play with me and what I can do."

Rodney Rogers scored 14 points off the bench for the Suns, who shot 41 percent (36-of-88) and held a 50-44 advantage on the glass.

Jim Jackson scored 17 points and Alan Henderson added 12 for the Hawks, who also shot 41 percent (33-of-81) but committed 21 turnovers.

"We just have to win a game," Henderson said. "Against whoever, wherever, we just have to win a game and break this habit of losing."

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