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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 19 17 22 21 79 PHOENIX 18 13 29 24 84 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - RASHEED WALLACE 16, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 15, DALE DAVIS 15 PHO - JASON KIDD 29, CLIFF ROBINSON 20, SHAWN MARION 17

HIGH REBOUND: POR - DALE DAVIS 13, RASHEED WALLACE 10 PHO - SHAWN MARION 13, CLIFF ROBINSON 7

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 8, BONZI WELLS 4 PHO - CLIFF ROBINSON 9, JASON KIDD 7

ATT: 17,621


Extended Box

PORTLAND (79) AT PHOENIX (84)

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

PIPPEN F 35 6-13 1-2 1 3 4 1 2 4 5 15 WALLACE F 42 6-14 4-4 2 8 10 1 2 2 3 16 DAVIS C 36 6-9 3-3 2 11 13 1 2 1 1 15 SMITH G 27 2-7 1-1 1 2 3 2 0 0 1 5 STOUDAMIRE G 32 ขjŠš Šj’ Š ’ š ย ช ‚ ’ Š‚j KEMP 18 2-5 0-2 1 4 5 1 4 1 3 4 AUGMON 17 2-3 3-5 1 2 3 0 2 0 1 7 WELLS 24 2-9 3-3 1 3 4 4 3 0 2 7 ANTHONY 9 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 BARKLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION PERDUE DNP - COACH'S DECISION SABONIS DNP - LEFT KNEE SPRAIN

TOTALS 240 30-73 16-22 10 35 45 18 20 8 21 79 (.411) (.727) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 22(21 PTS)

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

MARION F 46 7-15 3-3 2 11 13 3 3 2 1 17 ROBINSON F 44 8-21 2-2 3 4 7 9 2 1 5 20 SANTIAGO C 22 1-6 0-0 0 3 3 0 3 1 1 2 ELIE G 20 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 3 2 1 4 KIDD G 42 10-17 5-6 1 5 6 7 5 6 3 29 DELK 28 4-12 0-1 1 4 5 1 0 1 1 9 ROGERS 6 0-3 2-2 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 2 GUGLIOTTA 6 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 MCPHERSON 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 BLOUNT 20 0-0 1-2 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 GARCES DNP - COACH'S DECISION TSAKALIDIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-78 13-16 9 30 39 24 20 13 14 84 (.410) (.813) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 16(17 PTS)

PORTLAND 19 17 22 21 - 79 PHOENIX 18 13 29 24 - 84

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - WALLACE 3, PIPPEN, DAVIS, AUGMON. PHOENIX - MARION. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 3-11 (.273), PIPPEN 2-3, WALLACE 0-2, STOUDAMIRE 1-3, WELLS 0-3. PHOENIX 7-11 (.636), MARION 0-1, ROBINSON 2-2, ELIE 0-1, KIDD 4-5, DELK 1-2. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - WALLACE, PIPPEN, PHOENIX - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, MONTY MCCUTCHEN, TONY BROTHERS. A - 17,621. T - 2:14.


Box Score

PORTLAND (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 35 6-13 1-2 1-4 1 2 15 Wallace 42 6-14 4-4 2-10 1 2 16 Davis 36 6-9 3-3 2-13 1 2 15 Smith 27 2-7 1-1 1-3 2 0 5 Stoudamire 32 4-13 1-2 1-3 8 5 10 Kemp 18 2-5 0-2 1-5 1 4 4 Augmon 17 2-3 3-5 1-3 0 2 7 Wells 24 2-9 3-3 1-4 4 3 7 Anthony 9 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Barkley DNP - coach's decision Perdue DNP - coach's decision Sabonis DNP - left knee sprain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-73 16-22 10-45 18 20 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.411, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Pippen 2-3, Wallace 0-2, Stoudamire 1-3, Wells 0-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Wallace 3, Pippen, Davis, Augmon). Turnovers: 22 (Pippen 5, Anthony 3, Kemp 3, Wallace 3, Stoudamire 2, Wells 2, Augmon, Davis, Smith). Steals: 8 (Pippen 4, Wallace 2, Davis, Kemp).

PHOENIX (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marion 46 7-15 3-3 2-13 3 3 17 Robinson 44 8-21 2-2 3-7 9 2 20 Santiago ’’ Šjฒ ‚j‚ ‚jš ‚ š ’j Elie 20 2-3 0-0 0-1 3 3 4 Kidd 42 10-17 5-6 1-6 7 5 29 Delk 28 4-12 0-1 1-5 1 0 9 Rogers 6 0-3 2-2 1-1 0 2 2 Gugliotta 6 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Mcpherson 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Blount 20 0-0 1-2 1-2 1 0 1 Garces DNP - coach's decision Tsakalidis DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-78 13-16 9-39 24 20 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.410, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 7-11, .636 (Marion 0-1, Robinson 2-2, Elie 0-1, Kidd 4-5, Delk 1-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 1 (Marion). Turnovers: 16 (Robinson 5, Kidd 3, Delk, Elie, Marion, Mcpherson, Rogers, Santiago). Steals: 13 (Kidd 6, Elie 2, Marion 2, Delk, Robinson, Santiago). ____________________________________________ Portland 19 17 22 21 - 79 Phoenix 18 13 29 24 - 84 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 2 (Wallace, 6:16 1st; Pippen, 11:10 3rd). Phoenix 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 1:26 1st, 4:24 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,621. T: 2:14. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Monty Mccutchen, Tony Brothers.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Jason Kidd did just about everything. First, he nearly lost the game for the Phoenix Suns, then he nearly single-handedly won it for them.

Kidd, who committed two turnovers that helped put the Suns in a five-point hole with less than two minutes left, scored 11 of his team's last 16 points, lifting Phoenix to an 84-79 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Former Blazer Cliff Robinson added 20 points, a career-high tying nine assists and seven rebounds for the Suns. Shawn Marion finished with 17 points and 13 boards for his 11th straight double-double.

Kidd tied a career high with six steals and scored 25 of his 29 points in the second half, the most by any Phoenix play in a half this season. He hit 4-of-5 from beyond the arc in the second half.

"He played very well tonight," Suns coach Scott Skiles said. "He went through a rough spell, but made some big shots and big plays for us. They were trying to get up on his right hand, so he took a couple dribbles left and shot it and made it. When he shoots the ball like that, he is as good a player in the league that there is."

The 6-4 guard also dished out seven assists and grabbed six rebounds. He hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter, when the Suns rebounded from a 47-38 deficit with a 13-0 run. Kidd capped it with a 3-pointer with 4:49 to play, putting Phoenix up, 51-47.

"We allowed them to make a run and we weren't able to hold them off," Portland forward Scottie Pippen said. "They got back in the game and they had the momentum. They made all the big shots ... they made all of their shots. ThXืาwhat they do. They spread you and they penetrate and make their plays."

Down the stretch, it was all Kidd. His two free throws gave Phoenix a 74-72 lead with 2:31 left but he fouled Dale Davis as the Blazers forward rolled for a layup. The free throw gave Portland a 75-74 edge.

Kidd committed back-to-back turnovers and Portland took advantage. Davis scored on a turnaround in the post and Steve Smith cruised in for a basket that made it 79-74.

Former Blazer Cliff Robinson connected from 3-point range, slicing the deficit to 79-77 with 1:30 left. Kidd nailed one from long range with 51 seconds to play, putting the Suns up to stay, 80-79.

It was Kidd whose defense forced Smith into an airball on the Blazers' next possession and his jumper with 16 seconds to play extended the lead to three points.

"He hit some big shots down the stretch and he was really pushing the ball up," Davis said. "He made some tough plays down the stretch that really hurt us."

After Robinson stole an inbounds pass, Shawn Marion hit a pair of free throws, sealing the victory.

The Suns improved to 31-0 alltime when they hold an opponent under 80 points. They are 9-0 in those situations under Skiles.

Portland, which opened the season by dropping three of its first four games, lost for just the fourth time in its last 15 but slipped to 7-5 on the road.

Rasheed Wallace scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Scottie Pippen added 15 points and Davis added 15 and 13 for the Blazers, who showed the effects of playing back-to-back games on the road.

The Blazers pulled out a 96-85 victory at Houston on Saturday but did not have enough to repeat the trick against the Suns, who improved to 9-1 at America West Arena.

Before Kidd got going, Phoenix struggled. He had just four points and two assists at halftime and the Suns trailed, 36-31. They shot just 31 percent (13-of-42) from the field but the Blazers were not much better at 38 percent (13-of-34).

"It was pretty bad, I think," Kidd said. "The only thing people will remember is the second half, so that's a good sign. That's the game of basketball. You can come out and look pitiful one half or one quarter and turn it around, and we came out and turned it around and we made some big shots, and we made some big defensive stands down the stretch."

The Suns' 13-point second quarter was their worst performance in that period this season.

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