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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 26 19 26 24 95 TORONTO 14 27 25 21 87 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHO - JASON KIDD 24, CLIFF ROBINSON 22, RODNEY ROGERS 19 TOR - VINCE CARTER 35, ALVIN WILLIAMS 13, MORRIS PETERSON 11

HIGH REBOUND: PHO - JASON KIDD 9, RODNEY ROGERS 9 TOR - CHARLES OAKLEY 16, VINCE CARTER 12

HIGH ASSISTS: PHO - JASON KIDD 6, MARIO ELIE 4 TOR - MARK JACKSON 9, VINCE CARTER 5

ATT: 19,800


Extended Box

PHOENIX (95) AT TORONTO (87)

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

MARION F 22 5-9 1-2 2 2 4 1 4 1 0 11 ROBINSON F 39 8-18 3-3 2 3 5 3 4 0 2 22 DUDLEY C 21 1-3 1-2 3 3 6 0 4 2 0 3 ELIE G 32 1-3 2-2 0 2 2 4 5 0 1 4 KIDD G 42 6-17 8-10 0 9 9 6 1 3 3 24 ROGERS 30 8-14 0-0 3 6 9 2 3 0 1 19 SANTIAGO 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 DELK 26 5-12 2-4 2 3 5 1 3 1 2 12 PERRY 6 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 BLOUNT 16 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 MCPHERSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 GUGLIOTTA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-80 17-23 13 30 43 20 27 7 9 95 (.425) (.739) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 11(18 PTS)

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

C WILLIAMSON F 18 2-4 2-3 1 2 3 0 0 1 1 6 OAKLEY F 38 1-4 3-4 4 12 16 2 4 1 1 5 A DAVIS C 33 1-7 1-4 3 4 7 1 3 0 1 3 CARTER G 45 12-34 10-14 4 8 12 5 5 0 5 35 JACKSON G 36 4-6 0-0 0 0 0 9 2 1 1 9 A WILLIAMS 31 5-12 3-3 0 3 3 3 4 1 2 13 K WILLIS 10 1-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 CURRY 10 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 PETERSON 19 4-9 3-4 3 1 4 1 1 1 0 11 CORBIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION JOSEPH DNP - COACH'S DECISION M STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-81 23-34 15 31 46 21 20 5 12 87 (.383) (.676) TEAM REBS: 17 TOTAL TO: 13(28 PTS)

PHOENIX 26 19 26 24 - 95 TORONTO 14 27 25 21 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - ROBINSON, DUDLEY, ELIE, KIDD, BLOUNT. TORONTO - CARTER 3, OAKLEY, A DAVIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 10-21 (.476), ROBINSON 3-6, ELIE 0-1, KIDD 4-8, ROGERS 3-4, DELK 0-2. TORONTO 2-13 (.154), CARTER 1-6, JACKSON 1-2, A WILLIAMS 0-2, CURRY 0-1, PETERSON 0-2. TECHNICALS: PHOENIX - ROGERS. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, BILL SPOONER, TIM DONAGHY. A - 19,800. T - 2:18.


Box Score

PHOENIX (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marion 22 5-9 1-2 2-4 1 4 11 Robinson 39 8-18 3-3 2-5 3 4 22 Dudley 21 1-3 1-2 3-6 0 4 3 Elie 32 1-3 2-2 0-2 4 5 4 Kidd 42 6-17 8-10 0-9 6 1 24 Rogers 30 8-14 0-0 3-9 2 3 19 Santiago 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Delk 26 5-12 2-4 2-5 1 3 12 Perry 6 0-2 0-0 1-1 3 0 0 Blount 16 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 2 0 Mcpherson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Gugliotta DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-80 17-23 13-43 20 27 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.739. 3-Point Goals: 10-21, .476 (Robinson 3-6, Elie 0-1, Kidd 4-8, Rogers 3-4, Delk 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (Robinson, Dudley, Elie, Kidd, Blount). Turnovers: 11 (Kidd 3, Delk 2, Robinson 2, Elie, Rogers). Steals: 7 (Kidd 3, Dudley 2, Delk, Marion).

TORONTO (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Williamson 18 2-4 2-3 1-3 0 0 6 Oakley 38 1-4 3-4 4-16 2 4 5 A Davis 33 1-7 1-4 3-7 1 3 3 Carter 45 12-34 10-14 4-12 5 5 35 Jackson 36 4-6 0-0 0-0 9 2 9 A Williams 31 5-12 3-3 0-3 3 4 13 K Willis 10 1-1 1-2 0-0 0 1 3 Curry 10 1-4 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Peterson 19 4-9 3-4 3-4 1 1 11 Corbin DNP - coach's decision Joseph DNP - coach's decision M Stewart DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-81 23-34 15-46 21 20 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.383, FT-.676. 3-Point Goals: 2-13, .154 (Carter 1-6, Jackson 1-2, A Williams 0-2, Curry 0-1, Peterson 0-2). Team rebounds: 17. Blocked shots: 5 (Carter 3, Oakley, A Davis). Turnovers: 13 (Carter 5, A Williams 2, A Davis, C Williamson, Jackson, K Willis, Oakley). Steals: 5 (A Williams, C Williamson, Jackson, Oakley, Peterson). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 26 19 26 24 - 95 Toronto 14 27 25 21 - 87 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Phoenix 1 (Rogers, 0:46 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,800. T: 2:18. Officials: Joe Forte, Bill Spooner, Tim Donaghy.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- Jason Kidd was not going to let the Phoenix Suns give away this one.

Kidd scored nine of his 24 points in the fourth quarter as the Suns regrouped after blowing a 21-point lead for a 95-87 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

The All-Star point guard added nine rebounds and six assists. He made just 6-of-17 shots but four came from 3-point range at crucial times, stemming surges by the Raptors.

"I didn't shoot the ball well inside the arc but I was able to knock down some threes," Kidd said.

Toronto came all the way back from a 41-20 hole in the second quarter, taking a 55-52 lead on Corliss Williamson's three-point play with 7:17 left in the third quarter. Kidd made a pair of 3-pointers in an 11-3 run that gave Phoenix a 63-58 lead less than three minutes later.

The Raptors clawed within 78-77 on a three-point play by Vince Carter with 7:08 remaining, but Kidd and Cliff Robinson drilled 3-pointers in a 7-0 burst that rebuilt the advantage to 85-77 with 3:49 left.

And when Toronto made one last push to 85-83 on Mark Jackson's jumper with 2:04 to go, Kidd had a free throw between baskets by Shawn Marion as Phoenix opened a 90-83 lead in the final minute.

"We weren't panicking at halftime," Kidd said. "We're a veteran club and we knocked down our free throws at the end of the game."

Robinson scored 22 points and Rodney Rogers added 19 for the Suns, who improved to 4-5 on the road overall and 2-1 on their current trip, which ends Monday in Chicago.

Phoenix made 10-of-21 shots from behind the arc and also did a solid job on Carter, who exploded for a career-high 51 points against the Suns on February 27 of last season. The superstar swingman had 35 points but needed 34 shots, making just 12.

"Vince Carter had to take 34 shots to make (35) points," Suns coach Scott Skiles said. "Shawn Marion did a great job on him. We knew they would come back but we kept our heads and we started to make our threes."

"We tried to make him shoot a lot of bad shots," Marion said. "He took a lot of crazy shots but a lot of them went in. We denied him the ball down the stretch and they don't have anyone else to go to."

Carter admitted he was looking for his shot more than usual.

"I wanted to step it up and hopefully spark the team," he said. "It was working for a while but we couldn't get it done in the end. Hopefully, we can put this behind us and start a streak."

In the first quarter, Robinson made four baskets and Toronto made five. The Raptors shot 23 percent (5-of-22) in the period and trailed, 26-14.

It got worse in the second quarter as Phoenix opened with a 15-6 run. Rogers scored seven points and Tony Delk six, including a basket with 7:10 remaining in the first half.

"It was a terrible start," Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens said. "You can't get in a hole against good teams. It's hard to come back.

Toronto rallied within 45-41 at halftime behind rookie Morris Peterson, who scored nine of his 11 points in the final seven minutes of the second period.

"Toronto just paraded to the foul line in the second quarter," Skiles said. "We were fouling them so much and it busted our rhythm."

Delk scored 12 points and Marion 11 for the Suns, who shot 42.5 percent (34-of-80) and converted 13 turnovers by Toronto into 28 points.

Alvin Williams scored 13 points for the Raptors, who shot 38 percent (31-of-81) and were just 2-of-13 from the arc. Charles Oakley grabbed 16 rebounds and Carter pulled down 12 -- both season highs -- as Toronto held a 46-43 edge on the glass.

"We had 13 turnovers that gave up 28 points," Wilkens said. "That's unacceptable."

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