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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 24 27 25 27 103 DALLAS 21 23 21 21 86 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHO - SHAWN MARION 23, CLIFF ROBINSON 21, JASON KIDD 15 DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 27, HOWARD EISLEY 20, DIRK NOWITZKI 15

HIGH REBOUND: PHO - SHAWN MARION 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8 DAL - SHAWN BRADLEY 13, DIRK NOWITZKI 12

HIGH ASSISTS: PHO - JASON KIDD 11, RODNEY ROGERS 6 DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 6, HOWARD EISLEY 4

ATT: 18,187


Extended Box

PHOENIX (103) AT DALLAS (86)

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

MARION F 39 10-19 3-4 3 8 11 1 3 6 1 23 ROBINSON F 41 8-19 5-5 0 3 3 4 4 2 3 21 DUDLEY C 10 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 0 0 2 HARDAWAY G 41 3-9 2-2 2 6 8 5 3 3 0 8 KIDD G 35 4-14 5-5 1 4 5 11 2 2 3 15 ROGERS 37 6-17 2-2 2 6 8 6 5 5 2 14 DELK 21 4-8 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 8 GUGLIOTTA 15 3-5 4-4 0 2 2 2 3 0 0 10 MCPHERSON 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 BLOUNT DNP - COACH'S DECISION SANTIAGO DNP - COACH'S DECISION TSAKALIDIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-94 21-22 9 33 42 31 20 18 9 103 (.426) (.955) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 9(3 PTS)

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

NOWITZKI F 35 6-15 3-3 2 10 12 1 4 0 2 15 TRENT F 9 0-2 2-2 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 2 LAETTNER C 26 2-7 2-2 3 4 7 1 3 1 1 6 EISLEY G 46 6-20 5-5 0 4 4 4 5 1 5 20 FINLEY G 46 11-24 5-8 1 3 4 6 1 0 8 27 DAVIS 25 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 1 3 4 BRADLEY 29 4-6 0-0 2 11 13 0 2 0 3 8 VAUGHT 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 ALEXANDER 21 1-5 2-2 2 3 5 0 3 0 1 4 HARVEY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BRYANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION NASH DNP - SORE LEFT HAMSTRING

TOTALS 240 32-81 19-22 10 39 49 15 20 4 23 86 (.395) (.864) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 23(18 PTS)

PHOENIX 24 27 25 27 - 103 DALLAS 21 23 21 21 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - KIDD 2, MARION 2, ROBINSON, HARDAWAY. DALLAS - BRADLEY 6, FINLEY 2, NOWITZKI, EISLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 2-16 (.125), MARION 0-1, ROBINSON 0-3, HARDAWAY 0-2, KIDD 2-6, ROGERS 0-3, DELK 0-1. DALLAS 3-16 (.188), NOWITZKI 0-3, EISLEY 3-9, FINLEY 0-4. TECHNICALS: PHOENIX - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, DALLAS - HEAD COACH NELSON. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, JIM CLARK, SEAN CORBIN. A - 18,187. T - 2:18.


Box Score

PHOENIX (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marion 39 10-19 3-4 3-11 1 3 23 Robinson 41 8-19 5-5 0-3 4 4 21 Dudley 10 1-2 0-0 1-3 1 0 2 Hardaway 41 3-9 2-2 2-8 5 3 8 Kidd 35 4-14 5-5 1-5 11 2 15 Rogers 37 6-17 2-2 2-8 6 5 14 Delk 21 4-8 0-0 0-2 1 0 8 Gugliotta 15 3-5 4-4 0-2 2 3 10 Mcpherson 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Blount DNP - coach's decision Santiago DNP - coach's decision Tsakalidis DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-94 21-22 9-42 31 20 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.426, FT-.955. 3-Point Goals: 2-16, .125 (Marion 0-1, Robinson 0-3, Hardaway 0-2, Kidd 2-6, Rogers 0-3, Delk 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Kidd 2, Marion 2, Robinson, Hardaway). Turnovers: 9 (Kidd 3, Robinson 3, Rogers 2, Marion). Steals: 18 (Marion 6, Rogers 5, Hardaway 3, Kidd 2, Robinson 2).

DALLAS (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Nowitzki 35 6-15 3-3 2-12 1 4 15 Trent 9 0-2 2-2 0-2 1 2 2 Laettner 26 2-7 2-2 3-7 1 3 6 Eisley 46 6-20 5-5 0-4 4 5 20 Finley 46 11-24 5-8 1-4 6 1 27 Davis 25 2-2 0-0 0-1 2 0 4 Bradley 29 4-6 0-0 2-13 0 2 8 Vaught 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Alexander 21 1-5 2-2 2-5 0 3 4 Harvey 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Bryant DNP - coach's decision Nash DNP - sore left hamstring _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-81 19-22 10-49 15 20 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.395, FT-.864. 3-Point Goals: 3-16, .188 (Nowitzki 0-3, Eisley 3-9, Finley 0-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 10 (Bradley 6, Finley 2, Nowitzki, Eisley). Turnovers: 23 (Finley 8, Eisley 5, Bradley 3, Davis 3, Nowitzki 2, Alexander, Laettner). Steals: 4 (Davis, Eisley, Laettner, Vaught). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 24 27 25 27 - 103 Dallas 21 23 21 21 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Phoenix 1 (Illegal Defense, 7:35 3rd). Dallas 1 (Head Coach Nelson, 3:53 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,187. T: 2:18. Officials: Jess Kersey, Jim Clark, Sean Corbin.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- Shawn Marion had 23 points, 11 rebounds and six steals as the Phoenix Suns handed the Dallas Mavericks their third straight home loss, 103-86.

The Mavericks (24-15) turned in their sloppiest performance of the season without starting point guard Steve Nash, who is sidelined with a hamstring injury. Dallas committed 23 turnovers, 14 more than Phoenix, and shot just 39 percent (32-of-81) from the field.

"When we don't shoot the ball well, it affects our overall play and it seeped into our defense which wasn't great tonight as well," Dallas interim coach Don Nelson said.

The Suns had 18 steals, including five apiece by Tony Delk and Rodney Rogers.

"If you want to be one of the elite teams you've got to stop people," Phoneix guard Jason Kidd said. "Tonight we got a lot of deflections and got out hands on the balls that led to easy baskets."

Phoenix shot 42 percent (40-of-94) from the field and made 21-of-22 free throws.

Cliff Robinson scored 21 points and Rogers added 14 and eight rebounds for the Suns (22-12).

"He (Rogers) was all over the place," Phoenix coach Scott Skiles said. "When it appeared they may be gaining the momentum back, he seemed like the guy who was making the big play."

Kidd netted 15 points and dished out 11 assists and Penny Hardaway -- in his fourth game back from a knee injury -- had eight points and eight rebounds in 41 minutes.

Phoenix outscored Dallas in the paint, 58-26.

Michael Finley led Dallas with 27 points but committed eight turnovers. Dirk Nowitzki added 15 points on 6-of-15 shooting to go with 12 rebounds. Shawn Bradley pulled down 13 rebounds and Christian Laettner grabbed 12.

Nowitzki played 35 minutes despite suffering from flu-like symptoms.

"Dirk is not feeling well and he got sick at halftime and his energy reflected it in the second half," Nelson said.

The Suns led 51-44 at halftime, then opened the third quarter with a 14-5 run to build a 65-49 advantage. Dallas got within 76-65 by the end of the period, but a 12-2 run by Phoenix to start the final quarter put away the game.

"The way we played was terrible," Finley said. "I apologize to everyone who was at the game or witnessed it on television. I'm just disappointed that if that was someone's first time to ever see us play we really didn't display what kind of team we have here."

The Mavericks shot just 18 percent (3-of-16) from 3-point range, well below their season average of 38 percent.

Nelson did not give any indication when Nash would return, but said he would be re-evaluated on Monday.

Dallas has not won at home since a 105-96 triumph over the Los Angeles Clippers on December 28.

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