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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 24 23 30 29 106 DETROIT 15 21 18 19 73 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHO - CLIFF ROBINSON 27, SHAWN MARION 18, TONY DELK 15 DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 19, JOHN WALLACE 9, THREE PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH REBOUND: PHO - SHAWN MARION 16, JAKE TSAKALIDIS 11 DET - JEROME WILLIAMS 9, BEN WALLACE 8

HIGH ASSISTS: PHO - FOUR PLAYERS WITH 5 DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 3, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 13,113


Extended Box

PHOENIX (106) AT DETROIT (73)

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

MARION F 33 8-18 2-2 3 13 16 5 0 0 0 18 ROBINSON F 28 12-17 3-6 0 4 4 1 4 0 1 27 TSAKALIDIS C 22 3-4 3-4 2 9 11 0 3 0 0 9 ELIE G 15 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 5 3 1 1 0 PERRY G 36 3-4 0-0 0 5 5 5 2 1 4 6 DUDLEY 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 DELK 37 5-8 1-2 1 7 8 5 1 0 2 15 SANTIAGO 18 2-6 1-4 2 4 6 2 3 0 1 5 ROGERS 25 5-12 1-2 1 0 1 1 5 1 4 14 MCPHERSON 14 2-3 6-6 2 4 6 3 1 0 2 10 BLOUNT 6 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 KIDD DNP - PERSONAL REASONS

TOTALS 240 41-76 17-26 11 48 59 27 25 4 16 106 (.539) (.654) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16(17 PTS)

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

CURRY F 15 1-4 1-2 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 3 SMITH F 23 2-14 3-5 3 4 7 2 4 0 0 7 B WALLACE C 25 2-7 0-4 3 5 8 0 3 1 0 4 CLEAVES G 26 1-8 2-2 2 1 3 2 1 0 1 4 STACKHOUSE G 33 9-27 0-3 4 1 5 3 0 3 2 19 M MOORE 23 1-2 2-6 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 4 ATKINS 19 3-5 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 6 BUECHLER 11 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 3 J WILLIAMS 23 2-9 3-4 4 5 9 1 4 2 0 7 BARROS 26 2-5 3-4 0 1 1 2 2 1 0 7 J WALLACE 16 4-11 1-2 2 1 3 0 1 1 1 9 OWENS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-94 15-32 20 21 41 13 20 10 6 73 (.298) (.469) TEAM REBS: 17 TOTAL TO: 7(12 PTS)

PHOENIX 24 23 30 29 - 106 DETROIT 15 21 18 19 - 73

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - TSAKALIDIS 5, ROBINSON 2, MARION, SANTIAGO. DETROIT - B WALLACE 2, CURRY, STACKHOUSE, M MOORE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 7-12 (.583), ROBINSON 0-1, ELIE 0-1, DELK 4-4, ROGERS 3-6. DETROIT 2-9 (.222), STACKHOUSE 1-3, ATKINS 0-2, BUECHLER 1-1, BARROS 0-1, J WALLACE 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, JIM CAPERS, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 13,113. T - 2:09.


Box Score

PHOENIX (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marion 33 8-18 2-2 3-16 5 0 18 Robinson 28 12-17 3-6 0-4 1 4 27 Tsakalidis 22 3-4 3-4 2-11 0 3 9 Elie 15 0-2 0-0 0-1 5 3 0 Perry 36 3-4 0-0 0-5 5 2 6 Dudley 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Delk 37 5-8 1-2 1-8 5 1 15 Santiago 18 2-6 1-4 2-6 2 3 5 Rogers 25 5-12 1-2 1-1 1 5 14 Mcpherson 14 2-3 6-6 2-6 3 1 10 Blount 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Kidd DNP - personal reasons _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-76 17-26 11-59 27 25 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.539, FT-.654. 3-Point Goals: 7-12, .583 (Robinson 0-1, Elie 0-1, Delk 4-4, Rogers 3-6). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 9 (Tsakalidis 5, Robinson 2, Marion, Santiago). Turnovers: 16 (Perry 4, Rogers 4, Delk 2, Mcpherson 2, Dudley, Elie, Robinson, Santiago). Steals: 4 (Blount, Elie, Perry, Rogers).

DETROIT (73) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Curry 15 1-4 1-2 1-2 0 1 3 Smith 23 2-14 3-5 3-7 2 4 7 B Wallace 25 2-7 0-4 3-8 0 3 4 Cleaves 26 1-8 2-2 2-3 2 1 4 Stackhouse 33 9-27 0-3 4-5 3 0 19 M Moore 23 1-2 2-6 0-2 0 3 4 Atkins 19 3-5 0-0 0-0 2 0 6 Buechler 11 1-2 0-0 1-1 1 1 3 J Williams 23 2-9 3-4 4-9 1 4 7 Barros 26 2-5 3-4 0-1 2 2 7 J Wallace 16 4-11 1-2 2-3 0 1 9 Owens DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-94 15-32 20-41 13 20 73 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.298, FT-.469. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Stackhouse 1-3, Atkins 0-2, Buechler 1-1, Barros 0-1, J Wallace 0-2). Team rebounds: 17. Blocked shots: 5 (B Wallace 2, Curry, Stackhouse, M Moore). Turnovers: 7 (Stackhouse 2, Atkins, Cleaves, J Wallace, M Moore). Steals: 10 (Stackhouse 3, J Williams 2, B Wallace, Barros, Buechler, Curry, J Wallace). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 24 23 30 29 - 106 Detroit 15 21 18 19 - 73 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,113. T: 2:09. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Jim Capers, Leroy Richardson.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- For the first time in a week, the Phoenix Suns have something other to talk about than the situation involving All-Star point guard Jason Kidd.

Cliff Robinson scored 12 of his 27 points in the first quarter and Shawn Marion added 18 and 16 rebounds as the Suns snapped a three-game losing streak by pasting the Detroit Pistons, 106-73.

Robinson had the final four points in a game-opening 8-0 run and the Suns were never headed. When Detroit attempted to answer and got within 14-10 with just under four minutes left in the quarter, Robinson had six points in a 8-2 burst that pushed the lead to double digits.

The Suns won for the first time since Kidd was arrested Thursday night on a misdemeanor assault charge. After admitting to striking his wife, Kidd opted not to accompany the Suns on their five-game road trip in hopes of trying to mend his marriage.

Without Kidd's leadership, the Suns have struggled, dropping their last three games by a total of 28 points. But Robinson, who was held to six points in a loss Monday, bounced back in a big way, making 12-of-17 shots in 28 minutes Wednesday.

"We've gone through a lot of adversity lately and we're doing a good job getting through it," Robinson said. "It hurts, but everybody in the NBA has to deal with adversity and it's our turn to deal with it."

Jerry Stackhouse, the NBA's leading scorer who missed the last game with the flu, was held to 19 points on 9-of-27 shooting. Detroit shot just 29 percent (28-of-94) and missed 17-of-32 free throws as it lost for the 12th time in 14 games.

"That was, if not the best, one of our best games of the year," Suns coach Scott Skiles said. "We came to play from the time the ball went up. We had good interior defense ... we harassed them all over the place and they missed shots. And when they got some open looks, they missed those too."

"That was awful, that was embarrassing," Pistons coach George Irvine said. "They just looked us in the eye and just beat us. We obviously shot the ball awful. Some of it was not being strong enough to go up and take shots like they did. Some of it was the fact that we got very selfish. We started throwing up shots just to be throwing them up, I guess."

Phoenix also played without forward Tom Gugliotta, who Wednesday was placed on the injured list while attending to his ill mother in New York.

Elliot Perry opened the scoring with a 14-foot jumper 41 seconds into the contest. Marion added a layup 24 seconds later before Robinson had a dunk and an 18-footer 59 seconds apart for an 8-0 lead.

Stackhouse got the Pistons on the board with a basket 3:39 into the quarter and Detroit was within 14-10 following Joe Smith's layup with 3:55 remaining. Robinson countered with a 15-footer 14 seconds later and hit a hook shot for an 18-10 lead with 3:12 to go.

Chucky Atkins buried a 19-footer for Detroit but rookie Daniel Santiago had a layup. Robinson then capped the spurt with a layup for a 22-12 lead with 1:56 left.

"We did a good job coming out and being aggressive. We moved the ball and we did a good job in the lane," Robinson said. "We had two tough road losses and we wanted to come in here strong."

"We got down 6-0, we called a timeout and everyone panicked," Stackhouse said. "The whole team seemd to cringe, the basket got smaller and we just started throwing the ball away. I couldn't believe it. (It was) not the way we prepared for this game. Maybe going on the road will help but you hate to have to go on the road to win."

Rodney Rogers' 3-pointer 75 seconds into the second period pushed the lead to 29-14 but Detroit got back within, 41-34, with 2:42 remaining in the half. Robinson again answered for Phoenix, hitting a free throw 18 seconds later and Tony Delk buried a 3-pointer to push the lead to 11.

The Pistons began the second half the way they started the first -- cold. Phoenix got baskets from rookie Jake Tsakalidis, Robinson and Marion while Detroit was held without a point until 7:58 remained in the quarter. By that time the Suns' lead was 17 and the Pistons never got the deficit to single digits the rest of the way.

Phoenix's lead was 77-54 at the end of three quarters and to 34 points in the final minutes of the contest.

"We came out with energy," Marion said. "We executed and ended the game early. We've been struggling a little bit too but we needed to come in here and win, and we won. Everybody's got to step up."

The Pistons' starting frontcourt of Smith, Michael Curry and Ben Wallace combined for 14 points on 5-of-25 shooting. Detroit was outrebounded 59-41 and allowed Phoenix to shoot 53 percent (41-of-76).

"It was a little bit embarrassing," Smith said. "It's frustrating because we don't know what to do. It was bad from the opening tip-off. We just aren't finding a way to put it all together."

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