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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 24 18 21 17 8 88 NEW YORK 19 19 26 16 4 84 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: PHO - SHAWN MARION 19, JASON KIDD 16, IAKOVOS TSAKALIDIS 14 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 26, ALLAN HOUSTON 21, LARRY JOHNSON 10

HIGH REBOUND: PHO - SHAWN MARION 11, JASON KIDD 9 NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 23, LARRY JOHNSON 9

HIGH ASSISTS: PHO - JASON KIDD 7, CLIFF ROBINSON 7 NYK - CHARLIE WARD 6, ALLAN HOUSTON 4

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

PHOENIX (88) AT NEW YORK (84) - FINAL IN OT

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

MARION F 41 9-12 1-3 3 8 11 0 3 1 2 19 ROBINSON F 39 5-17 2-2 0 2 2 7 3 3 2 13 TSAKALIDIS C 27 6-8 2-2 1 6 7 0 3 0 0 14 ELIE G 23 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 1 0 6 KIDD G 49 7-16 2-6 1 8 9 7 3 2 5 16 ROGERS 19 5-9 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 0 2 10 T DELK 14 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 2 GUGLIOTTA 32 2-4 0-0 0 4 4 0 1 1 2 4 V DEL NEGRO 21 2-5 0-1 1 1 2 2 2 0 1 4 DUDLEY DNP - SORE BACK PERRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION SANTIAGO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 39-80 7-14 6 32 38 23 23 8 14 88 (.488) (.500) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(15 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 42 4-10 0-0 4 5 9 3 3 1 3 10 SPREWELL F 46 12-22 1-1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 26 CAMBY C 44 2-7 5-6 4 19 23 0 2 1 2 9 HOUSTON G 42 7-16 6-6 1 3 4 4 1 0 3 21 WARD G 34 3-12 0-0 1 3 4 6 5 1 4 7 RICE 24 2-8 1-2 0 2 2 0 3 1 3 5 THOMAS 20 1-2 4-4 1 4 5 0 3 0 1 6 JACKSON 13 0-3 0-0 1 0 1 3 1 0 0 0 BOGUES DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE HARRINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION LONGLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 31-80 17-19 12 36 48 16 18 5 19 84 (.388) (.895) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 20(27 PTS)

PHOENIX 24 18 21 17 8 - 88 NEW YORK 19 19 26 16 4 - 84

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - ROBINSON, GUGLIOTTA, MARION. NEW YORK - NONE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 3-9 (.333), ROBINSON 1-2, ELIE 2-4, KIDD 0-2, V DEL NEGRO 0-1. NEW YORK 5-18 (.278), L JOHNSON 2-5, SPREWELL 1-2, HOUSTON 1-2, WARD 1-5, RICE 0-3, JACKSON 0-1. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, LUIS GRILLO, MARC DAVIS. A - 19,763. T - 2:23.


Box Score

PHOENIX (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marion 41 9-12 1-3 3-11 0 3 19 Robinson 39 5-17 2-2 0-2 7 3 13 Tsakalidis 27 6-8 2-2 1-7 0 3 14 Elie 23 2-5 0-0 0-1 2 3 6 Kidd 49 7-16 2-6 1-9 7 3 16 Rogers 19 5-9 0-0 0-2 3 1 10 T Delk 14 1-4 0-0 0-0 2 4 2 Gugliotta 32 2-4 0-0 0-4 0 1 4 V Del Negro 21 2-5 0-1 1-2 2 2 4 Dudley DNP - sore back Perry DNP - coach's decision Santiago DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 39-80 7-14 6-38 23 23 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.488, FT-.500. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Robinson 1-2, Elie 2-4, Kidd 0-2, V Del Negro 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Robinson, Gugliotta, Marion). Turnovers: 14 (Kidd 5, Gugliotta 2, Marion 2, Robinson 2, Rogers 2, V Del Negro). Steals: 8 (Robinson 3, Kidd 2, Elie, Gugliotta, Marion).

NEW YORK (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 42 4-10 0-0 4-9 3 3 10 Sprewell 46 12-22 1-1 0-0 0 0 26 Camby 44 2-7 5-6 4-23 0 2 9 Houston 42 7-16 6-6 1-4 4 1 21 Ward 34 3-12 0-0 1-4 6 5 7 Rice 24 2-8 1-2 0-2 0 3 5 Thomas 20 1-2 4-4 1-5 0 3 6 Jackson 13 0-3 0-0 1-1 3 1 0 Bogues DNP - sore right knee Harrington DNP - coach's decision Longley DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 31-80 17-19 12-48 16 18 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.388, FT-.895. 3-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (L Johnson 2-5, Sprewell 1-2, Houston 1-2, Ward 1-5, Rice 0-3, Jackson 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 20 (Ward 4, Houston 3, L Johnson 3, Rice 3, Sprewell 3, Camby 2, Thomas). Steals: 5 (Camby, L Johnson, Rice, Sprewell, Ward). _________________________________________________ Phoenix 24 18 21 17 8 - 88 New York 19 19 26 16 4 - 84 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 10:02 3rd, 3:03 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:23. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Luis Grillo, Marc Davis.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The formerly flashy Phoenix Suns would like everyone to know that they can play some defense, too.

Shawn Marion made two big baskets in overtime, when the Suns held the New York Knicks to one basket and emerged with an 88-84 victory that completed a successful road trip.

With All-Star point guard Jason Kidd and a fleet of forwards led by the athletic Marion, the Suns give the impression that they are a fast-breaking, run-and-gun team where defense is an afterthought.

But Phoenix has limited six of its last nine foes to 85 points or fewer and is allowing 91.2 points per game, the third-best mark in the Western Conference.

"We're trying to lose the mystique of `The Phoenix Suns just try to outscore you,'" said Kidd, an All-Defensive Second Team selection last season. "It's gonna take a year or two but we feel that we can play defense with the best of them."

"I think we've been playing real well defensively," Marion said. "We've just got to keep moving forward."

Marion had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Kidd added 16, nine and seven assists for the Suns, who went 3-1 on a tough East Coast swing. After a loss to Philadelphia, Phoenix ended Orlando's nine-game winning streak, nearly ended Miami's 3-point streak and shut down New York.

"It doesn't get much better than that," Suns coach Scott Skiles said. "We had a chance to win in Philly and we didn't and I think our team could have gone either way after that."

The Suns held the Knicks to 39 percent (31-of-80) from the field, including just 1-of-7 in the extra session. New York's lone basket was a 3-pointer by Larry Johnson that tied it, 84-84, with 2:57 to go.

The teams traded possessions before Marion tipped in a miss with 1:57 left, giving Phoenix the lead for good. The Knicks missed a pair of jumpers before committing a turnover on their next possession, and Marion made a left-wing jumper off the dribble for a four-point lead with a minute to play.

"If you've got an in-between game, it's hard to stop," said Marion, who made 9-of-12 shots.

"I think our half-court offense is looking better because of the re-emergence of Shawn," Skiles said. "He can make plays out there. When he's scoring the ball, he's really a weapon."

Marion, who also is sixth in the NBA in rebounding, grabbed a miss by Latrell Sprewell and blocked a layup by Charlie Ward as the Suns survived a turnover and two missed free throws by Kidd in the final minute.

Rookie Jake Tsakalidis scored a season-high 14 points and Cliff Robinson added 13 for the Suns, who shot 49 percent (39-of-80) and won in New York for the first time since November 7, 1995.

Phoenix has won seven of nine overall.

Sprewell scored 26 points and Allan Houston added 21 for the Knicks, who commited 20 turnovers and lost for the first time in six overtime games this season. New York has dropped five of its last seven.

"We had open looks down the stretch and didn't knock them down," said Sprewell, who was held scoreless in overtime by Marion. "We had a few turnovers. That type of stuff hurts you down the stretch in games."

"Right now, we're doing the things that get you beat," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "Turning the ball over, having to make big shots to win, having to prevent second shots when you fight hard. We're not defending as I know we're capable of."

The game marked the return to the Knicks of Mark Jackson, who was acquired in a trade with Toronto on Thursday. Jackson, a New York native who played his first five seasons with the Knicks, entered to a standing ovation early in the second quarter. He missed three shots and had three assists in 13 minutes.

"It was special. I can't really describe it," said Jackson, who eventually will take over Charlie Ward's starting slot. "A lot of thoughts went through my mind but I was very grateful and it meant a lot."

Marion's corner jumper gave Phoenix a 78-72 lead with 3:34 left in the fourth quarter, but New York rallied and tied it, 80-80, on Houston's jumper over Kidd with 4.5 seconds remaining. Vinny Del Negro missed a wide-open corner jumper just before the regulation buzzer.

"We executed perfectly and got a good look," Skiles said.

Tsakalidis scored 10 points in the first eight minutes and the Suns bolted to a 20-9 lead with 3:29 left in the first quarter. They still held a 38-28 advantage when Houston scored seven points in the final 3:19 of the first half, helping the Knicks pull within 42-38.

Sprewell, who did not score until the 7:35 mark of the second quarter, made up for it in the third. He made his first five shots as he worked over Marion for 15 points in the period, including a 3-pointer just before the buzzer that gave the Knicks a 64-63 lead.

"Shawn came out in the third quarter and relaxed for two or three possessions and Sprewell just went bap, bap, bap," Skiles said. "That's just (the sign of) a young player."

There were five lead changes in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter until a three-point play by Marion gave Phoenix a 76-70 lead with 5:45 remaining.

Marcus Camby had a career-high 23 rebounds for New York, which held a 48-38 edge on the glass.

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