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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SACRAMENTO 26 19 22 19 86 PHOENIX 27 26 18 17 88 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 22, DOUG CHRISTIE 20, VLADE DIVAC 17 PHO - JASON KIDD 20, RODNEY ROGERS 20, CLIFF ROBINSON 17

HIGH REBOUND: SAC - PREDRAG STOJAKOVIC 12, CHRIS WEBBER 9 PHO - SHAWN MARION 19, TONY DELK 10

HIGH ASSISTS: SAC - JASON WILLIAMS 5, PREDRAG STOJAKOVIC 4 PHO - JASON KIDD 14, TONY DELK 4

ATT: 19,023


Extended Box

SACRAMENTO (86) AT PHOENIX (88)

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

STOJAKOVIC F 36 5-15 3-4 2 10 12 4 2 3 3 15 WEBBER F 43 11-24 0-1 1 8 9 1 5 0 5 22 DIVAC C 32 6-11 5-5 1 4 5 0 2 3 2 17 CHRISTIE G 42 7-12 3-4 1 2 3 2 4 1 2 20 WILLIAMS G 22 0-3 0-0 1 5 6 5 0 1 7 0 POLLARD 16 1-2 2-4 1 5 6 1 2 0 1 4 TURKOGLU 17 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 3 2 2 1 4 JACKSON 26 2-7 0-0 2 1 3 1 0 1 1 4 BARRY 6 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 ANDERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION FUNDERBURKE DNP - COACH'S DECISION MARTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-81 13-18 9 38 47 18 17 11 22 86 (.420) (.722) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 22(20 PTS)

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

MARION F 39 8-21 0-0 7 12 19 1 1 4 0 16 ROBINSON F 36 7-13 1-2 4 3 7 2 2 1 4 17 DUDLEY C 13 0-1 0-0 2 5 7 0 2 0 0 0 ELIE G 17 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 1 0 3 KIDD G 44 8-22 2-2 1 2 3 14 2 4 3 20 ROGERS 38 10-17 0-0 1 3 4 3 4 1 5 20 GUGLIOTTA 18 0-2 2-2 1 6 7 1 2 1 0 2 T DELK 31 5-17 0-0 4 6 10 4 1 1 3 10 V DEL NEGRO 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 PERRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION SANTIAGO DNP - COACH'S DECISION TSAKALIDIS DNP - LEFT ARCH STRAIN

TOTALS 240 39-99 5-6 20 39 59 27 15 13 15 88 (.394) (.833) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 16(20 PTS)

SACRAMENTO 26 19 22 19 - 86 PHOENIX 27 26 18 17 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: SACRAMENTO - STOJAKOVIC, CHRISTIE, JACKSON, WEBBER. PHOENIX - ROBINSON 3, GUGLIOTTA 2, MARION 2, T DELK, DUDLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SACRAMENTO 5-12 (.417), STOJAKOVIC 2-2, WEBBER 0-1, CHRISTIE 3-3, WILLIAMS 0-2, TURKOGLU 0-1, JACKSON 0-3. PHOENIX 5-18 (.278), ROBINSON 2-4, ELIE 1-3, KIDD 2-7, ROGERS 0-2, T DELK 0-2. TECHNICALS: PHOENIX - HEAD COACH SKILES, ROGERS. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, GREG WILLARD, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 19,023. T - 2:01.


Box Score

SACRAMENTO (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Stojakovic 36 5-15 3-4 2-12 4 2 15 Webber 43 11-24 0-1 1-9 1 5 22 Divac 32 6-11 5-5 1-5 0 2 17 Christie 42 7-12 3-4 1-3 2 4 20 Williams 22 0-3 0-0 1-6 5 0 0 Pollard 16 1-2 2-4 1-6 1 2 4 Turkoglu 17 2-6 0-0 0-2 3 2 4 Jackson 26 2-7 0-0 2-3 1 0 4 Barry 6 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Anderson DNP - coach's decision Funderburke DNP - coach's decision Martin DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-81 13-18 9-47 18 17 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.420, FT-.722. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Stojakovic 2-2, Webber 0-1, Christie 3-3, Williams 0-2, Turkoglu 0-1, Jackson 0-3). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 4 (Stojakovic, Christie, Jackson, Webber). Turnovers: 22 (Williams 7, Webber 5, Stojakovic 3, Christie 2, Divac 2, Jackson, Pollard, Turkoglu). Steals: 11 (Divac 3, Stojakovic 3, Turkoglu 2, Christie, Jackson, Williams).

PHOENIX (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marion 39 8-21 0-0 7-19 1 1 16 Robinson 36 7-13 1-2 4-7 2 2 17 Dudley 13 0-1 0-0 2-7 0 2 0 Elie 17 1-5 0-0 0-1 2 1 3 Kidd 44 8-22 2-2 1-3 14 2 20 Rogers 38 10-17 0-0 1-4 3 4 20 Gugliotta 18 0-2 2-2 1-7 1 2 2 T Delk 31 5-17 0-0 4-10 4 1 10 V Del Negro 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Perry DNP - coach's decision Santiago DNP - coach's decision Tsakalidis DNP - left arch strain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-99 5-6 20-59 27 15 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.394, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (Robinson 2-4, Elie 1-3, Kidd 2-7, Rogers 0-2, T Delk 0-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 9 (Robinson 3, Gugliotta 2, Marion 2, T Delk, Dudley). Turnovers: 16 (Rogers 5, Robinson 4, Kidd 3, T Delk 3). Steals: 13 (Kidd 4, Marion 4, Elie, Gugliotta, Robinson, Rogers, T Delk). ____________________________________________ Sacramento 26 19 22 19 - 86 Phoenix 27 26 18 17 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Phoenix 2 (Head Coach Skiles, 11:00 3rd; Rogers, 5:41 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,023. T: 2:01. Officials: Ron Garretson, Greg Willard, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- If Sunday night's game between the Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings was any indication, a playoff matchup would be quite a series.

Jason Kidd and Rodney Rogers scored 20 points apiece as the Suns used a late spurt to post an 88-86 victory over the Kings.

Phoenix jumped into sixth place in the Western Conference, one-half game ahead of Portland. Sacramento fell into third place in the West, one-half game behind the Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Lakers.

If the season ended Sunday, the Suns would face Sacramento in the opening round.

"The (last) game in Sacramento, we missed a key rebound," Phoenix coach Scott Skiles said. "Vlade (Divac) grabbed it and scored and sent the game to overtime and they beat us. The game here, we handled them in the first half, and they handled us in the second half. We always play this team tough."

A layup by Bobby Jackson gave Sacramento its final lead at 78-77 with 6:47 left. But Phoenix scored the next eight points, including two long jumpers by Kidd, for an 85-78 lead with three minutes to go.

The Kings did not quit and got a pair of 3-pointers from Peja Stojakovic to pull within 88-86 with 47 seconds to go.

After Shawn Marion missed a shot for the Suns, Sacramento used a tiemout with 11 seconds left to set up a final play. The Kings got the ball to Chris Webber, who was defended closely by Cliff Robinson. Webber's jumper was off the mark, as the Sacramento bench clamored for a foul, and time expired on the rebound.

"I don't know," Webber responded on whether he was fouled. "I don't know. It just hurts too much."

A dunk by Marion off a feed from Mario Elie capped a 10-0 run by Phoenix for a 63-49 advantage with just under seven minutes left in the third. Sacramento guard Doug Christie scored eight of his 20 points to help pull the Kings within 71-67 heading into the final quarter.

Marion scored 15 points and matched a career high with 19 rebounds for Phoenix, which shot only 39 percent (39-of-99). Kidd handed out 14 assists to offset a subpar 8-of-22 shooting effort.

"A lot of things did go our way," Kidd admitted. "We stopped them when Webber took that last shot, but the big thing is we feel we can play with these guys. This was a game that we needed -- the big thing is that we played defense."

Phoenix won its 50th game for the 10th time in 14 seasons and remained one game behind fifth-place Dallas in the tightly bunched West. The Suns have won eight straight at home.

"I think the guys in my locker room deserve a lot of credit," Skiles said. "We were 24-18 and we had a couple of winning streaks. I believe we deserve a lot of credit to get to 50. Hopefully, we're not done yet."

The Suns scored 20 second-chance points on 20 offensive rebounds and outrebounded the Kings, 59-47. Phoenix' reserves outscored Sacramento's, 32-12.

"No matter what the Lakers did, we had to win and we didn't do it," Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. "Now, destiny is in their hands. If they win Tuesday, they win the division. We had our chances in the last two games and we didn't get it done."

Webber led Sacramento with 22 points while Divac added 17 on 6-of-11 shooting. Stojakovic collected 15 points and 12 boards for the Kings, who shot 42 percent (34-of-81).

"You can't get too high and you can't get too low," Christie said. "I think that might be the motto we need to go by. Once the season is over, its 0-0. Its up for grabs and I think we can beat any team on any night and we have to focus on that."

Kings starting point guard Jason Williams was ineffective for the second time in three games, missing all three shots and committing seven turnovers. Adelman went in favor of his backup, Jackson, for the entire fourth quarter.

Phoenix salvaged the final game of the four-game season series with Sacramento.

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