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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     PHOENIX          19   14   29   13    75   
     DENVER           20   22   11   19    72      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   PHO - STEPHON MARBURY 19, SHAWN MARION 14, 
                      PENNY HARDAWAY 13
                DEN - JUWAN HOWARD 19, NENE HILARIO 14, MARK 
                      BLOUNT 10

HIGH REBOUND:   PHO - SHAWN MARION 9, AMARE STOUDEMIRE 8, 
                      PENNY HARDAWAY 6
                DEN - NENE HILARIO 10, JUWAN HOWARD 8, JAMES 
                      POSEY 8

HIGH ASSISTS:   PHO - STEPHON MARBURY 8, PENNY HARDAWAY 7, TWO
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                DEN - LORINZA HARRINGTON 5, NENE HILARIO 2, 
                      SEVEN PLAYERS WITH 1

         ATT:   11,846

Box Score

PHOENIX (75) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp T Gugliotta 21 1-6 0-0 0-1 1 2 2 S Marion 40 5-18 4-5 3-9 2 0 14 J Tsakalidis 27 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 6 2 P Hardaway 41 4-9 5-7 0-6 7 4 13 S Marbury 39 7-15 4-4 0-2 8 4 19 S Williams 13 1-2 1-2 0-1 0 2 3 D Langhi 8 2-4 0-0 0-1 0 1 4 A Stoudemire 28 5-8 1-2 3-8 0 3 12 J Johnson 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 B Outlaw 7 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 C Jacobsen 11 2-4 1-2 0-0 1 1 6 R Brown DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-71 16-22 6-31 21 23 75 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.394, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (S Marion 0-2, S Marbury 1-6, A Stoudemire 1-1, J Johnson 0-1, C Jacobsen 1-3). Team Rebounds: 16. Blocked Shots:10 (A Stoudemire 6, S Williams 2, S Marbury, S Marion). Turnovers:15 (S Marbury 5, S Marion 2, A Stoudemire 2, C Jacobsen 2, P Hardaway, J Tsakalidis, D Langhi, T Gugliotta). Steals: 6 (P Hardaway 3, S Marbury, S Marion, C Jacobsen). DENVER (72) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Howard 39 8-20 3-3 3-8 1 4 19 R Bowen 35 2-7 0-0 3-6 1 1 4 M Blount 16 3-4 4-4 1-3 1 2 10 L Harrington 37 2-8 0-0 0-3 5 6 4 J Posey 39 3-15 2-2 4-8 0 3 8 N Hilario 29 4-8 6-6 5-10 2 5 14 R White 14 1-4 1-3 1-4 1 0 3 K Satterfield 11 0-4 3-4 0-0 1 2 3 N Tskitishvili 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 D Harvey 15 3-8 1-4 2-5 1 2 7 R White DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE C Andersen DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-78 20-26 19-47 14 25 72 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.333, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 0-6, .000 (L Harrington 0-1, J Posey 0-4, R White 0-1). Team Rebounds: 13. Blocked Shots:5 (R Bowen 2, M Blount, N Hilario, L Harrington). Turnovers:17 (N Hilario 5, J Posey 4, L Harrington 4, J Howard 2, R Bowen, R White). Steals: 9 (J Posey 2, L Harrington 2, J Howard, R Bowen, D Harvey, K Satterfield, N Hilario). ------------------------------------------- PHOENIX 19 14 29 13 - 75 DENVER 20 22 11 19 - 72 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Phoenix - 1 (Defensive Three, 10:52 2nd). Denver - 1 (Defensive Three, 10:35 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 11,846. T: 2:19. Officials: Kevin Fehr, Mike Callahan, Scott Foster.


Extended Box

PHOENIX (75) AT DENVER (72) PHOENIX REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === T GUGLIOTTA F 21 1-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 2 S MARION F 40 5-18 4-5 3 6 9 2 0 1 2 14 J TSAKALIDIS C 27 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 6 0 1 2 P HARDAWAY G 41 4-9 5-7 0 6 6 7 4 3 1 13 S MARBURY G 39 7-15 4-4 0 2 2 8 4 1 5 19 S WILLIAMS 13 1-2 1-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 3 D LANGHI 8 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 4 A STOUDEMIRE 28 5-8 1-2 3 5 8 0 3 0 2 12 J JOHNSON 5 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 B OUTLAW 7 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 C JACOBSEN 11 2-4 1-2 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 6 R BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 28-71 16-22 6 25 31 21 23 6 15 75 (.394) (.727) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 17 (12 PTS) DENVER REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J HOWARD F 39 8-20 3-3 3 5 8 1 4 1 2 19 R BOWEN F 35 2-7 0-0 3 3 6 1 1 1 1 4 M BLOUNT C 16 3-4 4-4 1 2 3 1 2 0 0 10 L HARRINGTON G 37 2-8 0-0 0 3 3 5 6 2 4 4 J POSEY G 39 3-15 2-2 4 4 8 0 3 2 4 8 N HILARIO 29 4-8 6-6 5 5 10 2 5 1 5 14 R WHITE 14 1-4 1-3 1 3 4 1 0 0 1 3 K SATTERFIELD 11 0-4 3-4 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 3 N TSKITISHVILI 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 D HARVEY 15 3-8 1-4 2 3 5 1 2 1 0 7 R WHITE DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE C ANDERSEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 26-78 20-26 19 28 47 14 25 9 17 72 (.333) (.769) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 19 (26 PTS) PHOENIX 19 14 29 13 - 75 DENVER 20 22 11 19 - 72 BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - A STOUDEMIRE 6, S WILLIAMS 2, S MARBURY, S MARION. DENVER - R BOWEN 2, M BLOUNT, N HILARIO, L HARRINGTON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 3-13 (.231), S MARION 0-2, S MARBURY 1- 6, A STOUDEMIRE 1-1, J JOHNSON 0-1, C JACOBSEN 1-3. DENVER 0-6 (.000), L HARRINGTON 0-1, J POSEY 0-4, R WHITE 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: PHOENIX - DEFENSIVE THREE. DENVER - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: KEVIN FEHR, MIKE CALLAHAN, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 11,846. T - 2:19.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Denver Nuggets coach Jeff Bzdelik has done a lot of tinkering with his lineup. He still hasn't found a shooter. The Nuggets went more than 11 minutes without a basket in the second half, undoing a strong defensive effort in a 75-72 loss to the Phoenix Suns, who survived a drought of their own for their third straight victory. "Every time you lose it really hurts," Bzdelik said. "The guys really left it out on the floor tonight. If we could shoot, we would be dangerous." Bzdelik's team of primarily unproven youngsters has been better than most thought it would be, winning twice in its first six games by hustling and making a commitment to defense. The rookie coach has done it despite missing scoring forward Juwan Howard for the first two games, experimenting with different starters at several positions. In this one, he gave rookie Lorinza "Junior" Harrington his first start at point guard in place of the injured Chris Whitney. Matched up against Stephon Marbury, Harrington did not fare well, collecting four points, five assists and four turnovers in 37 minutes before fouling out. The offense came to a standstill in the third period, when the Nuggets went the final 10:41 without a basket. "I'm a rookie, so I expect everyone to come out hard," Harrington said. "It's up to me to go out and not back down, no matter who it is." "We really missed Chris Whitney tonight, but you deal with the hand that you are dealt," Bzdelik said. "We are asking a lot of an undrafted rookie, especially when it comes to guarding Stephon Marbury." The drought turned a nine-point lead into a 62-53 deficit heading into the fourth quarter. The Nuggets got within one point in the final minute but could not catch the Suns, who won despite going without a basket for the final seven-plus minutes. Marbury had 19 points and eight assists and Shawn Marion collected 14 and nine rebounds for the Suns. Phoenix shot 39 percent (28-of-71) from the field. "We came out aggressive in the third quarter," Marion said. "Limited them to one rebound, one shot and that was it." "We'll always deny them shooting the ball and will get after it defensively," Marbury said. "That makes a world of difference." Howard scored 19 points and rookie Nene Hilario added a season-high 14 and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets, who are averaging a league-low 79 points per game. Denver shot just 33 percent (26-of-78) and has been below 40 percent in all but one game this season. "We got good shots; we were unable to put it in the hole," Harrington said. "If we just go back to the drawing board and keep working hard, those shots will eventually fall." Poor shooting did not affect the Nuggets in the first half, when they pounded the Suns on the boards and opened a 42-33 lead. "At halftime, I told them we have more talent but they outworked us in the first half," Suns coach Frank Johnson said. "I told them if we play with energy, we could win the game." A jumper by Mark Blount, who scored 10 points, gave the Nuggets their largest lead at 46-35 with 10:41 left in the third quarter. But Denver made just 2-of-14 shots in the period as its lead frittered away. Meanwhile, Phoenix sank 12-of-19 shots. Marbury scored 10 points in the period, one less than Denver. Hilario's basket with 11:37 left ended Denver's drought, but a free throw and dunk by Scott Williams gave Phoenix its largest lead at 65-55 with 10:38 to go. Six straight points from Howard cut the deficit to 66-63 before rookie Amare Stoudemire put home a follow shot for Phoenix's last basket with 7:10 remaining. Both teams went scoreless for four minutes before Marion made two free throws. Howard had a three-point play to bring the Nuggets within 71-70 with 1:03 to play, but missed a jumper on the next trip. Marion was fouled with 16 seconds left and hit both free throws. Howard dunked 10 seconds later after the 6-10 Hilario passed up an open 3-pointer. Marbury made two from the line with 5.9 seconds left, and Rodney White's running 3-pointer at the horn was way off. "I got the ball and I wanted to take it, but I knew it was not the play that we had designed, so I passed the ball off," Hilario said. Penny Hardaway had 13 points, seven assists and six rebounds and Stoudemire added 12, eight boards and six blocks for the Suns, who were beaten on the boards, 47-31. "We are going to be really good someday," Bzdelik said. "For those of you who do not think so, you do not see what I see. There is no substitute for experience. I just told the players that if they keep working hard, they are going to be good."


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