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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     PHOENIX          27   21   21   29    98   
     NEW YORK         37   27   25   17    106     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   PHO - STEPHON MARBURY 31, SHAWN MARION 24, TWO
                      PLAYERS WITH 14
                NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 28, KURT THOMAS 28, 
                      ALLAN HOUSTON 16

HIGH REBOUND:   PHO - BO OUTLAW 14, SHAWN MARION 11, SCOTT 
                      WILLIAMS 7
                NYK - KURT THOMAS 17, OTHELLA HARRINGTON 12, 
                      CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   PHO - STEPHON MARBURY 9, JOE JOHNSON 4, SHAWN 
                      MARION 3
                NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 7, CHARLIE WARD 4, 
                      HOWARD EISLEY 4

         ATT:   18,859

Box Score

PHOENIX (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Marion 44 9-23 4-5 1-11 3 2 24 A Stoudemire 27 1-6 1-4 1-6 0 2 3 S Williams 19 6-9 2-2 2-7 1 1 14 J Johnson 45 2-12 3-4 1-1 4 1 7 S Marbury 44 12-28 6-9 2-3 9 4 31 B Outlaw 22 1-3 3-3 5-14 2 5 5 C Jacobsen 27 5-9 1-4 2-4 2 4 14 R Brown 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 A Ford 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 J Voskuhl 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 P Hardaway DNP - RIGHT THUMB SURGERY D Langhi DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-90 20-31 14-47 22 21 98 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.645. 3-Point Goals: 6-21, .286 (S Marion 2-7, J Johnson 0-2, S Marbury 1-5, C Jacobsen 3-7). Team Rebounds: 13. Blocked Shots:4 (B Outlaw, S Marion, J Voskuhl, A Stoudemire). Turnovers:10 (B Outlaw 2, S Marion 2, A Stoudemire 2, S Williams, C Jacobsen, J Johnson, R Brown). Steals: 8 (S Marbury 4, S Marion 2, S Williams, B Outlaw). NEW YORK (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp O Harrington 42 5-10 1-2 3-12 2 4 11 L Sprewell 38 12-24 3-3 1-3 7 3 28 K Thomas 37 13-22 2-3 6-17 0 4 28 H Eisley 32 4-9 0-0 0-2 4 5 10 A Houston 42 5-14 3-3 0-4 2 1 16 C Ward 16 1-3 1-2 0-2 4 1 3 S Anderson 13 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 5 C Weatherspoon 8 1-2 1-2 1-5 0 1 3 M Doleac 9 1-2 0-0 1-4 2 4 2 L Nailon 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 T Knight DNP - UPPER RESPIRATORY L Postell DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-90 11-15 12-49 21 24 106 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.489, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 7-19, .368 (L Sprewell 1-5, H Eisley 2-6, A Houston 3-5, C Ward 0-2, S Anderson 1-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:1 (K Thomas). Turnovers:10 (H Eisley 4, A Houston 2, C Ward, L Nailon, O Harrington, K Thomas). Steals: 5 (C Ward 2, K Thomas, H Eisley, S Anderson). ------------------------------------------- PHOENIX 27 21 21 29 - 98 NEW YORK 37 27 25 17 - 106 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Phoenix - 2 (A Stoudemire, 1:52 2nd; S Marbury, 5:34 3rd). New York - 1 (COACH Chaney, 7:58 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,859. T: 2:15. Officials: Anthony Jordan, David Jones, Dick Bavetta.


Extended Box

PHOENIX (98) AT NEW YORK (106) PHOENIX REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S MARION F 44 9-23 4-5 1 10 11 3 2 2 2 24 A STOUDEMIRE F 27 1-6 1-4 1 5 6 0 2 0 2 3 S WILLIAMS C 19 6-9 2-2 2 5 7 1 1 1 1 14 J JOHNSON G 45 2-12 3-4 1 0 1 4 1 0 1 7 S MARBURY G 44 12-28 6-9 2 1 3 9 4 4 0 31 B OUTLAW 22 1-3 3-3 5 9 14 2 5 1 2 5 C JACOBSEN 27 5-9 1-4 2 2 4 2 4 0 1 14 R BROWN 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 A FORD 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 J VOSKUHL 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 P HARDAWAY DNP - RIGHT THUMB SURGERY D LANGHI DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 36-90 20-31 14 33 47 22 21 8 10 98 (.400) (.645) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 10 (10 PTS) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === O HARRINGTON F 42 5-10 1-2 3 9 12 2 4 0 1 11 L SPREWELL F 38 12-24 3-3 1 2 3 7 3 0 0 28 K THOMAS C 37 13-22 2-3 6 11 17 0 4 1 1 28 H EISLEY G 32 4-9 0-0 0 2 2 4 5 1 4 10 A HOUSTON G 42 5-14 3-3 0 4 4 2 1 0 2 16 C WARD 16 1-3 1-2 0 2 2 4 1 2 1 3 S ANDERSON 13 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 5 C WEATHERSPOON 8 1-2 1-2 1 4 5 0 1 0 0 3 M DOLEAC 9 1-2 0-0 1 3 4 2 4 0 0 2 L NAILON 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 T KNIGHT DNP - UPPER RESPIRATORY L POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 44-90 11-15 12 37 49 21 24 5 10 106 (.489) (.733) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 11 (13 PTS) PHOENIX 27 21 21 29 - 98 NEW YORK 37 27 25 17 - 106 BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - B OUTLAW, S MARION, J VOSKUHL, A STOUDEMIRE. NEW YORK - K THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 6-21 (.286), S MARION 2-7, J JOHNSON 0- 2, S MARBURY 1-5, C JACOBSEN 3-7. NEW YORK 7-19 (.368), L SPREWELL 1- 5, H EISLEY 2-6, A HOUSTON 3-5, C WARD 0-2, S ANDERSON 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: PHOENIX - A STOUDEMIRE, S MARBURY. NEW YORK - COACH CHANEY. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: ANTHONY JORDAN, DAVID JONES, DICK BAVETTA. A - 18,859. T - 2:15.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- It was too little, too late for Stephon Marbury and the Phoenix Suns. Marbury missed a pair of late free throws just as he was rallying the Suns from a huge deficit, and the New York Knicks held on for a 106-98 victory, their fourth in five games. New York shot a sizzling 71 percent (17-of-24) from the field in the first quarter and built a 64-48 halftime cushion, leading by as many as 22 points. The Knicks took an 89-69 lead into the final period before lapsing into what has become a customary malaise. "We were content with the fact that the game was flowing easy for us against a very good team," Knicks coach Don Chaney said. "But instead of us working a little bit harder to build a greater lead, we were content with just holding the same lead. We can't play that way." A New York native, Marbury scored the final five points in a 10-0 spurt that pulled the Suns within 101-95 with just under two minutes left. After Allan Houston misfired for the Knicks, Phoenix had several solid chances to creep closer. Marbury missed a 3-pointer and Shawn Marion missed a jumper just outside the lane. The Suns got another chance and Marbury was fouled on a drive. But Marbury, who scored 19 of his 31 points in the second half, missed his free throws with 65 seconds left. "It was a typical NBA game, we just needed a little more energy to get over the hump," Marbury said. "We just weren't able to do that tonight." New York ended a stretch of numerous empty possessions when Latrell Sprewell nailed a jumper with 45 seconds to go for an eight-point cushion. Sprewell finished with 28 points and seven assists. "We were somewhat concerned that we weren't able to maintain our lead in the fourth quarter," Sprewell said. "We did give ourselves that cushion so that when they made their run, we had enough of the point spread to finish the game off." Kurt Thomas collected 28 points and a career-high 17 rebounds and thoroughly outplayed Phoenix rookie Amare Stoudemire, who managed only three points and six boards. Stoudemire was selected ninth overall by Phoenix in the 2002 draft, two spots behind New York. "Stoudemire is very good with the right hand and I thought Kurt did a very good job taking that away from him," Chaney said. "The other thing he's good at is moving without the ball. I thought we really keyed in on him and kept a body on him at all times." Stoudemire, who played in the McDonald's All-American Game here last April, was stymied throughout. He voiced his frustration late in the first half and was whistled for a technical foul. He was limited to seven minutes in the second half due to his ineffectiveness. "I knew that he was going to come out and play hard in his first regular-season game at Madison Square Garden," Thomas said. "He had a lot of intensity and I wanted to match him." The Knicks took an early 11-4 lead on a jumper by Thomas as they came out strong against the road-weary Suns. Thomas sandwiched a pair of jumpers around a basket by Sprewell to give New York its first double-digit advantage at 19-8. Thomas had 22 points and 10 rebounds by halftime and Sprewell scored 20 points in the first half as New York shot 56 percent (27-of-48). Houston scored 13 of his 16 points in the opening half. A three-point play by Thomas nearly three minutes into the second half gave the Knicks their largest lead a 70-48. Playing the third game of a five-game road trip, Phoenix got a rough outing by Joe Johnson, who made 2-of-12 shots for seven points after Friday's 27-point performance in Orlando. Shawn Marion made just 9-of-23 shots and finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds. "You get down early and you have to rely on our small lineup to get us back into the game," Suns coach Frank Johnson said. "We understand we all have to get back and rebound and have to play defense. I don't think we have the same sense of urgency with the traditional lineup we have. We have to find a way to get out of that." The Knicks have won nine of their last 11 home meetings with the Suns and improved to 6-5 against Western Conference opponents this season.


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