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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      CLEVELAND        29   17   27   28    101  
      PHOENIX          24   24   38   34    120     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   CLE - JEFF MCINNIS 26, ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 22, 
                      LEBRON JAMES 15
                PHO - STEVE NASH 21, QUENTIN RICHARDSON 21, 
                      AMARE STOUDEMIRE 21

HIGH REBOUND:   CLE - DREW GOODEN 19, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3
                PHO - SHAWN MARION 12, AMARE STOUDEMIRE 9, 
                      STEVE NASH 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   CLE - LEBRON JAMES 6, ERIC SNOW 5, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                PHO - STEVE NASH 7, SHAWN MARION 3, JOE 
                      JOHNSON 3

         ATT:   14,795

Box Score

CLEVELAND (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L James 40 6-19 3-4 1-3 6 2 15 D Gooden 35 3-10 5-6 6-19 1 2 11 Z Ilgauskas 34 9-17 4-5 2-2 2 4 22 J McInnis 39 10-16 0-0 0-2 2 4 26 I Newble 17 1-4 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 L Harris 15 3-6 0-0 0-1 1 1 7 E Snow 21 1-1 0-0 1-2 5 1 2 R Traylor 11 2-3 0-0 0-3 0 1 4 D Diop 5 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 1 0 D Wagner 13 2-7 0-0 0-0 2 2 5 L Jackson 5 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 5 A Varejao 5 0-0 2-2 0-1 1 0 2 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-88 14-17 12-37 20 19 101 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.824. 3-Point Goals: 9-20, .450 (L James 0-2, D Gooden 0-1, J McInnis 6-9, L Harris 1-3, D Wagner 1-4, L Jackson 1-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:5 (Z Ilgauskas 4, L James). Turnovers:13 (L James 6, Z Ilgauskas 3, E Snow, J McInnis, D Diop, I Newble). Steals: 7 (E Snow 2, L James 2, Z Ilgauskas, J McInnis, D Wagner). PHOENIX (120) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Q Richardson 36 9-15 2-2 0-4 1 2 21 S Marion 34 4-11 2-2 5-12 3 0 10 A Stoudemire 30 9-16 3-4 2-9 0 4 21 S Nash 30 8-13 2-2 3-7 7 0 21 J Johnson 34 8-14 1-2 0-4 3 3 18 C Jacobsen 26 2-6 3-4 0-1 1 0 8 L Barbosa 18 6-11 1-1 1-2 1 1 15 J Voskuhl 19 1-2 4-4 1-5 1 2 6 B Outlaw 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 M Lampe 5 0-1 0-0 0-2 1 0 0 J Vroman 3 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 1 0 S Hunter DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 47-89 18-21 12-48 19 13 120 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.528, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 8-18, .444 (Q Richardson 1-3, S Marion 0-1, S Nash 3-4, J Johnson 1-2, C Jacobsen 1-3, L Barbosa 2-5). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:3 (A Stoudemire 2, L Barbosa). Turnovers:13 (S Marion 4, Q Richardson 2, A Stoudemire 2, S Nash, M Lampe, L Barbosa, J Johnson, J Voskuhl). Steals: 5 (S Nash, S Marion, Q Richardson, J Johnson, L Barbosa). -------------------------------------------- CLEVELAND 29 17 27 28 - 101 PHOENIX 24 24 38 34 - 120 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,795. T: 2:00. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Bill Kennedy, Tony Brown.


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (101) AT PHOENIX (120) CLEVELAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L JAMES F 40 6-19 3-4 1 2 3 6 2 2 6 15 D GOODEN F 35 3-10 5-6 6 13 19 1 2 0 0 11 Z ILGAUSKAS C 34 9-17 4-5 2 0 2 2 4 1 3 22 J MCINNIS G 39 10-16 0-0 0 2 2 2 4 1 1 26 I NEWBLE G 17 1-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 L HARRIS 15 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 7 E SNOW 21 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 5 1 2 1 2 R TRAYLOR 11 2-3 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 4 D DIOP 5 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 0 D WAGNER 13 2-7 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 5 L JACKSON 5 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 A VAREJAO 5 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 TOTALS 240 39-88 14-17 12 25 37 20 19 7 13 101 (.443) (.824) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 13 (12 PTS) PHOENIX REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === Q RICHARDSON F 36 9-15 2-2 0 4 4 1 2 1 2 21 S MARION F 34 4-11 2-2 5 7 12 3 0 1 4 10 A STOUDEMIRE C 30 9-16 3-4 2 7 9 0 4 0 2 21 S NASH G 30 8-13 2-2 3 4 7 7 0 1 1 21 J JOHNSON G 34 8-14 1-2 0 4 4 3 3 1 1 18 C JACOBSEN 26 2-6 3-4 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 8 L BARBOSA 18 6-11 1-1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 15 J VOSKUHL 19 1-2 4-4 1 4 5 1 2 0 1 6 B OUTLAW 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 M LAMPE 5 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 J VROMAN 3 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 S HUNTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 47-89 18-21 12 36 48 19 13 5 13 120 (.528) (.857) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13 (14 PTS) CLEVELAND 29 17 27 28 - 101 PHOENIX 24 24 38 34 - 120 BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - Z ILGAUSKAS 4, L JAMES. PHOENIX - A STOUDEMIRE 2, L BARBOSA. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 9-20 (.450), L JAMES 0-2, D GOODEN 0- 1, J MCINNIS 6-9, L HARRIS 1-3, D WAGNER 1-4, L JACKSON 1-1. PHOENIX 8- 18 (.444), Q RICHARDSON 1-3, S MARION 0-1, S NASH 3-4, J JOHNSON 1- 2, C JACOBSEN 1-3, L BARBOSA 2-5. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, BILL KENNEDY, TONY BROWN. A - 14,795. T - 2:00.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- In a matchup of the league's top players in November, Steve Nash got the better of LeBron James. Nash scored 21 points and dished out seven assists as the high-flying Phoenix Suns rolled to a 120-101 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, avenging one of their two losses this season. The win was the Suns' ninth straight and pushed them to a league-best 13-2, their best start since 1980. "We got so many guys that can do so many incredible things," said Phoenix forward Amare Stoudemire, who also scored 21 points. "We are playing like the best team in the league. We are playing strong all around." Nash and James were named Western and Eastern Conference Players of the Month earlier in the day and both shined in their previous meeting this season. James scored 21 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter and overtime November 10 as the Cavaliers won a dramatic affair, 114-109. Nash, who scored 15 points and had 17 assists in that loss, showed why he deserved the monthly honors by leading a complete effort Wednesday. He was 8-of-13 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from the arc, and matched a season high with seven rebounds. After Cleveland's Jeff McInnis hit a 3-pointer early in the third quarter to tie the game, 49-49, Nash and Amare Stoudemire keyed an 18-6 run. Both players scored seven points during the burst, with Nash providing a pair of assists. "They made shots and got the crowd behind them and into the game," said Cleveland guard Jeff McInnis, who scored a season-high 26 points. "Stoudemire got a couple of dunks and Nash got off on that third quarter. We just couldn't control their runs." The matchup of Stoudemire and James pitted the league's last two Rookie of the Year Award winners, both straight out of high school, and two of the NBA's top players this season. "Me and LeBron came into the league very focused," Stoudemire said. "I think we are probably the best ever to do it coming out of high school. We came out ready and our skill level was pretty high." The Suns shot 53 percent (47-of-89) from the floor and scored a team season-high 72 points in the second half to hold onto the best record in the league. "We had a really good second half," Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni said. "In the first half we were a little bit dead mentally. I don't want the guys to get in a habit of doing this, but they seem to turn it on when they want to." Quentin Richardson matched Nash and Stoudemire with 21 points and Shawn Marion notched his 11th double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. "Right now I am more upset that we lost in Cleveland," Richardson said. "If we didn't lose there, we would have only one loss. I feel that both of those losses we should have won. I knew we would do better, but I didn't imagine 13-2." James, who scored just two points in the fourth quarter of the Cavaliers' 94-82 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, scored 15 points on just 6-of-19 shooting with six turnovers. "There is nothing you can do when a team starts getting hot like that," James said. "They got a lot of easy buckets and started (making) that open J. We feed on transition baskets and energy but we didn't have it tonight." Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 22 points and Drew Gooden - who had a career-high 21 rebounds in the win over Phoenix in November - swept 19 boards. Cleveland coach Paul Silas did not make a substitution in the first quarter, when his team took a 29-24 lead. "I wish we could have played those starting guys 48 minutes," Silas said. "I made some changes and we fell off and we couldn't really capture it. I just didn't think we were energized enough. We weren't lively, especially in the second half." Phoenix, which is now 9-1 in back-to-back games, has won 10 of the last 12 games in the series, including six straight at America West Arena.


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