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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      PHOENIX          21   33   28   33    115  
      MIAMI            34   26   34   31    125     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   PHO - QUENTIN RICHARDSON 26, AMARE STOUDEMIRE 
                      25, STEVE NASH 19
                MIA - DWYANE WADE 35, SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 25, 
                      EDDIE JONES 23

HIGH REBOUND:   PHO - SHAWN MARION 11, AMARE STOUDEMIRE 7, 
                      STEVE NASH 5
                MIA - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 8, EDDIE JONES 8, 
                      DWYANE WADE 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   PHO - STEVE NASH 14, AMARE STOUDEMIRE 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                MIA - DWYANE WADE 9, STEVE SMITH 4, EDDIE 
                      JONES 4

         ATT:   20,278

Box Score

PHOENIX (115) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Q Richardson 36 9-18 4-5 0-3 0 4 26 S Marion 40 5-14 4-5 2-11 1 3 15 A Stoudemire 41 9-15 7-7 3-7 4 4 25 S Nash 37 5-8 8-8 1-5 14 1 19 J Johnson 32 2-8 0-0 2-3 2 2 5 J Jackson 18 2-6 0-0 0-1 1 1 5 L Barbosa 21 7-10 2-3 0-1 2 3 18 S Hunter 7 1-1 0-2 0-2 0 0 2 W Mccarty 8 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 B Outlaw DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Voskuhl DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Shirley DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-81 25-30 8-34 24 19 115 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 10-23, .435 (Q Richardson 4-11, S Marion 1-3, S Nash 1-1, J Johnson 1-1, J Jackson 1-3, L Barbosa 2-3, W Mccarty 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:6 (S Marion 2, A Stoudemire 2, Q Richardson, S Hunter). Turnovers:16 (A Stoudemire 6, S Nash 3, S Marion 2, L Barbosa 2, J Jackson, Q Richardson, J Johnson). Steals: 7 (S Marion 3, Q Richardson 2, J Johnson 2). MIAMI (125) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp E Jones 41 8-13 3-3 1-8 4 2 23 U Haslem 25 2-8 2-2 2-4 1 5 6 S O'Neal 26 12-16 1-2 6-8 1 4 25 D Jones 25 0-0 0-0 0-2 3 3 0 D Wade 40 12-25 10-12 0-7 9 3 35 M Doleac 22 4-7 0-0 2-2 2 3 8 K Dooling 23 4-7 2-2 0-2 3 3 12 S Anderson 23 5-7 0-0 1-5 1 1 10 S Smith 15 2-6 0-0 0-3 4 2 6 A Mourning DNP - COACH'S DECISION Wang DNP - COACH'S DECISION R Butler DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 49-89 18-21 12-41 28 26 125 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.551, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 9-14, .643 (E Jones 4-7, D Wade 1-1, K Dooling 2-3, S Smith 2-3). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:4 (S O'Neal, E Jones, M Doleac, D Wade). Turnovers:12 (D Wade 6, S O'Neal 2, S Smith, U Haslem, E Jones, S Anderson). Steals: 10 (E Jones 3, D Wade 2, S O'Neal, S Anderson, D Jones, M Doleac, S Smith). -------------------------------------------- PHOENIX 21 33 28 33 - 115 MIAMI 34 26 34 31 - 125 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Miami - 2 (D Jones, 3:38 2nd; U Haslem, 7:12 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,278. T: 2:23. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Derek Richardson, Tim Donaghy.


Extended Box

PHOENIX (115) AT MIAMI (125) PHOENIX REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === Q RICHARDSON F 36 9-18 4-5 0 3 3 0 4 2 1 26 S MARION F 40 5-14 4-5 2 9 11 1 3 3 2 15 A STOUDEMIRE C 41 9-15 7-7 3 4 7 4 4 0 6 25 S NASH G 37 5-8 8-8 1 4 5 14 1 0 3 19 J JOHNSON G 32 2-8 0-0 2 1 3 2 2 2 1 5 J JACKSON 18 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 5 L BARBOSA 21 7-10 2-3 0 1 1 2 3 0 2 18 S HUNTER 7 1-1 0-2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 W MCCARTY 8 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 B OUTLAW DNP - COACH'S DECISION J VOSKUHL DNP - COACH'S DECISION P SHIRLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 40-81 25-30 8 26 34 24 19 7 16 115 (.494) (.833) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16 (21 PTS) MIAMI REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === E JONES F 41 8-13 3-3 1 7 8 4 2 3 1 23 U HASLEM F 25 2-8 2-2 2 2 4 1 5 0 1 6 S O'NEAL C 26 12-16 1-2 6 2 8 1 4 1 2 25 D JONES G 25 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 3 3 1 0 0 D WADE G 40 12-25 10-12 0 7 7 9 3 2 6 35 M DOLEAC 22 4-7 0-0 2 0 2 2 3 1 0 8 K DOOLING 23 4-7 2-2 0 2 2 3 3 0 0 12 S ANDERSON 23 5-7 0-0 1 4 5 1 1 1 1 10 S SMITH 15 2-6 0-0 0 3 3 4 2 1 1 6 A MOURNING DNP - COACH'S DECISION WANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION R BUTLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 49-89 18-21 12 29 41 28 26 10 12 125 (.551) (.857) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 13 (17 PTS) PHOENIX 21 33 28 33 - 115 MIAMI 34 26 34 31 - 125 BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - S MARION 2, A STOUDEMIRE 2, Q RICHARDSON, S HUNTER. MIAMI - S O'NEAL, E JONES, M DOLEAC, D WADE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 10-23 (.435), Q RICHARDSON 4-11, S MARION 1- 3, S NASH 1-1, J JOHNSON 1-1, J JACKSON 1-3, L BARBOSA 2-3, W MCCARTY 0- 1. MIAMI 9-14 (.643), E JONES 4-7, D WADE 1-1, K DOOLING 2-3, S SMITH 2- 3. TECHNICAL FOULS: MIAMI - D JONES, U HASLEM. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, DEREK RICHARDSON, TIM DONAGHY. A - 20,278. T - 2:23.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- The high-octane Phoenix Suns were trying to record a franchise-record 10th straight road win, but "Flash" ran right by them. Dwyane Wade collected 35 points - including a shot from well beyond midcourt at the third-quarter buzzer - nine assists and seven rebounds as the Miami Heat posted a 125-115 victory over the Suns in a matchup of the top two teams in the NBA. The shot at the buzzer electrified the crowd, but it was the previous play in which Wade blocked a shot by Suns center Amare Stoudemire that impressed Heat coach Stan Van Gundy even more. "(The shot) is obviously a great lift," Van Gundy said. "But I do not get carried away with plays like that because if you throw it up, it goes in one time out of 100. I am more impressed with the other things he did tonight. The block was tremendous. To turn around and throw it in was a lot of fun." "I was just trying to come weakside and make a play (on Amare)," said Wade, who missed Thursday's practice with a thigh bruise. "It felt good when it left my hands ... When it went in, it surprised me a bit." Shaquille O'Neal overcame early foul trouble to score 25 points and Eddie Jones added 23 for the Eastern Conference-leading Heat, who never trailed en route to extending their franchise-record home winning streak to 16 games. The victory, in what some were touting as a preview of the NBA Finals, earned Miami the Southeast Division title. The Heat have the league's best record at 53-17. "We're not really worried about that right now," O'Neal said. "I'm trying to stress to guys to focus on the big picture. ... I've been in situations where we got too happy too early." "(The division title) is great, but hopefully we can add to it," Wade said. The Heat, who have won 13 of their last 14 games overall, held a 115-96 advantage after a jumper by Udonis Haslem with 5:35 remaining. But the Suns (51-17), who lead the Western Conference, countered with a 15-2 run to pull within 117-111 on a three-point play by Quentin Richardson with 2:52 to play. But O'Neal grabbed an offensive rebound and dunked and Shandon Anderson nailed a jumper for a 121-111 cushion with 1:29 remaining, and Phoenix got no closer than eight points thereafter. Miami, which lost at Phoenix on January 11, 122-107, allowed the Suns to shoot 49 percent (40-of-81) but connected on 55 percent (49-of-89). Richardson scored 26 points, Amare Stoudemire added 25 and Steve Nash chipped in 19 and 14 assists for the Suns, who are a league-best 28-8 on the road. Miami opened the game with a 22-4 spurt as Phoenix missed its first nine shots. The Heat never trailed and the Suns only tied the game once, 71-71, on a free throw by Stoudemire with 7:12 left in the third quarter. But Eddie Jones hit a long jumper from the arc on the next possession before Wade, who had 15 points in the third, took over. Phoenix had no answer. "Wade is a tough cover," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said. "He got away from us and he was the big difference." "We won nine straight on the road, so it's not like the world is ending," Nash said.


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