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Suns shock San Antonio

Posted: Sunday, April 20, 2003

SAN ANTONIO -- Two bank shots from 3-point range -- one by Amare Stoudemire late in regulation; the other by Stephon Marbury at the buzzer in overtime -- gave the Phoenix Suns an unlikely victory.

Marbury banked in a running 3-pointer after Tim Duncan missed three free throws in the final 16 seconds, lifting Phoenix past the San Antonio Spurs 96-95 Saturday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

Marbury got the rebound after Duncan's final miss with 5.1 seconds left and sped up the floor. He leaped from a foot outside the 3-point arc and released his shot just before the horn sounded, the ball kissing off the glass and through the net.

The win was the Suns' fourth in five games against San Antonio this season. Two of those contests went into overtime.

The Spurs missed six of eight foul shots in overtime and managed to go only 26-for-41 (63.4 percent) at the line for the game. Duncan was 3-for-8.

Marbury led Phoenix with 26 points, 17 of them coming in the second half. Shawn Marion and Stoudemire added 24 apiece.

Stoudemire hit a 3-pointer off the glass from a nearly straightway angle with 8.4 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the score at 87-87. It was only his third 3-pointer of the season. Duncan missed a corner jumper before the buzzer to force overtime.

Stephen Jackson paced the Spurs with 23 points, while David Robinson had 18 points on 8-for-8 shooting and Duncan scored 17 to go with 13 rebounds. Tony Parker shot just 2-for-13 for seven points.

The Spurs put their defensive focus on Marbury from the start.

Parker started on defense against Marbury, who averaged 32.5 points, nine assists and five rebounds in four regular-season games against San Antonio.

Nets 109, Bucks 96

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Kidd schooled his playground mentor with 14 points, 14 assists and six rebounds Saturday, holding Gary Payton scoreless for more than 3 1/2 quarters Saturday as the defending Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Nets defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 109-96.

Payton didn't score until there was 4:10 to go, drawing a derisive cheer from those left in the crowd of 16,102. He finished with eight points, 10 assists and five turnovers in a game in which the Nets led by 20 at halftime and 31 early in the fourth quarter.

Celtics 103, Pacers 100

INDIANAPOLIS -- Paul Pierce scored 21 of his 40 points in the final quarter, leading Boston back from a 13-point deficit in the final 6 1/2 minutes as the Celtics rallied past Indiana.

Pierce hit a key 3-pointer with 11 seconds left and went 21-for-21 from the free-throw line to leave the Pacers stunned. Pierce had missed 15 of his 19 shots from the floor in the first three quarters. Indiana, just as it did over the course of the regular season, faded after a fast start. The Pacers made only four field goals in the fourth.

Mavericks 96, Trail Blazers 86

DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki scored a career-high 46 points, including 10 during a 15-1 third-quarter run that began while Rasheed Wallace was in the locker room after turning his ankle.

Nowitzki, who also had 10 rebounds, upped his career best by four and broke the team playoff scoring record set by assistant coach Rolando Blackman. He came within four of the most points ever scored by a Maverick.

It was only fitting that Nowitzki hit the shot that put Dallas ahead for good: a 3-pointer with 3:01 left in the third while he was falling down. That capped a comeback from 13 down and drew a roar from a crowd of 20,336 -- the largest in team history.

Kings 96, Jazz 90

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Chris Webber had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Peja Stojakovic scored 16 points as the Kings beat the Jazz in a game dictated by Utah's famously deliberate style. The high-scoring Kings nursed a small lead through the second half, but never breathed easily. The seventh-seeded Jazz got an outstanding game from Karl Malone, who had 27 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in the first game of his 18th trip to the playoffs.

Jim Jackson scored 15 points for the Kings, who are facing the Jazz in the first round of the playoffs for the third time in five seasons. As usual in the teams' meetings, Utah controlled the tempo -- and as usual, the Kings won.

The Jazz pulled to 78-76 on Malone's free throws with 3:13 left, but Mike Bibby drove past John Stockton and dished for consecutive baskets -- a jumper by Webber and a 3-pointer by Stojakovic.



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