Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/6

Game 1: Wednesday, November 6th
Game 2: Saturday, December 14th

Hawks 88

(3-2, 1-2 away)

Suns 93

(2-3, 2-1 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:00 PM ET, November 6, 2002

    US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 25 22 28 1388
    PHX 21 25 18 2993

    Top Performers

    Atl: J. Terry 22 Pts, 4 Reb, 8 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

    PHX: S. Marion 26 Pts, 9 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl

    Hardaway, Suns rally from 14-point deficit to win

    PHOENIX (AP) -- What Penny Hardaway couldn't take care of early, he certainly handled late.

    Penny Hardaway

    Hardaway, given his second start of the season in an attempt to get more early scoring, had 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Suns rallied from a 14-point deficit for a 93-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.

    "I shot a couple of balls in the third quarter that felt good,'' Hardaway said. "So I told myself, 'Keep shooting,' and it came around for me.''

    Hardaway, who started at shooting guard ahead of Joe Johnson, was 2-for-7 until the final quarter, when he made his first five shots, including three 3-pointers.

    Shawn Marion had 26 points and nine rebounds, and reserves Amare Stoudemire and Casey Jacobsen scored 11 each to help snap Atlanta's three-game winning streak.

    "We didn't want to lose the game,'' Stoudemire said. "We lost the last home game, and we felt that we had something to prove here and we didn't want the fans to be disappointed in us, so we played like it was the last game of the season.''

    Jason Terry had 22 points and eight assists for the Hawks, and Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 19. Glenn Robinson added 15 points and Ira Newble 14.

    The Hawks pulled to 84-83 on a dunk by Abdur-Rahim with 4:34 to play, but then hit a cold stretch that included two missed free throws by Dion Glover and a 3-point miss and turnover by Terry, who jumped to pass and found no one available.

    The Suns also struggled -- getting a short jumper and an 18-footer by Marion in the final minutes until Hardaway made three free throws and Marion two in the final 30 seconds.

    Marion fouled Robinson with 36 seconds left, and he made one free throw but missed the other, and Marion got the rebound, preserving an 88-84 lead.

    Jacobsen made a 3-pointer with 19 seconds left in the third quarter and Hardaway made two 3-pointers and banked in a runner from the side in the first 2:14 of the fourth, cutting what had been a 75-61 deficit to 75-72.

    After Robinson made a technical foul shot, Jacobsen hit another 3-pointer. Terry got loose for a layup, but Hardaway tied it at 78 with another 3-pointer with 6:46 remaining.

    The Suns came back without Stephon Marbury, who sat out the fourth quarter after shooting 3-for-11.

    "They turned up their defense,'' Terry said. "They took us out of our offense. Once they disrupted our flow, we just couldn't get into it. Give them credit -- to come back from 14 down without Stephon out there, that's tremendous. It says a lot about their ballclub.''

    The Hawks took a 21-12 lead on a dunk by Abdur-Rahim with 3:47 left in the first quarter, but Stoudemire had seven points during a 20-9 run that gave Phoenix a 32-30 lead in the second.

    The Suns went scoreless for 3 minutes while Abdur-Rahim had a layup and a dunk and Terry made two free throws and a layup, sending Atlanta to a six-point lead.

    The Hawks led 47-46 at halftime and couldn't get away from the Suns early in a third quarter that featured seven lead changes in the first 4:05.

    The momentum changed quickly on the eighth lead change -- Terry made a 3-pointer with 7:26 left in the third, starting a 16-3 run that opened a 71-59 Atlanta lead with 1:41 left.

    "We had good momentum going, and once again we let a team come back on us, and this time it didn't work to our advantage,'' Robinson said. "I think we've got to learn from that mistake.''

    Game notes

    Hardaway started at shooting guard instead of Joe Johnson. Hardaway started the season opener because Marbury was suspended. ... The Hawks are 13-35 all-time in Phoenix, including 0-10 at America West Arena. ... Robinson, who scored at least 30 points in three straight games for the best start by an Atlanta player, had nine rebounds in his worst game this season. He was 1-of-6 on 3-pointers, leaving him one short of 500 for his career.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 88 93
    FGM-FGA 35-80 (.438) 37-82 (.451)
    3PM-3PA 6-21 (.286) 6-10 (.600)
    FTM-FTA 12-17 (.706) 13-16 (.813)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-49 10-40
    Assists 21 30
    Turnovers 23 18
    Steals 13 11
    Blocks 8 6
    Fast Break Points 6 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (2/0) 14 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Jason Terry Terry
    Points: 22
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 1
    Shawn Marion Marion
    Points: 26
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0