Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/30

Game 1: Saturday, November 30th
Game 2: Saturday, February 1st
Game 3: Tuesday, March 11th
Game 4: Friday, April 11th

Warriors 107

(20-26, 6-16 away)

Suns 116

(28-21, 19-4 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:00 PM ET, February 1, 2003

    US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 21 37 18 31107
    PHX 34 23 24 35116

    Top Performers

    Golden State: G. Arenas 26 Pts, 1 Reb, 7 Ast

    Phoenix: S. Marion 29 Pts, 15 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Marbury scores 32, while Marion adds 29

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Stephon Marbury is ranked the NBA's best player in fourth-quarter production and teammate Shawn Marion is No. 4.

     Stephon Marbury

     Shawn Marion

    The two All-Stars added to their efficiency rating Saturday night, combining for 18 points in the final period -- 10 by Marion, eight by Marbury -- to lead Phoenix to a 116-107 victory over the Golden State Warriors, the Suns' highest point production of the season.

    Marbury, who was 16-of-17 from the free-throw line, finished with 32 points, and Marion who was 14-of-21 from the field, scored 29. Marion also had a game-high 15 rebounds.

    "Our goal was to win our last three games before the All-Star break," Marion said. "Now, we have two wins. We have one more to go."

    The Suns beat the Los Angeles Clippers 98-92 on Friday night and will face Chicago on Monday.

    Marbury noted that the Suns, with he and Marion carrying the load, are an excellent fourth-quarter team.

    "At the end of the game, we have a good feel," he said. "Whenever you have confidence, you can win."

    Marion and Marbury took charge in the fourth quarter, scoring 14 of the Suns' final 16 points, including eight straight by Marion.

    Amare Stoudemire added 15 points and Casey Jacobsen had 12 for the Suns.

    Gilbert Arenas scored 19 points in the fourth period and topped the Warriors with 26. Antawn Jamison had 23, Jason Richardson scored 19 and Troy Murphy had 12 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

    The Warriors, sparked by Richardson's six points and the play of reserve guard Bob Sura, used a 20-6 run over the final 4:41 of the second quarter to take a 58-57 halftime lead. That burst helped Golden State overcome a 14-point deficit, 44-30, in the middle of the period. During their big spurt, the Warriors outhustled and outrebounded the Suns, capitalizing on several fast-break opportunities.

    With Marion scoring seven points and Marbury six, the Suns regained the lead, 81-76, after three periods and never trailed in the fourth quarter. Phoenix's zone defense disrupted the Warriors' offense in the third period.

    "We went to a zone in the third period and took them out of their rhythm," Phoenix coach Frank Johnson said, noting that the Warriors scored only 18 points in the quarter, after a 37-point second period. "We did it to try and draw them out of their offensive rhythm, and it helped.

    "They had used a zone in the second quarter to throw us off. It was payback time in the third quarter."

    Warriors coach Eric Musselman said the differences in the game were Golden State's lack of defense, turnovers and the Suns' foul shooting. Golden State turned the ball over 17 times, including seven by Arenas, to Phoenix's 11. The Suns shot 38 foul shots, hitting 32. The Warriors were 23-of-27 from the line.

    "We need to work to get better at defense at the end of the game and take a lot better care of the basketball," Musselman said. "Down the stretch, Phoenix got to the foul line a lot. Every time we made a run, they ended up at the foul line."

    Phoenix had used an 11-0 run midway through the first quarter to build a 34-21 lead by the end of the period. Stoudemire led the Suns' charge with nine points, but sat out virtually the entire second period with three fouls.

    Game notes
    This was the first of six straight games at America West Arena for the Suns. The home stand ends Feb. 19 against Houston. In between, Phoenix plays Chicago, the Clippers, New York and Boston. ... A moment of silence was held before the game in memory of the seven astronauts who died aboard the spacecraft Columbia on Saturday. ... Phoenix center Scott Williams was a high school senior when the space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after takeoff in 1986 and he vividly remembers the disaster. ``Those images haunted me for a long time,'' he said. Williams played nine minutes in the first half but sat out the second because of an upper respiratory illness. ... Despite the Warriors' losing record (20-26), they lead the NBA in free throws made, offensive rebound percentage, offensive rebounds per game and total rebounds per game. ... Alton Ford, who had scored only three points in nine previous games with the Suns, scored four on Saturday _ all in the first half.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 107 116
    FGM-FGA 39-90 (.433) 40-89 (.449)
    3PM-3PA 6-17 (.353) 4-15 (.267)
    FTM-FTA 23-27 (.852) 32-38 (.842)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-41 15-41
    Assists 25 16
    Turnovers 18 12
    Steals 4 8
    Blocks 3 8
    Fast Break Points 4 2
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 31 (1/0) 25 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Gilbert Arenas Arenas
    Points: 26
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Shawn Marion Marion
    Points: 29
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 3