Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 2/21

Game 1: Friday, February 21st
Game 2: Monday, March 17th

Suns 89

(30-25, 9-18 away)

Raptors 92

(17-36, 11-17 home)

    7:00 PM ET, February 21, 2003

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHX 31 15 18 2589
    TOR 24 19 25 2492

    Top Performers

    Phoenix: J. Voskuhl 14 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Toronto: A. Davis 22 Pts, 12 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Suns concerned about recent slide

    TORONTO (AP) --The Phoenix Suns took their second-half slump with them on the road.

    Antonio Davis had 22 points, including the final four of the game, as the Toronto Raptors beat the struggling Suns 92-89 on Friday night.

    Shawn Marion went 3-for-19 from the field and finished with a season-low eight points for the Suns, who have lost four of five since the All-Star break. Phoenix went 1-3 at home before starting their four-game trip in Toronto.

    ``There's only like two months left in the season,'' Phoenix's Stephon Marbury said. ``Teams are trying to make that push, while we're pretty much standing there right now.''

    Rookie Amare Stoudemire did not start for the Suns because he violated an unspecified team rule. The 6-foot-10 power forward had 14 points and six rebounds in 23 minutes.

    ``It was a coach's decision,'' said Stoudemire, who brushed aside all questions about it with the same response.

    Vince Carter went 6-for-16 from the field for 13 points for the Raptors, who have won seven of 10 since he returned to the lineup after missing 23 games with an injured right knee.

    Davis went 9-for-12 from the field, and had 12 rebounds.

    ``I thought Antonio Davis was huge, especially down the stretch with five fouls,'' Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens said.

    After Carter missed a jumper and Morris Peterson missed a short jumper, Davis made a tip-in to give Toronto a 90-89 lead with 7.8 seconds left.

    Marbury's driving layup attempt hit off the back of the rim, and Marion missed an ensuing tip-in attempt.

    Davis grabbed the rebound and then made two free throws with 1.4 seconds remaining to give Toronto a 92-89 lead. Marbury missed a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer as the ball hit off the side of the rim.

    Marbury finished with 22 points and six assists for the Suns, who shot 36 percent.

    ``It's a very tough way to start a road trip,'' coach Frank Johnson said after Phoenix dropped to 9-18 on the road. ``This is how we started other trips, like this.''

    Morris Peterson's layup capped a 10-2 run and gave Toronto a 66-58 lead with 2 minutes left in the third quarter.

    Stoudemire followed with three dunks as the Suns responded with an 18-5 run bridging the third and fourth quarters.

    Marion missed his first 13 shots from the field before making a short jumper. He then made another jumper before Marbury made a layup, giving Phoenix a 10-point lead with 6:11 left.

    ``That's the worst I've ever shot,'' Marion said. ``I was missing layups under the basket, but we were still in a position to win.''

    Peterson followed with a tip-in as the Raptors used a 10-0 run to tie it at 81 with 3:45 left.

    Marbury's jumper gave Phoenix an 87-84 lead with 3:35 left, but Toronto's Michael Bradley made a hook shot and Alvin Williams made a jumper to give Toronto an 88-87 lead with 50 seconds remaining.

    Carter was called for goaltending on a shot by Stoudemire, giving Phoenix an 89-88 lead with 14.3 seconds left, before Davis made his tip-in.

    Marion went 0-for-11 from the field in the first half, but Marbury had nine points as Phoenix led 46-43 at halftime.

    Game notes

    Tim Hardaway holds the NBA record for most field-goal attempts with none made. He was 0-for-17 from the field when he was with Golden State against Minnesota on Dec. 27, 1991. ... Toronto's Lindsey Hunter will have his number retired at Jackson State on Saturday night. Hunter was excused from the team to attend the ceremony. ... Phoenix's Tom Gugliotta had just two points in four minutes in his first game since being activated from the injured list.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 89 92
    FGM-FGA 33-91 (.363) 40-86 (.465)
    3PM-3PA 4-12 (.333) 1-10 (.100)
    FTM-FTA 19-26 (.731) 11-14 (.786)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 18-46 15-53
    Assists 15 28
    Turnovers 11 18
    Steals 9 6
    Blocks 4 5
    Fast Break Points 13 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 21 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Jake Voskuhl Voskuhl
    Points: 14
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Antonio Davis Davis
    Points: 22
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2