Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/12

Game 1: Wednesday, November 12th
Game 2: Tuesday, January 27th

Suns 89

(17-29, 6-18 away)

Hawks 85

(14-32, 8-13 home)

    Coverage: SSN

    7:30 PM ET, January 27, 2004

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHX 14 22 30 2389
    ATL 22 20 17 2685

    Top Performers

    PHX: J. Johnson 20 Pts, 4 Reb, 7 Ast, 3 Stl

    Atl: T. Ratliff 16 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Blk

    Marion scores 18 of 22 points in second half

    ATLANTA (AP) -- A big third quarter was the answer for Shawn Marion and the Phoenix Suns.

    Marion scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half and the Phoenix Suns snapped a three-game losing streak with an 89-85 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.

    The Hawks, coming off a 91-82 victory at Detroit on Sunday, have not won consecutive games this season.

    The Suns, who trailed 42-36 at the half, rallied in the third. Marion scored 11 of his points in a 22-4 run capped by Casey Jacobsen's basket for a 60-50 lead with 3:55 left in the period.

    "I thought the third quarter was probably the best we played in a long time," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said.

    "We came out with energy in the third. We had to juice ourselves up. We had been lethargic," added Marion.

    "We created our own energy. We were forcing them to turn the ball over and we got some easy baskets."

    Joe Johnson added 20 points for the Suns, Casey Jacobsen had 13, and Howard Eisley scored all of his seven points in the final 3:15. Stephen Jackson led the Hawks with 19 points, and Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Theo Ratliff each had 16 points.

    "It's not about winning two in a row. It's about playing the game and recognizing things on the floor," Jackson said.

    "We thought they were just going to lay down and just let us beat them. We turned the ball over. I know myself, I had seven turnovers. So personally, I have to look at myself."

    With the score tied at 67, Jacobsen scored on a layup with 6:58 to go to give the Suns the lead for good, although Atlanta got within two points on several occasions.

    "It was defense that won the game," Jacobsen said. "We were shooting around 30 percent in the first half. On the opposing team's floor, that's not going to get it done."

    Leading 75-73, Phoenix got two free throws from Eisley with 3:15 remaining. After a dunk by Marion made it 79-73, Eisley connected on a 3-pointer with 1:50 left and then added two free throws 23 seconds later. Marion made two free throws with 10.3 seconds left to give the Suns an 87-83 lead.

    Marion, the Suns' leading scorer and rebounder, had only four points in the opening half, going 1-of-8 from the field. He was 7-of-11 in the second half.

    Game notes

    The Suns shot only 21 percent (4-19) in the first period and trailed 22-14. ... The Hawks, 8-13 at home, play their next four games at Philips Arena. ... Suns F Amare Stoudemire, averaging 16 points a game, missed his fifth straight game because of a sore left ankle and sore left big toe. ... Glover returned after missing the Detroit game Sunday because of a migraine headache. ... Hawks coach Terry Stotts became the Eastern Conference coach with the longest tenure when Boston's Jim O'Brien quit earlier Tuesday. Stotts has been Atlanta's head coach for 13 months.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 89 85
    FGM-FGA 31-76 (.408) 30-73 (.411)
    3PM-3PA 4-22 (.182) 4-12 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 23-30 (.767) 21-25 (.840)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-34 9-45
    Assists 23 20
    Turnovers 14 23
    Steals 13 6
    Blocks 1 4
    Fast Break Points 9 2
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (1/0) 24 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Joe Johnson Johnson
    Points: 20
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Theo Ratliff Ratliff
    Points: 16
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 4