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PHOENIX, Jan. 31 (AP) -- Tim Duncan banked in a shot with 30.9 seconds remaining, Manu Ginobili hit four late free throws and the undermanned SAS rallied to beat the Phoenix Suns 84-81 on Thursday night and end a three-game losing streak.
The SAS trailed most of the game, but Duncan's big basket gave them an 80-79 lead. After the Suns turned the ball over, Ginobili hit a pair of free tosses with 15.6 seconds left. Amare Stoudemire then made a layup with 8.7 seconds to go, pulling the Suns within 82-81, but he missed a free throw -- his fifth of the game and fourth in the fourth period.

Ginobili completed the scoring with two more free throws with 6.5 seconds left, and a final Suns' shot went awry. Phoenix, the league's highest scoring team, was held to its lowest output of the season.

Ginobili finished with 19 points, including 12-of-12 from the line. Duncan had 16 points aand 17 rebounds, and Jacque Vaughn scored a season-high 17 for San Antonio.

Shawn Marion led the Suns with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Steve Nash had 17 points and eight assists, and Stoudemire finished with 16 points and nine rebounds.

It was the first meeting between the teams at Phoenix since last season's controversial playoff series, and the intensity was heightened by an raucous capacity home crowd. Adding to the atmosphere were the presence of many sports celebrities, either from the Super Bowl teams, other NFL clubs, including league rushing champion LaDainian Tomlinson, and the PGA golf tournament in town this weekend.

The fans got into it early, booing the SAS on nearly every possession, and calling them "dirty,'' "whiners'' and "crybabies.'' The Suns won the first meeting this season 100-95 Dec. 17 at San Antonio, a game the SAS played without star guard Tony Parker. Parker, averaging 19.2 points per game, again was absent in the rematch because of inflammation in his left ankle. San Antonio also was without guard Brent Barry (strained left calf), one of their 3-point specialist.

Phoenix led throughout the first half, despite shooting only 36.1 percent (13-for-36) and not hitting a field goal in the final 6:10 of the second period. Early in the second period, after scoring the first seven points of the quarter, the Suns led 32-18, but the SAS made the final five points before halftime and chopped the lead to 40-34.

For the second quarter, the Suns made only four field goals in 17 attempts.

During the first half, the SAS shot even worse than Phoenix, hitting only 13-of-40 for 32.5 percent. Ginobili, who scored 29 points in each of the previous two games, was scoreless, going 0-for-5, and Duncan was only 2-for-7.

The Suns were hampered early, when All-Star Stoudemire, who is averaging 22.7 points per game, picked up two personal fouls in the first 2:38. He sat out the rest of the period.

Ginobili got it going in the third period, scoring eight points, but the Suns still maintained their advantage, leading the entire way and finishing the quarter ahead 60-55.

  

 


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