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O'Neal takes out Spurs— and a fan— as Suns rally late

PHOENIX — Shaquille O'Neal had 14 points and 16 rebounds to help the Suns beat their nemesis, the Spurs, 94-87 Sunday.

The ever-hustling, 7-foot-1, 325-pound center provided the toughness and girth the Suns felt they needed inside to get past the Spurs in the West. He went into the third row of seats for a loose ball, catching a fan with an elbow to the lip.

"I think I hit one guy," he said. "I tried to miss the kids."

Phoenix outscored the Spurs 14-2 in the final 3:40 to improve to 4-6 with O'Neal.

"There's a lot of teams with size in the West," Phoenix guard Steve Nash said. "We added size, let alone a guy with championship experience. One win isn't going to say we're a finished product, but we're on our way, I think, to improving and getting to a place where we're going to feel confident once the playoffs come around."

O'Neal's two blocks made him the third to have 26,000 points, 11,500 rebounds and 2,500 blocks. The others are Kareem-Abdul Jabaar and Hakeem Olajuwon.

Grant Hill scored 18 for the Suns, hitting a crucial baseline 20-footer with 1:15 left. Manu Ginobili scored 22 but missed several down the stretch for the Spurs, who lost their second in a row. Tim Duncan had 17 points and 10 rebounds but shot just 6-of-19.

Muhammad Ali, who lives in nearby Paradise Valley, watched from courtside. He got a standing ovation when introduced. Republican presidential candidate John McCain and his wife, Cindy, also were in the crowd.

SAN ANTONIO (87): Bowen 1-5 0-0 3, Duncan 6-19 5-8 17, Thomas 4-9 3-4 11, Parker 7-15 7-8 21, Finley 0-6 1-1 1, Ginobili 7-19 4-5 22, Horry 0-2 0-0 0, Udoka 3-7 0-0 8, Oberto 2-2 0-0 4, Vaughn 0-0 0-0 0, Stoudamire 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 30-86 20-26 87.

PHOENIX (94): Hill 9-13 0-0 18, Stoudemire 6-17 4-6 16, O'Neal 6-11 2-3 14, Nash 7-12 3-3 19, Bell 4-8 2-2 11, Diaw 2-4 2-2 6, Barbosa 3-13 4-4 10, Giricek 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 37-81 17-20 94.

San Antonio 25 23 22 17— 87

Phoenix 22 23 24 25— 94

3-Point GoalsSan Antonio 7-16 (Ginobili 4-6, Udoka 2-4, Bowen 1-3, Horry 0-1, Finley 0-2), Phoenix 3-14 (Nash 2-2, Bell 1-5, Hill 0-1, Stoudemire 0-1, Giricek 0-2, Barbosa 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSan Antonio 52 (Duncan 10), Phoenix 57 (O'Neal 16). AssistsSan Antonio 11 (Parker 5), Phoenix 21 (Nash 14). Total FoulsSan Antonio 21, Phoenix 21. TechnicalsPhoenix Coach D'Antoni, Phoenix defensive three second 2. A18,422 (18,422).

76ers 119, Bucks 97

MILWAUKEE — Thaddeus Young scored 22 and the 76ers improved to 12-3 since Feb. 5. "He scored 20-plus points and we didn't run one play for him," coach Maurice Cheeks said.

PHILADELPHIA (119): Young 8-11 6-6 22, Iguodala 6-10 2-2 15, Dalembert 8-11 2-2 18, Miller 7-16 2-4 16, Green 5-10 0-0 10, Evans 2-3 7-10 11, L.Williams 5-8 3-4 13, Smith 1-2 0-0 3, Carney 4-6 0-0 9, Ollie 1-1 0-0 2, Randolph 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 47-78 22-28 119.

MILWAUKEE (97): Mason 4-5 4-5 12, Villanueva 11-20 2-2 25, Bogut 0-4 1-2 1, Ivey 1-2 2-2 5, Redd 9-20 1-4 19, Bell 6-14 1-1 15, Ruffin 4-5 0-0 8, Simmons 2-6 0-0 4, Storey 2-7 0-0 4, Voskuhl 0-1 2-2 2, Sessions 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 40-86 13-18 97.

Philadelphia 33 32 23 31— 119

Milwaukee 22 21 31 23— 97

3-Point GoalsPhiladelphia 3-9 (Smith 1-1, Carney 1-2, Iguodala 1-3, L.Williams 0-1, Miller 0-1, Green 0-1), Milwaukee 4-17 (Bell 2-5, Villanueva 1-2, Ivey 1-2, Simmons 0-2, Redd 0-3, Storey 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhiladelphia 48 (Dalembert 10), Milwaukee 40 (Villanueva 8). AssistsPhiladelphia 24 (Miller 9), Milwaukee 25 (Bogut 7). Total FoulsPhiladelphia 19, Milwaukee 21. TechnicalPhiladelphia defensive three second. A16,437 (18,717).

Raptors 114, Sonics 106

TORONTO — The Raptors scored 30 off 22 turnovers, overcoming getting outshot (54 percent to 49 percent) and outrebounded (38-36).

SEATTLE (106): Green 2-5 2-2 7, Wilcox 10-17 8-9 28, Petro 2-3 0-0 4, Watson 5-10 4-6 14, Durant 7-15 6-6 20, Collison 6-9 0-0 12, Wilkins 5-7 0-0 11, Ridnour 2-4 2-2 6, Gelabale 1-3 2-2 4, Elson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 40-74 24-27 106.

TORONTO (114): Moon 4-6 0-0 8, Bargnani 6-21 4-4 16, Nesterovic 7-10 3-3 17, Calderon 3-5 0-0 7, Parker 8-14 5-5 23, Ford 3-9 0-0 6, Brezec 0-3 0-0 0, Kapono 4-6 0-0 10, Delfino 4-12 6-6 15, Humphries 6-6 0-2 12. Totals 45-92 18-20 114.

Seattle 31 27 21 27— 106

Toronto 24 30 35 25— 114

3-Point GoalsSeattle 2-9 (Wilkins 1-1, Green 1-2, Durant 0-1, Ridnour 0-1, Watson 0-1, Wilcox 0-1, Gelabale 0-2), Toronto 6-19 (Parker 2-3, Kapono 2-3, Calderon 1-1, Delfino 1-5, Bargnani 0-7). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSeattle 46 (Wilcox 10), Toronto 40 (Bargnani 7). AssistsSeattle 28 (Ridnour 9), Toronto 26 (Nesterovic 6). Total FoulsSeattle 18, Toronto 20. TechnicalToronto defensive three second. A19,800 (19,800).

HEAT: Coach/president Pat Riley began a series of college scouting trips, attending the Indiana-Penn State game. Riley is expected in Miami tonight for the Heat-Clippers game, but likely won't coach Wednesday against the Knicks and Friday against the Magic.

PISTONS-BULLS: Detroit's Rasheed Wallace and Chicago's Chris Duhon missed Sunday's late game. Wallace sat out his second straight game with a sprained left ankle. Duhon was disciplined for a missed workout. During the game's telecast, it was revealed that Duhon had not received permission to attend Saturday's college game between his alma mater, Duke, and North Carolina. He reportedly slept through the morning shootaround.

MAVS: Dirk Nowitzki became the top scorer in team history Saturday, and the player he surpassed said Nowitzki is the greatest Mav ever. "Yeah, he's the best player in Mavs history. That's for sure," said Rolando Blackman, the previous scoring leader. "By the time it's all over, of course, he'll have all the records to prove it." Of the 22 career leaders categories the team charts, Nowitzki is among the top 10 in all but field-goal percentage. Before the weekend, he was No. 1 on six lists, including rebounds, 3-pointers and free throws.. With 4:38 left in a win over the Nets on Saturday, Nowitzki's 18-foot fadeaway gave him 16,644, one more than Blackman.

Suns 94

Spurs 87

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