Originally created 11/07/02

Suns defeat Hawks



PHOENIX -- Penny Hardaway scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Phoenix Suns rally from a 14-point deficit for a 93-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.

Hardaway, given his first start of the season in an attempt to get more early scoring, made his first five shots in the final period - including three 3-pointers.

Shawn Marion had 26 points and nine rebounds, and reserves Amare Stoudemire and Casey Jacobsen scored 11 each to help snap Atlanta's three-game winning streak.

Jason Terry had 22 points and eight assists for the Hawks, and Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 19. Glenn Robinson added 15 points and Ira Newble 14.

The Hawks pulled to 84-83 on a dunk by Abdur-Rahim with 4:34 to play, but then hit a cold stretch that included two missed free throws by Dion Glover and a 3-point miss and turnover by Terry, who jumped to pass and found no one available.

The Suns also struggled - getting a short jumper and an 18-footer by Marion in the final minutes until Hardaway made three free throws and Marion two in the final 30 seconds.

Marion fouled Robinson with 36 seconds left, and he made one free throw but missed the other, and Marion got the rebound, preserving an 88-84 lead.

Jacobsen made a 3-pointer with 19 seconds left in the third quarter and Hardaway made two 3-pointers and banked in a runner from the side in the first 2:14 of the fourth, cutting what had been a 14-point deficit to 75-72.

After Robinson made a technical foul shot, Jacobsen hit another 3-pointer. Terry got loose for a layup, but Hardaway tied it at 78 with another 3-pointer with 6:46 remaining.

The Hawks took a 21-12 lead on a dunk by Abdur-Rahim with 3:47 left in the first quarter, but Stoudemire had seven points during a 20-9 run that gave Phoenix a 32-30 lead in the second.

The Suns went scoreless for 3 minutes while Abdur-Rahim had a layup and a dunk and Terry made two free throws and a layup, sending Atlanta to a six-point lead.

The Hawks led 47-46 at halftime and never managed to get more than three points away from the Suns in a third quarter that featured seven lead changes in the first 4:05.

The momentum changed quickly on the eighth lead change - Terry made a 3-pointer with 7:26 left, starting a 16-3 run that opened a 71-59 Atlanta lead with 1:41 left.

Notes: Hardaway started at shooting guard instead of Joe Johnson. ... The Hawks are 13-35 all-time in Phoenix, including 0-10 at America West Arena. ... Robinson, who scored at least 30 points in three straight games for the best start by an Atlanta player, had nine rebounds in his worst game this season. He was 1-of-6 on 3-pointers, leaving him one short of 500 for his career.