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Phoenix 86, San Antonio 84
Voskuhl, Suns Pull Even With Spurs

Shawn Marion shot 7-for-18 from the field Sunday.
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PHOENIX, April 27 (Ticker) -- With Stephon Marbury struggling and rookie Amare Stoudemire fouled out, the Phoenix Suns had an unlikely duo come through in the clutch.

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Penny Hardaway made the tying free throws with 44 seconds left and assisted on Jake Voskuhl's hook shot in the final moments as the Suns rallied for an 86-84 victory over the San Antonio Spurs, tying their Western Conference first-round series at 2-2.

The Suns trailed by as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter but stormed back, despite sub-par efforts from Marbury and Stoudemire, the NBA Rookie of the Year who fouled out with 3:12 remaining.

Marbury, who did not score in the final four minutes, missed a pair of free throws with 2:39 remaining. But Voskuhl completed a three-point play with 1:51 left to get the Suns within 80-79.

After San Antonio's Malik Rose made two free throws, Shawn Marion -- who had 17 points and 14 rebounds -- sank a floater to forge a 82-82 tie at the 1:22 mark.

Spurs guard Tony Parker made an acrobatic layup between Voskuhl and Joe Johnson at the other end, but Hardaway was fouled and sank two from the line for an 84-84 tie.

After Parker missed a jumper, San Antonio appeared confused defensively, allowing Hardaway to drive into the lane. He drew a double-team and passed to Voskuhl, who buried a hook shot over Tim Duncan with 2.3 seconds to go.

"I wasn't going to stop," Hardaway said. "I wasn't settling for a jump shot, I was attacking the basket and trying to make a play."

"Penny got my defender to help and he just flipped me the ball and I got it and turned around and hit a hook shot," Voskuhl said. "That was my first game-winner. Going in to San Antonio (down) 3-1 would have been a really difficult situation. We needed this one and we stepped up."

Duncan, a favorite for his second straight MVP award, had a good view of the game-winning play.

"We had a switch out up top and Penny drove right down the middle," he said. "The guy stepped over to help him and Jake made himself available and Penny dropped it off and it was a good shot right over the top of me. We gave this one away and they were close enough to take it."

Voskuhl made 2-of-2 shots from the floor and 3-of-3 free throws en route to seven points.

"Jake doesn't miss from the field," Suns coach Frank Johnson said. "Of course, he only takes two or three shots and they are high-percentage shots."

Duncan missed a fallaway jumper as time expired and the Suns tied the best-of-seven series.

"The series is even again with three games left to play and we still haven't played our best game yet," Marbury said. "We still haven't clicked it in yet. They threw their best punches at us again."

Marbury scored 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting and handed out seven assists. Hardaway had 13 points and Scott Williams 12 for Phoenix, which closed the game with a 22-9 run.

"We dug it out until the end, all the way through the grind and we got a good win," Marion said. "The series is even now, so basically, the playoffs just started again."

Duncan had 24 points and 11 rebounds and Parker and Bruce Bowen each scored 19 points for the Spurs, who shot just 40 percent (28-of-70) and committed 25 turnovers leading to 33 points for the Suns.

"It's a tough one for us," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "When you turn it over as many times as we did, it makes it pretty difficult to win. We were very sloppy and it put us in a tough spot."

Game 5 is Tuesday at San Antonio.

The Spurs trailed, 47-46, with 6:28 left in the third quarter before scoring 10 of the next 11 points. Bowen had eight points during the burst, capping it with a 3-pointer for a 56-48 lead with 3:17 left.

Bowen made 7-of-8 shots from the floor, including 5-of-6 3-pointers, after managing just eight points on 3-of-18 shooting in first three games of the series.

San Antonio had a 63-56 cushion after the third quarter and opened the final period with five straight points. David Robinson sank two free throws with 10:52 remaining to give the Spurs their largest lead at 68-56.



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