Suns 105, Warriors 97
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Rex Chapman and Kevin Johnson each scored 26 points and the Phoenix Suns beat the Golden State Warriors 105-97 Sunday night to complete a sweep of the four-game season series.
Chapman scored 17 of his points in third quarter when the Suns surged ahead, and Johnson hit a crucial 3-pointer in the late going to frustrate the Warriors’ comeback.
Danny Manning added 18 points and Jason Kidd 13 for Phoenix, which won for the 12th time in 13 games.
Golden State’s Latrell Sprewell and Donyell Marshall both left the game late in the third quarter and did not return. Marshall suffered a left shoulder strain and Sprewell sprained his right ankle.
Melvin Booker’s 16 points led Golden State. Andrew DeClercq had 14 and Joe Smith and Marshall each had 13. Smith added 14 rebounds.
Smith’s short hook shot 56 seconds into the third period pulled Golden State to 55-54, but the Suns went on a tear from there, scoring 16 of the next 18 points for a 71-56 advantage.
Chapman drained three 3-pointers in the flurry that helped the Suns take a 12-point lead into the final period.
Despite being without Marshall and Sprewell, the Warriors managed to get within 94-88 on Smith’s 13-foot jumper with 2:33 remaining. But that would be as close Golden State would get as Johnson answered with a 3-pointer for a nine-point cushion.
Golden State led 27-23 after the first quarter and went in front 33-25 on Chris Mullin’s layup two minutes in the second period. But the Suns quickly pulled to within a point as Johnson and Wesley Person hit consecutive 3-pointers.
By halftime, Phoenix was in front 53-52.
Notes: Phoenix last swept a season series from Golden State in 1989-90, when the Suns took all five of their games with the Warriors. ... Booker’s points represented a career-high. ...Phoenix’s primary perimeter rotation of Johnson, Kidd, Chapman and Person have played only the last 22 games together, but the Suns have gone 18-4 in that span.