NBA ROUNDUP : Three-Point Shots Give Suns a Victory

From Associated Press

Charles Barkley had 31 points and 19 rebounds, but the Suns needed three-point baskets from Michael Finley, Wesley Person and Tony Smith down the stretch to defeat Golden State, 112-109, Sunday night in Phoenix.

Person finished with 20 points and Finley scored 18, who trailed by 17 points midway through the third quarter.

Barkley made consecutive three-point shots to give Phoenix a 95-94 lead with 5:04 left, and the Suns survived a wild finish to defeat Golden State at home for the first time in three years.

San Antonio 84, Cleveland 81--David Robinson blocked seven shots and scored 18 points, including two clinching free throws with 1.4 seconds left in Cleveland.


Robinson also had 12 rebounds for the Spurs, who have won four in a row. Cleveland, at 0-6, is off to its worst start since 1984.

Earlier, Antonio Lang and Donny Marshall of the Cavaliers were involved in separate traffic accidents on the way to practice. Neither player was injured.

Also on Sunday, forward Tyrone Hill was placed on the injured list because of injuries received in an accident on the way to a game last Tuesday.

New York 120, Utah 110--John Starks made six three-point shots on the way to scoring 26 points and Charles Oakley got 20 points and 10 rebounds at New York.

The Knicks shot 61% in the first half while jumping to a 61-43 lead. New York led by as many as 24 points halfway through the third quarter, then withstood a strong Utah rally late in the fourth quarter to win its third consecutive game.