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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 14 26 28 29 97 BOSTON 23 18 20 16 77 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - DEREK ANDERSON 26, TIM DUNCAN 15, DAVID ROBINSON 12 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 37, ANTOINE WALKER 13, VITALY POTAPENKO 9

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 14, DEREK ANDERSON 8 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 9, ANTOINE WALKER 9

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - AVERY JOHNSON 7, DEREK ANDERSON 6 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 5, PAUL PIERCE 4

ATT: 15,764 Extended Box SAN ANTONIO (97) AT BOSTON (77) SAN ANTONIO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === DUNCAN F 42 5-11 5-12 0 14 14 3 3 3 2 15 FERRY F 25 3-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 0 1 8 ROBINSON C 24 5-7 2-2 2 5 7 0 4 0 3 12 ANDERSON G 42 7-18 8-8 1 7 8 6 3 2 0 26 PORTER G 25 4-8 0-0 0 3 3 5 0 0 2 11 ROSE 20 5-8 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 1 2 10 WALKER 22 1-2 0-2 0 3 3 0 3 0 3 2 JOHNSON 23 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 7 1 1 0 4 DANIELS 10 1-5 1-2 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 3 S KERR 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 SCOTT 3 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 4 S ELLIOTT DNP - SORE LEFT LEG TOTALS 240 36-70 16-26 4 36 40 25 21 9 14 97 (.514) (.615) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 15(13 PTS) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === PIERCE F 37 16-26 3-5 1 8 9 4 5 2 5 37 WALKER F 39 6-22 1-2 4 5 9 5 3 0 3 13 BLOUNT C 22 0-1 0-0 1 3 4 0 3 1 1 0 BROWN G 24 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 STITH G 30 2-7 0-0 1 3 4 3 1 1 2 6 PALACIO 21 1-2 2-2 1 2 3 2 0 1 2 4 POTAPENKO 18 3-5 3-4 1 2 3 0 3 0 1 9 E WILLIAMS 24 2-6 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 0 1 4 MCCARTY 13 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 0 MOISO 4 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 2 HERREN 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 GRIFFIN 4 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 TOTALS 240 31-78 11-15 10 29 39 17 21 7 18 77 (.397) (.733) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 19(24 PTS) SAN ANTONIO 14 26 28 29 - 97 BOSTON 23 18 20 16 - 77 BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN, ROSE, ROBINSON. BOSTON - PIERCE 2, WALKER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 9-20 (.450), FERRY 2-3, ANDERSON 4-9, PORTER 3-5, ROSE 0-1, DANIELS 0-2. BOSTON 4-19 (.211), PIERCE 2-5, WALKER 0-5, STITH 2-4, E WILLIAMS 0-2, MCCARTY 0-1, HERREN 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, JIM CAPERS, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 15,764. T - 2:04.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- The last 15 minutes vividly displayed why the San Antonio Spurs and the Boston Celtics are in very different positions in their respective playoff races.

The Spurs stayed on top of the Western Conference by dominating the fourth quarter en route to a 97-77 victory over the Celtics, who fell out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

San Antonio broke open a close game with an 8-1 run to end the third quarter and thouroughly outplayed Boston in the fourth to move one game ahead of Utah for the best record in the West and tie Philadelphia for the top mark in the NBA (48-20).

Derek Anderson had 26 points, eight rebounds and six assists and Tim Duncan added 15 and 14 for the Spurs, who have won 13 of their last 14 meetings with the Celtics.

Boston controlled a majority of the first three quarters and led, 59-57, with 2:41 remaining in the third period when the Spurs took over.

Terry Porter, who finished with 11 points, drained one of his three 3-pointers to put San Antonio ahead for good with 2:12 left.

Anderson sank a pair of free throws and, after Boston scored, Duncan sank 1-of-2 from the line. Porter drained another shot from the arc with 28 seconds to go and Anderson made a layup that capped the third-quarter scoring and gave the Spurs a 68-61 lead heading into the final period.

San Antonio maintained a seven-point lead until it began an 18-9 run with nine minutes left. David Robinson scored half his 12 points during that stretch and Anderson sank a pair of 3-pointers as the Spurs went ahead by as many as 22.

Anderson drained 4-of-9 shots from the arc overall to lead a potent offense that shot 51 percent (36-of-70) from the floor and made 9-of-20 3-pointers.

"Timmy did a great job of kicking the basketball because they were taking him out of the game," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He just started kicking it and playing Joe Montana out there, and the guys knocked down the shots."

Porter drained 3-of-5 3-pointers and Danny Ferry sank 2-of-3 from the arc for eight points.

By contrast, Boston shot just 39 percent (31-of-78), made 4-of-19 from the arc and committed 18 turnovers.

The Celtics led 30-14 with 9:35 left in the second quarter but were outscored, 26-11 the rest of the first half and only led 41-40 at halftime.

"Boston did a great job of coming out of the gates early," Popovich said. "But I thought that our guys did a good job of gutting it out and grinding it out."

"There's always a concern in games when you get behind by that much that early, but luckily it was that early," Duncan said. "We still had lots of basketball to play. We made too many mistakes early and gave them too many chances. Then we cleaned it up."

Boston (29-38) had a two-game winning streak snapped and fell one game behind Indiana for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics have not made the playoffs since 1995.

"We feel that we're a playoff team and guys take it very seriously," Boston's Antoine Walker said. "We have got to bounce back, focus in and get a win tomorrow and keep this thing tight until we play Indiana."

Paul Pierce scored 10 of his 37 points in the first quarter, when Boston jumped out to an 11-point lead. He made 16-of-26 shots and pulled down nine rebounds but had little help, part of the reason why San Antonio was able to come back.

"Regardless of me scoring, I look up and we're down by eight," Pierce said. "It's frustrating."

Walker had 13 points and nine rebounds but made just 6-of-22 shots and was the only other player in double figures for the Celtics, who have not beaten San Antonio here since 1997.

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