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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     SAN ANTONIO      12   26   17   22    77   
     NEW YORK         17   18   14   18    67      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   SAS - TIM DUNCAN 30, EMMANUEL GINOBILI 14, 
                      TONY PARKER 10
                NYK - STEPHON MARBURY 19, KURT THOMAS 11, 
                      OTHELLA HARRINGTON 10

HIGH REBOUND:   SAS - TIM DUNCAN 19, RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 10, 
                      EMMANUEL GINOBILI 7
                NYK - KURT THOMAS 12, PENNY HARDAWAY 5, 
                      STEPHON MARBURY 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   SAS - EMMANUEL GINOBILI 6, TONY PARKER 2, FOUR
                      PLAYERS WITH 1
                NYK - STEPHON MARBURY 8, KEITH VAN HORN 3, 
                      ALLAN HOUSTON 2

         ATT:   19,190

Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (77) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Bowen 39 2-5 2-3 1-2 1 2 6 T Duncan 43 12-24 6-9 5-19 1 2 30 R Nesterovic 32 0-5 3-4 6-10 0 4 3 E Ginobili 36 4-13 6-6 1-7 6 3 14 T Parker 30 4-11 2-2 0-1 2 1 10 R Horry 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 D Brown 21 1-2 1-2 1-6 1 1 3 M Rose 16 1-3 1-2 1-3 0 4 3 C Ward 18 3-7 0-0 0-4 1 2 8 K Willis DNP - COACH'S DECISION R Mercer DNP - COACH'S DECISION H Turkoglu DNP - LEFT THIGH CONTUSION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-71 21-28 15-53 12 19 77 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.380, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (E Ginobili 0-3, T Parker 0-2, R Horry 0-1, C Ward 2-4). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:5 (B Bowen 2, C Ward, T Duncan, R Horry). Turnovers:23 (T Duncan 6, D Brown 6, M Rose 3, C Ward 2, R Nesterovic 2, E Ginobili 2, R Horry, T Parker). Steals: 8 (E Ginobili 3, M Rose 2, B Bowen, T Duncan, R Nesterovic). NEW YORK (67) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Thomas 27 5-12 1-1 3-12 1 4 11 K Van Horn 18 2-4 0-0 2-4 3 3 5 D Mutombo 18 1-2 1-2 1-3 0 2 3 A Houston 30 2-13 3-3 0-2 2 4 7 S Marbury 45 8-21 3-5 1-5 8 1 19 M Doleac 24 3-4 0-0 1-2 1 6 6 P Hardaway 29 2-6 2-4 1-5 0 0 6 S Anderson 7 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 M Norris 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 O Harrington 27 4-10 2-2 1-2 1 3 10 F Williams 12 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 B Sundov DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-75 12-17 10-37 16 27 67 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.360, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 1-9, .111 (K Van Horn 1-2, A Houston 0-2, S Marbury 0-3, P Hardaway 0-1, M Norris 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:3 (M Doleac 2, K Van Horn). Turnovers:18 (A Houston 6, S Marbury 3, P Hardaway 2, K Van Horn 2, K Thomas, M Doleac, M Norris, O Harrington, S Anderson). Steals: 9 (S Marbury 3, M Doleac 3, K Thomas, M Norris, K Van Horn). ------------------------------------------- SAN ANTONIO 12 26 17 22 - 77 NEW YORK 17 18 14 18 - 67 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: San Antonio - 1 (M Rose, 9:34 4th). New York - 2 (Defensive Three, 9:37 3rd; O Harrington, 9:34 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,190. T: 2:16. Officials: Bob Delaney, Derek Collins, Derrick Stafford.


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (77) AT NEW YORK (67) SAN ANTONIO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === B BOWEN F 39 2-5 2-3 1 1 2 1 2 1 0 6 T DUNCAN F 43 12-24 6-9 5 14 19 1 2 1 6 30 R NESTEROVIC C 32 0-5 3-4 6 4 10 0 4 1 2 3 E GINOBILI G 36 4-13 6-6 1 6 7 6 3 3 2 14 T PARKER G 30 4-11 2-2 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 10 R HORRY 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 D BROWN 21 1-2 1-2 1 5 6 1 1 0 6 3 M ROSE 16 1-3 1-2 1 2 3 0 4 2 3 3 C WARD 18 3-7 0-0 0 4 4 1 2 0 2 8 K WILLIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION R MERCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION H TURKOGLU DNP - LEFT THIGH CONTUSION TOTALS 240 27-71 21-28 15 38 53 12 19 8 23 77 (.380) (.750) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 26 (19 PTS) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K THOMAS F 27 5-12 1-1 3 9 12 1 4 1 1 11 K VAN HORN F 18 2-4 0-0 2 2 4 3 3 1 2 5 D MUTOMBO C 18 1-2 1-2 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 3 A HOUSTON G 30 2-13 3-3 0 2 2 2 4 0 6 7 S MARBURY G 45 8-21 3-5 1 4 5 8 1 3 3 19 M DOLEAC 24 3-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 6 3 1 6 P HARDAWAY 29 2-6 2-4 1 4 5 0 0 0 2 6 S ANDERSON 7 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 M NORRIS 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 O HARRINGTON 27 4-10 2-2 1 1 2 1 3 0 1 10 F WILLIAMS 12 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 B SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 27-75 12-17 10 27 37 16 27 9 18 67 (.360) (.706) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 18 (12 PTS) SAN ANTONIO 12 26 17 22 - 77 NEW YORK 17 18 14 18 - 67 BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - B BOWEN 2, C WARD, T DUNCAN, R HORRY. NEW YORK - M DOLEAC 2, K VAN HORN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 2-10 (.200), E GINOBILI 0-3, T PARKER 0- 2, R HORRY 0-1, C WARD 2-4. NEW YORK 1-9 (.111), K VAN HORN 1-2, A HOUSTON 0- 2, S MARBURY 0-3, P HARDAWAY 0-1, M NORRIS 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: SAN ANTONIO - M ROSE. NEW YORK - DEFENSIVE THREE, O HARRINGTON. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, DEREK COLLINS, DERRICK STAFFORD. A - 19,190. T - 2:16.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Tim Duncan took care of the offense, Bruce Bowen took care of the defense and the San Antonio Spurs took care of the New York Knicks. Duncan had 30 points and 19 rebounds and Bowen shut down Stephon Marbury in the second half as the Spurs stopped a two-game slide with a 77-67 victory over the banged-up Knicks. The defending NBA champion Spurs had lost their previous two games by a combined three points. They rebounded with a familiar formula as Duncan was his usual unstoppable self and the defense matched its best effort of the season. "We had been struggling," Duncan said. "This was a big one for us. We needed to get this one." Duncan did his part, making 12-of-24 shots and controlling the paint on both ends. His job was made easier by Bowen, who switched onto Marbury in the second half and prevented the star point guard from getting into any rhythm. "I think Bruce Bowen is a first team all-league defender," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He makes the second team every year because guys get pigeonholed and nobody knows what to do with people, so they just name the same guys over and over. He guards point guards, (shooting guards, small forwards), the toughest guy on the other team - every night - and does a heck of a job." "(Bowen) got up into him and took his legs out a little bit, picked him up a little bit more full-court, made him work a little more at the point so he wouldn't just come down and come off a screen and have something wide open," Duncan added. "I think that was the difference in the game." Marbury said there was no difference in being defended by the 6-7 Bowen or the 6-3 Tony Parker, who he worked over in last year's playoffs. But the numbers showed otherwise; he scored just two baskets with Bowen defending him and made 8-of-21 shots overall, collecting 19 points and eight assists. Marbury was trying to carry the offense down the stretch because Allan Houston was hampered by a sore right knee and Keith Van Horn was sidelined with a strained left shoulder suffered late in the first half. Houston had seven points on 2-of-13 shooting and committed six turnovers. Van Horn scored just five points in 18 minutes. "We need Allan and we need Keith," Knicks coach Lenny Wilkens said. "If my two key guys are off the floor, then it's easier for them." The Knicks still found themselves in a 57-57 tie early in the fourth quarter when they were done in by old friend Charlie Ward. He drilled a 3-pointer to give the Spurs the lead for good, then blocked Michael Doleac's shot, leading to Manu Ginobili's three-point play and a 63-57 lead with 7:24 to go. "It was a crucial swing," Wilkens admitted. "Charlie just comes to play the game," Popovich said. "He doesn't come at anybody or prove a point or make a show. He just came to play." Ward spent nine-plus seasons with the Knicks before being dealt to Phoenix last month. Waived by the Suns and signed by the Spurs, he scored eight points in his return to Madison Square Garden, which he admitted was a strange experience. "At halftime, I almost walked in the other direction (toward the Knicks' locker room," he said. "I had to remember that I'm with the Spurs now." While locking up Marbury, Bowen sank a jumper and two free throws to extend the lead to 69-61 with 3:55 left. He added a block on Houston before Duncan's only basket of the final period sealed it at 75-65 with a minute to play. Ginobili had 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists and Parker scored 10 points for the Spurs, who overcame 38 percent (27-of-71) shooting and a season-high 26 turnovers. Kurt Thomas had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who shot 36 percent (27-of-75) and were held to a season low in points. "Our execution was abominable," Wilkens said. "We were anxious. We missed so many wide-open shots."


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