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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 21 22 16 17 76 CHARLOTTE 18 19 17 17 71 FINAL


SAN ANTONIO (76) AT CHARLOTTE (71)

SAN ANTONIO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

DUNCAN F 43 9-19 3-3 1 12 13 1 2 1 4 21 ELLIOTT F 21 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 1 0 2 ROBINSON C 36 3-11 3-3 1 8 9 2 4 1 0 9 JACKSON G 37 5-11 1-2 0 6 6 1 3 1 1 13 JOHNSON G 42 7-15 2-3 0 4 4 8 3 0 4 16 C PERSON 27 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 0 0 2 GEARY 12 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 2 1 0 2 0 W PERDUE 17 6-6 1-1 3 4 7 0 1 1 1 13 DEL NEGRO 5 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION HERRERA DNP - COACH'S DECISION M WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-73 10-14 6 36 42 18 19 5 12 76 (.438) (.714) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12(14 PTS)

CHARLOTTE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

MASON F 37 3-9 2-4 0 8 8 3 2 0 1 8 RICE F 42 4-17 3-4 3 6 9 1 3 2 2 11 GEIGER C 43 11-26 0-0 4 9 13 2 5 2 2 22 WESLEY G 43 5-13 5-6 5 4 9 7 0 1 2 15 BECK G 28 1-3 3-4 1 2 3 3 3 0 1 5 DIVAC 18 3-10 0-1 3 4 7 3 1 0 1 6 ARMSTRONG 20 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 WILLIAMS 9 1-6 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 2 CURRY DNP - STRAINED RIGHT CALF FARMER DNP - COACH'S DECISION REID DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROYAL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-89 13-19 18 34 52 19 16 5 9 71 (.326) (.684) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 9(5 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 21 22 16 17 - 76 CHARLOTTE 18 19 17 17 - 71

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 3, W PERDUE 2, JOHNSON, C PERSON, ROBINSON. CHARLOTTE - GEIGER, WESLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 2-8 (.250), ELLIOTT 0-1, JACKSON 2-3, JOHNSON 0-2, C PERSON 0-2. CHARLOTTE 0-8 (.000), RICE 0-2, GEIGER 0-1, WESLEY 0-2, DIVAC 0-1, ARMSTRONG 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, TOM WASHINGTON, DEE KANTNER. A - 24,042. T - 2:05.


SAN ANTONIO (76) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 43 9-19 3-3 1-13 1 2 21 Elliott 21 1-5 0-0 0-1 3 2 2 Robinson 36 3-11 3-3 1-9 2 4 9 Jackson 37 5-11 1-2 0-6 1 3 13 Johnson 42 7-15 2-3 0-4 8 3 16 C Person 27 1-5 0-0 0-1 1 3 2 Geary 12 0-1 0-0 1-1 2 1 0 W Perdue 17 6-6 1-1 3-7 0 1 13 Del Negro 5 0-0 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 Alexander DNP - coach's decision Herrera DNP - coach's decision M Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-73 10-14 6-42 18 19 76 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.438, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (Elliott 0-1, Jackson 2-3, Johnson 0-2, C Person 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 8 (Duncan 3, W Perdue 2, Johnson, C Person, Robinson). Turnovers: 12 (Duncan 4, Johnson 4, Geary 2, Jackson, W Perdue). Steals: 5 (Duncan, Elliott, Jackson, Robinson, W Perdue).

CHARLOTTE (71) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mason 37 3-9 2-4 0-8 3 2 8 Rice 42 4-17 3-4 3-9 1 3 11 Geiger 43 11-26 0-0 4-13 2 5 22 Wesley 43 5-13 5-6 5-9 7 0 15 Beck 28 1-3 3-4 1-3 3 3 5 Divac 18 3-10 0-1 3-7 3 1 6 Armstrong 20 1-5 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Williams 9 1-6 0-0 2-2 0 1 2 Curry DNP - strained right calf Farmer DNP - coach's decision Reid DNP - coach's decision Royal DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-89 13-19 18-52 19 16 71 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.326, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals: 0-8, .000 (Rice 0-2, Geiger 0-1, Wesley 0-2, Divac 0-1, Armstrong 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 2 (Geiger, Wesley). Turnovers: 9 (Geiger 2, Rice 2, Wesley 2, Beck, Divac, Mason). Steals: 5 (Geiger 2, Rice 2, Wesley). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 21 22 16 17 - 76 Charlotte 18 19 17 17 - 71 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 24,042. T: 2:05. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Tom Washington, Dee Kantner.


GAME RECAP

Rookie Tim Duncan scored seven of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and grabbed 13 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs earned their 16th win in 18 games, holding on for a 76-71 victory over the struggling Charlotte Hornets.

Leading 62-58 early in the fourth quarter, Duncan hit a jumper and Avery Johnson, who had 16 points and eight assists, followed with back-to-back layups to build a double-digit lead.

Matt Geiger had 22 points and 13 boards for the Hornets, and his dunk with 1:42 to play cut the deficit to 74-71. But Charlotte, which shot a season-low 32.6 percent (29-of-89) from the field, did not score again.

In the final 30 seconds, Glen Rice missed two three-pointers around B.J. Armstong's miss from behind the arc before San Antonio's David Robinson, who was limited to just nine points, sank two free throws with 4.5 seconds left to secure the victory.

"This was a tough game. It feels good to beat a team of this caliber," Johnson said. "We took this ballgame as a challenge."

Charlotte's recent struggles -- the Hornets have lost a season-high three straight games -- have gone hand-in-hand with the shooting problems of Rice, the team's leading scorer. He finished with 11 points on 4-of-17 shooting, and is averaging 11.7 points while making just 12-of-49 shots from the field in the slide.

"I just have to go back to the drawing board," said Rice, who had nine rebounds. "My legs are a little tired from the weight room. It's disappointing. I didn't help the team at all. I have to definitely put up a better performance than the last few games."

"Teams are really starting to key in on Glen, so we need others to start stepping it up on the outside," Hornets coach Dave Cowens said.

San Antonio, which earned its fourth straight win, has allowed 90 points or more just twice in the last 18 games and has held nine opponents below 80 this season. Duncan led the inside game for San Antonio, which outscored Charlotte 48-28 in the paint.

"I have a lot of respect for this team. I also have a lot to learn, but I am learning a lot," Duncan said. "There is no reason now to be nervous. This game is more of a one-on-one style than the college game."

The Spurs were in front through most of the contest, but were unable to build a double-digit lead until the final period. They went ahead for good with 1:40 left in the opening quarter when Duncan's jumper made it 19-18.

After taking a 68-58 lead on Johnson's layup with seven minutes to go, Charlotte answered with an 11-4 run. Geiger's dunk capped the spurt and pulled the Hornets within 72-69 with 2:31 remaining, but Duncan responded with a hook shot on the ensuing possession.

Charlotte went 0-for-8 from behind the arc, failing to hit a three-pointer for the first time this season. That effort and the overall shooting performance overshadowed the Hornets' season-high 52 rebounds and nine turnovers, which tied a season low.

"If it's not one thing it's another," Cowens explained. "We've been kicking teams' butts on rebounds but then we go and shoot only 33 percent."

Geiger's points tied a season high and the 13 boards were a season best, but he also made just 11 of his career-high 26 field-goal attempts.

"When you get the shots, you have to take them," Geiger said. "Whenever you play against two premier post players and they get minutes, I get to test myself against the best. We're struggling, but we just have to stay with it."

Robinson pulled down nine rebounds and shot just 3-of-11 from the floor, but backup center Will Perdue atoned for that effort by hitting all six of his shots and finishing with 13 points and seven boards.

Charlotte's David Wesley had 10 of his 15 points in the first half, tied a career high with nine rebounds and handed out seven assists.

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