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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 14 24 26 23 87 DALLAS 14 30 13 24 81 FINAL


SAN ANTONIO (87) AT DALLAS (81)

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

JACKSON F 32 5-13 0-0 1 2 3 4 5 5 2 12 DUNCAN F 41 8-17 10-15 4 12 16 3 1 1 3 26 W PERDUE C 24 1-2 2-4 2 3 5 0 2 0 0 4 JOHNSON G 36 5-10 2-2 0 3 3 6 2 1 3 12 DEL NEGRO G 37 4-12 0-0 0 4 4 4 1 1 0 8 C PERSON 22 1-4 0-0 0 5 5 0 2 0 1 3 M WILLIAMS 26 5-11 4-5 1 0 1 2 3 0 2 14 GEARY 12 3-4 0-1 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 6 HERRERA 10 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROBINSON DNP - CHONDROMALACIA ROSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-76 18-27 8 31 39 20 17 9 12 87 (.434) (.667) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 13(14 PTS)

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

FINLEY F 33 3-15 3-4 2 2 4 3 2 2 3 10 GREEN F 26 0-5 0-0 3 6 9 0 0 0 2 0 BRADLEY C 27 6-14 1-3 7 8 15 0 4 1 0 13 REEVES G 19 2-10 3-4 2 3 5 0 3 1 1 7 DAVIS G 37 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 2 2 WELLS 34 10-14 1-1 3 6 9 7 1 0 1 21 MUURSEPP 12 0-1 2-2 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 2 ANSTEY 20 4-10 2-2 3 4 7 1 5 2 1 10 STRICKLAND 20 4-11 2-2 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 10 RILEY 12 3-5 0-0 2 3 5 0 4 2 0 6 WALKER DNP - STRESS FRACTURE RIGHT LEG

TOTALS 240 33-90 14-18 22 36 58 14 22 8 15 81 (.367) (.778) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 15(18 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 14 24 26 23 - 87 DALLAS 14 30 13 24 - 81

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 5. DALLAS - BRADLEY 4, REEVES, ANSTEY, RILEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 3-10 (.300), JACKSON 2-7, JOHNSON 0-1, C PERSON 1-2. DALLAS 1-8 (.125), FINLEY 1-3, REEVES 0-2, WELLS 0-1, ANSTEY 0-1, STRICKLAND 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, MIKE CALLAHAN, JOE BORGIA. A - 12,378. T - 1:56.


SAN ANTONIO (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jackson 32 5-13 0-0 1-3 4 5 12 Duncan 41 8-17 10-15 4-16 3 1 26 W Perdue 24 1-2 2-4 2-5 0 2 4 Johnson 36 5-10 2-2 0-3 6 2 12 Del Negro 37 4-12 0-0 0-4 4 1 8 C Person 22 1-4 0-0 0-5 0 2 3 M Williams 26 5-11 4-5 1-1 2 3 14 Geary 12 3-4 0-1 0-2 1 1 6 Herrera 10 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Alexander DNP - coach's decision Robinson DNP - chondromalacia Rose DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-76 18-27 8-39 20 17 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.434, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Jackson 2-7, Johnson 0-1, C Person 1-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 5 (Duncan 5). Turnovers: 13 (Duncan 3, Johnson 3, Jackson 2, M Williams 2, C Person, Geary). Steals: 9 (Jackson 5, Del Negro, Duncan, Geary, Johnson).

DALLAS (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Finley 33 3-15 3-4 2-4 3 2 10 Green 26 0-5 0-0 3-9 0 0 0 Bradley 27 6-14 1-3 7-15 0 4 13 Reeves 19 2-10 3-4 2-5 0 3 7 Davis 37 1-5 0-0 0-2 1 1 2 Wells 34 10-14 1-1 3-9 7 1 21 Muursepp 12 0-1 2-2 0-2 0 2 2 Anstey 20 4-10 2-2 3-7 1 5 10 Strickland 20 4-11 2-2 0-0 2 0 10 Riley 12 3-5 0-0 2-5 0 4 6 Walker DNP - stress fracture right leg _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-90 14-18 22-58 14 22 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.367, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (Finley 1-3, Reeves 0-2, Wells 0-1, Anstey 0-1, Strickland 0-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 7 (Bradley 4, Reeves, Anstey, Riley). Turnovers: 15 (Strickland 4, Finley 3, Davis 2, Green 2, Anstey, Muursepp, Reeves, Wells). Steals: 8 (Anstey 2, Finley 2, Riley 2, Bradley, Reeves). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 14 24 26 23 - 87 Dallas 14 30 13 24 - 81 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,378. T: 1:56. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Mike Callahan, Joe Borgia.


GAME RECAP

Tim Duncan had 26 points and 16 rebounds and keyed a decisive third-quarter run as the San Antonio Spurs remained unbeaten without the injured David Robinson, downing the Dallas Mavericks for the seventh straight time, 87-81.

A basket by Shawn Bradley gave Dallas its biggest lead, 56-46, with 6:09 left in the third quarter. But the Mavericks failed to make another field goal for the rest of the period and San Antonio closed the third with an 18-1 burst to take the lead for good.

"Once we got down by 10, the defense and the rebounding got good, mainly the defense," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "We made a lot of good stops and that's how we kept ourselves in the basketball game."

Duncan, who also had five blocks, opened that run with two free throws, and his dunk put the Spurs ahead to stay at 58-57 with 2:11 remaining. A jumper by Reggie Geary capped the run and built the lead to 64-57.

"We did start slow, they came out with a lot of energy," Duncan said. "We knew it was going to be a tough game. They aren't a team that you can just walk over. We regrouped and really turned it up."

The Mavs got as close as 77-74 on a jumper by rookie Bubba Wells with 4:26 left in the game, but Monty Williams answered with a jumper and a three-pointer. Dallas got no closer than six points the rest of the way in losing to San Antonio for the fourth time this season.

Williams finished with 14 points as the Spurs improved to 2-0 without Robinson, who has missed the last two games with a knee injury. The All-Star center was diagnosed with an inflamed right knee and will be examined again on Thursday to determine if he will miss further action.

Wells set career highs with 21 points, nine boards and seven assists while Bradley added 13 points and 15 rebounds for Dallas, which has dropped seven of its last eight games.

"It felt good to be out there tonight," Wells said. "Playing out there was not like playing in practice. I felt fine because Nellie (coach Don Nelson) works with me on getting my shot warmed up."

The Mavericks shot just 37 percent (33-of-90) from the field, including a pathetic 6-for-35 performance from all their starters, excluding Bradley. Michael Finley managed just 10 points on 3-of-15 shooting after averaging 28.3 points in the previous three contests.

"When everyone is playing so well, our best players have a bad night -- it's just kind of the way the season has gone," Nelson explained. "I'm looking for individual improvement, I don't care as much about team improvement. I want to see what we've been working on individually in practices on the court during games."

Duncan has been outstanding all season for San Antonio, but especially in the last five games. During that stretch, the lone rookie All-Star has averaged 28.8 points and 12.0 rebounds.

The game was a story of two halves for the Spurs. They shot just 31 percent (13-of-42) in the first half and faced a 44-38 deficit at the intermission. But they rebounded to hit 59 percent from the floor (20-of-34) in the final 24 minutes en route to their fourth straight road win.

"Fortunately for us, our shooting picked up from the first half and the defense picked up a little bit also," Popovich said. "We haven't amazed anybody with our shooting ability. Our defense gets us back in basketball games a lot of times, and that's what happened tonight. Our team has a lot of character."

Eric Riley scored all six of his points in the Mavs' 11-2 spurt that closed the second quarter. His dunk with 3.2 seconds left put Dallas ahead by six at the break.

Riley and Wells came off a Maverick bench that outscored the Spurs' reserves, 49-25. Chris Anstey and Erick Strickland eached scored 10 points off the bench for Dallas, which owned a 58-39 rebounding edge.

Avery Johnson and Jaren Jackson contributed 12 points apiece for the Spurs, who have won back-to-back games since losing home games to Seattle and Phoenix following the All-Star break. Jackson made a season-high five steals and Johnson handed out six assists.

"Popovich really pumped us up at halftime," Johnson said. "We just wanted to play like we did against them the first three games and do some of they keys that helped us win those games."

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