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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 30 19 18 22 89 SEATTLE 21 26 18 22 87 FINAL


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (89) AT SEATTLE (87)

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

DUNCAN F 46 11-17 9-11 1 7 8 2 3 1 5 31 ROBINSON F 31 5-9 12-16 1 7 8 6 5 1 6 22 W PERDUE C 29 2-2 0-2 3 4 7 0 1 0 1 4 JOHNSON G 32 6-9 1-2 0 1 1 5 0 0 2 13 JACKSON G 37 2-7 4-4 0 7 7 2 4 0 0 10 C PERSON 27 1-9 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 1 1 3 GEARY 17 1-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 1 0 2 HERRERA 6 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 2 LOHAUS 15 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 DEL NEGRO DNP - RESPIRATORY INFECTION ROSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION M WILLIAMS DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE

TOTALS 240 30-64 26-35 5 30 35 20 20 5 15 89 (.469) (.743) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16(17 PTS)

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

BAKER F 36 4-9 1-6 3 7 10 2 6 4 1 9 SCHREMPF F 40 10-20 2-2 4 7 11 3 4 1 0 24 MCILVAINE C 9 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 0 3 0 2 1 HAWKINS G 36 1-6 3-3 1 3 4 2 1 2 1 6 PAYTON G 43 9-20 2-4 0 3 3 10 4 1 1 20 PERKINS 24 1-8 2-2 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 4 KERSEY 3 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 MCMILLAN 25 3-6 0-0 1 3 4 1 5 0 4 8 WILLIAMS 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 ANTHONY 20 3-6 3-4 0 1 1 3 3 2 2 11 WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION COTTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-78 14-23 9 28 37 22 29 11 12 87 (.423) (.609) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 12(9 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 30 19 18 22 - 89 SEATTLE 21 26 18 22 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 2, W PERDUE 2, ROBINSON. SEATTLE - MCILVAINE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 3-16 (.188), JACKSON 2-5, C PERSON 1-7, GEARY 0-3, LOHAUS 0-1. SEATTLE 7-24 (.292), SCHREMPF 2-4, HAWKINS 1-3, PAYTON 0-5, PERKINS 0-5, MCMILLAN 2-3, ANTHONY 2-4. TECHNICALS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN, SEATTLE - KERSEY 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: BILL OAKES, JIM CLARK, KEN MAUER. A - 17,072. T - 2:18.


Agate Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 46 11-17 9-11 1-8 2 3 31 Robinson 31 5-9 12-16 1-8 6 5 22 W Perdue 29 2-2 0-2 3-7 0 1 4 Johnson 32 6-9 1-2 0-1 5 0 13 Jackson 37 2-7 4-4 0-7 2 4 10 C Person 27 1-9 0-0 0-2 3 1 3 Geary 17 1-6 0-0 0-1 2 3 2 Herrera 6 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 Lohaus 15 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Del Negro DNP - respiratory infection Rose DNP - coach's decision M Williams DNP - suspended by league _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-64 26-35 5-35 20 20 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.469, FT-.743. 3-Point Goals: 3-16, .188 (Jackson 2-5, C Person 1-7, Geary 0-3, Lohaus 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Duncan 2, W Perdue 2, Robinson). Turnovers: 16 (Robinson 6, Duncan 5, Johnson 2, C Person, W Perdue). Steals: 5 (C Person, Duncan, Geary, Herrera, Robinson).

SEATTLE (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 36 4-9 1-6 3-10 2 6 9 Schrempf 40 10-20 2-2 4-11 3 4 24 Mcilvaine 9 0-0 1-2 0-2 0 3 1 Hawkins 36 1-6 3-3 1-4 2 1 6 Payton 43 9-20 2-4 0-3 10 4 20 Perkins 24 1-8 2-2 0-2 1 1 4 Kersey 3 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Mcmillan 25 3-6 0-0 1-4 1 5 8 Williams 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Anthony 20 3-6 3-4 0-1 3 3 11 Wingate DNP - coach's decision Cotton DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-78 14-23 9-37 22 29 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.423, FT-.609. 3-Point Goals: 7-24, .292 (Schrempf 2-4, Hawkins 1-3, Payton 0-5, Perkins 0-5, Mcmillan 2-3, Anthony 2-4). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 1 (Mcilvaine). Turnovers: 12 (Mcmillan 4, Anthony 2, Mcilvaine 2, Baker, Hawkins, Payton, Perkins). Steals: 11 (Baker 4, Anthony 2, Hawkins 2, Payton, Perkins, Schrempf). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 30 19 18 22 - 89 Seattle 21 26 18 22 - 87 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: San Antonio 1 (Duncan, 0:41 2nd). Seattle 2 (Kersey 2 (ejected), 3:06 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 2:18. Officials: Bill Oakes, Jim Clark, Ken Mauer.


Game Recap

Tim Duncan snuck out for a fast-break layup that led to a three-point play with 48 seconds to go, snapping a tie as the San Antonio Spurs picked up a huge win for their collective psyche, an 89-87 road victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.

Duncan finished with 31 points and David Robinson, back after missing three games due to a concussion suffered nine days ago, added 22 points for San Antonio, which remained alive for the fourth spot in the Western Conference as Phoenix lost to Utah tonight.

"I was scared to death the whole time, but he kept saying he felt really good," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. "We tried not to give him more than 30 minutes. In fact, we wanted to keep David, Chuck (Person) and Avery (Johnson) as close to 30 minutes as we could. That was our number one goal."

"I've been out over a week, so to come into a game like this, where you get a chance to really compete is great," said Robinson, who was 5-of-9 from the field and 12-of-16 from the foul line. "I felt great."

For the Spurs to clinch the fourth spot and homecourt advantage in the first round, San Antonio must win at home against Denver on Sunday, and Phoenix must lose at Houston on Sunday.

The victory improved the Spurs to 3-9 against the top three teams from the West -- the Sonics, Utah and Los Angeles Lakers. It was also the first time this season San Antonio defeated any of these teams on the road.

Detlef Schrempf scored 24 points and Gary Payton added 20 and 10 assists for the Sonics, who were denied in a bid to clinch the Pacific Division title and fell into a tie with the Los Angeles Lakers for the lead. Seattle, however, can still win the Pacific with a victory at Portland on Sunday or a loss by the Lakers to Utah.

"It puts us in a must-win game in Portland," said frsutrated Sonics coach George Karl. "If we want to win the Pacific Division, we win on Sunday, it's that simple."

But Utah's victory also assured Seattle would finish no better than second in the West. The Sonics, who last reached the NBA Finals in 1996, have lost their last eight playoff series when they do not have the homecourt advantage dating back to the 1987 Western Conference semifinals against Houston.

The Sonics, who did not take the lead until the fourth quarter, opened an 81-76 advantage after Hersey Hawkins' only basket of the game, a three-pointer with 4:26 to play.

But San Antonio rallied with five straight points on a free throw by Robinson, a layup by Avery Johnson and two free throws by Duncan that knotted the game, 81-81, with 2:20 to go. Payton missed two free throws in that span.

Payton, though, made two free throws with 2:01 to play to give Seattle an 83-81 lead, but Robinson made two of his own 10 seconds later. Payton answered again with a 17-footer from the left baseline with the shot clock winding down that gave the Sonics an 85-83 lead with 1:28 left.

Robinson fouled out Vin Baker with 1:16 left, hitting two free throws to tie the game again. After Sam Perkins missed a three-pointer from the top of the key, Robinson saw Duncan streaking downcourt and fired a two-handed over-the-head pass to the first-year player, and Duncan converted a layup as he was fouled by Nate McMillan with 48 seconds left.

Duncan added the free throw to make it 88-85. After a missed three-pointer, the Sonics were able to track down the loose ball, and Schrempf had a layup to cut the deficit to one with 19 seconds to go.

After a series of timeouts, San Antonio committed a turnover as Robinson made a bad pass that led to a backcourt violation. Payton penetrated into the lane but was double-teamed, and Duncan deflected a pass attempt. McMillan was able to get to the ball, but air-balled a turnaround 15-footer from the right elbow.

"We just couldn't make some shots and couldn't make any free throws," said Schrempf. "That really hurt us and then they made a couple of plays, like the breakaway three-point play, and that really hurt us. They made their free throws, we didn't and that was the key to the ballgame."

Robinson was fouled with 1.2 seconds left and made the first foul shot to complete the scoring.

"We did some great scrambling (at the end)," said Robinson. "They have good spacing in their offense and they're always able to get good shots. But we did a great job on rotations and our guys kept coming up with the ball."

San Antonio led by as many as 13 points early in the second quarter, but the Sonics closed within 49-47 at halftime on the strength of 14 points by Payton.

Avery Johnson scored 13 points and Jaren Jackson, playing in place of Vinny Del Negro, added 10 for San Antonio, which shot 47 percent (30-of-64) from the field and made 25-of-34 from the foul line. Robinson was 12-of-16 from the foul line and Duncan hit 9-of-11.

Baker, was 1-of-6 from the foul line, finished with nine points and 10 rebounds, and Hawkins was 1-of-6 from the field and finished with six points. The Sonics, who were 7-of-24 from three-point range, shot 42 percent (33-of-78) from the floor and made 14-of-23 from the foul line.

"We did a good job on him (Baker)," said Duncan. "David was attacking him on offense and Will (Perdue) just kept a hand on him the whole time. We kept him off his game and he never got into it. It was a great win for us, we want to win the rest of the way and take care of our end of the deal. Then hopefully, we'll have a shot at homecourt advantage."

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