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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 23 28 19 13 7 90 SAN ANTONIO 25 18 25 15 15 98 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: POR - ARVYDAS SABONIS 14, RASHEED WALLACE 13, WALT WILLIAMS 13 SAS - DAVID ROBINSON 26, AVERY JOHNSON 24, TIM DUNCAN 19

HIGH REBOUND: POR - BRIAN GRANT 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 SAS - DAVID ROBINSON 12, TIM DUNCAN 12

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 6, FIVE PLAYERS WITH 2 SAS - AVERY JOHNSON 8, SEAN ELLIOTT 4

ATT: 28,806


Extended Box

PORTLAND (90) AT SAN ANTONIO (98) - FINAL IN OT

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

AUGMON F 15 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 0 2 2 B GRANT F 31 3-10 4-4 8 3 11 1 6 0 0 10 SABONIS C 27 5-9 4-5 1 5 6 2 6 0 0 14 RIDER G 24 2-9 2-3 0 2 2 2 1 0 2 6 STOUDAMIRE G 32 6-17 0-0 3 0 3 6 3 1 1 12 ANTHONY 22 3-7 3-6 2 3 5 2 1 1 2 10 CATO 12 1-4 0-0 1 5 6 0 2 1 1 2 JACKSON 28 1-5 0-0 0 3 3 2 1 0 2 2 ONEAL 8 2-3 2-4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 6 WALLACE 36 6-17 1-2 0 3 3 2 4 4 1 13 WILLIAMS 30 5-9 0-0 1 3 4 1 5 1 1 13 G GRANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 35-94 16-24 16 29 45 19 33 8 12 90 (.372) (.667) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 12(12 PTS)

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

DUNCAN F 48 5-14 9-12 2 10 12 3 2 1 0 19 ELLIOTT F 28 2-7 2-2 1 3 4 4 4 0 0 6 ROBINSON C 44 9-17 8-12 4 8 12 3 3 2 2 26 ELIE G 36 2-4 4-4 0 3 3 1 3 2 1 8 JOHNSON G 42 9-14 6-6 0 3 3 8 2 2 6 24 DANIELS 11 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 JACKSON 29 3-11 1-2 2 4 6 1 0 1 0 8 J KERSEY 13 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 4 PERDUE 8 0-1 0-0 1 3 4 0 4 0 0 0 ROSE 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 S KERR DNP - COACH'S DECISION KING DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 33-77 30-38 10 35 45 23 21 8 10 98 (.429) (.789) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 11(8 PTS)

PORTLAND 23 28 19 13 7 - 90 SAN ANTONIO 25 18 25 15 15 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - WALLACE 2, WILLIAMS 2, B GRANT, CATO. SAN ANTONIO - ROBINSON 4, ELLIOTT 2, DUNCAN 2, ELIE, ROSE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 4-16 (.250), RIDER 0-1, STOUDAMIRE 0-5, ANTHONY 1-3, JACKSON 0-2, WILLIAMS 3-5. SAN ANTONIO 2-7 (.286), DANIELS 1-1, JACKSON 1-5, J KERSEY 0-1. TECHNICALS: SAN ANTONIO - ELIE. OFFICIALS: MIKE CALLAHAN, BOB DELANEY, BILL KENNEDY. A - 28,806. T - 2:47.


Box Score

PORTLAND (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Augmon 15 1-4 0-0 0-1 1 4 2 B Grant 31 3-10 4-4 8-11 1 6 10 Sabonis 27 5-9 4-5 1-6 2 6 14 Rider 24 2-9 2-3 0-2 2 1 6 Stoudamire 32 6-17 0-0 3-3 6 3 12 Anthony 22 3-7 3-6 2-5 2 1 10 Cato 12 1-4 0-0 1-6 0 2 2 Jackson 28 1-5 0-0 0-3 2 1 2 Oneal 8 2-3 2-4 0-1 0 0 6 Wallace 36 6-17 1-2 0-3 2 4 13 Williams 30 5-9 0-0 1-4 1 5 13 G Grant DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 35-94 16-24 16-45 19 33 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.372, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (Rider 0-1, Stoudamire 0-5, Anthony 1-3, Jackson 0-2, Williams 3-5). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 6 (Wallace 2, Williams 2, B Grant, Cato). Turnovers: 12 (Anthony 2, Augmon 2, Jackson 2, Rider 2, Cato, Stoudamire, Wallace, Williams). Steals: 8 (Wallace 4, Anthony, Cato, Stoudamire, Williams).

SAN ANTONIO (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 48 5-14 9-12 2-12 3 2 19 Elliott 28 2-7 2-2 1-4 4 4 6 Robinson 44 9-17 8-12 4-12 3 3 26 Elie 36 2-4 4-4 0-3 1 3 8 Johnson 42 9-14 6-6 0-3 8 2 24 Daniels 11 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 0 3 Jackson 29 3-11 1-2 2-6 1 0 8 J Kersey 13 2-5 0-0 0-1 0 2 4 Perdue 8 0-1 0-0 1-4 0 4 0 Rose 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 S Kerr DNP - coach's decision King DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 33-77 30-38 10-45 23 21 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Daniels 1-1, Jackson 1-5, J Kersey 0-1). Team rebounds: 16. Blocked shots: 10 (Robinson 4, Elliott 2, Duncan 2, Elie, Rose). Turnovers: 11 (Johnson 6, Robinson 2, Elie, J Kersey). Steals: 8 (Elie 2, Johnson 2, Robinson 2, Duncan, Jackson). _________________________________________________ Portland 23 28 19 13 7 - 90 San Antonio 25 18 25 15 15 - 98 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: San Antonio 1 (Elie, 8:35 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 28,806. T: 2:47. Officials: Mike Callahan, Bob Delaney, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- One down, three to go.

The San Antonio Spurs took the first step in a difficult trip to the top of the Western Conference with a 98-90 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, surviving Damon Stoudamire's tying 18-footer at the regulation buzzer and riding six overtime points from Tim Duncan.

The Spurs (34-13) caught the Trail Blazers for the second-best record in the West. They are 1 1/2 games behind Utah (36-12), which visits Sunday afternoon, and close the season with trips to Portland and Golden State.

"This team knew that Portland was still ahead of us, so this was a huge win," Spurs center David Robinson said. "We couldn't think of Utah. Now we have a little time to celebrate, but we have to play Utah in 24 hours."

"I don't have any concerns about tomorrow," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "If I did, they wouldn't matter anyway because we still play tomorrow."

If San Antonio wins its remaining three games, it would secure the best record in the NBA and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. The Spurs have won 12 straight home games since a loss to Toronto on March 26.

"We control our own destiny and that's a great situation to be in," Duncan said. "It's in our hands and that's what we like."

"Mike (Portland coach Mike Dunleavy) and I spoke before the game and all of us are going to beat each other up down the stretch before the playoffs begin," Popovich said. "I just hope we have five bodies left for tomorrow."

Portland gave this one away, then nearly took it back. The 5-11 Stoudamire scored his team's last six points of the fourth quarter, including a jumper over Avery Johnson as time expired, forging an 83-83 tie.

"We don't fear this team," Stoudamire said. "We've taken their best shots and lost by one point and lost in overtime, both in their place."

Limited to 13 points in regulation, Duncan took charge in the extra session. He wrestled the ball away from Brian Grant and scored inside to give the Spurs the lead for good with 3:39 to go and added a jumper 49 seconds later.

After a drive by Johnson -- who had a season-high 24 points and eight assists -- Duncan hit another short jumper for a 91-83 bulge with 1:46 left. It was at least a two-possession game thereafter as Mario Elie made four free throws in the final 21 seconds to seal it.

Robinson had 26 points and 12 rebounds and Duncan added 19 and 12 for the Spurs, who overcame a 12-point second-quarter deficit and won for the ninth time in 10 games. The inside play of Robinson and Duncan helped foul out Grant and Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis.

"Dave and Tim had terrific games as usual but this was a good team effort against very talented, deep Portland team," Johnson said.

Sabonis scored 14 points and Grant added 10 and 11 rebounds for Portland, which wasted six double-figure scorers and dropped to 7-7 after a 27-6 start.

"We just did not make shots," Dunleavy said. "We got some good looks, they just didn't go down. Both teams played physical and we expect the same type of play when we face them again."

After a long scoreless drought by both teams, Jaren Jackson had an inside basket that just beat the shot clock that gave the Spurs a 78-74 lead with 3:05 to go. Rasheed Wallace made 1-of-2 foul shots and Jimmy Jackson scored on a drive, but Johnson had a driving layup to give San Antonio an 80-77 advantage with 1:53 left.

After the teams swapped a pair of misses, Stoudamire took over. He pushed the ball upcourt for a jumper with 36 seconds to go and, after Robinson threw in a scoop layup, scored on a drive with eight seconds left. Jackson gave Portland a chance when he split a pair of free throws and Stoudamire tied it at the horn.

"It wasn't a completely clean look but it was clean enough and I had to take it with so little time left," Stoudamire said. "But it wasn't enough and it just prolonged the loss."

Elie and Jackson scored eight points apiece for the Spurs, who shot 43 percent (33-of-77) from the field and made 30-of-38 free throws.

Wallace and Walt Williams scored 13 points each and Stoudamire added 12 for the Blazers, who shot 37 percent (35-of-94) and made 16-of-24 from the line. Both teams grabbed 45 rebounds.

Portland controlled the first half. A layup by Sabonis provided a 46-34 lead with 3:27 left in the second quarter before the Blazers settled for a 51-43 halftime advantage.

San Antonio trailed 61-52 midway through the third period but used a 16-7 run fueled by six points from Duncan to pull into a 68-68 tie late in the quarter.

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