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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 20 24 21 22 87 PORTLAND 19 22 26 14 81 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - DAVID ROBINSON 29, AVERY JOHNSON 18, TIM DUNCAN 13 POR - ARVYDAS SABONIS 18, JIMMY JACKSON 15, STACEY AUGMON 11

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - DAVID ROBINSON 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 POR - BRIAN GRANT 10, ARVYDAS SABONIS 8

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 6, AVERY JOHNSON 6 POR - ARVYDAS SABONIS 8, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 7

ATT: 20,715


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (87) AT PORTLAND (81)

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

DUNCAN F 43 6-12 1-2 0 6 6 6 4 2 3 13 ELLIOTT F 38 4-14 3-3 0 3 3 2 4 0 0 12 ROBINSON C 36 11-19 7-9 6 6 12 2 4 1 0 29 ELIE G 37 1-3 6-6 0 0 0 1 1 1 4 8 JOHNSON G 42 8-11 2-2 1 4 5 6 1 1 4 18 DANIELS 6 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 JACKSON 21 1-5 0-0 1 3 4 3 1 2 2 2 PERDUE 7 1-1 0-0 0 6 6 0 1 0 0 2 ROSE 10 1-2 1-2 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 3 S KERR DNP - COACH'S DECISION J KERSEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION KING DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-70 20-24 8 31 39 21 19 8 13 87 (.471) (.833) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 13(18 PTS)

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

AUGMON F 21 4-4 3-4 1 3 4 2 2 1 0 11 B GRANT F 38 3-10 1-2 3 7 10 1 4 0 4 7 SABONIS C 36 7-13 3-4 1 7 8 8 1 1 2 18 JACKSON G 36 6-14 2-2 1 2 3 3 2 2 1 15 STOUDAMIRE G 30 4-14 0-0 1 1 2 7 2 2 3 8 ANTHONY 18 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 1 1 9 CATO 3 0-1 0-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 ONEAL 6 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 RIDER 16 1-4 0-0 1 2 3 2 1 0 1 3 WALLACE 23 3-8 0-0 1 4 5 0 3 1 2 6 WILLIAMS 13 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 4 WELLS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-77 9-14 11 28 39 26 20 8 15 81 (.429) (.643) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16(17 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 20 24 21 22 - 87 PORTLAND 19 22 26 14 - 81

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 2, ROBINSON. PORTLAND - B GRANT 4, SABONIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 1-10 (.100), DUNCAN 0-1, ELLIOTT 1-6, ELIE 0-1, DANIELS 0-1, JACKSON 0-1. PORTLAND 6-13 (.462), SABONIS 1-1, JACKSON 1-3, STOUDAMIRE 0-1, ANTHONY 3-5, RIDER 1-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, TERRY DURHAM, KEVIN FEHR. A - 20,715. T - 2:11.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 43 6-12 1-2 0-6 6 4 13 Elliott 38 4-14 3-3 0-3 2 4 12 Robinson 36 11-19 7-9 6-12 2 4 29 Elie 37 1-3 6-6 0-0 1 1 8 Johnson 42 8-11 2-2 1-5 6 1 18 Daniels 6 0-3 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 Jackson 21 1-5 0-0 1-4 3 1 2 Perdue 7 1-1 0-0 0-6 0 1 2 Rose 10 1-2 1-2 0-2 0 2 3 S Kerr DNP - coach's decision J Kersey DNP - coach's decision King DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-70 20-24 8-39 21 19 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.471, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 1-10, .100 (Duncan 0-1, Elliott 1-6, Elie 0-1, Daniels 0-1, Jackson 0-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 3 (Duncan 2, Robinson). Turnovers: 13 (Elie 4, Johnson 4, Duncan 3, Jackson 2). Steals: 8 (Duncan 2, Jackson 2, Daniels, Elie, Johnson, Robinson).

PORTLAND (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Augmon 21 4-4 3-4 1-4 2 2 11 B Grant 38 3-10 1-2 3-10 1 4 7 Sabonis 36 7-13 3-4 1-8 8 1 18 Jackson 36 6-14 2-2 1-3 3 2 15 Stoudamire 30 4-14 0-0 1-2 7 2 8 Anthony 18 3-5 0-0 0-1 3 2 9 Cato 3 0-1 0-2 0-0 0 2 0 Oneal 6 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Rider 16 1-4 0-0 1-3 2 1 3 Wallace 23 3-8 0-0 1-5 0 3 6 Williams 13 2-4 0-0 1-2 0 1 4 Wells DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-77 9-14 11-39 26 20 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.643. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (Sabonis 1-1, Jackson 1-3, Stoudamire 0-1, Anthony 3-5, Rider 1-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (B Grant 4, Sabonis). Turnovers: 16 (B Grant 4, Stoudamire 3, Sabonis 2, Wallace 2, Anthony, Jackson, Rider, Williams). Steals: 8 (Jackson 2, Stoudamire 2, Anthony, Augmon, Sabonis, Wallace). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 20 24 21 22 - 87 Portland 19 22 26 14 - 81 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,715. T: 2:11. Officials: Jess Kersey, Terry Durham, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- The San Antonio Spurs did the hard part. Now they must finish the job on Wednesday as they try to earn home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

While MVP candidate Tim Duncan provided little help, David Robinson came through when it mattered most as the Spurs hung on for an 87-81 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Robinson collected 29 points and 12 rebounds and put home an emphatic follow slam that gave the Spurs an 83-78 lead with 12 seconds to play. He scored six critical points in the final 4:34 as San Antonio won for the 12th time in 13 games.

The Spurs (36-13) headed into the stretch needing to win their final four games to nail down the league's best record. The first three contests involved the other two teams challenging for that title -- the Blazers and the Utah Jazz.

San Antonio started the stretch with a 98-90 overtime victory over Portland on Friday, one day before posting an 84-78 triumph over the Jazz. This victory over the Blazers (35-14) put the Spurs into position to finish with the best record if they win at Golden State on Wednesday.

"Every game is huge for us," Robinson said. "Last week, we had two of the biggest games of the season, and today was the biggest game of the season. Now, tomorrow is the biggest game of the season. We've done a great job of keeping our composure."

Utah (37-13), which lost the season series with San Antonio, closed its regular season earlier tonight with a win over the Los Angeles Clippers. That victory ended Portland's chances for the best record in the NBA.

Duncan officially replaced Robinson as the Spurs' go-to guy this season but was limited to just 13 points and six rebounds in this pivotal battle.

"David was incredible tonight," Duncan said. "He took us the whole way through and played big throughout. He just kept on making plays, and that's what we need."

Arvydas Sabonis had 18 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Blazers, who have split their last 16 games. They lost just six times in their first 33 contests.

"We've got a lot of work to do," said Blazers' leading scorer Isaiah Rider, who had just three points in 16 minutes off the bench. "We're not as good as (Utah or San Antonio) right now."

Robinson gave San Antonio the lead for good, 76-74, as he drained a short jumper with 4:34 to play. After rebounding a miss by Sabonis, Robinson doubled the lead by hitting a layup off a feed by Duncan.

After Jim Jackson answered with two free throws, Duncan had a foul shot and hook shot to make it 81-76 with 2:10 remaining. The score remained the same until Jackson tipped in a miss by Stoudamire with 32 seconds to go.

At the other end, Sean Elliott blew past Rasheed Wallace and missed a driving layup, but Robinson sneaked past Sabonis and leaped for a one-handed dunk to make it a two-possession game.

"A lot of times when either Sean or Avery drives to the hole and throws up a shot, it's just a good pass," Robinson said. "You've got two seven-footers down there to go get the rebound, and that one right there was a big one for us because the game was still within reach (for Portland) there."

Sabonis sank a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left, but Elie hit two free throws moments later and Avery Johnson added two more after Stoudamire missed a 10-footer.

Johnson contributed 18 points, six assists and five boards for the Spurs, who trailed by nine points in the third quarter before holding the Blazers to 14 in the final period. Johnson also had 24 points and eight assists in Friday's overtime victory over Portland.

"I just think our confidence right now is really high," Johnson said. "It's not so high that we're going to believe all of the print and radio and TV media about ourselves, but it's high enough that we have a confidence level in what we're doing offensively and defensively."

Four straight free throws by Robinson gave San Antonio a 54-47 lead with 7:47 left in the third. The Blazers stormed back with 15 straight points, including a pair of baskets apiece by Stoudamire and Wallace. A foul shot by Grant built a 62-54 lead with 3:44 remaining.

Sabonis' jumper less than two minutes later made it 67-58, but three free throws by Robinson and two baskets by Johnson in the final minute of the period pulled the Spurs within two.

"Like every other game with Portland, we beat the hell out of each other," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. "We'll see each other again, and it will be the same thing all over again."

Portland made just 4-of-18 from the field and committed five of its 16 turnovers in the fourth quarter.

Jackson contributed 15 points for the Blazers, who were better from outside the arc at 46 percent (6-of-13) than they were inside at 42 percent (27-of-64).

"It was a tough game, playoff atmosphere," said Grant, who had 10 rebounds. "We made a lot of mistakes, maybe one too many turnovers."

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