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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 30 14 16 28 88 GOLDEN STATE 19 18 26 18 81 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 28, DAVID ROBINSON 23, MARIO ELIE 13 GSW - ANTAWN JAMISON 22, DONYELL MARSHALL 14, JOHN STARKS 12

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - DAVID ROBINSON 20, TIM DUNCAN 10 GSW - ANTAWN JAMISON 16, ERICK DAMPIER 11

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - SEAN ELLIOTT 6, AVERY JOHNSON 5 GSW - TYRONE BOGUES 5, JOHN STARKS 4

ATT: 17,235


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (88) AT GOLDEN STATE (81)

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

DUNCAN F 43 10-22 8-8 2 8 10 0 3 0 1 28 ELLIOTT F 35 4-9 3-3 0 2 2 6 0 0 0 12 ROBINSON C 40 8-16 7-9 4 16 20 1 3 2 1 23 ELIE G 32 3-7 7-7 0 2 2 1 2 2 1 13 JOHNSON G 38 1-3 1-2 0 2 2 5 1 0 3 3 DANIELS 10 0-3 0-0 1 0 1 4 0 1 1 0 JACKSON 20 1-7 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 3 J KERSEY 9 1-4 0-0 1 2 3 2 0 2 0 2 PERDUE 4 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 ROSE 9 1-1 0-2 2 0 2 0 3 0 1 2 S KERR DNP - COACH'S DECISION KING DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-73 26-31 10 36 46 19 14 7 8 88 (.411) (.839) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 10(10 PTS)

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

JAMISON F 37 10-23 2-2 9 7 16 0 1 1 1 22 MARSHALL F 33 5-10 3-4 2 3 5 2 4 1 0 14 DAMPIER C 29 2-10 3-4 6 5 11 0 3 1 1 7 COLES G 23 1-8 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 1 2 STARKS G 32 3-14 3-4 0 4 4 4 1 1 0 12 BOGUES 25 4-8 0-0 0 0 0 5 2 0 1 8 CUMMINGS 23 2-8 0-0 1 4 5 1 6 2 0 4 FOYLE 14 2-6 2-2 3 1 4 0 0 0 1 6 MILLS 20 2-6 2-2 1 3 4 3 2 0 3 6 SPENCER 4 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 DELK DNP - BRUISED RIGHT SHOULDER FERRELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-93 15-20 22 31 53 17 20 7 8 81 (.333) (.750) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 8(8 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 30 14 16 28 - 88 GOLDEN STATE 19 18 26 18 - 81

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - ELIE, ROSE, DUNCAN. GOLDEN STATE - MARSHALL, FOYLE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 2-9 (.222), ELLIOTT 1-2, ELIE 0-2, JACKSON 1-5. GOLDEN STATE 4-9 (.444), MARSHALL 1-1, STARKS 3-7, MILLS 0-1. TECHNICALS: GOLDEN STATE - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, MARSHALL. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, (EDDIE F. RUSH, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 17,235. T - 2:09.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 43 10-22 8-8 2-10 0 3 28 Elliott 35 4-9 3-3 0-2 6 0 12 Robinson 40 8-16 7-9 4-20 1 3 23 Elie 32 3-7 7-7 0-2 1 2 13 Johnson 38 1-3 1-2 0-2 5 1 3 Daniels 10 0-3 0-0 1-1 4 0 0 Jackson 20 1-7 0-0 0-3 0 0 3 J Kersey 9 1-4 0-0 1-3 2 0 2 Perdue 4 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 Rose 9 1-1 0-2 2-2 0 3 2 S Kerr DNP - coach's decision King DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-73 26-31 10-46 19 14 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.411, FT-.839. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Elliott 1-2, Elie 0-2, Jackson 1-5). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Elie, Rose, Duncan). Turnovers: 10 (Johnson 3, Daniels, Duncan, Elie, Robinson, Rose). Steals: 7 (Elie 2, J Kersey 2, Robinson 2, Daniels).

GOLDEN STATE (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jamison 37 10-23 2-2 9-16 0 1 22 Marshall 33 5-10 3-4 2-5 2 4 14 Dampier 29 2-10 3-4 6-11 0 3 7 Coles 23 1-8 0-0 0-2 2 1 2 Starks 32 3-14 3-4 0-4 4 1 12 Bogues 25 4-8 0-0 0-0 5 2 8 Cummings 23 2-8 0-0 1-5 1 6 4 Foyle 14 2-6 2-2 3-4 0 0 6 Mills 20 2-6 2-2 1-4 3 2 6 Spencer 4 0-0 0-2 0-2 0 0 0 Delk DNP - bruised right shoulder Ferrell DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-93 15-20 22-53 17 20 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.333, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (Marshall 1-1, Starks 3-7, Mills 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Marshall, Foyle). Turnovers: 8 (Mills 3, Bogues, Coles, Dampier, Foyle, Jamison). Steals: 7 (Cummings 2, Dampier, Jamison, Marshall, Spencer, Starks). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 30 14 16 28 - 88 Golden State 19 18 26 18 - 81 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Golden State 2 (Illegal Defense, 6:40 1st; Marshall, 5:21 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,235. T: 2:09. Officials: Bill Spooner, (eddie F. Rush, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- The San Antonio Spurs made sure they can turn the playoffs into the Alamo for the rest of the NBA.

The Spurs clinched home-court advantage throughout the playoffs as Tim Duncan scored 28 points and David Robinson added 23 for an 88-81 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

San Antonio erased an early fourth-quarter deficit to finish 37-13 and tie Utah atop the Midwest Division. The Spurs went 2-1 against the Jazz this season to gain the tiebreaker edge for the league's best record.

"What we've accomplished is pretty significant condsidering where we came from," said San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich. "They deserve a lot of credit for being disciplined enough to stay in the program day after day."

San Antonio, which is 21-4 with 13 straight wins at its home court of the Alamodome, will face the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round of the playoffs. It won 19 of its last 22 overall and went 31-5 since a 6-8 start.

"I feel good about our matchup with Minnesota," said San Antonio forward Mario Elie. "When they lost Stephon Marbury, they lost a little edge and I feel good about playing them."

The Spurs went on a 24-9 run in the fourth quarter to ensure their fifth straight victory. Avery Johnson put San Antonio in front with a jumper to make the score 68-67 with 7:54 remaining. Duncan keyed the spurt with 10 points.

"It's kind of a shock where we started to where we are now," said Duncan. "I wouldn't say they are only two leaders on this team. Dave (Robinson) and I are leaders on the floor. Mario's (Elie) our fire, Avery's (Johnson) our plug, that's why we are where we are."

Duncan put the Spurs ahead for good on a 14-foot jumper, 72-71, with 5:55 to play.

Robinson grabbed 20 rebounds for San Antonio and Duncan added 10.

"I still feel Utah is the team we have to get over because they're so experienced and so good," said Robinson. "We knew it was all in our hands. We had to do it all ouselves, but wow, it's one of those thing you build over an entire season. We're really solid right now and I feel really good going into the playoffs."

San Antonio led 54-37 at halftime. Golden State outscored the Spurs, 26-16 in the third quarter to take a 63-60 advantage.

The Spurs' only other regular-season title came in 1995, when they won 22 of their last 25 to finish 62-20 but lost to eventual NBA champion Houston in the conference finals.

"We're primed to win a championship," added Elie. "I'm starting to get that feeling I got when I was in Houston. "In 15 games we're the world champs and I think we took the first step by getting home court throught the playoffs."

Rookie Antawn Jamison paced Golden State with 22 points and 16 rebounds, while Donyell Marshall added 14. The Warriors ended the season by losing four of their last five but finished 21-29, collecting two more wins than they did in last season's 82-game slate.

Jamison collected his seventh double-double of the season, tying Michael Olowokandi of the Los Angeles Clippers for the lead among rookies.

"I know what I got to do. I know what I need to work on," said Jamison. "I know how to play in this league and I think it is good that I struggled a lot this year and experienced a lot of lows."

Even with the loss, the Warriors wound up with a 13-12 record at home, their first winning record at the Oakland Coliseum since posting a 23-18 mark in 1995-96.

San Antonio swept the three-game season series.

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