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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 29 18 29 27 10 113 HOUSTON 25 31 25 22 8 111 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 25, MARIO ELIE 19, AVERY JOHNSON 16 HOU - HAKEEM OLAJUWON 21, CUTTINO MOBLEY 20, STEVE FRANCIS 19

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 11, SAMAKI WALKER 9 HOU - HAKEEM OLAJUWON 9, KENNY THOMAS 9

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - AVERY JOHNSON 13, TERRY PORTER 7 HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 12, CUTTINO MOBLEY 3

ATT: 16,285


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (113) AT HOUSTON (111) - FINAL IN OT

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

DUNCAN F 39 10-21 5-5 3 8 11 4 5 1 4 25 ELIE F 40 6-11 2-2 1 2 3 3 4 3 6 19 ROBINSON C 35 7-11 1-4 0 6 6 0 5 3 2 15 JOHNSON G 40 8-15 0-0 0 3 3 13 2 0 1 16 PORTER G 41 2-7 4-4 1 1 2 7 2 0 1 9 ROSE 15 2-5 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 1 1 4 JACKSON 15 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 3 WALKER 17 4-5 4-4 3 6 9 0 1 0 0 12 DANIELS 13 3-5 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 7 S KERR 4 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 J KERSEY 6 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 44-85 17-21 9 29 38 27 24 9 19 113 (.518) (.810) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 19(15 PTS)

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

THOMAS F 43 4-10 7-8 6 3 9 2 5 2 2 16 WILLIAMS F 21 2-4 1-2 1 2 3 1 0 0 2 5 OLAJUWON C 34 10-16 1-3 2 7 9 0 4 0 2 21 ANDERSON G 34 2-8 8-9 0 5 5 2 3 1 5 12 FRANCIS G 51 7-17 2-2 1 4 5 12 1 2 5 19 MOBLEY 39 8-17 3-4 0 3 3 3 3 1 1 20 BULLARD 18 4-7 0-0 1 6 7 1 4 2 1 11 DREW 14 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 3 ROGERS 11 2-5 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 4 GRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION NORRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 40-89 22-28 13 31 44 22 21 8 18 111 (.449) (.786) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 18(24 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 29 18 29 27 10 - 113 HOUSTON 25 31 25 22 8 - 111

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN, ELIE, ROBINSON, ROSE. HOUSTON - OLAJUWON 4, MOBLEY 2, ROGERS, WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 8-10 (.800), ELIE 5-5, PORTER 1-2, JACKSON 1-2, S KERR 1-1. HOUSTON 9-26 (.346), THOMAS 1-4, WILLIAMS 0-2, ANDERSON 0-2, FRANCIS 3-5, MOBLEY 1-5, BULLARD 3-5, DREW 1-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON OLESIAK, JOE DEROSA, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 16,285. T - 2:39.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (113) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 39 10-21 5-5 3-11 4 5 25 Elie 40 6-11 2-2 1-3 3 4 19 Robinson 35 7-11 1-4 0-6 0 5 15 Johnson 40 8-15 0-0 0-3 13 2 16 Porter 41 2-7 4-4 1-2 7 2 9 Rose 15 2-5 0-0 1-2 0 2 4 Jackson 15 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 3 Walker 17 4-5 4-4 3-9 0 1 12 Daniels 13 3-5 1-2 0-0 0 1 7 S Kerr 4 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 3 J Kersey 6 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Spencer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 44-85 17-21 9-38 27 24 113 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.518, FT-.810. 3-Point Goals: 8-10, .800 (Elie 5-5, Porter 1-2, Jackson 1-2, S Kerr 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Duncan, Elie, Robinson, Rose). Turnovers: 19 (Elie 6, Duncan 4, Jackson 2, Robinson 2, Daniels, J Kersey, Johnson, Porter, Rose). Steals: 9 (Elie 3, Robinson 3, Duncan, J Kersey, Rose).

HOUSTON (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Thomas 43 4-10 7-8 6-9 2 5 16 Williams 21 2-4 1-2 1-3 1 0 5 Olajuwon 34 10-16 1-3 2-9 0 4 21 Anderson 34 2-8 8-9 0-5 2 3 12 Francis 51 7-17 2-2 1-5 12 1 19 Mobley 39 8-17 3-4 0-3 3 3 20 Bullard 18 4-7 0-0 1-7 1 4 11 Drew 14 1-5 0-0 0-1 1 0 3 Rogers 11 2-5 0-0 2-2 0 1 4 Gray DNP - coach's decision Miller DNP - coach's decision Norris DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 40-89 22-28 13-44 22 21 111 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.449, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 9-26, .346 (Thomas 1-4, Williams 0-2, Anderson 0-2, Francis 3-5, Mobley 1-5, Bullard 3-5, Drew 1-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 8 (Olajuwon 4, Mobley 2, Rogers, Williams). Turnovers: 18 (Anderson 5, Francis 5, Olajuwon 2, Thomas 2, Williams 2, Bullard, Mobley). Steals: 8 (Bullard 2, Francis 2, Thomas 2, Anderson, Mobley). _________________________________________________ San Antonio 29 18 29 27 10 - 113 Houston 25 31 25 22 8 - 111 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,285. T: 2:39. Officials: Ron Olesiak, Joe Derosa, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- The "Battle of Texas" isn't much of a battle anymore.

Tim Duncan scored 17 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, leading the San Antonio Spurs to their eighth straight victory over the Houston Rockets, 113-111.

Duncan made two free throws with 35.5 seconds left in the extra period to put the Spurs ahead for good, 109-107. Rockets rookie Steve Francis tried to drive the baseline but was stuffed by the "Twin Towers" of Duncan and David Robinson with 19.7 seconds to play.

"It's my game to be aggressive," Francis said. "I was hoping to either make a shot or get a foul call or get the ball to somebody down low. It worked earlier but it didn't work then."

"I just didn't feel we got a fair break," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich added. "That's all I have to say."

Terry Porter sank two free throws and Mario Elie added two against his former team with 10.9 seconds remaining, rendering meaningless a last-second basket by Houston's Matt Bullard.

Elie was 5-of-5 from 3-point range and finished with 19 points, Avery Johnson had 16 and 13 assists and Samaki Walker provided a huge spark off the bench with 12 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs. San Antonio completed a home-and-home sweep and has not lost to the Rockets since January 24, 1998.

"After the last game against them on Friday, I told our guys that tonight would be a very different game. It was a war tonight," Spurs coach Gregg Potovich said. "Both teams had a lot of fight, and a couple of free throws were the difference. We're thrilled to get the victory."

Hakeem Olajuwon had 21 points and nine rebounds and Cuttino Mobley scored 20 points off the bench for Houston, which had a five-game home winning streak snapped.

"Everything feels comfortable except for my wind," Olajuwon said. "The more you play, the better conditioned you become, but my moves are starting to come back."

Mobley's pull-up jumper from the foul line with 6.8 seconds remaining forced overtime after San Antonio failed to score in the final 3:05 of regulation.

The Spurs trailed by eight points early in the fourth quarter, but Duncan had nine during a 17-4 spurt. Walker capped it with two free throws, giving San Antonio a 97-92 lead with 5:25 remaining.

"I was more aggressive in the fourth period," Duncan said. "They didn't double-team me as quick. That opened up the floor for me, and I got the shots to fall."

"Duncan is amazing," said Tomjanovich. "You think you get him in a bad position and he still makes the shot."

The Spurs still led by five before Kenny Thomas dunked with 2:09 remaining. After a turnover by Duncan, Thomas made 1-of-2 free throws to set the stage for Mobley's heroics.

San Antonio raced to a 16-6 lead 4 1/2 minutes into the game, but the Rockets used a long-range assault to surge in front. Matt Bullard made three 3-pointers and Francis added two during a 31-9 run bridging the first two periods. Bullard's 25-footer with 7:19 left in the second quarter gave Houston a 43-31 lead.

Francis finished with 19 points, 12 assists and five rebounds in 51 minutes for the Rockets, who shot under 45 percent (40-of-89) and were outscored in the paint, 56-44. Houston also got 16 points and nine boards from Thomas.

Robinson was plagued by foul trouble and had only 15 points and six rebounds. But Walker picked up the slack, going 4-of-5 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line in 17 minutes.

"It's about time that I played well," he said. "There are times when David and Tim struggle. It's my job to come in and give us some energy. Then David and Tim came in and finished the job."

San Antonio was 8-of-10 from beyond the arc and shot nearly 52 percent (44-of-85) overall.

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