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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 10 28 18 16 72 CHARLOTTE 16 16 19 19 70 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - DAVID ROBINSON 16, TIM DUNCAN 15, TWO PLAYERS WITH 9 CHA - DERRICK COLEMAN 19, EDDIE JONES 17, DAVID WESLEY 9

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 12, DAVID ROBINSON 10 CHA - DERRICK COLEMAN 20, ANTHONY MASON 7

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - AVERY JOHNSON 7, TERRY PORTER 6 CHA - ANTHONY MASON 6, BARON DAVIS 5

ATT: 18,535


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (72) AT CHARLOTTE (70)

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

DUNCAN F 39 6-23 3-5 1 11 12 1 3 1 1 15 J KERSEY F 22 1-5 0-0 1 4 5 0 3 0 0 2 ROBINSON C 36 5-17 6-7 2 8 10 3 1 2 2 16 ELIE G 33 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 4 JOHNSON G 35 1-9 0-0 2 2 4 7 1 1 3 2 ROSE 15 2-4 1-1 0 1 1 1 3 0 2 5 WALKER 12 4-4 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 0 0 8 PORTER 21 3-4 2-2 0 3 3 6 1 0 0 9 DANIELS 16 4-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 2 9 JACKSON 11 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 S KERR DNP - COACH'S DECISION SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-75 12-15 7 35 42 20 18 6 11 72 (.387) (.800) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12(16 PTS)

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

COLEMAN F 41 7-19 4-8 2 18 20 3 5 0 4 19 MASON F 38 2-6 2-2 1 6 7 6 3 0 2 6 CAMPBELL C 33 4-12 0-0 1 4 5 1 3 1 2 8 JONES G 44 6-18 3-3 2 4 6 4 1 2 1 17 WESLEY G 33 4-11 0-0 0 3 3 3 2 2 1 9 BROWN 22 4-8 0-0 2 2 4 1 1 1 1 8 B DAVIS 15 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 5 2 0 0 0 ELLIS 10 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 R DAVIS 4 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 FULLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION RECASNER DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROBINSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-78 9-13 10 40 50 24 17 6 11 70 (.359) (.692) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 12(5 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 10 28 18 16 - 72 CHARLOTTE 16 16 19 19 - 70

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - ROBINSON 3. CHARLOTTE - CAMPBELL 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 2-2 (1.000), PORTER 1-1, DANIELS 1-1. CHARLOTTE 5-16 (.313), COLEMAN 1-3, JONES 2-6, WESLEY 1-4, ELLIS 1-3. TECHNICALS: SAN ANTONIO - J KERSEY. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, GARY BENSON, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 18,535. T - 2:05.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (72) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 39 6-23 3-5 1-12 1 3 15 J Kersey 22 1-5 0-0 1-5 0 3 2 Robinson 36 5-17 6-7 2-10 3 1 16 Elie 33 2-4 0-0 0-2 1 2 4 Johnson 35 1-9 0-0 2-4 7 1 2 Rose 15 2-4 1-1 0-1 1 3 5 Walker 12 4-4 0-0 1-4 0 2 8 Porter 21 3-4 2-2 0-3 6 1 9 Daniels 16 4-4 0-0 0-1 1 1 9 Jackson 11 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 S Kerr DNP - coach's decision Spencer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-75 12-15 7-42 20 18 72 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.387, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 2-2, 1.000 (Porter 1-1, Daniels 1-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Robinson 3). Turnovers: 12 (Johnson 3, Daniels 2, Robinson 2, Rose 2, Duncan, Elie). Steals: 6 (Robinson 2, Daniels, Duncan, Jackson, Johnson).

CHARLOTTE (70) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Coleman 41 7-19 4-8 2-20 3 5 19 Mason 38 2-6 2-2 1-7 6 3 6 Campbell 33 4-12 0-0 1-5 1 3 8 Jones 44 6-18 3-3 2-6 4 1 17 Wesley 33 4-11 0-0 0-3 3 2 9 Brown 22 4-8 0-0 2-4 1 1 8 B Davis 15 0-1 0-0 1-3 5 2 0 Ellis 10 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 3 R Davis 4 0-0 0-0 1-1 1 0 0 Fuller DNP - coach's decision Recasner DNP - coach's decision Robinson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-78 9-13 10-50 24 17 70 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.359, FT-.692. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Coleman 1-3, Jones 2-6, Wesley 1-4, Ellis 1-3). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 2 (Campbell 2). Turnovers: 12 (Coleman 4, Campbell 2, Mason 2, Brown, Jones, Wesley). Steals: 6 (Jones 2, Wesley 2, Brown, Campbell). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 10 28 18 16 - 72 Charlotte 16 16 19 19 - 70 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: San Antonio 1 (J Kersey, 5:50 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,535. T: 2:05. Officials: Joe Crawford, Gary Benson, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Terry Porter's tough shot gave the San Antonio Spurs a tough win.

Porter's lunging 23-footer from the left wing with three-tenths of a second remaining gave the Spurs a hard-fought 72-70 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

"Terry Porter does those kinds of things late in games," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He wants the ball in those situations and deserves it."

The defending NBA champion Spurs blew a 10-point lead over the last six minutes and found themselves in a tie game after a steal and 3-pointer by David Wesley with 20 seconds remaining.

On the ensuing possession, the Hornets did a tremendous job of keeping the ball out of the hands of Spurs "Twin Towers" Tim Duncan and David Robinson. Avery Johnson handed to Porter, a 15-year veteran who signed with the Spurs prior to this season.

Porter dribbled left and faked a shot, getting Wesley in the air. Wesley bumped Porter but no foul was called and Porter, with his foot on the arc, launched a jumper while falling away that swished through the net, stunning the Charlotte Coliseum crowd.

"I was the second or third option," Porter said. "The ball was supposed to go into Timmy, but they did a good job of denying. AJ did a good job of finding me. I don't know exactly where I was. I was able to pump-fake and get it up. It felt good. I can't say I knew it was in until it was in."

"We played great `D' on the sequence," Hornets coach Paul Silas said. "Terry just made a great shot. I'm sure they felt the same way when David made his shot."

An inbounds lob pass by Derrick Coleman was knocked away and time expired, sending the Hornets to just their sixth loss in 28 home games.

Robinson had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Duncan added 15 and 12 for the Spurs, who maintained first place in the Midwest Division. The two big men combined to make just 11-of-40 shots. Porter had nine points and six assists in 21 minutes off the bench.

"Terry Porter was fantastic," Robinson said. "Obviously, he hit the big shot at the end. You always want to draw it up that way. There were some big shots, especially the shot that Wesley hit on the other side."

Coleman had 19 points and 20 rebounds and Eddie Jones scored 17 points for the Hornets, who set a franchise record by allowing just 10 points in the first quarter but were done in by shooting less than 36 percent (28-of-78).

A jumper by Robinson gave the Spurs a 69-59 lead with 6:01 to go but San Antonio was held without a basket until Porter's shot. Wesley and Coleman scored around a free throw by Duncan and a drive by Jones cut Charlotte's deficit to 70-65 with 1:08 left.

Wesley made a steal that led to Coleman's layup with 44 seconds left and he teamed with Jones to create another turnover before his tying 3-pointer.

The Spurs also got a nice game from reserves Antonio Daniels, who scored nine points on 4-of-4 shooting, and Samaki Walker, who added eight, making all four of his shots. Overall, San Antonio shot just 39 percent (29-of-75) and was outrebounded, 50-42.

Wesley scored nine points and Elden Campbell and former Spur Chucky Brown added eight apiece for the Hornets, who fell to 10-15 all-time against the Spurs.

"Our goal tonight was to contest shots and make them shoot over us. We did that," Silas said. "Their bench came in and hurt us. That was probably our undoing. Chucky was basically our only production off the bench."

San Antonio made just 5-of-23 shots in the first period and fell behind 16-10. However, Porter had a jumper and 3-pointer in a 7-0 spurt that opened the second period and gave the Spurs the lead.

Wesley's jumper with 4:39 remaining gave Charlotte a 30-27 lead but the Hornets went cold and three-point plays by Robinson and Duncan fueled a closing 11-2 run that gave the Spurs a 38-32 lead at halftime.

"Our offense certainly was not very good," Popovich said. "Both teams probably set basketball back about 10 years with this performance."

"It wasn't a beautiful game," Silas said. "We both missed a lot of shots."

Two free throws by Coleman allowed the Hornets to catch the Spurs at 43-43 with 4:19 left in the third quarter before Robinson took charge. He made four free throws and a dunk, then fed Malik Rose for a slam that gave San Antonio a 51-45 lead 2:29 later.

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