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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 22 25 19 13 79 SAN ANTONIO 25 19 20 30 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ATL - JIMMY JACKSON 22, DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 14, ALAN HENDERSON 12 SAS - DAVID ROBINSON 26, AVERY JOHNSON 22, TIM DUNCAN 21

HIGH REBOUND: ATL - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 12, ALAN HENDERSON 11 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 13, DAVID ROBINSON 8

HIGH ASSISTS: ATL - JASON TERRY 9, BIMBO COLES 5 SAS - AVERY JOHNSON 10, TIM DUNCAN 9

ATT: 26,708


Extended Box

ATLANTA (79) AT SAN ANTONIO (94)

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

HENDERSON F 41 6-15 0-2 6 5 11 0 1 0 2 12 MCLEOD F 25 4-10 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 1 2 8 MUTOMBO C 44 6-9 2-2 3 9 12 2 5 1 3 14 JACKSON G 40 10-22 2-2 1 3 4 1 2 0 2 22 TERRY G 32 3-8 2-2 0 1 1 9 3 2 3 8 ELLIS 25 5-9 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 10 RIDER 8 0-4 0-0 0 3 3 1 0 1 0 0 WRIGHT 4 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 1 1 0 COLES 16 0-4 0-0 2 1 3 5 4 1 1 0 CRAWFORD 5 2-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 BOWDLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION GLOVER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-85 6-8 14 28 42 20 17 7 15 79 (.424) (.750) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 17(23 PTS)

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

DUNCAN F 41 9-21 3-3 4 9 13 9 2 1 3 21 S ELLIOTT F 12 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 ROBINSON C 35 11-15 4-5 3 5 8 1 4 0 2 26 ELIE G 35 2-5 0-0 1 3 4 3 2 1 0 5 JOHNSON G 39 9-16 4-4 0 0 0 10 2 3 4 22 J KERSEY 28 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 4 1 4 ROSE 7 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 0 3 0 2 0 DANIELS 17 5-7 1-1 0 1 1 1 0 1 2 12 WALKER 13 1-5 0-0 1 4 5 0 3 0 1 2 JACKSON 13 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION DIAL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-79 12-13 9 30 39 26 18 10 15 94 (.506) (.923) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 15(12 PTS)

ATLANTA 22 25 19 13 - 79 SAN ANTONIO 25 19 20 30 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - TERRY, WRIGHT. SAN ANTONIO - ROBINSON 3, DUNCAN 2, J KERSEY 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 1-8 (.125), JACKSON 0-5, TERRY 0-2, CRAWFORD 1-1. SAN ANTONIO 2-7 (.286), ELIE 1-4, DANIELS 1-2, JACKSON 0-1. TECHNICALS: SAN ANTONIO - HEAD COACH POPOVICH. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, TONY BROTHERS, MARC DAVIS. A - 26,708. T - 2:04.


Box Score

ATLANTA (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 41 6-15 0-2 6-11 0 1 12 Mcleod 25 4-10 0-0 0-3 0 0 8 Mutombo 44 6-9 2-2 3-12 2 5 14 Jackson 40 10-22 2-2 1-4 1 2 22 Terry 32 3-8 2-2 0-1 9 3 8 Ellis 25 5-9 0-0 0-2 2 1 10 Rider 8 0-4 0-0 0-3 1 0 0 Wright 4 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 Coles 16 0-4 0-0 2-3 5 4 0 Crawford 5 2-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 5 Bowdler DNP - coach's decision Glover DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-85 6-8 14-42 20 17 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.424, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (Jackson 0-5, Terry 0-2, Crawford 1-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 2 (Terry, Wright). Turnovers: 17 (Mutombo 3, Terry 3, Henderson 2, Jackson 2, Mcleod 2, Coles, Crawford, Wright). Steals: 7 (Terry 2, Coles, Mcleod, Mutombo, Rider, Wright).

SAN ANTONIO (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 41 9-21 3-3 4-13 9 2 21 S Elliott 12 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 0 2 Robinson 35 11-15 4-5 3-8 1 4 26 Elie 35 2-5 0-0 1-4 3 2 5 Johnson 39 9-16 4-4 0-0 10 2 22 J Kersey 28 2-6 0-0 0-2 0 2 4 Rose 7 0-0 0-0 0-3 0 3 0 Daniels 17 5-7 1-1 0-1 1 0 12 Walker 13 1-5 0-0 1-5 0 3 2 Jackson 13 0-1 0-0 0-2 1 0 0 Spencer DNP - coach's decision Dial DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-79 12-13 9-39 26 18 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.923. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Elie 1-4, Daniels 1-2, Jackson 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 7 (Robinson 3, Duncan 2, J Kersey 2). Turnovers: 15 (Johnson 4, Duncan 3, Daniels 2, Robinson 2, Rose 2, J Kersey, Walker). Steals: 10 (J Kersey 4, Johnson 3, Daniels, Duncan, Elie). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 22 25 19 13 - 79 San Antonio 25 19 20 30 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: San Antonio 1 (Head Coach Popovich, 3:54 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 26,708. T: 2:04. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Tony Brothers, Marc Davis.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- Sean Elliott started and his San Antonio Spurs teammates finished off the Atlanta Hawks.

After Elliott became the first pro athlete to return following an organ transplant, David Robinson scored 12 of his 26 points in a gamne-ending 20-4 surge that gave the Spurs a 94-79 victory over the Hawks.

Starting both halves and playing 12 minutes, Elliott had a dunk in the third quarter for his only points. However, his presence on the court was nothing short of a medical miracle.

"I definitely hope I helped a lot of people," Elliott said. "I've met a lot of people who have gone through the same thing and I hope it gives them encouragement, helps them to not be afraid and resume their lives."

"It's just a surreal experience, just magical," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

Elliott helped the Spurs win the NBA title last season, playing with a kidney disease he hid from management. The condition worsened and he underwent transplant surgery on August 16, with his brother Noel donated a kidney.

"On a scale of one to 10, I thought it was about a 12," Noel Elliott said when asked how important it was for his brother to make it back. "Because he's my brother and becuase it's something he wanted to do."

Although many members of the team and management suggested that Elliott retire, he was unwavering in his desire to return. He shook off a bout of pneumonia in December and rejoined the Spurs for practices in early February.

"My teammates have been great. They are a great group to play with," Elliott said. "I played a year with Dennis (Rodman) so I know what it's like to answer questions all the time about someone else. It gets tiring. The guys have been mature about the situation and have welcomed me back with open arms."

Elliott was activated from the injured list on Monday. He was expected to come off the bench and initially was not listed in the starting lineup, but Popovich inserted him at the last minute and the 6-8 forward received a thunderous ovation from the crowd of 26,708 at the Alamodome.

"There were a lot of reasons to start Sean tonight," Popovich said. "One, as a tribute to him. He was a huge part of the championship team. Two, we haven't had any regular rotation all year. And three, the disruption that would've been caused by bringing him in seven minutes into the game."

"The biggest thing in my way tonight was my nerves," Elliott said. "During the national anthem I kept telling myself over and over, `Don't embarrasss yourself.'"

With Elliott's brother and mother courtside, the Spurs tried to get Elliott immediately involved, but he slipped and fell while dribbling along the baseline, losing the ball. He showed he could take contact as he was fouled hard while passing on a drive down the middle.

"As nervous as I was, I couldn't imagine sitting the first five minutes at the start of the game," Elliott said. "I think I was moving a little too fast on the court."

Every other Spurs starter had scored when Elliott sat down with 7:06 left in the first quarter. He started the second half and finally scored when he drove the lane and dunked with 7:04 left in the third quarter.

"I felt like I was moving too fast," Elliott said. "Getting the slam dunk helped."

"Sean was very nervous," Robinson said. "After everything he has gone through, it was a very emotional night for him. He was visibly nervous. We tried to play it down and tell him it's just another game."

The Hawks sure treated it that way. Losers of seven of their last nine games, they led 47-44 at halftime and still held a 75-74 edge on a 3-pointer by Jimmy Jackson with 8:32 remaining.

"We got over the distractions in the first half," Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens said. "You knew they would rally behind anything he did. ... We are all happy to see him come back; we just wish he would have picked a different game to come back."

Robinson scored seven straight points to give San Antonio the lead for good at 81-75 with 3:42 left.

Atlanta's LaPhonso Ellis ended a scoreless drought of more than five minutes with a jumper with 3:26 remaining. But Avery Johnson countered with a layup and two free throws and Tim Duncan tipped in a miss for an 87-77 lead with 1:25 to play.

After a jumper by Jackson, Robinson scored the next five points.

Duncan had 21 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists and Johnson had 22 points and 10 assists for the Spurs, who have won four of their last five games.

Jackson scored 22 points and Dikembe Mutombo added 14 and 12 rebounds for the Hawks, who were swept in the two-game, season series.

San Antonio shot 51 percent (40-of-79) and held Atlanta to 42 percent (36-of-85).

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