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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 20 23 18 28 89 PORTLAND 15 25 26 19 85 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 36, DAVID ROBINSON 15, AVERY JOHNSON 14 POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 25, RASHEED WALLACE 17, BRIAN GRANT 11

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 15, DAVID ROBINSON 7 POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 6, RASHEED WALLACE 6

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 5, DETLEF SCHREMPF 5

ATT: 20,584


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (89) AT PORTLAND (85)

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

DUNCAN F 47 13-21 10-11 5 10 15 6 3 1 3 36 S ELLIOTT F 26 1-5 2-2 0 2 2 4 1 0 0 5 ROBINSON C 29 7-9 1-2 1 6 7 1 4 1 6 15 JOHNSON G 37 6-12 2-2 0 3 3 4 3 0 2 14 ELIE G 35 0-2 2-2 0 4 4 2 2 0 2 2 J KERSEY 22 4-8 0-0 1 3 4 2 4 0 0 8 JACKSON 7 0-2 1-1 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 1 ROSE 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 DANIELS 17 1-7 2-2 0 2 2 2 0 1 1 4 WALKER 15 1-2 2-2 1 4 5 0 2 0 0 4 DIAL DNP - COACH'S DECISION SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-69 22-24 8 35 43 22 22 3 16 89 (.478) (.917) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17(19 PTS)

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

ONEAL F 12 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 PIPPEN F 45 11-24 1-2 1 5 6 5 2 5 4 25 WALLACE C 43 7-12 3-4 2 4 6 1 1 1 0 17 STOUDAMIRE G 33 2-10 3-3 3 2 5 4 2 0 0 7 SMITH G 36 3-12 2-2 2 1 3 1 2 1 2 10 B GRANT 24 4-8 3-4 1 4 5 2 3 0 1 11 WELLS 15 0-3 0-0 0 4 4 2 2 1 1 0 ANTHONY 15 1-2 1-1 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 4 SCHREMPF 17 4-7 1-2 0 1 1 5 4 0 0 9 AUGMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION G GRANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION HARVEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-82 14-18 9 23 32 21 18 8 8 85 (.402) (.778) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 8(10 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 20 23 18 28 - 89 PORTLAND 15 25 26 19 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 3, JOHNSON, ROSE, WALKER. PORTLAND - WALLACE 2, ANTHONY, WELLS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 1-10 (.100), S ELLIOTT 1-4, ELIE 0-1, JACKSON 0-2, DANIELS 0-3. PORTLAND 5-14 (.357), PIPPEN 2-7, STOUDAMIRE 0-1, SMITH 2-3, ANTHONY 1-2, SCHREMPF 0-1. TECHNICALS: SAN ANTONIO - J KERSEY, ROBINSON (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, BILL SPOONER, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 20,584. T - 2:32.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 47 13-21 10-11 5-15 6 3 36 S Elliott 26 1-5 2-2 0-2 4 1 5 Robinson 29 7-9 1-2 1-7 1 4 15 Johnson 37 6-12 2-2 0-3 4 3 14 Elie 35 0-2 2-2 0-4 2 2 2 J Kersey 22 4-8 0-0 1-4 2 4 8 Jackson 7 0-2 1-1 0-0 1 2 1 Rose 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Daniels 17 1-7 2-2 0-2 2 0 4 Walker 15 1-2 2-2 1-5 0 2 4 Dial DNP - coach's decision Spencer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-69 22-24 8-43 22 22 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.478, FT-.917. 3-Point Goals: 1-10, .100 (S Elliott 1-4, Elie 0-1, Jackson 0-2, Daniels 0-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Duncan 3, Johnson, Rose, Walker). Turnovers: 17 (Robinson 6, Duncan 3, Elie 2, Johnson 2, Daniels, Jackson, Rose). Steals: 3 (Daniels, Duncan, Robinson).

PORTLAND (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oneal 12 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Pippen 45 11-24 1-2 1-6 5 2 25 Wallace 43 7-12 3-4 2-6 1 1 17 Stoudamire 33 2-10 3-3 3-5 4 2 7 Smith 36 3-12 2-2 2-3 1 2 10 B Grant 24 4-8 3-4 1-5 2 3 11 Wells 15 0-3 0-0 0-4 2 2 0 Anthony 15 1-2 1-1 0-2 1 0 4 Schrempf 17 4-7 1-2 0-1 5 4 9 Augmon DNP - coach's decision G Grant DNP - coach's decision Harvey DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-82 14-18 9-32 21 18 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Pippen 2-7, Stoudamire 0-1, Smith 2-3, Anthony 1-2, Schrempf 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Wallace 2, Anthony, Wells). Turnovers: 8 (Pippen 4, Smith 2, B Grant, Wells). Steals: 8 (Pippen 5, Smith, Wallace, Wells). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 20 23 18 28 - 89 Portland 15 25 26 19 - 85 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: San Antonio 2 (J Kersey, 11:19 4th; Robinson (ejected), 3:16 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,584. T: 2:32. Officials: Hue Hollins, Bill Spooner, Bennie Adams.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- The San Antonio Spurs took the loss of their "Admiral" very personally.

Tim Duncan's go-ahead jumper with 36 seconds remaining capped a furious late rally as the Spurs responded to center David Robinson's ejection by running past the Portland Trail Blazers, 89-85, in an emotionally charged rematch of last season's Western Conference finals.

Referee Bennie Adams made a questionable offensive foul call on Robinson as he battled in the paint with Portland forward Brian Grant with 3:16 to play. The normally reserved and congenial pivotman went into a tirade, bouncing the basketball and making accidental contact with Adams, who slapped him with a pair of technicals.

"Dave getting kicked out of the game was an appropriate response," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "You don't see David do that very often. When he gets that angry, it's for a reason. This was a special game for us. It was very special and we kept fighting through all the adversity."

"When David Robinson was ejected, we kind of thought it was over," Grant said. "It's a tough one to lose because we know we put our hearts into it and we had the effort but they turned it up and we couldn't score when we needed one."

Robinson trudged off the court, kicking a chair on his way to the locker room. Trailing 82-75, the Spurs appeared to refocus their resolve and went on a decisive 12-0 burst.

"I try not to let the officials get to me or get me out of a game," Robinson said. "I thought some of the stuff was pretty blatant and I had to say so. I'm proud of the guys, though."

Duncan, who had 36 points and 15 rebounds, made a nifty between-the-legs dribble before beating the shot clock with an 18-footer from the left side that swished through the net, giving San Antonio an 85-83 lead with 36 seconds remaining.

"Tim hit that fallaway and hit his free throws," Robinson said. "He really played great. I don't mind some of the calls going against me. Late in the game though, you have to let the players play. I was in the locker room jumping up and down though."

"I wanted to be more aggressive tonight and it started on the glass," Duncan said. "That's where the effort was. This is a huge win for us. We need road wins badly, especially with the playoffs coming. They are a very talented team and they still have a better record than us. But this was a big confidence builder."

Robinson finished with 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting and seven rebounds in 29 minutes for the Spurs, who have won five of their last six games to move one-half game ahead of Phoenix for fourth place in the West.

Scottie Pippen scored a season-high 25 points for the Blazers, but followed his teammates' lead by virtually disappearing down the stretch.

"Good teams find a way to win down the stretch," Pippen said. "It was a good lesson for us to learn that we need to find a way to execute down the stretch."

Portland has struggled mightily since having its season-high 11-game winning streak snapped and has lost four in a row at home for the first time since February 1996.

The Blazers were swept by the Spurs in last season's conference finals. They appeared on the verge of their third straight win against San Antonio this season before faltering in crunch time.

"It was a very disappointing loss for us," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "It compounds the issue of what we are going through. I don't see our guys panicking. Naturally, we want to win every game but this is not as critical as the playoffs."

Avery Johnson scored 14 points for San Antonio, which fell behind by as many as 11 points in the fourth quarter and was down 82-75 with 3:37 remaining after Rasheed Wallace buried a 21-footer.

Stoudamire's technical free throw made it an eight-point bulge before Duncan made a running jumper and two free throws around a 20-footer by Johnson to cut the deficit to 83-81 with 1:44 left.

After a turnover by Pippen, Duncan drew a foul from Wallace and knotted the contest with two more from the line with 1:18 to go. Duncan's go-ahead jumper was followed by two clutch free throws apiece from Johnson and Mario Elie as the Spurs walked off the Rose Garden floor with a hard-fought win.

San Antonio shot 48 percent (33-of-69), held a 43-32 advantage on the boards and overcame 17 turnovers.

Wallace scored 17 points, Grant 11 and Steve Smith 10 for the Blazers, who shot 40 percent (33-of-82) and committed just eight turnovers.

Robinson scored 10 of the Spurs' first 15 points and he and Duncan combined for 26 in the first half, giving San Antonio a 43-40 lead.

Portland appeared to gain the upper hand in the third period, outscoring the Spurs, 26-18, to pull ahead, 66-61, entering the fourth quarter.

Greg Anthony hit a free throw, Pippen a 20-footer and Anthony followed with a 3-pointer as the Blazers opened a 74-63 lead with 9:33 to play before the Spurs mounted their comeback.

"I usually don't challenge our guys," Popovich said. "We know who we are. But tonight, hopefully it's a good sign for us. Consistency is the thing we're after. We had it the entire year last season and we're just finding it now."

"When you are in a funk, you find ways to lose games," Anthony said. "It was not good execution. It was not good court awareness and Duncan made tough shots. You are up 10 points with four minutes to go. If you are executing down the stretch and scoring, you put more pressure on them. We never put any more pressure on them at that point."

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