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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 15 9 27 35 86 SAN ANTONIO 21 24 25 20 90 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 32, KEVIN WILLIS 17, GLEN RICE 15 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 19, TONY PARKER 14, STEVE SMITH 13

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - KEVIN WILLIS 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 9 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 9, DAVID ROBINSON 7

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 5, KENNY THOMAS 2 SAS - TONY PARKER 4, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 15,643


Extended Box

HOUSTON (86) AT SAN ANTONIO (90)

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

RICE F 40 5-7 4-6 0 6 6 0 1 1 4 15 THOMAS F 35 7-15 0-0 2 7 9 2 5 0 5 14 CATO C 18 0-1 1-2 0 2 2 0 3 1 0 1 FRANCIS G 44 10-23 9-10 2 7 9 5 2 4 3 32 TORRES G 25 0-6 2-2 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 2 K WILLIS 30 8-13 1-2 3 7 10 0 2 1 0 17 NORRIS 27 1-4 2-2 0 1 1 1 1 3 0 5 W WILLIAMS 8 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 GRIFFIN 13 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOBLEY DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE MORRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-75 19-24 9 32 41 9 19 11 14 86 (.413) (.792) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 15(24 PTS)

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

BOWEN F 26 1-5 1-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 4 DUNCAN F 40 7-21 5-6 5 4 9 2 2 2 3 19 ROBINSON C 36 5-12 1-2 1 6 7 0 4 0 0 11 T PARKER G 35 4-11 4-4 1 4 5 4 3 2 4 14 S SMITH G 29 6-10 1-1 3 3 6 3 3 1 1 13 ROSE 20 3-8 2-2 2 2 4 0 1 1 3 8 DANIELS 25 4-8 0-0 2 2 4 3 2 2 0 10 PORTER 20 3-5 1-2 0 2 2 1 0 0 2 9 FERRY 9 0-0 2-2 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 2 S JACKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCCASKILL DNP - COACH'S DECISION C PARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-80 17-21 14 28 42 13 18 8 13 90 (.413) (.810) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 13(13 PTS)

HOUSTON 15 9 27 35 - 86 SAN ANTONIO 21 24 25 20 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - THOMAS 2, FRANCIS, K WILLIS, CATO. SAN ANTONIO - ROBINSON 4, ROSE, S SMITH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 5-12 (.417), RICE 1-1, FRANCIS 3-6, TORRES 0-2, NORRIS 1-1, GRIFFIN 0-2. SAN ANTONIO 7-17 (.412), BOWEN 1-4, T PARKER 2-6, S SMITH 0-1, DANIELS 2-3, PORTER 2-3. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - DEFENSIVE THREE, SAN ANTONIO - DEFENSIVE THREE. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, BLANE REICHELT, JASON PHILLIPS. A - 15,643. T - 2:12.


Box Score

HOUSTON (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Rice 40 5-7 4-6 0-6 0 1 15 Thomas 35 7-15 0-0 2-9 2 5 14 Cato 18 0-1 1-2 0-2 0 3 1 Francis 44 10-23 9-10 2-9 5 2 32 Torres 25 0-6 2-2 1-2 1 2 2 K Willis 30 8-13 1-2 3-10 0 2 17 Norris 27 1-4 2-2 0-1 1 1 5 W Williams 8 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Griffin 13 0-3 0-0 1-2 0 2 0 Brown DNP - coach's decision Mobley DNP - sprained left ankle Morris DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-75 19-24 9-41 9 19 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Rice 1-1, Francis 3-6, Torres 0-2, Norris 1-1, Griffin 0-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 5 (Thomas 2, Francis, K Willis, Cato). Turnovers: 15 (Thomas 5, Rice 4, Francis 3, Torres, W Williams). Steals: 11 (Francis 4, Norris 3, Cato, K Willis, Rice, Torres).

SAN ANTONIO (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bowen 26 1-5 1-2 0-2 0 1 4 Duncan 40 7-21 5-6 5-9 2 2 19 Robinson 36 5-12 1-2 1-7 0 4 11 T Parker 35 4-11 4-4 1-5 4 3 14 S Smith 29 6-10 1-1 3-6 3 3 13 Rose 20 3-8 2-2 2-4 0 1 8 Daniels 25 4-8 0-0 2-4 3 2 10 Porter 20 3-5 1-2 0-2 1 0 9 Ferry 9 0-0 2-2 0-3 0 2 2 S Jackson DNP - coach's decision Mccaskill DNP - coach's decision C Parks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-80 17-21 14-42 13 18 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.810. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (Bowen 1-4, T Parker 2-6, S Smith 0-1, Daniels 2-3, Porter 2-3). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 6 (Robinson 4, Rose, S Smith). Turnovers: 13 (T Parker 4, Duncan 3, Rose 3, Porter 2, S Smith). Steals: 8 (Daniels 2, Duncan 2, T Parker 2, Rose, S Smith). ____________________________________________ Houston 15 9 27 35 - 86 San Antonio 21 24 25 20 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 1 (Defensive Three, 3:03 1st). San Antonio 1 (Defensive Three, 5:50 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Houston 1 (W Williams, 5:29 2nd). A: 15,643. T: 2:12. Officials: Joe Crawford, Blane Reichelt, Jason Phillips.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- The San Antonio Spurs held the Houston Rockets to a franchise-record 24 first-half points but had to withstand a furious comeback in the fourth quarter for their fourth straight win, 90-86.

San Antonio took a 19-point lead into the final period but needed four free throws from rookie point guard Tony Parker and one from veteran Terry Porter in the last minute to seal the victory.

Behind 23 second-half points from Steve Francis, the Rockets trimmed the deficit to 85-82 with 56 seconds to go as Moochie Norris nailed a 3-pointer. But Parker made all four of his free throws and Porter hit 1-of-2 with 1.6 seconds left to give the Spurs an insurmountable four-point lead.

"We did a great job defensively for the first three quarters, then we parked it," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "We lost our intensity and it's tough to get it back when that happens. It's not the first time it's happened, and it won't be the last. That's why it's called a game. I'm just glad to get the win."

Tim Duncan was held without a double-double for the first time this season but collected 19 points and nine rebounds for San Antonio (6-2), which improved to 4-0 at home. Parker added 14 points and Steve Smith contributed 13 on 6-of-10 shooting.

"We had a great first half, but we came out in the third and gave up 27 points, and that's not real good," Duncan said. "We've fought it all the way through and they made a heck of a run at it. But we were able to hold on."

Francis finished with 32 points and nine rebounds while Kevin Willis had 17 and 10 for Houston, which never led. Kenny Thomas chipped in 14 and nine.

"That was a big deficit to come back from, but we almost made it," Francis said. "It's not like we've never done that before. We just made some ill-advised decisions in the last few minutes. Myself, I made some poor decisions shooting-wise down the stretch. But we showed a lot of character in the second half. There is a lot of fight in us."

In the Rockets' abysmal first half, they shot under 26 percent (9-of-35) and had just one assist. The nine-point second quarter was the lowest-scoring in team history.

Houston's poor first-half play helped the Spurs set some of their own club marks. San Antonio set records for fewest points allowed in the second quarter and first half as well as the fewest assists given up in a half.

But Francis rallied Houston, which wound up shooting slightly better than San Antonio at 41 percent (31-of-75).

"I'm proud of the way we hung in there," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "The first half was like hitting rock bottom, then we just clicked."

Houston has lost consecutive games for the first time this season. The defeat was its eighth straight at San Antonio and their 16th in the past 17 meetings with the Spurs.

"(Shooting) 9-for-35 in the first half, you can't do anything with that," Thomas said. "You can't expect much good to happen for you in the best league in the world. We put ourselves in a position where we needed to perform a miracle in the second half, and we almost pulled it off."

Houston played without guard Cuttino Mobley, who sprained his left ankle in practice Monday.

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