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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PORTLAND 15 20 24 20 79 SAN ANTONIO 24 26 22 25 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: POR - RUBEN PATTERSON 18, RASHEED WALLACE 15, STEVE KERR 14 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 26, STEVE SMITH 14, TWO PLAYERS WITH 11

HIGH REBOUND: POR - RASHEED WALLACE 12, DALE DAVIS 9 SAS - DAVID ROBINSON 16, TIM DUNCAN 12

HIGH ASSISTS: POR - RUBEN PATTERSON 3, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 3 SAS - TONY PARKER 6, TIM DUNCAN 5

ATT: 16,089


Extended Box

PORTLAND (79) AT SAN ANTONIO (97)

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

PATTERSON F 41 4-8 10-12 3 3 6 3 0 1 5 18 WALLACE F 38 6-22 2-2 2 10 12 1 5 2 0 15 DAVIS C 33 2-8 5-7 4 5 9 1 3 1 0 9 ANDERSON G 27 3-8 2-2 1 3 4 2 0 1 2 8 STOUDAMIRE G 36 3-12 1-1 1 3 4 3 3 0 2 8 BUTLER 7 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 BOUMTJE BOUMTJE 15 0-1 1-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 2 1 KERR 21 4-9 4-4 1 4 5 0 2 0 1 14 BRUNSON 12 1-4 0-0 2 0 2 2 1 1 4 2 KEMP 8 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 RANDOLPH 2 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 WELLS DNP - LEFT KNEE INFLAMMATION

TOTALS 240 25-76 25-30 15 31 46 12 16 6 18 79 (.329) (.833) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 18(26 PTS)

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

BOWEN F 29 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 2 4 2 0 6 DUNCAN F 41 9-21 8-10 4 8 12 5 1 1 5 26 ROBINSON C 32 5-13 1-2 2 14 16 2 3 1 0 11 T PARKER G 35 4-7 2-2 1 4 5 6 1 2 2 11 S SMITH G 33 5-15 0-0 1 0 1 1 5 3 0 14 ROSE 18 4-6 0-0 1 4 5 1 3 0 2 8 DANIELS 17 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 2 1 2 C SMITH 18 3-7 2-2 1 1 2 1 3 0 2 9 PORTER 12 2-4 1-1 1 1 2 2 0 2 0 6 MCCASKILL 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 HART 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 C PARKS 1 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 37-85 14-17 12 34 46 24 21 14 12 97 (.435) (.824) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12(7 PTS)

PORTLAND 15 20 24 20 - 79 SAN ANTONIO 24 26 22 25 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: PORTLAND - BOUMTJE BOUMTJE 3, WALLACE 2, DAVIS. SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 2, ROBINSON 2, C SMITH, S SMITH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PORTLAND 4-13 (.308), WALLACE 1-4, STOUDAMIRE 1-6, KERR 2-3. SAN ANTONIO 9-22 (.409), BOWEN 2-2, DUNCAN 0-1, T PARKER 1-2, S SMITH 4-8, ROSE 0-1, DANIELS 0-3, C SMITH 1-3, PORTER 1-2. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - WALLACE, SAN ANTONIO - HEAD COACH POPOVICH. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, RON OLESIAK, GARY ZIELINSKI. A - 16,089. T - 2:08.


Box Score

PORTLAND (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Patterson 41 4-8 10-12 3-6 3 0 18 Wallace 38 6-22 2-2 2-12 1 5 15 Davis 33 2-8 5-7 4-9 1 3 9 Anderson 27 3-8 2-2 1-4 2 0 8 Stoudamire 36 3-12 1-1 1-4 3 3 8 Butler 7 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Boumtje Boumtj 15 0-1 1-2 0-2 0 1 1 Kerr 21 4-9 4-4 1-5 0 2 14 Brunson 12 1-4 0-0 2-2 2 1 2 Kemp 8 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Randolph 2 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 Wells DNP - left knee inflammation _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-76 25-30 15-46 12 16 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.329, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Wallace 1-4, Stoudamire 1-6, Kerr 2-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Boumtje Boumtje 3, Wallace 2, Davis). Turnovers: 18 (Patterson 5, Brunson 4, Anderson 2, Boumtje Boumtje 2, Stoudamire 2, Butler, Kemp, Kerr). Steals: 6 (Wallace 2, Anderson, Brunson, Davis, Patterson).

SAN ANTONIO (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bowen 29 2-5 0-0 0-2 2 4 6 Duncan 41 9-21 8-10 4-12 5 1 26 Robinson 32 5-13 1-2 2-16 2 3 11 T Parker 35 4-7 2-2 1-5 6 1 11 S Smith 33 5-15 0-0 1-1 1 5 14 Rose 18 4-6 0-0 1-5 1 3 8 Daniels 17 1-5 0-0 0-0 3 1 2 C Smith 18 3-7 2-2 1-2 1 3 9 Porter 12 2-4 1-1 1-2 2 0 6 Mccaskill 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Hart 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 C Parks 1 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-85 14-17 12-46 24 21 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.435, FT-.824. 3-Point Goals: 9-22, .409 (Bowen 2-2, Duncan 0-1, T Parker 1-2, S Smith 4-8, Rose 0-1, Daniels 0-3, C Smith 1-3, Porter 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Duncan 2, Robinson 2, C Smith, S Smith). Turnovers: 12 (Duncan 5, C Smith 2, Rose 2, T Parker 2, Daniels). Steals: 14 (S Smith 3, Bowen 2, Daniels 2, Porter 2, T Parker 2, Duncan, Hart, Robinson). ____________________________________________ Portland 15 20 24 20 - 79 San Antonio 24 26 22 25 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 1 (Wallace, 5:32 2nd). San Antonio 1 (Head Coach Popovich, 3:35 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,089. T: 2:08. Officials: Ron Garretson, Ron Olesiak, Gary Zielinski.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- The San Antonio Spurs' defense was at it again.

Tim Duncan had 26 points and 12 rebounds as the Spurs shut down the Portland Trail Blazers and extended their winning streak to nine games with a 97-79 victory.

During their streak, the longest current run in the NBA, the Spurs have been getting it done defensively, holding four foes to 80 points or less. They came in eighth in the league in defense, allowing 92.2 points per game.

Duncan, considered among the NBA's best defensive players, has led the Spurs in scoring for five straight games. He also had few problems against nemesis Rasheed Wallace on both ends of the court.

This is the second time this season that Duncan victimized Wallace. On November 3, he had 29 points and 15 rebounds in San Antonio's 106-90 victory at the Rose Garden.

"Tim played a great game," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "He was creating a lot of offense for us. The guys did well.

"We played good consistent defense for 48 minutes which is nice to see. They allowed us opportunities and we took advantage. David (Robinson) set a great tone and Tim and Tony (Parker) created a lot of offense and the guys reacted to that well. It was a good night."

Wallace scored 15 points on just 6-of-22 shooting as Portland shot less than 33 percent (25-of-76). The Trail Blazers also fell to 2-12 when their All-Star forward does not score at least 23 points.

The Spurs scored the first seven points and never looked back. They led 24-15 after the first quarter and extended it to 50-35 at halftime behind Duncan's 15 points.

Portland's 35 first-half points were a season low and its shooting percentage was the lowest by a San Antonio opponent.

The only time San Antonio's defense relented was in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, when Mitchell Butler's layup reduced the deficit to 76-65 with 10:22 left.

"There were a couple points where we kind of let off a little bit and they kind of pulled back into it," Duncan said. "But that's the game of basketball. I thought our focus was good for a long period of time.

"We have situations that we can get a lot better at. Defensively, I think we are playing pretty well. I think we are giving up a little too many offensive rebounds. There are stretches in the games where we go to sleep for a little while and let people back in the game. So there's a lot of improvement to be made."

Although the Spurs were scoreless for nearly three minutes, the Blazers were unable to take advantage.

San Antonio did not score again until the 8:28 mark, when it had three consecutive dunks that built the lead to 84-68 with 6:29 to go.

After Butler's layup, Portland had just two shots until Derek Anderson's jumper with 5:49 left.

"We had a drought and the drought put us in a hole," Portland coach Maurice Cheeks said. "They got those two big guys in the lane. I'm not really disappointed in the loss, but we were down 22 at one point and we came back.

"We've got to learn how to get our defense up to par when were not scoring. Our execution on offense was much better last night than it was tonight."

Ruben Patterson scored 18 points for Portland (12-12), which is at .500 for the ninth time this season.

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