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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 15 29 16 23 83 MEMPHIS 18 23 14 24 79 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 27, DAVID ROBINSON 21, BRUCE BOWEN 13 MEM - PAU GASOL 24, JASON WILLIAMS 20, SHANE BATTIER 14

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 18, DAVID ROBINSON 12 MEM - PAU GASOL 15, STROMILE SWIFT 11

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - STEVE SMITH 5, ANTONIO DANIELS 5 MEM - JASON WILLIAMS 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 17,358


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (83) AT MEMPHIS (79)

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

BOWEN F 41 5-10 1-2 1 1 2 2 5 3 0 13 DUNCAN F 46 12-25 3-8 5 13 18 4 2 0 4 27 ROBINSON C 35 9-14 3-6 6 6 12 0 4 2 3 21 T PARKER G 37 2-9 2-2 1 5 6 4 4 1 4 7 S SMITH G 22 2-6 0-1 0 3 3 5 0 0 1 4 ROSE 15 2-8 0-0 5 1 6 0 4 0 0 4 PORTER 10 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 C SMITH 12 0-3 0-2 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 DANIELS 22 2-4 1-3 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 5 BRYANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCCASKILL DNP - COACH'S DECISION C PARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-80 10-24 18 30 48 22 20 9 14 83 (.438) (.417) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14(17 PTS)

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

GASOL F 43 9-18 6-10 6 9 15 0 3 0 5 24 LONG F 33 0-5 0-0 1 4 5 4 1 0 2 0 SWIFT C 30 3-13 0-0 3 8 11 0 3 1 1 6 BATTIER G 46 4-13 3-4 4 2 6 1 3 1 2 14 WILLIAMS G 48 9-22 0-0 1 2 3 8 5 5 3 20 MASSENBURG 23 3-4 1-2 0 5 5 1 2 0 1 7 SOLOMON 17 3-9 0-0 1 2 3 4 0 3 2 8 ANDERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION AUSTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION BUFORD DNP - ILLNESS FOTSIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION KNIGHT DNP - SHOULDER INJURY

TOTALS 240 31-84 10-16 16 32 48 18 17 10 16 79 (.369) (.625) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 17(17 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 15 29 16 23 - 83 MEMPHIS 18 23 14 24 - 79

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 7, ROBINSON 2. MEMPHIS - GASOL 3, SWIFT 2, MASSENBURG. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 3-10 (.300), BOWEN 2-4, T PARKER 1-4, S SMITH 0-1, ROSE 0-1. MEMPHIS 7-14 (.500), BATTIER 3-5, WILLIAMS 2-6, SOLOMON 2-3. TECHNICALS: MEMPHIS - WILLIAMS. OFFICIALS: MARK WUNDERLICH, JESS KERSEY, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 17,358. T - 2:06.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bowen 41 5-10 1-2 1-2 2 5 13 Duncan 46 12-25 3-8 5-18 4 2 27 Robinson 35 9-14 3-6 6-12 0 4 21 T Parker 37 2-9 2-2 1-6 4 4 7 S Smith 22 2-6 0-1 0-3 5 0 4 Rose 15 2-8 0-0 5-6 0 4 4 Porter 10 1-1 0-0 0-1 2 0 2 C Smith 12 0-3 0-2 0-0 0 1 0 Daniels 22 2-4 1-3 0-0 5 0 5 Bryant DNP - coach's decision Mccaskill DNP - coach's decision C Parks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-80 10-24 18-48 22 20 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.438, FT-.417. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Bowen 2-4, T Parker 1-4, S Smith 0-1, Rose 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 9 (Duncan 7, Robinson 2). Turnovers: 14 (Duncan 4, T Parker 4, Robinson 3, C Smith 2, S Smith). Steals: 9 (Bowen 3, Robinson 2, C Smith, Daniels, Porter, T Parker).

MEMPHIS (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gasol 43 9-18 6-10 6-15 0 3 24 Long 33 0-5 0-0 1-5 4 1 0 Swift 30 3-13 0-0 3-11 0 3 6 Battier 46 4-13 3-4 4-6 1 3 14 Williams 48 9-22 0-0 1-3 8 5 20 Massenburg 23 3-4 1-2 0-5 1 2 7 Solomon 17 3-9 0-0 1-3 4 0 8 Anderson DNP - coach's decision Austin DNP - coach's decision Buford DNP - illness Fotsis DNP - coach's decision Knight DNP - shoulder injury _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-84 10-16 16-48 18 17 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.369, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals: 7-14, .500 (Battier 3-5, Williams 2-6, Solomon 2-3). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 6 (Gasol 3, Swift 2, Massenburg). Turnovers: 17 (Gasol 5, Williams 3, Battier 2, Long 2, Solomon 2, Massenburg, Swift). Steals: 10 (Williams 5, Solomon 3, Battier, Swift). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 15 29 16 23 - 83 Memphis 18 23 14 24 - 79 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Memphis 1 (Williams, 3:41 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,358. T: 2:06. Officials: Mark Wunderlich, Jess Kersey, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- The Memphis Grizzlies may have moved to a new city but losing to the San Antonio Spurs is nothing new.

Tim Duncan collected 27 points and 18 rebounds for his league-leading 24th double-double and David Robinson added 21 and 13 as the Spurs continued their mastery over the Grizzlies with an 83-79 victory.

San Antonio has won the last 16 meetings with the Grizzlies for its longest streak against any team. The Spurs improved to 12-1 all-time on the road against Memphis.

Last season, the Spurs swept all four meetings by an average of 18 points. This time, however, they encountered a more competitive group of Grizzlies.

San Antonio, which was coming off consecutive overtime defeats to Dallas and Milwaukee, started slowly and trailed, 18-15. Duncan had just three points as the Spurs shot just 31 percent (5-of-16).

"We had a sluggish start," Duncan said. "I thought the Grizzlies came out and had a great first half. They were very aggressive, they shot the ball pretty well and we helped them a whole lot. We missed a bunch of free throws. But the great thing is, we came out in the second half and turned it up a little bit.

"We've been struggling a little bit lately to get our rhythm, to get our offense going," Robinson added. "We finally got a little something happening during the middle stretch of the game, and down the stretch we made some good stops in the fourth."

The sluggish start carried into to the second quarter as a 3-pointer by rookie Shane Battier gave Memphis a 39-33 lead with 3:09 left.

But Bruce Bowen's 3-pointer sparked a 11-3 run to close the half. Duncan's hook shot put San Antonio ahead for good, 42-41, with 36.4 seconds to go.

The Spurs built their lead to 11 points twice in the third quarter. Each time, however, the Grizzlies responded. Battier hit another 3-pointer to cap an 11-3 run that got Memphis within 58-55 with 44 seconds left.

The Grizzlies made just 5-of-20 shots in the period and finished at 37 percent (31-of-84).

Duncan scored 20 points in the second and third quarters, helping San Antonio take a 60-55 lead into the final period. Robinson came up with a series of stellar defensive plays and produced three easy baskets down the stretch.

Robinson easily went by Pau Gasol for a layup that gave the Spurs a 76-72 lead with 1:53 left. After a turnover by Gasol, Robinson took a pass from Antonio Daniels and went by the Spanish rookie for an easy dunk that put San Antonio ahead by six points.

"Gasol played with a lot of courage out there," Robinson said. "Most of the time we play a lot of teams, expecially young teams, and against me and Tim they get their shot blocked a few times and quit playing. But those guys kept coming at us."

Gasol led the Grizzlies with 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting. But he missed an easy jumper, two free throws and an open layup in the final minute.

After the game, Gasol said he was trying not to be intimidated by one of the NBA's most formidable defensive duos.

"I was trying to go at them and not be intimidated by anybody. It was personally my fault because I lost the ball," he added.

Battier had 14 points on 4-of-13 shooting. But while trying to set up the offense after a rebound, he was stripped by Robinson, who went in for an easy dunk that sealed the win.

The sixth overall draft pick from Duke also noticed a difference in the team's attitude after losing earlier this season.

"I think the good thing (is) we are a little bitter about it," Battier said. "A month ago, we would have been satisified with the way played tonight and said, `Oh well, we'll get them next time.' But we should have that bitter feeling at the end of games, feeling you could have very well ended up winning the game. It shows competitive fire and a will to win."

"We just took one of the top teams in the league down to the wire," Memphis coach Sidney Lowe added. "I thought we could win, but we turned it over twice after we made two big stops. We did not play smart down the stretch. We were in position, but we didn't pull it out. If we didn't turn the ball over those two times at the end and we scored, you never know what will happen."

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