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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 14 28 27 14 83 MIAMI 29 22 14 23 88 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 29, MALIK ROSE 20, STEPHEN JACKSON 12 MIA - EDDIE JONES 24, ROD STRICKLAND 17, ALONZO MOURNING 13

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 12, MALIK ROSE 9 MIA - EDDIE JONES 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - TONY PARKER 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 2 MIA - ROD STRICKLAND 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 15,658


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (83) AT MIAMI (88)

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

S SMITH F 34 3-9 1-1 2 4 6 2 0 0 3 7 DUNCAN F 46 11-21 7-10 3 9 12 1 6 0 2 29 ROBINSON C 22 3-6 1-1 0 7 7 2 4 0 1 7 T PARKER G 24 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 5 1 1 3 2 S JACKSON G 25 5-8 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 1 4 12 DANIELS 37 2-5 0-3 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 4 ROSE 23 7-13 6-7 3 6 9 1 1 0 2 20 PORTER 24 0-4 0-0 0 3 3 1 3 1 4 0 BRYANT 5 0-2 2-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 2 MCCASKILL DNP - COACH'S DECISION C PARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION C SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-70 17-24 9 34 43 13 20 3 19 83 (.457) (.708) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 19(10 PTS)

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

GILL F 21 2-6 0-0 2 1 3 0 3 0 0 5 GRANT F 37 4-6 2-2 2 5 7 4 5 0 1 10 MOURNING C 32 4-13 5-6 2 3 5 4 6 1 2 13 STRICKLAND G 36 7-13 2-2 0 3 3 7 0 2 1 17 JONES G 43 8-22 4-5 2 6 8 3 1 1 1 24 ELLIS 20 3-10 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 1 0 6 JACKSON 27 4-6 1-2 0 7 7 1 3 1 1 9 HOUSE 14 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 GATLING 7 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 4 STEPANIA 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 JAMES DNP - COACH'S DECISION MARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-82 14-17 9 29 38 23 26 7 8 88 (.415) (.824) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 9(12 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 14 28 27 14 - 83 MIAMI 29 22 14 23 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 2. MIAMI - MOURNING, JACKSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 2-9 (.222), S SMITH 0-1, S JACKSON 2-4, DANIELS 0-1, PORTER 0-3. MIAMI 6-12 (.500), GILL 1-1, STRICKLAND 1-1, JONES 4-8, ELLIS 0-1, HOUSE 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TED BERNHARDT, PAT FRAHER, TOMMY NUNEZ. A - 15,658. T - 2:13.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Smith 34 3-9 1-1 2-6 2 0 7 Duncan 46 11-21 7-10 3-12 1 6 29 Robinson 22 3-6 1-1 0-7 2 4 7 T Parker 24 1-2 0-0 0-2 5 1 2 S Jackson 25 5-8 0-0 0-0 0 3 12 Daniels 37 2-5 0-3 0-2 1 1 4 Rose 23 7-13 6-7 3-9 1 1 20 Porter 24 0-4 0-0 0-3 1 3 0 Bryant 5 0-2 2-2 1-2 0 1 2 Mccaskill DNP - coach's decision C Parks DNP - coach's decision C Smith DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-70 17-24 9-43 13 20 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.457, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (S Smith 0-1, S Jackson 2-4, Daniels 0-1, Porter 0-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Duncan 2). Turnovers: 19 (Porter 4, S Jackson 4, S Smith 3, T Parker 3, Duncan 2, Rose 2, Robinson). Steals: 3 (Porter, S Jackson, T Parker).

MIAMI (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 21 2-6 0-0 2-3 0 3 5 Grant 37 4-6 2-2 2-7 4 5 10 Mourning 32 4-13 5-6 2-5 4 6 13 Strickland 36 7-13 2-2 0-3 7 0 17 Jones 43 8-22 4-5 2-8 3 1 24 Ellis 20 3-10 0-0 1-3 1 3 6 Jackson 27 4-6 1-2 0-7 1 3 9 House 14 0-3 0-0 0-1 2 0 0 Gatling 7 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 4 4 Stepania 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 James DNP - coach's decision Marks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-82 14-17 9-38 23 26 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.415, FT-.824. 3-Point Goals: 6-12, .500 (Gill 1-1, Strickland 1-1, Jones 4-8, Ellis 0-1, House 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Mourning, Jackson). Turnovers: 9 (Mourning 2, Grant, House, Jackson, Jones, Stepania, Strickland). Steals: 7 (Strickland 2, Ellis, Jackson, Jones, Mourning, Stepania). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 14 28 27 14 - 83 Miami 29 22 14 23 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: Miami 1 (Grant, 2:49 4th). A: 15,658. T: 2:13. Officials: Ted Bernhardt, Pat Fraher, Tommy Nunez.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Rod Strickland rarely shoots 3-pointers, but he had excellent timing against the San Antonio Spurs.

Strickland scored 17 points and made a clutch 3-pointer as the Miami Heat rallied for an 88-83 victory over the struggling Spurs.

With the game tied, 81-81, with 2:07 remaining and the shot clock about to expire, Strickland sank just his second 3-pointer of the season, giving Miami the lead for good.

The 13-year guard and former Spur entered this season shooting just 28 percent (175-of-616) from the arc. He has attempted 10 this season, making two.

His other 3-pointer had been a 60-footer at the end of the first half at New Jersey on January 8.

Usually a terrific penetrator, Strickland was forced into the shot because the Heat had been unable to find an open look and had let the shot clock run down.

"I knew I was close to the line," Strickland said. "I was just getting into good shooting area. The (shot) clock was winding down, I knew there were three or four seconds or something, so I just tried to get some room and get a shot up.

"I think it says a lot about where we've come since the beginning of the year when we had the leads and they evaporated quickly and we kind of crumbled. Now we're fighting through adverse situations."

Strickland also flashed some defense. On the next possession, he forced Terry Porter into a critical turnover on an inbounds pass.

Before Strickland's 3-pointer, the Spurs had two big chances to clinch a victory. Heat forward Brian Grant was called for a flagrant foul on Antonio Daniels. But Daniels failed to convert both foul shots with 2:49 left.

After that, Porter's 3-point try came up short and the Heat took possession.

"We continue to struggle with a turnover here and there, poor execution here and there and a free throw here and there," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

"We had two free throws and the ball," added center David Robinson, who was limited to seven points in 22 minutes. "That's a chance for four or five points potentially. Those are things we haven't been taking advantage of lately. It's biting us."

Down the stretch Miami took advantage of a Spurs offense that apparently had run out of gas after rallying from an 18-point halftime deficit. The Spurs missed their final seven shots after taking an 81-78 lead with 5:33 left.

After Porter's turnover and a miss by Tim Duncan, Alonzo Mourning's layup made it 86-81 with 45 seconds left.

Duncan sank two foul shots that sliced the deficit to three, but Porter missed a potential tying 3-pointer with 10 seconds left and Duncan fouled Eddie Jones fighting for a rebound.

San Antonio outscored Miami in the 27-14 in the third quarter and held an 69-65 lead heading into the final period.

But Miami had another stellar fourth quarter, a trend that started on its West Coast trip last month. In the final three games -- wins over Golden State, the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland -- the Heat averaged 27 points in the fourth.

According to Jones, who had 24 points after a career-high 37 in Denver three nights ago, that has been the difference in Miami's surge.

"Tonight's win shows that we are growing as a ballclub," he said. "There were numerous games early in the season that we gave away. Tonight against a great team, we went out and played as hard as possible and got the win."

The Heat welcomed back center Alonzo Mourning and won for the ninth time in 11 games. Mourning finished with 13 points and five rebounds in 32 minutes after missing Miami's last two games with the flu.

Afterward, Mourning said he wasn't 100 percent but deferred the credit for Miami's latest win to his teammates.

"I was out of sync, way out of sync," he said. "I trained my mind over the years to try to just come and play ball.

"It was a total collective effort. Everybody came in and did something good for us. That's something we didn't have in the beginning."

Duncan had 29 points and 12 rebounds for his league-leading 36th double-double and reserve Malik Rose scored a season-high 20 points for the Spurs.

However, Duncan only had six points in the fourth, when the Spurs were outscored 23-14 in the final 12 minutes en route to their sixth loss in eight games.

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