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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     HOUSTON          22   15   24   24    85   
     SAN ANTONIO      23   25   31   19    98      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   HOU - CUTTINO MOBLEY 21, MAURICE TAYLOR 15, 
                      MOOCHIE NORRIS 11
                SAS - STEPHEN JACKSON 27, TIM DUNCAN 25, TONY 
                      PARKER 12

HIGH REBOUND:   HOU - KELVIN CATO 8, MAURICE TAYLOR 7, STEVE 
                      FRANCIS 6
                SAS - TIM DUNCAN 14, STEPHEN JACKSON 6, MALIK 
                      ROSE 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   HOU - MOOCHIE NORRIS 5, TERENCE MORRIS 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                SAS - TIM DUNCAN 8, TONY PARKER 5, BRUCE BOWEN
                      3

         ATT:   18,797

Box Score

HOUSTON (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Posey 20 4-7 0-0 1-1 0 1 9 M Taylor 29 6-11 3-3 3-7 2 2 15 Y Ming 16 1-9 0-0 1-3 1 3 2 S Francis 29 4-12 0-0 3-6 1 3 8 C Mobley 36 7-18 5-6 0-3 2 1 21 M Norris 26 4-6 1-2 0-3 5 2 11 K Cato 24 3-7 0-0 0-8 0 3 6 G Rice 15 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 T Morris 27 4-7 1-1 1-4 4 0 9 J Hawkins 18 1-1 0-0 1-4 1 2 2 E Griffin DNP - SPRAINED LEFT THUMB T Maddox DNP - PERSONAL REASONS _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-81 10-12 10-39 16 18 85 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (J Posey 1-2, C Mobley 2-5, M Norris 2-3, G Rice 0-2, T Morris 0-3). Team Rebounds: 12. Blocked Shots:3 (K Cato, S Francis, T Morris). Turnovers:14 (S Francis 4, M Norris 3, M Taylor 2, C Mobley 2, K Cato, J Hawkins, Y Ming). Steals: 2 (G Rice, C Mobley). SAN ANTONIO (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Bowen 31 1-3 1-3 0-3 3 2 3 T Duncan 34 12-16 1-3 6-14 8 4 25 D Robinson 18 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 0 2 T Parker 30 5-12 2-2 1-2 5 0 12 S Jackson 37 10-17 2-6 2-6 2 1 27 M Rose 26 2-7 1-1 0-5 2 4 5 E Ginobili 25 3-8 2-3 0-1 1 1 9 S Claxton 17 3-5 0-0 0-1 1 2 6 K Willis 14 3-7 1-2 1-3 0 0 7 D Ferry 5 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 S Kerr 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 S Smith DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-79 10-20 10-38 23 14 98 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.519, FT-.500. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (T Parker 0-1, S Jackson 5-8, E Ginobili 1-4). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:8 (T Duncan 3, M Rose 2, D Robinson, B Bowen, K Willis). Turnovers:10 (M Rose 5, B Bowen, S Jackson, S Claxton, T Parker, E Ginobili). Steals: 5 (E Ginobili 3, M Rose, T Duncan). ------------------------------------------- HOUSTON 22 15 24 24 - 85 SAN ANTONIO 23 25 31 19 - 98 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Houston - 2 (S Francis, 9:24 3rd; K Cato, 11:04 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,797. T: 2:15. Officials: Rodney Mott, Ron Olesiak, Steve Javie.


Extended Box

HOUSTON (85) AT SAN ANTONIO (98) HOUSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J POSEY F 20 4-7 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 9 M TAYLOR F 29 6-11 3-3 3 4 7 2 2 0 2 15 Y MING C 16 1-9 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 0 1 2 S FRANCIS G 29 4-12 0-0 3 3 6 1 3 0 4 8 C MOBLEY G 36 7-18 5-6 0 3 3 2 1 1 2 21 M NORRIS 26 4-6 1-2 0 3 3 5 2 0 3 11 K CATO 24 3-7 0-0 0 8 8 0 3 0 1 6 G RICE 15 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 T MORRIS 27 4-7 1-1 1 3 4 4 0 0 0 9 J HAWKINS 18 1-1 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 0 1 2 E GRIFFIN DNP - SPRAINED LEFT THUMB T MADDOX DNP - PERSONAL REASONS TOTALS 240 35-81 10-12 10 29 39 16 18 2 14 85 (.432) (.833) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 15 (12 PTS) SAN ANTONIO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === B BOWEN F 31 1-3 1-3 0 3 3 3 2 0 1 3 T DUNCAN F 34 12-16 1-3 6 8 14 8 4 1 0 25 D ROBINSON C 18 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 2 T PARKER G 30 5-12 2-2 1 1 2 5 0 0 1 12 S JACKSON G 37 10-17 2-6 2 4 6 2 1 0 1 27 M ROSE 26 2-7 1-1 0 5 5 2 4 1 5 5 E GINOBILI 25 3-8 2-3 0 1 1 1 1 3 1 9 S CLAXTON 17 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 6 K WILLIS 14 3-7 1-2 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 7 D FERRY 5 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 S KERR 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 S SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 41-79 10-20 10 28 38 23 14 5 10 98 (.519) (.500) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 10 (9 PTS) HOUSTON 22 15 24 24 - 85 SAN ANTONIO 23 25 31 19 - 98 BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - K CATO, S FRANCIS, T MORRIS. SAN ANTONIO - T DUNCAN 3, M ROSE 2, D ROBINSON, B BOWEN, K WILLIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 5-15 (.333), J POSEY 1-2, C MOBLEY 2-5, M NORRIS 2-3, G RICE 0-2, T MORRIS 0-3. SAN ANTONIO 6-13 (.462), T PARKER 0- 1, S JACKSON 5-8, E GINOBILI 1-4. TECHNICAL FOULS: HOUSTON - S FRANCIS, K CATO. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RODNEY MOTT, RON OLESIAK, STEVE JAVIE. A - 18,797. T - 2:15.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- You know things are going right for the San Antonio Spurs when a rookie guard throws a 40-foot bounce pass to a 40-year-old center and it turns into a bucket. Stephen Jackson scored 27 points and Tim Duncan threatened a triple-double as the Spurs laughed their way to a 98-85 victory over the slumping Houston Rockets. The Spurs kept rolling with their 32nd win in 39 games since January 1. They also had coach Gregg Popovich rolling his eyes after one play late in the third quarter. In transition, Argentine rookie Manu Ginobili fired a one-handed bounce pass between defenders. The ball hit veteran center Kevin Willis in stride, and he put it in for a layup and a 77-59 lead. "I just saw Kevin sprinting and getting out ahead of the pack," said Ginobili, who had one assist. "Sometimes it's tough to get a pass like that high enough for a big man, but he did a great job collecting it and finishing the play." "I loved Pop's expression when Manu made that pass," said Duncan, whose 52nd double-double featured 25 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. "That was the best part. His face turned red and he put his head between his legs. You don't get reactions out of Pop like that much, and that was the best part of it all." Both Duncan and Popovich remain impressed with the athleticism of Willis, despite his advancing age. "He's gonna play 'til he's 50. I'm not kidding," Duncan said. "I'll be retired and he'll still be running the floor. He's the first one to the block every time. He's just an incredible athlete." "Kevin running the floor like that at age 40 ... it was a great play for the fans," Popovich said. The Spurs gave the fans a lot to cheer about. They never trailed, shot 52 percent (41-of-79) from the field and beat the Rockets at home for the 12th straight time. Duncan made 12-of-16 shots for the second straight game. Jackson sank 10-of-17 shots, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range. Ginobili scored nine points and Willis added seven. "We're kind of fun to watch right now," Duncan said. "(We) get up and down the floor and make things happen. We have a good mix of being able to run and knowing when to pull it out." Rockets All-Stars Steve Francis and Yao Ming had terrible games. Houston fell to 2-5 since assistant Larry Smith took over for cancer-stricken coach Rudy Tomjanovich and fell one-half game behind Phoenix for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference. "The way that San Antonio is playing, it was like running into a buzzsaw," said Francis, who managed just eight points on 4-of-12 shooting and barked at the coaching staff when he came out of the game for good late in the third quarter. "It was a situation where I decided to go with Mooch (Moochie Norris) to get momentum going," Smith said. "It has nothing to do with that." Yao, the leading candidate for Rookie of the Year, had his second poor game in as many nights. After shooting just 3-of-13 and being overwhelmed by Shaquille O'Neal on Wednesday, he managed just two points on 1-of-9 from the field against San Antonio and also sat out the final period. "I just didn't play well at all," Yao said through an interpreter. "I just have to get my rest and take advantage of our day off. I plan to sleep well and eat a good meal." "We weren't giving up tonight at all by not playing them, but I wanted to rest them," Smith said. "We made some big plays with our second group." By that time, it was too late. Ginobili scored five points in a 16-7 surge in the second quarter that was capped by a jumper by Tony Parker, giving San Antonio a 44-33 lead with 3:27 left. The Spurs held a 48-37 lead and turned the game into a rout with another burst in the third period. Jackson scored seven points in a 13-2 run, including a 3-pointer that gave San Antonio its largest lead at 65-45 with 7:30 to go. "Jack was incredible on the offensive end," Duncan said. "We moved the ball very well as a team." Despite a spark from their bench, the Rockets got no closer than 11 points the rest of the way. They shot 43 percent (35-of-81) and remained winless in San Antonio in 12 games since April 20, 1997 - two months before the Spurs drafted Duncan. Cuttino Mobley scored 21 points and Maurice Taylor added 15 for Houston.


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