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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      NEW YORK         25   19   19   18    81   
      SAN ANTONIO      23   27   24   25    99      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   NYK - JAMAL CRAWFORD 16, TIM THOMAS 15, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 13
                SAS - TONY PARKER 18, TIM DUNCAN 17, BRUCE 
                      BOWEN 13

HIGH REBOUND:   NYK - KURT THOMAS 11, TIM THOMAS 8, FIVE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3
                SAS - TIM DUNCAN 10, BRUCE BOWEN 6, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   NYK - STEPHON MARBURY 7, JAMAL CRAWFORD 3, 
                      PENNY HARDAWAY 2
                SAS - TONY PARKER 9, EMMANUEL GINOBILI 5, TIM 
                      DUNCAN 4

         ATT:   17,705

Box Score

NEW YORK (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp T Thomas 33 5-15 3-3 3-8 0 3 15 K Thomas 39 4-8 0-0 2-11 1 3 8 N Mohammed 26 4-11 5-6 2-3 0 4 13 S Marbury 40 4-12 5-5 0-3 7 4 13 J Crawford 42 6-15 2-2 0-3 3 3 16 Je Williams 14 1-4 4-4 1-3 0 1 6 P Hardaway 21 3-5 0-0 0-1 2 2 6 T Ariza 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 M Sweetney 17 2-4 0-0 1-3 1 4 4 M Norris 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 V Baker DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Sundov DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-75 19-20 9-35 14 25 81 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.387, FT-.950. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (T Thomas 2-2, S Marbury 0-2, J Crawford 2-4, P Hardaway 0-1, M Sweetney 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:1 (N Mohammed). Turnovers:16 (T Thomas 5, S Marbury 4, J Crawford 2, P Hardaway, M Sweetney, N Mohammed, K Thomas, Je Williams). Steals: 7 (N Mohammed 2, P Hardaway, K Thomas, M Sweetney, J Crawford, M Norris). SAN ANTONIO (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Bowen 32 5-11 2-2 0-6 2 2 13 T Duncan 38 6-12 5-6 1-10 4 1 17 R Nesterovic 27 5-8 0-0 1-2 0 3 10 T Parker 35 4-9 10-12 3-5 9 3 18 E Ginobili 31 4-11 0-0 0-4 5 1 9 B Barry 25 3-6 3-3 0-4 1 1 12 M Rose 21 2-3 3-4 0-5 3 4 7 D Brown 6 0-2 2-2 1-2 0 0 2 B Udrih 13 2-5 4-4 0-0 0 0 9 R Horry 10 1-2 0-0 2-3 1 1 2 M Wilks 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 T Massenburg DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-69 29-33 8-42 25 16 99 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.464, FT-.879. 3-Point Goals: 6-21, .286 (B Bowen 1-7, T Parker 0-2, E Ginobili 1-4, B Barry 3-5, B Udrih 1-3). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:5 (R Nesterovic 3, R Horry, T Duncan). Turnovers:15 (T Parker 5, R Nesterovic 3, T Duncan 2, B Barry, M Wilks, E Ginobili, M Rose, B Bowen). Steals: 10 (R Horry 2, M Rose 2, B Udrih 2, B Barry, T Duncan, T Parker, E Ginobili). ------------------------------------------- NEW YORK 25 19 19 18 - 81 SAN ANTONIO 23 27 24 25 - 99 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: New York - 1 (J Crawford, 4:37 4th). Flagrant fouls: New York 1 (M Sweetney, 8:27 4th). A: 17,705. T: 2:15. Officials: Jim Clark, Luis Grillo, Phil Robinson.


Extended Box

NEW YORK (81) AT SAN ANTONIO (99) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === T THOMAS F 33 5-15 3-3 3 5 8 0 3 0 5 15 K THOMAS F 39 4-8 0-0 2 9 11 1 3 1 1 8 N MOHAMMED C 26 4-11 5-6 2 1 3 0 4 2 1 13 S MARBURY G 40 4-12 5-5 0 3 3 7 4 0 4 13 J CRAWFORD G 42 6-15 2-2 0 3 3 3 3 1 2 16 JE WILLIAMS 14 1-4 4-4 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 6 P HARDAWAY 21 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 1 1 6 T ARIZA 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 M SWEETNEY 17 2-4 0-0 1 2 3 1 4 1 1 4 M NORRIS 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 V BAKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION B SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 29-75 19-20 9 26 35 14 25 7 16 81 (.387) (.950) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17 (13 PTS) SAN ANTONIO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === B BOWEN F 32 5-11 2-2 0 6 6 2 2 0 1 13 T DUNCAN F 38 6-12 5-6 1 9 10 4 1 1 2 17 R NESTEROVIC C 27 5-8 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 3 10 T PARKER G 35 4-9 10-12 3 2 5 9 3 1 5 18 E GINOBILI G 31 4-11 0-0 0 4 4 5 1 1 1 9 B BARRY 25 3-6 3-3 0 4 4 1 1 1 1 12 M ROSE 21 2-3 3-4 0 5 5 3 4 2 1 7 D BROWN 6 0-2 2-2 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 B UDRIH 13 2-5 4-4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 9 R HORRY 10 1-2 0-0 2 1 3 1 1 2 0 2 M WILKS 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 T MASSENBURG DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 32-69 29-33 8 34 42 25 16 10 15 99 (.464) (.879) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 15 (10 PTS) NEW YORK 25 19 19 18 - 81 SAN ANTONIO 23 27 24 25 - 99 BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - N MOHAMMED. SAN ANTONIO - R NESTEROVIC 3, R HORRY, T DUNCAN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 4-10 (.400), T THOMAS 2-2, S MARBURY 0- 2, J CRAWFORD 2-4, P HARDAWAY 0-1, M SWEETNEY 0-1. SAN ANTONIO 6-21 (. 286), B BOWEN 1-7, T PARKER 0-2, E GINOBILI 1-4, B BARRY 3-5, B UDRIH 1- 3. TECHNICAL FOULS: NEW YORK - J CRAWFORD. FLAGRANT FOULS: NEW YORK 1 (M SWEETNEY, 8:27 4TH). OFFICIALS: JIM CLARK, LUIS GRILLO, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 17,705. T - 2:15.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- The San Antonio Spurs showed the New York Knicks they are so much more than Tim Duncan. Easily overcoming a somewhat sub-par game by Duncan, the Spurs rolled to their fourth straight win, a 99-81 victory over the Knicks. Widely regarded as the game's best player, Duncan came in averaging 23.2 points, 14.8 rebounds and 2.83 blocks, leading the Spurs to a 5-1 mark. He was kept considerably below those norms although he posted his customary double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Defended by Kurt Thomas, Duncan made 6-of-12 shots but never really dominated. With the way his teammates played, he didn't have to. "You would think that if you can contain two out of the three best players (Duncan and Manu Ginobili), you should have a chance, but it just got away from us tonight," Knicks guard Jamal Crawford said. Tony Parker had 18 points and nine assists as he repeatedly raced past defenders. Bruce Bowen and Brent Barry combined for four 3-pointers and 25 points. And center Rasho Nesterovic scored 10 points, mostly on mid-range jumpers. "They're an unselfish group of guys and they're just getting better and better," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "We did a good job of moving the ball and getting a lot of players involved in the offense tonight." "I was trying to be more aggressive and tried to get everybody involved," Parker said. "I tried to penetrate and it worked out pretty good tonight. I found a lot of my teammates open shots, and my shot will come back, maybe." The play of the night came from Ginobili, who put the ball around his back as he drove through two defenders for a twisting layup. That came during a 6-0 spurt where the Spurs cashed in three straight turnovers by the Knicks and opened an 84-69 lead with just under eight minutes to go. "You can't play that way and expect to win," Knicks coach Lenny Wilkens said. "We started off playing well, moving the ball, but then we started to force the issue. The mistakes really hurt us tonight. They especially hurt when you play a good team." "We struggled a little in the first half offensively, but then we improved and moved the ball better, made some shots and that helped a lot," Ginobili said. Since March 1, the Spurs are 21-1 at the SBC Center. The only loss came in Game Five of the Western Conference semifinals on Derek Fisher's miraculous buzzer-beater. Crawford scored 16 points for New York, which was held to 39 percent (29-of-75) from the field and fell to 0-2 on its four-game trip that continues through Texas. The Spurs took the lead for good at 29-27 on two free throws by Barry early in the second quarter. They widened a six-point halftime bulge to 67-56 on consecutive fast-break layups by Parker, Bowen (13 points) and Duncan that prompted a timeout from Wilkens, who was upset with his team's transition defense. "We were anxious and forced the issue when we should be making one more pass," Wilkens said. "When you do that, it allows the other team to get out and run. We struggled and you can't play that way." "We didn't get back on defense at all," Crawford said. A 3-pointer by Barry made it 74-61 late in the third period. The Knicks closed to 78-69 before the flurry of turnovers became two free throws by rookie Beno Udrih, Ginobili's sparkling play and a layup by Bowen. "The transition defense was horrendous tonight," said Knicks guard Stephon Marbury. "You have to do it on both ends. Your offense can't create your defense, your defense creates your offense."


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