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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      SAN ANTONIO      14   25   31   28    98   
      LA CLIPPERS      22   17   23   17    79      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   SAS - TIM DUNCAN 23, TONY PARKER 21, BRENT 
                      BARRY 12
                LAC - RICK BRUNSON 17, COREY MAGGETTE 17, 
                      ELTON BRAND 14

HIGH REBOUND:   SAS - TIM DUNCAN 8, RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 6, TWO
                      PLAYERS WITH 5
                LAC - COREY MAGGETTE 10, ELTON BRAND 8, BOBBY 
                      SIMMONS 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   SAS - TONY PARKER 11, EMANUEL GINOBILI 4, 
                      BRUCE BOWEN 3
                LAC - RICK BRUNSON 8, ELTON BRAND 4, COREY 
                      MAGGETTE 2

         ATT:   17,115

Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Bowen 31 3-8 2-2 0-2 3 3 10 T Duncan 36 11-18 1-2 0-8 2 3 23 R Nesterovic 27 1-3 0-0 1-6 0 2 2 E Ginobili 25 4-7 0-0 0-4 4 0 9 T Parker 35 7-12 6-8 0-4 11 0 21 D Brown 12 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 4 B Barry 27 3-9 4-4 1-5 2 3 12 R Horry 17 0-3 2-2 0-3 0 1 2 B Udrih 13 2-5 2-2 0-0 2 0 7 M Rose 14 4-5 0-0 1-5 0 1 8 T Massenburg 2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 M Wilks 1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-75 17-20 3-39 24 15 98 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.850. 3-Point Goals: 7-21, .333 (B Bowen 2-5, E Ginobili 1-3, T Parker 1-2, D Brown 0-1, B Barry 2-7, R Horry 0-1, B Udrih 1-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:3 (R Nesterovic 2, T Duncan). Turnovers:7 (T Duncan 2, T Parker 2, B Barry, R Nesterovic, R Horry). Steals: 8 (B Bowen 2, E Ginobili 2, T Massenburg, T Duncan, R Nesterovic, T Parker). LA CLIPPERS (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Simmons 31 5-13 0-0 2-7 1 5 10 E Brand 35 6-13 2-4 3-8 4 3 14 C Kaman 19 2-6 0-0 0-4 0 0 4 C Maggette 43 4-12 7-8 1-10 2 2 17 R Brunson 39 7-13 1-2 0-6 8 5 17 Z Rebraca 23 3-6 0-0 1-3 1 2 6 Q Ross 17 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 L Chalmers 9 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 M Moore 18 2-6 0-0 2-2 1 3 4 C Wilcox 5 2-3 1-3 0-1 1 0 5 K Penney 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 M Jaric DNP - STRESS FRACTURE, RT FOOT _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-77 11-17 9-41 18 23 79 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.416, FT-.647. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (B Simmons 0-3, C Maggette 2-3, R Brunson 2-3, L Chalmers 0-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:2 (Z Rebraca, C Kaman). Turnovers:14 (B Simmons 4, R Brunson 2, C Maggette 2, L Chalmers 2, E Brand, Z Rebraca, Q Ross, C Kaman). Steals: 2 (R Brunson, C Maggette). ------------------------------------------- SAN ANTONIO 14 25 31 28 - 98 LA CLIPPERS 22 17 23 17 - 79 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: San Antonio - 1 (COACH Popovich 2 (ejected), 0:58 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,115. T: 2:06. Officials: Eddie F. Rush, Gary Benson, Jess Kersey.


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (98) AT LA CLIPPERS (79) SAN ANTONIO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === B BOWEN F 31 3-8 2-2 0 2 2 3 3 2 0 10 T DUNCAN F 36 11-18 1-2 0 8 8 2 3 1 2 23 R NESTEROVIC C 27 1-3 0-0 1 5 6 0 2 1 1 2 E GINOBILI G 25 4-7 0-0 0 4 4 4 0 2 0 9 T PARKER G 35 7-12 6-8 0 4 4 11 0 1 2 21 D BROWN 12 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 B BARRY 27 3-9 4-4 1 4 5 2 3 0 1 12 R HORRY 17 0-3 2-2 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 2 B UDRIH 13 2-5 2-2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 7 M ROSE 14 4-5 0-0 1 4 5 0 1 0 0 8 T MASSENBURG 2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 M WILKS 1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 240 37-75 17-20 3 36 39 24 15 8 7 98 (.493) (.850) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 7 (8 PTS) LA CLIPPERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === B SIMMONS F 31 5-13 0-0 2 5 7 1 5 0 4 10 E BRAND F 35 6-13 2-4 3 5 8 4 3 0 1 14 C KAMAN C 19 2-6 0-0 0 4 4 0 0 0 1 4 C MAGGETTE G 43 4-12 7-8 1 9 10 2 2 1 2 17 R BRUNSON G 39 7-13 1-2 0 6 6 8 5 1 2 17 Z REBRACA 23 3-6 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 0 1 6 Q ROSS 17 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 L CHALMERS 9 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 M MOORE 18 2-6 0-0 2 0 2 1 3 0 0 4 C WILCOX 5 2-3 1-3 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 5 K PENNEY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 M JARIC DNP - STRESS FRACTURE, RT FOOT TOTALS 240 32-77 11-17 9 32 41 18 23 2 14 79 (.416) (.647) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 14 (12 PTS) SAN ANTONIO 14 25 31 28 - 98 LA CLIPPERS 22 17 23 17 - 79 BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - R NESTEROVIC 2, T DUNCAN. LA CLIPPERS - Z REBRACA, C KAMAN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 7-21 (.333), B BOWEN 2-5, E GINOBILI 1- 3, T PARKER 1-2, D BROWN 0-1, B BARRY 2-7, R HORRY 0-1, B UDRIH 1- 2. LA CLIPPERS 4-10 (.400), B SIMMONS 0-3, C MAGGETTE 2-3, R BRUNSON 2- 3, L CHALMERS 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: SAN ANTONIO - COACH POPOVICH 2 (EJECTED). FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: EDDIE F. RUSH, GARY BENSON, JESS KERSEY. A - 17,115. T - 2:06.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Apparently, coach Gregg Popovich's message did not hit the San Antonio Spurs until the third quarter. Tim Duncan scored 14 of his 23 points in the second half and Tony Parker added 21 overall as the Spurs recorded their fifth straight win, a 98-79 triumph over the Los Angeles Clippers. Disappointed by his team's slow start and frustrated with some calls by the officials, Popovich drew consecutive technical fouls and was ejected with 58 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Popovich left the building and was unavailable for comment after the game. Trailing, 22-14, after the opening period, San Antonio clawed back to forge a 39-39 tie at halftime behind seven points by Duncan. But it was the third quarter that the Spurs put their offense into another gear, outscoring the Clippers, 17-4, over the first five-plus minutes. "We came out in the second half and really took the confidence out of them knowing that they played well in the first half," Duncan said. "We were able to fight back and get it tied up, making sure that they weren't able to jump at us at any point and gain any confidence." Bruce Bowen hit a jumper in the opening moments of the second half and Duncan - who played 36 minutes - followed with back-to-back driving dunks to spark the run. "I'm fighting through a cold," Duncan said in answer to a question regarding his playing fewer minutes in recent games. "I'm more tired than anything else. I know in the long run, the rest I've been getting will help my legs a lot. It's great the way Coach Popovich is splitting up my minutes. It will add up in the long run." Coming off a 114-80 win at Portland on Thursday, Duncan shot 11-of-18 from the field and pulled down eight rebounds. Parker handed out 11 assists and Brent Barry scored 12 points - including a pair of 3-pointers - for San Antonio, which ended the calendar year with its best start in franchise history at 25-6. "We're used to playing with each other," Parker said. "It's been three or four years now that I have played with the team. Now we know what to do. We know how Coach Popovich wants us to play defense and we know how to play Spurs basketball." Corey Maggette and Rick Brunson scored 17 points apiece for Los Angeles, which has lost eight of its last 10 games. "We played the right way in the first half," Maggette said. "But in the second half, we didn't do what we were supposed to do. They have a good team, but we just didn't execute the way we did in the first half or play the right game." Maggette helped spur the Clippers' strong start, scoring 10 points in the first half. Brunson, who will be counted on to lead the team for an extended period after Marko Jaric's foot injury was diagnosed as a stress fracture, shot 7-of-13 from the field with eight assists and six rebounds. "A game is not won in the first quarter or the first half," Brunson said. "You can't expect that they aren't going to catch up, especially against a team like that. They have great shooters and play their roles strong, so we have to play the right way together for 48 minutes." So far, the point guard has filled in admirably, averaging 10.8 points and 6.8 assists in the five games since Jaric suffered the injury. "Just ask me (on) January 10. Nothing is guaranteed," Brunson said regarding his starting role. "I just try to come out and play aggressive. They played last night, so I tried to pick up the tempo at both ends of the floor. Parker came back strong in the second half and I just have to take my hat off to him." Duncan responded to Popovich's ejection by emphasizing it probably came from something that happened prior to Friday's game. "It's not what happened on that one play," Duncan said. "Probably, it was about the one that happened five or six games ago on a similar play. If it happens, it happens. We fought through it. I thought Peter (assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo} did an excellent job with him out. He filled in just fine and did great."


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