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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      SAN ANTONIO      18   10   22   17    67   
      HOUSTON          10   20   18   25    73      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   SAS - TONY PARKER 21, TIM DUNCAN 18, BRENT 
                      BARRY 8
                HOU - TRACY MCGRADY 28, YAO MING 13, BOB SURA 
                      9

HIGH REBOUND:   SAS - TIM DUNCAN 12, THREE PLAYERS WITH 5
                HOU - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 15, YAO MING 8, DAVID 
                      WESLEY 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   SAS - TONY PARKER 6, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 1
                HOU - TRACY MCGRADY 4, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   18,290

Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (67) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Bowen 41 1-3 0-0 1-5 1 4 3 T Duncan 38 7-19 4-6 2-12 0 1 18 R Nesterovic 29 1-3 1-2 1-5 1 2 3 T Parker 35 9-18 3-5 1-3 6 4 21 E Ginobili 15 1-5 4-7 1-3 1 2 6 R Horry 14 0-2 2-4 0-5 0 5 2 B Barry 22 2-4 3-3 0-2 0 1 8 T Massenburg 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 B Udrih 19 2-7 0-0 0-1 1 1 4 D Brown 12 1-4 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 M Rose 7 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 3 0 M Wilks DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 24-68 17-27 7-39 10 25 67 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.353, FT-.630. 3-Point Goals: 2-16, .125 (B Bowen 1-1, T Duncan 0-1, T Parker 0-3, E Ginobili 0-1, R Horry 0-1, B Barry 1-3, B Udrih 0-4, D Brown 0-1, M Rose 0-1). Team Rebounds: 13. Blocked Shots:4 (T Duncan 2, R Horry, R Nesterovic). Turnovers:13 (T Parker 4, R Nesterovic 3, B Barry, R Horry, B Udrih, M Rose, B Bowen, T Duncan). Steals: 9 (E Ginobili 3, T Duncan 2, R Horry, B Udrih, D Brown, T Parker). HOUSTON (73) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp T McGrady 44 10-28 7-9 2-5 4 3 28 J Howard 24 3-7 0-1 2-4 1 1 6 Y Ming 28 4-8 5-6 1-8 1 5 13 B Sura 28 2-8 4-6 0-2 2 5 9 D Wesley 32 1-6 0-0 0-6 2 2 2 D Mutombo 20 1-4 0-0 6-15 0 2 2 A Barrett 12 0-2 0-0 1-1 1 3 0 M Taylor 24 2-8 3-4 0-4 2 2 7 J Barry 27 2-4 0-0 1-4 2 2 6 R Bowen 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 S Padgett DNP - COACH'S DECISION R Gaines DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-75 19-26 13-49 15 25 73 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.333, FT-.731. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (T McGrady 1-5, B Sura 1-2, D Wesley 0-1, J Barry 2-2). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:4 (D Mutombo 2, Y Ming 2). Turnovers:15 (T McGrady 4, D Mutombo 2, A Barrett 2, J Howard 2, Y Ming 2, D Wesley, M Taylor, B Sura). Steals: 6 (T McGrady 4, D Wesley, A Barrett). ------------------------------------------- SAN ANTONIO 18 10 22 17 - 67 HOUSTON 10 20 18 25 - 73 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: San Antonio - 1 (COACH Popovich, 3:23 4th). Houston - 2 (Defensive Three, 6:43 1st; B Sura, 4:41 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,290. T: 2:24. Officials: Scott Foster, Tim Donaghy, Tony Brown.


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (67) AT HOUSTON (73) SAN ANTONIO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === B BOWEN F 41 1-3 0-0 1 4 5 1 4 0 1 3 T DUNCAN F 38 7-19 4-6 2 10 12 0 1 2 1 18 R NESTEROVIC C 29 1-3 1-2 1 4 5 1 2 0 3 3 T PARKER G 35 9-18 3-5 1 2 3 6 4 1 4 21 E GINOBILI G 15 1-5 4-7 1 2 3 1 2 3 0 6 R HORRY 14 0-2 2-4 0 5 5 0 5 1 1 2 B BARRY 22 2-4 3-3 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 8 T MASSENBURG 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 B UDRIH 19 2-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 D BROWN 12 1-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 M ROSE 7 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 0 M WILKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 24-68 17-27 7 32 39 10 25 9 13 67 (.353) (.630) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 14 (13 PTS) HOUSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === T MCGRADY F 44 10-28 7-9 2 3 5 4 3 4 4 28 J HOWARD F 24 3-7 0-1 2 2 4 1 1 0 2 6 Y MING C 28 4-8 5-6 1 7 8 1 5 0 2 13 B SURA G 28 2-8 4-6 0 2 2 2 5 0 1 9 D WESLEY G 32 1-6 0-0 0 6 6 2 2 1 1 2 D MUTOMBO 20 1-4 0-0 6 9 15 0 2 0 2 2 A BARRETT 12 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 1 3 1 2 0 M TAYLOR 24 2-8 3-4 0 4 4 2 2 0 1 7 J BARRY 27 2-4 0-0 1 3 4 2 2 0 0 6 R BOWEN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 S PADGETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION R GAINES DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 25-75 19-26 13 36 49 15 25 6 15 73 (.333) (.731) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 17 (11 PTS) SAN ANTONIO 18 10 22 17 - 67 HOUSTON 10 20 18 25 - 73 BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - T DUNCAN 2, R HORRY, R NESTEROVIC. HOUSTON - D MUTOMBO 2, Y MING 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 2-16 (.125), B BOWEN 1-1, T DUNCAN 0- 1, T PARKER 0-3, E GINOBILI 0-1, R HORRY 0-1, B BARRY 1-3, B UDRIH 0- 4, D BROWN 0-1, M ROSE 0-1. HOUSTON 4-10 (.400), T MCGRADY 1-5, B SURA 1- 2, D WESLEY 0-1, J BARRY 2-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: SAN ANTONIO - COACH POPOVICH. HOUSTON - DEFENSIVE THREE, B SURA. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: SCOTT FOSTER, TIM DONAGHY, TONY BROWN. A - 18,290. T - 2:24.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- This time, Tracy McGrady did not need to pull off a miracle. The San Antonio Spurs made it a little easier on him. McGrady highlighted an ugly affair with 28 points as the Houston Rockets survived a difficult offensive night with a 73-67 victory over the Spurs. San Antonio made just nine shots in the first half and was outrebounded overall, 49-39, in a rematch of a thriller on this court December 9. In that contest, McGrady scored an improbable 13 points in the last 35 seconds, finishing the flurry with a 3-pointer for an 81-80 win. He scored 13 points in the first half of this one to help the Rockets to a 30-28 lead. The combined 58 points matched the fourth-lowest first half in the shot clock era. "Their defense is unbelievable," said McGrady, who made just 10-of-28 shots. "Tonight showed what type of team we can be." The Spurs were held without a basket over the final 9:19 of the second quarter and went 6:48 of the fourth period without a point. During that second slump, the Rockets scored just eight points and needed a jumper by McGrady to reclaim the lead, 58-57, with 4:09 left. McGrady scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, providing the dagger with a 3-pointer in the final minute that gave Houston a 69-61 lead. The shot cemented Houston's season-high fourth straight win. "You like to play aesthetically pleasing and win, but the other team impacts your offense," said Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy, who has guided the Rockets to consecutive wins over the Spurs for the first time since 1997. "We benefited from them playing back-to-back twice (when we've beaten them)." Backup center Dikembe Mutombo, now in the twilight of his career at age 38, grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds in 20 minutes and teamed with fellow 7-footer Yao Ming to limit superstar Tim Duncan. "He had a huge impact on the game, protecting the basket, rebounding the ball, getting us some extra possessions," Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "Duncan is obviously a monster. Dikembe fought him hard." "I played great," Mutombo said. "The reason I was brought here was to play defense, block a shot. They see me coming (and say), 'Mutombo's in the game, watch out.' I like that." Yao scored 13 points and helped hold Duncan to 18 on 7-of-19 shooting. Duncan is 14-of-41 vs. Houston this season. "Their defense was very tough on Timmy," said San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, who saw his team held 30 points below its season average. "They made it very tough on him." "When we play Houston, this is how it goes," Duncan said. "You grind it out and whoever makes the shots at the end is the one who wins." The Spurs' two baskets in the second quarter and nine in the first half matched franchise lows. Tony Parker provided their lone spark with 12 of his 21 points in the third quarter, when San Antonio gained a 50-48 lead. His efforts were needed after fellow guard Manu Ginobili left in the third with a bruised right quadriceps.


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