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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 16 23 17 18 74 ORLANDO 21 21 16 11 69 FINAL


SAN ANTONIO (74) AT ORLANDO (69)

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

C PERSON F 36 0-9 1-1 1 7 8 0 3 1 2 1 DUNCAN F 40 9-12 2-4 3 8 11 2 1 1 4 20 ROBINSON C 35 3-9 6-7 3 8 11 2 3 1 3 12 JACKSON G 38 3-12 2-2 1 4 5 2 1 1 2 9 JOHNSON G 39 4-14 4-4 0 2 2 4 4 2 2 12 M WILLIAMS 22 5-7 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 10 W PERDUE 13 2-2 0-0 2 2 4 1 1 0 1 4 GEARY 9 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 0 2 3 HERRERA 8 1-3 1-2 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 3 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION ELLIOTT DNP - STRAINED RIGHT GROIN ROSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-70 16-20 11 36 47 13 17 7 17 74 (.400) (.800) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 17(15 PTS)

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

OUTLAW F 31 3-5 1-2 2 5 7 1 2 0 1 7 GRANT F 39 2-10 0-0 1 7 8 4 3 1 2 4 SEIKALY C 25 5-16 2-3 1 7 8 0 5 2 5 12 D HARPER G 36 5-13 0-0 0 2 2 3 2 5 1 11 ARMSTRONG G 46 9-16 3-4 5 4 9 6 1 1 3 21 WILKINS 13 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 SCHAYES 18 0-4 1-2 1 1 2 2 3 1 1 1 EVANS 30 3-13 3-4 4 3 7 1 3 1 0 11 LAWSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MAXWELL 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 PRICE DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING TAYLOR DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-82 10-15 14 30 44 17 19 11 13 69 (.341) (.667) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(9 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 16 23 17 18 - 74 ORLANDO 21 21 16 11 - 69

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - ROBINSON 4, M WILLIAMS 2, GEARY. ORLANDO - OUTLAW 2, GRANT, LAWSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 2-10 (.200), C PERSON 0-4, JACKSON 1-5, GEARY 1-1. ORLANDO 3-13 (.231), D HARPER 1-6, ARMSTRONG 0-1, WILKINS 0-2, EVANS 2-4. TECHNICALS: ORLANDO - HEAD COACH DALY. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, KEN MAUER, VIOLET PALMER. A - 17,248. T - 2:03.


SAN ANTONIO (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Person 36 0-9 1-1 1-8 0 3 1 Duncan 40 9-12 2-4 3-11 2 1 20 Robinson 35 3-9 6-7 3-11 2 3 12 Jackson 38 3-12 2-2 1-5 2 1 9 Johnson 39 4-14 4-4 0-2 4 4 12 M Williams 22 5-7 0-0 0-1 0 1 10 W Perdue 13 2-2 0-0 2-4 1 1 4 Geary 9 1-2 0-0 0-3 1 2 3 Herrera 8 1-3 1-2 1-2 1 1 3 Alexander DNP - coach's decision Elliott DNP - strained right groin Rose DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-70 16-20 11-47 13 17 74 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (C Person 0-4, Jackson 1-5, Geary 1-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 7 (Robinson 4, M Williams 2, Geary). Turnovers: 17 (Duncan 4, Robinson 3, C Person 2, Geary 2, Jackson 2, Johnson 2, M Williams, W Perdue). Steals: 7 (Johnson 2, C Person, Duncan, Jackson, M Williams, Robinson).

ORLANDO (69) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Outlaw 31 3-5 1-2 2-7 1 2 7 Grant 39 2-10 0-0 1-8 4 3 4 Seikaly 25 5-16 2-3 1-8 0 5 12 D Harper 36 5-13 0-0 0-2 3 2 11 Armstrong 46 9-16 3-4 5-9 6 1 21 Wilkins 13 1-5 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Schayes 18 0-4 1-2 1-2 2 3 1 Evans 30 3-13 3-4 4-7 1 3 11 Lawson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Maxwell 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Price DNP - strained right hamstring Taylor DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-82 10-15 14-44 17 19 69 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.341, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (D Harper 1-6, Armstrong 0-1, Wilkins 0-2, Evans 2-4). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Outlaw 2, Grant, Lawson). Turnovers: 13 (Seikaly 5, Armstrong 3, Grant 2, D Harper, Outlaw, Schayes). Steals: 11 (D Harper 5, Seikaly 2, Armstrong, Evans, Grant, Schayes). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 16 23 17 18 - 74 Orlando 21 21 16 11 - 69 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Orlando 1 (Head Coach Daly, 6:52 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,248. T: 2:03. Officials: Ed F Rush, Ken Mauer, Violet Palmer.


GAME RECAP

Rookie Tim Duncan had 20 points and 11 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs surpassed their win total for all of last season and moved into first place with their fourth straight victory, 74-69 over the cold-shooting Orlando Magic.

David Robinson added 12 points, 11 rebounds and all four blocks in the fourth quarter for the Spurs, who used a 12-0 fourth-quarter run to take the lead for good and held an opponent under 80 points for the third straight game and seventh time this season.

"We came down here and beat Miami (84-77) the other night and tonight we didn't didn't play a great game, but we pulled it out. We showed some maturity and poise down the stretch and it's great to go home with two wins," said Duncan. "Orlando's defense really went at David hard and came after me after my first dribble. They had a game plan and executed it well.

"I fed off what my teammates did tonight. I got a lot of easy baskets, rebounds and dunks off their moves tonight. I was just taking it as it came and playing the game."

San Antonio won for the 11th time in 12 games to improve to 21-11, one-half game ahead of Utah atop the Midwest Division. Last season, All-Star center Robinson missed all but six games with back and foot injuries and the Spurs finished 20-62, the worst record in franchise history. They won the draft lottery and selected Duncan with the top overall pick.

"Whenever you can win on the road, you feel pleased about it," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "I am especially pleased with tonight's win because the Magic played with a lot of energy and fire. They played good defense on our big guys."

Trailing 66-62 with 5:30 remaining, San Antonio began its decisive spurt with two free throws by Robinson. The Spurs knotted the score when Avery Johnson hit a 15-footer at the 4:35 mark, and they took the lead for good at 68-66 with 2:16 to go, when Robinson was fouled rebounding Chuck Person's miss and hit two more free throws.

Johnson's two free throws with 19 seconds left capped the run, giving San Antonio a 74-66 advantage.

"Two keys to the victory was Avery Johnson picking it up on the defensive end and taking charge of the game and David Robinson raising his level of defense again with some big blocks in the fourth quarter," Popovich said.

Darrell Armstrong scored a career-high 21 points and also had nine rebounds and six assists for Orlando, which has lost four in a row and nine of 10.

"We were led in scoring, rebounding and assists by Darrell Armstrong in 46 minutes and that is an incredible story in itself," Magic coach Chuck Daly said. "This guy has a heart bigger than his body and does not know how to quit. I have never been prouder of a group of players, in terms of coaching, than this particular group."

"These are minutes that I've been wanting all my life, all my career, and finally I'm getting these minutes," said Armstrong. "It would've been nice if we could've won the game. That's what counts in the long run. We simply didn't knock down the shots we needed to down the stretch."

The Magic missed 22-of-27 shots in the fourth quarter and shot just 34 percent (28-for-82) for the game. Rony Seikaly added 12 points and eight assists.

"We are all unhappy about losing, but what an effort we gave," Daly said. "San Antonio is playing as well as any team in the West and they have a couple of dominating players inside, but we had a tremendous defensive effort. I guess we just ran out of gas. We fought them as hard as we could but down the stretch we couldn't make a shot. They converted a couple of shots and that was the difference."

Prior to San Antonio's late burst, Orlando, which scored only 11 points in the fourth quarter, had broken a 62-62 tie when Armstrong hit a jumper at the 6:07 mark. A fast-break layup by Gerald Wilkins 33 seconds later gave Orlando a 66-62 edge.

After Wilkins' layup, the Magic missed six consecutive jumpers before Seikaly converted a three-point play off a follow shot with 9.3 seconds remainin.

San Antonio trailed 44-39 early in the third quarter when it put together a 15-4 spurt, including seven points by Duncan. He completed the rally with a jumper with 2:08 left in the period to give San Antonio a 54-48 lead.

Orlando bounced back with a 10-2 burst over the rest of the quarter. Derek Harper and Brian Evans each hit three-pointers and contributed five points, with Harper's 37-footer at the buzzer giving the Magic a 58-56 lead entering the fourth quarter.

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