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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 28 21 26 22 97 BOSTON 15 23 28 22 88 FINAL


SAN ANTONIO (97) AT BOSTON (88)

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

DUNCAN F 40 4-12 2-2 2 8 10 3 4 1 5 10 ELLIOTT F 23 2-5 0-0 0 7 7 2 0 1 3 6 ROBINSON C 43 13-19 10-16 2 9 11 2 3 2 6 36 JACKSON G 34 1-7 0-0 0 4 4 0 4 1 3 3 JOHNSON G 43 11-15 0-0 0 0 0 11 3 1 2 22 C PERSON 32 3-8 2-4 0 5 5 2 2 0 2 11 M WILLIAMS 14 3-3 3-4 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 9 HERRERA 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 0 GEARY 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION W PERDUE DNP - COACH'S DECISION DEL NEGRO DNP - SORE RIGHT ELBOW

TOTALS 240 37-70 17-26 4 35 39 24 21 8 22 97 (.529) (.654) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 23(21 PTS)

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

MCCARTY F 18 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 WALKER F 39 5-19 6-6 3 11 14 0 4 0 2 17 DECLERCQ C 20 2-4 4-4 3 0 3 0 3 2 1 8 BILLUPS G 35 5-14 13-15 1 0 1 4 0 2 5 26 MERCER G 34 3-15 4-5 1 2 3 1 1 1 0 10 KNIGHT 24 4-11 0-0 1 6 7 0 5 0 1 8 BOWEN 36 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 5 3 0 5 THOMAS 11 2-2 2-2 2 1 3 0 4 2 3 6 BARROS 13 3-6 1-1 2 0 2 4 0 1 1 7 MINOR 10 0-3 1-2 1 3 4 0 1 0 0 1 BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 26-83 31-35 14 25 39 9 24 11 13 88 (.313) (.886) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14(14 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 28 21 26 22 - 97 BOSTON 15 23 28 22 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 3, ROBINSON 3. BOSTON - KNIGHT 3, WALKER 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 6-17 (.353), DUNCAN 0-1, ELLIOTT 2-4, JACKSON 1-3, JOHNSON 0-1, C PERSON 3-8. BOSTON 5-20 (.250), MCCARTY 0-1, WALKER 1-6, BILLUPS 3-8, MERCER 0-1, KNIGHT 0-1, BOWEN 1-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, JIM KINSEY, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 18,624. T - 2:10.


SAN ANTONIO (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 40 4-12 2-2 2-10 3 4 10 Elliott 23 2-5 0-0 0-7 2 0 6 Robinson 43 13-19 10-16 2-11 2 3 36 Jackson 34 1-7 0-0 0-4 0 4 3 Johnson 43 11-15 0-0 0-0 11 3 22 C Person 32 3-8 2-4 0-5 2 2 11 M Williams 14 3-3 3-4 0-1 2 2 9 Herrera 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Geary 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 2 0 Alexander DNP - coach's decision W Perdue DNP - coach's decision Del Negro DNP - sore right elbow _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-70 17-26 4-39 24 21 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.529, FT-.654. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Duncan 0-1, Elliott 2-4, Jackson 1-3, Johnson 0-1, C Person 3-8). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 6 (Duncan 3, Robinson 3). Turnovers: 23 (Robinson 6, Duncan 5, Elliott 3, Jackson 3, C Person 2, Johnson 2, Herrera). Steals: 8 (Herrera 2, Robinson 2, Duncan, Elliott, Jackson, Johnson).

BOSTON (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mccarty 18 0-4 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Walker 39 5-19 6-6 3-14 0 4 17 Declercq 20 2-4 4-4 3-3 0 3 8 Billups 35 5-14 13-15 1-1 4 0 26 Mercer 34 3-15 4-5 1-3 1 1 10 Knight 24 4-11 0-0 1-7 0 5 8 Bowen 36 2-5 0-0 0-1 0 5 5 Thomas 11 2-2 2-2 2-3 0 4 6 Barros 13 3-6 1-1 2-2 4 0 7 Minor 10 0-3 1-2 1-4 0 1 1 Brown DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-83 31-35 14-39 9 24 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.313, FT-.886. 3-Point Goals: 5-20, .250 (Mccarty 0-1, Walker 1-6, Billups 3-8, Mercer 0-1, Knight 0-1, Bowen 1-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Knight 3, Walker 2). Turnovers: 14 (Billups 5, Thomas 3, Walker 2, Barros, Declercq, Knight). Steals: 11 (Bowen 3, Billups 2, Declercq 2, Thomas 2, Barros, Mercer). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 28 21 26 22 - 97 Boston 15 23 28 22 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,624. T: 2:10. Officials: Ron Garretson, Jim Kinsey, Monty Mccutchen.


GAME RECAP

David Robinson scored 36 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs held the Boston Celtics without a point over the last 3:07 in a 97-88 victory, their seventh in the last eight games.

After Ron Mercer brought the Celtics within 89-88 with a free throw at the 3:07 mark, the Spurs scored the last eight points of the game, as Boston failed to score on its last five possessions.

Avery Johnson added a season-high 22 points and 11 assists and Chuck Person scored 11 points off the bench for San Antonio, which has beaten Boston in nine of the last 10 meetings.

Rookie Chauncey Billups hit 13-of-15 free throws and finished with a season-high 26 points and Antoine Walker added 17 and 14 boards for the Celtics, who have lost five in a row for the third time this season. Boston has not led in any of its last four games.

"We fought hard and they went to their strength, David Robinson, and there was nothing we could do about it," said Billups. "I was happy about the way I scored tonight, but when you play against a guy like Avery Johnson or John Stockton, that is how you find out how the game is played."

San Antonio, which has won 14 of its last 16 overall, has held those 16 opponents to a combined 390 percent from the field.

"I thought Boston was great. They did everything but win," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "They played great defense on the post and they were very aggressive all around. They totally took us out of our offense. Avery made a couple of big defensive plays and Chuck hit his three down the stretch."

Boston shot just 31 percent (26-for-83) from the field and 25 percent (5-for-20) from three-point range. In the first quarter, the Celtics were 1-of-16 and finished the first half just 10-of-43 from the field.

San Antonio shot 53 percent (37-for-70) and was 6-for-17 from behind the arc.

Keeping Boston close was foul shooting, as it connected on 31-of-35 while San Antonio was 17-of-26. Boston had attempted just 12 free throws in its last two games.

"Our confidence is a little shaken offensively. I think losing does that to a young basketball team," said Boston coach Rick Pitino. "I think we've had a lot of fine victories this year. But I'm really proud because for a young team they keep fighting, despite seeing so many things go wrong.

"Tonight was one of my favorite efforts of the season. We don't like losing, but physically we just got dominated."

The game was tied only twice, at 2-2 in the opening minute and at 87-87 with 3:29 remaining after Walker hit a pair of free throws, capping a 9-0 run that began 75 seconds earlier when Walker hit his only three-pointer in six tries.

After the last tie, San Antonio closed the game with a 10-1 spurt. Boston's only point during that stretch was Mercer's free throw.

Robinson broke the tie by making two free throws with 3:17 left. The Spurs scored on their next possession when Robinson finished off a perfect alley-oop pass from rookie Tim Duncan and Johnson followed with a steal from Dana Barros and a layup.

Person iced the game with a three-pointer from the right corner with 48 seconds remaining, making it 96-88.

"They showed a lot of character and they never stopped. You lose concentration against them for a second and they're back in it," said Robinson. "I have a lot of respect for the way they play. The key tonight was maintaining our composure in the last five minutes and making the big plays."

The Spurs jumped out to a 28-15 lead after the first quarter with help from Boston's cold shooting.

San Antonio built its lead to 35-15 after scoring the first seven points of the second quarter. Robinson scored four and Sean Elliott added a three-pointer. Robinson finished the half with 25 points, staking the Spurs to a 49-38 lead at the break.

"This is one of those teams that's just hard to play. They can score in spurts, eight, 10 or 12 points at a time," said Johnson. "But any time you hold a team to 31 percent shooting you have to be happy. The crowd was very, very loud. They've been down and it's good to see Boston's back."

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