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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 18 25 24 15 82 PORTLAND 20 15 25 18 78 FINAL


SAN ANTONIO (82) AT PORTLAND (78)

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

W PERDUE F 25 1-3 1-2 6 6 12 1 0 0 0 3 DUNCAN F 46 12-23 1-4 4 9 13 4 3 0 3 25 ROBINSON C 32 2-7 7-10 2 6 8 3 6 0 4 11 DEL NEGRO G 37 6-13 3-3 0 0 0 4 1 1 1 15 JOHNSON G 14 3-6 0-2 1 2 3 5 0 1 1 6 GEARY 13 2-7 0-1 0 0 0 1 3 2 2 4 C PERSON 31 4-6 2-2 0 7 7 4 2 1 2 11 JACKSON 32 1-5 2-2 0 2 2 3 3 0 2 4 HERRERA 2 0-1 0-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 M WILLIAMS 8 1-2 1-2 2 1 3 0 0 0 1 3 BURTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-73 17-30 15 34 49 25 18 5 16 82 (.438) (.567) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 16(16 PTS)

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

WALLACE F 40 3-16 4-4 4 2 6 2 3 1 1 10 B GRANT F 39 1-8 2-2 3 9 12 1 4 1 2 4 SABONIS C 38 9-14 5-5 3 14 17 3 4 1 5 23 RIDER G 45 9-23 5-7 1 1 2 2 1 0 2 23 BRUNSON G 22 2-4 2-2 1 0 1 5 3 1 0 7 G GRANT 25 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 4 1 1 1 5 WILLIAMS 19 1-8 2-2 3 1 4 2 1 1 1 4 CATO 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 0 ONEAL 10 1-4 0-0 2 1 3 0 2 0 0 2 AUGMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION STOUDAMIRE DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 28-82 20-22 17 31 48 19 22 6 13 78 (.341) (.909) TEAM REBS: 2 TOTAL TO: 13(17 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 18 25 24 15 - 82 PORTLAND 20 15 25 18 - 78

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - ROBINSON 3, DUNCAN, W PERDUE. PORTLAND - WALLACE, SABONIS, ONEAL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 1-5 (.200), C PERSON 1-3, JACKSON 0-2. PORTLAND 2-11 (.182), SABONIS 0-2, RIDER 0-2, BRUNSON 1-2, G GRANT 1-1, WILLIAMS 0-4. TECHNICALS: SAN ANTONIO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, PORTLAND - HEAD COACH DUNLEAVY, ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: BRUCE ALEXANDER, HUE HOLLINS, JIM CLARK. A - 21,116. T - 2:27.


SAN ANTONIO (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp W Perdue 25 1-3 1-2 6-12 1 0 3 Duncan 46 12-23 1-4 4-13 4 3 25 Robinson 32 2-7 7-10 2-8 3 6 11 Del Negro 37 6-13 3-3 0-0 4 1 15 Johnson 14 3-6 0-2 1-3 5 0 6 Geary 13 2-7 0-1 0-0 1 3 4 C Person 31 4-6 2-2 0-7 4 2 11 Jackson 32 1-5 2-2 0-2 3 3 4 Herrera 2 0-1 0-2 0-1 0 0 0 M Williams 8 1-2 1-2 2-3 0 0 3 Burton DNP - coach's decision Rose DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-73 17-30 15-49 25 18 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.438, FT-.567. 3-Point Goals: 1-5, .200 (C Person 1-3, Jackson 0-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 5 (Robinson 3, Duncan, W Perdue). Turnovers: 16 (Robinson 4, Duncan 3, C Person 2, Geary 2, Jackson 2, Del Negro, Johnson, M Williams). Steals: 5 (Geary 2, C Person, Del Negro, Johnson).

PORTLAND (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Wallace 40 3-16 4-4 4-6 2 3 10 B Grant 39 1-8 2-2 3-12 1 4 4 Sabonis 38 9-14 5-5 3-17 3 4 23 Rider 45 9-23 5-7 1-2 2 1 23 Brunson 22 2-4 2-2 1-1 5 3 7 G Grant 25 2-5 0-0 0-2 4 1 5 Williams 19 1-8 2-2 3-4 2 1 4 Cato 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 Oneal 10 1-4 0-0 2-3 0 2 2 Augmon DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - coach's decision Stoudamire DNP - sprained right ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-82 20-22 17-48 19 22 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.341, FT-.909. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (Sabonis 0-2, Rider 0-2, Brunson 1-2, G Grant 1-1, Williams 0-4). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 3 (Wallace, Sabonis, Oneal). Turnovers: 13 (Sabonis 5, B Grant 2, Rider 2, Cato, G Grant, Wallace, Williams). Steals: 6 (B Grant, Brunson, G Grant, Sabonis, Wallace, Williams). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 18 25 24 15 - 82 Portland 20 15 25 18 - 78 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: San Antonio 1 (Illegal Defense, 4:09 2nd). Portland 3 (Head Coach Dunleavy, 8:32 3rd; Illegal Defense 2, 1:16 3rd, 1:03 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 21,116. T: 2:27. Officials: Bruce Alexander, Hue Hollins, Jim Clark.


GAME RECAP

Tim Duncan registered 25 points and 13 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs took advantage of two costly turnovers, an illegal defense and the absence of point guard Damon Stoudamire in an 82-78 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Duncan, the first overall pick in the 1997 draft, shot 12-of-23 in 46 minutes and posted his league-leading 41st double-double as All-Star center David Robinson sat much of the final quarter due to foul trouble.

"It was a real physical game," said Duncan. "I think that's how the Blazers play. They have big bodies in there to push you around. We helped throughout the whole way, picked up some rebounds, kept at it and pulled it out toward the end."

Stoudamire, who is second on Portland at 18.6 points per game, did not dress due to a sprained left ankle. The Blazers shot 34.1 percent (28-of-82) from the field -- under 40 percent for just the sixth time this season -- and lost for just the second time in their last 10 home games.

After Robinson fouled out with 3:10 left, Portland was able to tie the game, 76-76, on Rasheed Wallace's bank shot 15 seconds later. It was the first time the Trail Blazers were tied or led since 7:36 of the second quarter, when they were ahead 28-25.

But the Trail Blazers missed their next three shots, around two turnovers and an illegal defense that resulted in a free throw.

After Portland's Gary Grant traveled by slipping on his own shoelace, Chuck Person gave the Spurs the lead for good, 78-76, on a running banker with 93 seconds to play. Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis then was called for a three-second violation and Vinny Del Negro nailed a free throw as a result of the team's crucial second illegal defense, giving San Antonio a 79-76 edge with 63 seconds to go.

Following Del Negro's free throw and a three-second violation on San Antonio's Will Perdue, Grant missed a short jumper with 30 seconds left. Duncan hit the second of two free throws with 21 seconds to play, handing the Spurs an 80-76 lead.

"We were a little too excited and too pumped up," admitted Rider. "We didn't execute down the stretch and we didn't get enough good looks or opportunities."

After a Portland timeout, Sabonis, who finished with 23 points and a game-high 17 rebounds, hit an uncontested layup, closing the gap to 80-78 with 18 seconds remaining. But Jaren Jackson nailed two free throws with 12 seconds left to cap the scoring.

"I was frustrated with that," said Robinson, who fouled out while setting a pick. "But it was great to see them really overcome and really fight down the stretch. Obviously, I thought the call was awful. But you can't let the referees call decide the game."

Sabonis posted his 28th double-double this season after recording only 15 in 1996-97. Isaiah Rider scored 23 points on 9-of-23 shooting for the Blazers, who have lost three of their last four games and five of eight.

"We both struggled during the game," said Rider of the game. "They are very long and tall and they played good D. Both teams' big men are the same height but their guys are faster. Sabas (Sabonis) is huge. I have seen what Sabas has done to David. Look at the Olympics (1988) when they played head-to-head."

San Antonio led by as many as 10 points on three occasions, including the 6:02 mark of the third quarter, when Person nailed a jumper, pushing the Spurs lead to 56-46.

But Sabonis scored five points during a 14-6 run, capping it on a tip-in with 2:44 left in the third.

Blazers guard Rick Brunson received an inadvertent elbow from Robinson in the first quarter and was knocked unconscious but returned later in the half.

With Stoudamire out and Brunson recovering, Grant, who recently signed a 10-day contract, became the franchise-record 20th Blazer to play this season. He finished with five points and four assists in 25 minutes.

"We had a different point guard it seemed like every game in Minnesota," said Rider of his stint with the Timberwolves. "Gary Grant is a good player but we need Damon back."

Jackson played 32 minutes off the bench for San Antonio, which was apparently hampered by an injury to starting point guard Avery Johnson, who had six points and five assists in 14 minutes.

"I think Avery is hurt but he keeps telling me he's all right," said Popovich of his guard, who recently had X-rays taken on his bruised hip. "We'll know when we get home tomorrow in San Antonio when he has an MRI.

"Portland doesn't want to play without Damon and we don't want to play without our best point guard either. But that's the way it is. We'll have to play on the fly."

Robinson totaled 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocks and Del Negro added 15 points for the Spurs, who outrebounded the Blazers, 49-48, marking just the 13th time this season Portland has been outrebounded.

"It was nice tonight to have a little guy like Vinny to step up and make some shots," Popovich added.

The win snapped a two-game skid for San Antonio, which improved to 3-12 against the Western Conference's elite teams: Portland, Seattle, Utah, the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix. The Spurs trail idle Utah by three games in the Midwest Division.

Portland used its 25th different starting lineup this season and 13th in the last 16 games.

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