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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 23 19 14 18 74 INDIANA 14 20 12 9 55 FINAL


SAN ANTONIO (74) AT INDIANA (55)

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

DUNCAN F 44 10-20 4-5 1 7 8 1 2 1 3 24 ROBINSON F 37 3-13 7-11 4 6 10 2 2 0 1 13 W PERDUE C 29 3-8 4-4 5 8 13 2 2 1 1 10 JACKSON G 37 2-6 0-0 2 1 3 0 2 1 1 6 DEL NEGRO G 40 0-4 2-2 0 3 3 5 1 2 3 2 HERRERA 12 3-6 0-1 1 3 4 0 2 1 0 6 GEARY 22 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 3 4 0 0 4 M WILLIAMS 17 2-5 2-2 0 5 5 0 1 0 3 6 BURTON 1 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 ROSE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 JOHNSON DNP - INJURED RIGHT HIP C PERSON DNP - INJURED -- DID NOT MAKE TRIP

TOTALS 240 26-65 19-25 13 35 48 13 16 6 12 74 (.400) (.760) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 14(6 PTS)

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

MULLIN F 39 4-12 3-3 1 2 3 0 2 3 2 12 D DAVIS F 30 1-7 1-2 6 3 9 0 1 1 2 3 A DAVIS C 39 4-9 1-2 2 8 10 1 5 1 1 9 HOIBERG G 20 1-5 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 2 JACKSON G 33 5-14 0-0 2 2 4 4 2 1 3 11 MCKEY 32 1-11 4-4 3 7 10 1 3 0 3 6 ROSE 23 4-11 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 8 CROSHERE 9 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 BEST 15 1-6 2-2 0 1 1 1 3 1 0 4 MILLER DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE POPE DNP - COACH'S DECISION SMITS DNP - SORE FEET

TOTALS 240 21-77 11-13 15 26 41 9 20 7 14 55 (.273) (.846) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(12 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 23 19 14 18 - 74 INDIANA 14 20 12 9 - 55

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 3, ROBINSON 3, W PERDUE, HERRERA, M WILLIAMS. INDIANA - A DAVIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 3-4 (.750), JACKSON 2-3, BURTON 1-1. INDIANA 2-11 (.182), MULLIN 1-5, HOIBERG 0-3, JACKSON 1-2, CROSHERE 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, KEN MAUER, MIKE SMITH. A - 16,669. T - 2:11.


SAN ANTONIO (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 44 10-20 4-5 1-8 1 2 24 Robinson 37 3-13 7-11 4-10 2 2 13 W Perdue 29 3-8 4-4 5-13 2 2 10 Jackson 37 2-6 0-0 2-3 0 2 6 Del Negro 40 0-4 2-2 0-3 5 1 2 Herrera 12 3-6 0-1 1-4 0 2 6 Geary 22 2-2 0-0 0-1 3 4 4 M Williams 17 2-5 2-2 0-5 0 1 6 Burton 1 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 3 Rose 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Johnson DNP - injured right hip C Person DNP - injured -- did not make trip _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-65 19-25 13-48 13 16 74 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.760. 3-Point Goals: 3-4, .750 (Jackson 2-3, Burton 1-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 9 (Duncan 3, Robinson 3, W Perdue, Herrera, M Williams). Turnovers: 14 (Del Negro 3, Duncan 3, M Williams 3, Jackson, Robinson, W Perdue). Steals: 6 (Del Negro 2, Duncan, Herrera, Jackson, W Perdue).

INDIANA (55) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mullin 39 4-12 3-3 1-3 0 2 12 D Davis 30 1-7 1-2 6-9 0 1 3 A Davis 39 4-9 1-2 2-10 1 5 9 Hoiberg 20 1-5 0-0 1-3 0 1 2 Jackson 33 5-14 0-0 2-4 4 2 11 Mckey 32 1-11 4-4 3-10 1 3 6 Rose 23 4-11 0-0 0-0 2 0 8 Croshere 9 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 Best 15 1-6 2-2 0-1 1 3 4 Miller DNP - suspended by league Pope DNP - coach's decision Smits DNP - sore feet _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 21-77 11-13 15-41 9 20 55 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.273, FT-.846. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (Mullin 1-5, Hoiberg 0-3, Jackson 1-2, Croshere 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 1 (A Davis). Turnovers: 14 (Jackson 3, Mckey 3, D Davis 2, Mullin 2, Rose 2, A Davis, Hoiberg). Steals: 7 (Mullin 3, A Davis, Best, D Davis, Jackson). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 23 19 14 18 - 74 Indiana 14 20 12 9 - 55 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,669. T: 2:11. Officials: Jack Nies, Ken Mauer, Mike Smith.


GAME RECAP

The shorthanded Indiana Pacers, playing without leading scorers Reggie Miller and Rik Smits, set an NBA record for fewest points in a game, suffering a 74-55 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

Thwarted by the Spurs' "Twin Towers" of David Robinson and Tim Duncan in front of a national TV audience, the Pacers broke the previous NBA shot-clock era record of 57 set by the Orlando Magic against the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 4th, 1996. The Philadelphia 76ers also scored 57 against the Miami Heat on February 21, 1996.

Miller, who averages a team-leading 19.9 points, was suspended one game without pay and fined $7,500 by the NBA for flagrantly elbowing Charlotte Hornets center Vlade Divac in Friday's 133-96 win. Smits, averaging 17.1 points, sat out with a sore foot.

Indiana scored 17 fewer points in 48 minutes than it did in 24 minutes Friday against the Hornets, when it raced out to a 72-43 halftime lead.

The previous NBA low this season was turned in by the Portland Trail Blazers, who also failed failed to reach 60 points in a 124-59 loss at Indiana on February 27th.

"I was wondering where we were going to get our scoring today," said Indiana coach Larry Bird, who once scored 60 points in a game. "I was hoping somebody would step up and score some points, but it didn't happen. I was very disappointed on the offensive end."

Indiana also tied an NBA record with just 21 points in the second half, matching the output by Miami at Atlanta on November 15th, 1996. The teams combined for 53 points in the second half, third-lowest in NBA history. Boston (25) and Milwaukee (26) combined for 51 points on February 27th, 1955 -- the first season of the 24-second clock -- and Cleveland (28) and San Antonio (24) combined for 52 points on March 25th, 1997.

Additionally, the 129 combined points were the third-lowest in league history and the fewest since the Cleveland (59) and San Antonio (64) combined for 133 last year.

Chris Mullin scored 12 points and Mark Jackson 11 for Indiana, which set a Market Square Arena record by shooting only 27 percent (21-of-77) from the field. Indiana tied a team mark by scoring only nine points in the final period.

"Not having Rik and Reggie had a lot to do with their poor shooting percentage," said San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich. "We had a better shooting day. No one cared about injuries because both teams are very physical."

Duncan scored 24 points and Robinson 13 for the Spurs, who completed a season sweep of the Pacers. San Antonio posted a 91-79 home win over Indiana on December 23rd and has won three straight in Market Square Arena.

The Spurs matched their season low for points, established three previous times. However, they improved to 2-2 in those games.

The loss temporarily prevented Indiana from reaching 50 wins for the third time in franchise history. The Pacers, who had identical 52-30 records in 1994-95 and 1995-96, fell 1 1/2 games behind the Miami Heat in the race for the second seed in the Eastern Conference.

Forced out of the Alamodome due to the NCAA Tournament, San Antonio improved to 3-1 on its five-game road trip. The Spurs, who won just 20 games last season, are one victory away from their fourth 50-win season in the last five years.

Indiana shot only 24 percent (6-of-25) in the first quarter, falling behind 23-14, and continued to struggle. San Antonio made just 4-of-16 shots (25 percent) in the second quarter but was outscored only 20-19 and settled for a 42-34 halftime lead.

The Pacers managed only two points in the first 6 1/2 minutes of the third quarter as the Spurs ripped off 12 points, opening a 54-36 lead on Duncan's jumper with 5:33 left.

"Coming in here, we knew it was going to be a physical game because of the Davises (Antonio and Dale), but we responded very well," said Robinson. "We knew that if we dominated the boards and pounded it inside, we would be fine."

Indiana made its only run, outscoring the Spurs, 10-1, over the next three minutes to pull within 55-46 on Antonio Davis' jumper with 2:26 left in the period. But the Pacers got no closer than 10 in the fourth quarter.

"We never got into our rhythm," said Indiana's Jalen Rose. "In order to win, we must have rhythm on offense and defense. We played against a very talented team and didn't fare that well."

Willie Burton hit a three-pointer with 44 seconds remaining to close the scoring and give San Antonio its largest lead.

"Our defense is better with three seven-footers because of our rotation," said Duncan. "That had a hand in their bad shooting percentage. Both teams' success in the playoffs will hinge on everybody being healthy."

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