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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 25 20 19 25 89 SAN ANTONIO 28 23 21 31 103 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 21, MARK STRICKLAND 16 SAS - TIM DUNCAN 22, DAVID ROBINSON 21


Box Score

MIAMI (89) AT SAN ANTONIO (103)

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

MAJERLE F 39 3-11 6-7 1 3 4 4 3 2 1 13 STRICKLAND F 39 6-18 4-8 5 4 9 0 3 2 0 16 CAUSWELL C 9 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 4 0 0 2 HARDAWAY G 41 6-16 7-7 1 1 2 7 4 1 2 21 LENARD G 34 5-15 4-5 0 2 2 1 4 0 0 15 MILLS 22 1-6 2-2 1 5 6 1 5 1 1 4 BARRY 14 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 3 CONLON 23 1-3 6-6 2 3 5 2 4 0 1 8 MURDOCK 15 3-7 0-2 1 3 4 0 0 1 2 7 WALTERS 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 LANG 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 MOURNING DNP - FRACTURED LEFT CHEEK

TOTALS 240 27-80 29-37 12 25 37 18 27 8 7 89 (.338) (.784) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 7(10 PTS)

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

ROBINSON F 37 8-17 5-10 3 11 14 9 4 0 4 21 DUNCAN F 42 11-20 0-0 4 10 14 6 3 0 3 22 W PERDUE C 30 6-8 2-3 1 4 5 1 3 1 1 14 JACKSON G 32 5-9 2-2 1 3 4 1 3 0 0 15 DEL NEGRO G 38 4-11 1-3 0 2 2 7 2 0 1 9 GEARY 25 2-5 1-3 0 5 5 1 4 1 0 6 M WILLIAMS 30 4-7 4-6 1 2 3 3 4 1 2 12 HERRERA 3 2-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 4 ROSE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 BURTON 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 LOHAUS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 JOHNSON DNP - RIGHT HIP INJURY

TOTALS 240 42-80 15-27 11 37 48 29 27 3 11 103 (.525) (.556) TEAM REBS: 17 TOTAL TO: 11(7 PTS)

MIAMI 25 20 19 25 - 89 SAN ANTONIO 28 23 21 31 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - STRICKLAND, CAUSWELL. SAN ANTONIO - ROBINSON 4, W PERDUE 4, DUNCAN, JACKSON, DEL NEGRO, GEARY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 6-24 (.250), MAJERLE 1-7, HARDAWAY 2-7, LENARD 1-5, MILLS 0-3, BARRY 1-1, MURDOCK 1-1. SAN ANTONIO 4-11 (.364), DUNCAN 0-1, JACKSON 3-7, GEARY 1-2, BURTON 0-1. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - STRICKLAND, HARDAWAY, SAN ANTONIO - W PERDUE, ROSE. OFFICIALS: TED BERNHARDT, STEVE JAVIE, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 14,833. T - 2:09.


Agate Box Score

MIAMI (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Majerle 39 3-11 6-7 1-4 4 3 13 Strickland 39 6-18 4-8 5-9 0 3 16 Causwell 9 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 4 2 Hardaway 41 6-16 7-7 1-2 7 4 21 Lenard 34 5-15 4-5 0-2 1 4 15 Mills 22 1-6 2-2 1-6 1 5 4 Barry 14 1-2 0-0 1-2 1 0 3 Conlon 23 1-3 6-6 2-5 2 4 8 Murdock 15 3-7 0-2 1-4 0 0 7 Walters 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Lang 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Mourning DNP - fractured left cheek _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-80 29-37 12-37 18 27 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.338, FT-.784. 3-Point Goals: 6-24, .250 (Majerle 1-7, Hardaway 2-7, Lenard 1-5, Mills 0-3, Barry 1-1, Murdock 1-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Strickland, Causwell). Turnovers: 7 (Hardaway 2, Murdock 2, Conlon, Majerle, Mills). Steals: 8 (Majerle 2, Strickland 2, Barry, Hardaway, Mills, Murdock).

SAN ANTONIO (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Robinson 37 8-17 5-10 3-14 9 4 21 Duncan 42 11-20 0-0 4-14 6 3 22 W Perdue 30 6-8 2-3 1-5 1 3 14 Jackson 32 5-9 2-2 1-4 1 3 15 Del Negro 38 4-11 1-3 0-2 7 2 9 Geary 25 2-5 1-3 0-5 1 4 6 M Williams 30 4-7 4-6 1-3 3 4 12 Herrera 3 2-2 0-0 1-1 0 3 4 Rose 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Burton 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Lohaus 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Johnson DNP - right hip injury _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-80 15-27 11-48 29 27 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.525, FT-.556. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Duncan 0-1, Jackson 3-7, Geary 1-2, Burton 0-1). Team rebounds: 17. Blocked shots: 12 (Robinson 4, W Perdue 4, Duncan, Jackson, Del Negro, Geary). Turnovers: 11 (Robinson 4, Duncan 3, M Williams 2, Del Negro, W Perdue). Steals: 3 (Geary, M Williams, W Perdue). ____________________________________________ Miami 25 20 19 25 - 89 San Antonio 28 23 21 31 - 103 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 2 (Strickland, 4:59 2nd; Hardaway, 5:28 4th). San Antonio 2 (W Perdue, 3:46 3rd; Rose, 5:28 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,833. T: 2:09. Officials: Ted Bernhardt, Steve Javie, Derek Richardson.


Game Recap

David Robinson came within one assist of his first triple-double of the season and Tim Duncan contributed 22 points and 14 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs snapped the shorthanded Miami Heat's seven-game winning streak with a 103-89 victory.

Robinson finished with 21 points, 14 boards and a season-high nine assists, falling shy of what would have been his 15th career triple-double.

"We tried to get a triple-double but it didn't work out," Robinson said. "I was dropping the ball in early a lot and that's how I got a lot of my assists."

Robinson also blocked four shots and Duncan handed out six assists while Will Perdue added 14 points, five boards and four blocks.

That trio of 7-footers dominated the injury-plagued starting frontline of the Heat as the Spurs won their fourth straight game to stay within 2 1/2 games of the Los Angeles Lakers for third place in the Western Conference.

"I think our rhythm is more important than seeds," Duncan said of the race for playoff position. "If we have good rhythm, we can win in the playoffs. We just want to reach the playoffs on a high note."

Miami was without starting center and leading scorer Alonzo Mourning, who fractured his left cheekbone in Tuesday's game against Boston. Besides the absence of Mourning, the Heat were also missing starting forwards P.J. Brown and Jamal Mashburn, both of whom are on the injured list.

"Our guys battled," said Heat coach Pat Riley, who believes he will have his starting frontline back by next week. "The Spurs score a lot of points in the paint. It's hard, we doubled more tonight than we usually double. You have to make shots against this team."

Tim Hardaway had 21 points and seven assists for the Heat, who lost for the first time since March 16th against Detroit and suffered just their second defeat in their last 11 road games.

San Antonio was able to overcome the absence of starting point guard Avery Johnson, who missed his fourth straight game with an injured right hip. Vinny Del Negro scored just nine points but handed out seven assists. Despite averaging just over three assists per game on the season, Del Negro has averaged 8.8 assists since Johnson went down.

Jaren Jackson, who has started in place of Johnson, contributed 15 points and drained three three-pointers, but the key to this contest was the frontline. San Antonio scored 60 points in the paint to Miami's 22 and owned a 48-37 edge on the boards.

"If you can shut Eastern Conference teams down and make them play halfcourt ball, we can do very well," Robinson said. "We are well-adapted to halfcourt style basketball compared to Western Conference teams where there is a lot of isolation and run-and-gun."

Perdue, Duncan and Robinson combined to shoot 56 percent (25-of-45) from the field while holding Miami's starting frontcourt of Dan Majerle, Mark Strickland and Duane Causwell to just 10-of-31 (32 percent). San Antonio has won 13 of its last 16 games since coach Gregg Popovich went with an all 7-foot frontline.

"We had some wide open looks and we missed some shots," Hardaway said. "They got around 60 points in the paint, but if we would have made our shots, we would have won the game. That's my feelings on it."

A dunk by Strickland gave Miami a 43-39 lead with 4:59 left before halftime, but the Heat failed to score another basket until there were over two minutes gone in the third period.

After Hardaway hit two free throws for a 45-41 edge, San Antonio reeled off the final 10 points of the second quarter to take the lead for good. Jackson's jumper sparked that spurt, Del Negro added a pair of baskets and Robinson capped it with two free throws for a 51-45 halftime lead.

Strickland's bucket cut the deficit to 65-62 with 1:47 to go in the third, but Duncan answered with back-to-back dunks and Reggie Geary drained a three-pointer to push the lead back to double digits.

"We started playing well toward the end of the game," Duncan said. "We would have liked to come out with more energy, but things ended up working out."

Hardaway's layup trimmed the deficit to 72-64 heading into the final period. But Duncan opened the fourth with two straight baskets and Miami got no closer than nine points the rest of the way.

Monty Williams chipped in 12 points off the bench for the Spurs, who shot 52.5 percent (42-of-80) overall to overcome a mediocre 15-of-27 effort from the foul line.

Strickland had 16 points and nine rebounds for Miami, which made 34 percent (27-of-80) from the floor and lost both games against the Spurs this season. Voshon Lenard scored 15 points and Majerle added 13, but that duo combined to shoot just 2-of-12 from three-point range. The Heat hit 6-of-24 from behind the arc overall.

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