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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 23 30 18 28 99 HOUSTON 18 19 21 24 82 FINAL


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SAN ANTONIO (99) AT HOUSTON (82)

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

DUNCAN F 41 10-23 3-4 6 8 14 1 3 0 1 23 ELLIOTT F 31 5-17 0-0 2 2 4 0 3 1 1 12 ROBINSON C 36 5-8 5-6 4 5 9 3 3 3 1 15 ELIE G 21 6-9 0-0 1 1 2 3 0 1 2 15 JOHNSON G 38 9-18 0-1 1 2 3 13 1 1 2 18 DANIELS 10 1-5 0-0 1 2 3 3 0 0 2 2 GAZE 2 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 JACKSON 15 1-4 1-1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 S KERR 22 0-3 0-0 0 3 3 1 0 0 1 0 J KERSEY 5 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 2 ROSE 4 0-1 1-2 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 1 PERDUE 15 2-2 1-1 1 1 2 1 2 0 1 5

TOTALS 240 41-95 11-15 18 25 43 27 15 8 12 99 (.432) (.733) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 12(12 PTS)

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

HARRINGTON F 19 1-6 1-2 1 3 4 0 3 0 0 3 PIPPEN F 36 7-14 6-6 2 6 8 5 2 0 6 21 OLAJUWON C 33 6-19 0-1 1 10 11 1 2 2 2 12 DICKERSON G 33 4-8 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 1 2 9 PRICE G 25 2-5 2-2 1 3 4 1 3 0 4 6 BARKLEY 29 5-9 6-7 2 4 6 1 4 0 0 16 BULLARD 9 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 DREW 18 0-4 2-2 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 2 MILLER 15 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 2 1 4 MOBLEY 20 3-5 0-0 1 2 3 2 1 2 3 7 RHODES 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 MALONEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-75 17-20 10 30 40 13 20 8 19 82 (.413) (.850) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 20(14 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 23 30 18 28 - 99 HOUSTON 18 19 21 24 - 82

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 5, ROBINSON 3, JOHNSON. HOUSTON - OLAJUWON 4, BARKLEY, MILLER, HARRINGTON, DICKERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 6-13 (.462), ELLIOTT 2-3, ELIE 3-4, JACKSON 1-3, S KERR 0-2, J KERSEY 0-1. HOUSTON 3-8 (.375), PIPPEN 1-1, DICKERSON 1-2, PRICE 0-1, DREW 0-2, MOBLEY 1-2. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, KEN MAUER, SCOTT WALL. A - 16,285. T - 1:58.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 41 10-23 3-4 6-14 1 3 23 Elliott 31 5-17 0-0 2-4 0 3 12 Robinson 36 5-8 5-6 4-9 3 3 15 Elie 21 6-9 0-0 1-2 3 0 15 Johnson 38 9-18 0-1 1-3 13 1 18 Daniels 10 1-5 0-0 1-3 3 0 2 Gaze 2 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 Jackson 15 1-4 1-1 0-1 0 0 4 S Kerr 22 0-3 0-0 0-3 1 0 0 J Kersey 5 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 2 Rose 4 0-1 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 Perdue 15 2-2 1-1 1-2 1 2 5 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-95 11-15 18-43 27 15 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (Elliott 2-3, Elie 3-4, Jackson 1-3, S Kerr 0-2, J Kersey 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 9 (Duncan 5, Robinson 3, Johnson). Turnovers: 12 (Daniels 2, Elie 2, Johnson 2, Duncan, Elliott, J Kersey, Perdue, Robinson, S Kerr). Steals: 8 (Robinson 3, Elie, Elliott, J Kersey, Johnson, Rose).

HOUSTON (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harrington 19 1-6 1-2 1-4 0 3 3 Pippen 36 7-14 6-6 2-8 5 2 21 Olajuwon 33 6-19 0-1 1-11 1 2 12 Dickerson 33 4-8 0-0 1-1 0 0 9 Price 25 2-5 2-2 1-4 1 3 6 Barkley 29 5-9 6-7 2-6 1 4 16 Bullard 9 1-2 0-0 1-1 1 0 2 Drew 18 0-4 2-2 0-1 1 1 2 Miller 15 2-3 0-0 0-1 1 4 4 Mobley 20 3-5 0-0 1-3 2 1 7 Rhodes 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Maloney DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-75 17-20 10-40 13 20 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.850. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (Pippen 1-1, Dickerson 1-2, Price 0-1, Drew 0-2, Mobley 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 8 (Olajuwon 4, Barkley, Miller, Harrington, Dickerson). Turnovers: 20 (Pippen 6, Price 4, Mobley 3, Dickerson 2, Olajuwon 2, Miller, Rhodes). Steals: 8 (Miller 2, Mobley 2, Olajuwon 2, Dickerson, Drew). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 23 30 18 28 - 99 Houston 18 19 21 24 - 82 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 1 (Illegal Defense, 10:12 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,285. T: 1:58. Officials: Dan Crawford, Ken Mauer, Scott Wall.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- In a game featuring some of the best frontcourt players in NBA history, an unheralded starting backcourt led the San Antonio Spurs to an impressive victory.

Avery Johnson collected 18 points and 13 assists and Mario Elie scored all 15 of his points in the first half before leaving with an injury as the Spurs cruised to a 99-82 victory over the Houston Rockets.

Tim Duncan scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half and grabbed 14 rebounds for San Antonio, but the starting guards were the deciding factors. Elie, who played the previous five seasons with Houston before joining the Spurs, helped turn the game into a blowout in the first half and Johnson helped seal it in the fourth quarter.

Elie buried three 3-pointers over the opening 24 minutes and keyed a 26-9 burst that closed the half, after which the Spurs owned a 53-37 cushion. Elie did not play in the second half due to a strained left hamstring and will be re-evaluated on Wednesday.

"I was having fun playing against my old team," Elie said. "The guys were finding me and I was hitting my shots. I thought we could run on this team because they are not a real good transition team and we took advantage of that."

Johnson notched a season high in assists and scored eight points in the final period, during which the Rockets got no closer than 10 points.

"We had to stay aggressive in the fourth quarter and that's what we did," Johnson said. "We played terribly in our last game against Utah. We had a lot to prove tonight."

David Robinson, the dominating force alongside Duncan, had 15 points and nine boards for the Spurs, who had lost five of their last seven games. That stretch included a 101-87 home loss to Utah on Sunday.

Scottie Pippen registered 21 points and eight rebounds for the Rockets, who were also blown out on the road Sunday in a 106-90 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Pippen's fellow "Dream Teamers" in the Rockets' frontcourt were relatively ineffective. Charles Barkley had 16 points and six boards off the bench while Hakeem Olajuwon added 12 and 11.

"What happened tonight was an embarrassment," Barkley said. "All we can do is apologize to the fans for the effort. Thank goodness it's over."

Olajuwon connected on just 6-of-19 from the field as Houston shot 41 percent (31-of-75). Pippen committed six of the Rockets' 20 turnovers.

"They came out very aggressively and we didn't play with any fire tonight," Pippen said. "We didn't play hard enough and I can't answer why. We are not playing with a sense of urgency."

Barkley fed Anthony Miller for a layup that gave the Rockets a 28-27 lead with 8:56 left in the second period. It was the last time the Rockets held the lead.

Elie hit a layup to spark the decisive 26-9 run and Will Perdue, who came off the injured list earlier in the day, followed with a three-point play. A layup by Barkley had the Rockets within 36-34 with 6:27 left, but Houston managed only one basket the rest of the half.

Elie drained a 3-pointer and fed Johnson for an 18-footer for a 41-34 lead. Johnson later added a short jumper and found Elie for a lay-in to highlight the burst, which Robinson capped with a pair of free throws.

"Avery and Mario really shot the ball well from the outside," Robinson said. "They were the key to getting our offense going. They had great games tonight."

Sean Elliott contributed two jumpers during that run and finished with 12 points for the Spurs, who owned a 43-40 edge on the boards, including an 18-10 margin on the offensive glass.

A jumper and layup by Pippen pulled the Rockets within 60-51 with 4:54 left in the third quarter. Johnson came back with a 17-footer that triggered a 10-2 spurt, capped by Duncan's two free throws that gave the Spurs a 70-53 lead with 1:22 remaining.

"He (Johnson) got everybody involved in the offense, and in the second half, he kept the momentum up," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. "When they made their run at us, he came in and made some big shots."

A three-point play by Barkley cut the deficit to 73-63 early in the fourth, but Johnson answered again. He buried a running jumper before hitting a 20-footer from the baseline. The Rockets failed to draw closer than 12 points thereafter.

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