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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 22 30 30 17 99 PHOENIX 25 24 17 31 97 FINAL


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SAN ANTONIO (99) AT PHOENIX (97)

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

DUNCAN F 43 11-21 4-7 3 2 5 5 4 3 3 26 ELLIOTT F 39 7-12 1-2 1 3 4 3 0 3 2 16 ROBINSON C 38 4-10 0-0 3 12 15 0 2 2 0 8 ELIE G 36 3-8 3-4 1 0 1 1 3 1 3 11 JOHNSON G 36 5-10 0-2 0 1 1 8 1 1 4 10 DANIELS 12 2-4 4-4 0 2 2 2 0 0 1 8 JACKSON 11 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 6 S KERR 8 3-3 1-1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 10 J KERSEY 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 PERDUE 8 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 ROSE 6 2-2 0-0 2 1 3 1 4 0 1 4 GAZE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-76 13-20 11 22 33 21 18 11 15 99 (.513) (.650) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 15(20 PTS)

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

GUGLIOTTA F 39 12-17 9-10 2 3 5 1 2 2 3 33 ROBINSON F 38 9-11 1-2 1 1 2 3 2 1 1 20 LONGLEY C 28 4-11 1-1 0 6 6 2 1 0 1 9 BAILEY G 26 2-5 0-0 2 2 4 3 0 2 1 4 KIDD G 43 5-14 2-3 3 6 9 15 3 2 3 14 BROWN 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 KLEINE 11 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 4 MANNING 23 4-8 0-0 1 2 3 3 3 1 1 8 MCCLOUD 22 2-4 0-0 0 4 4 0 0 1 2 5 MORRIS 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CHAPMAN DNP - BRUISED RIGHT CALF GARRITY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-76 13-16 9 26 35 29 13 9 12 97 (.526) (.813) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 13(17 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 22 30 30 17 - 99 PHOENIX 25 24 17 31 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 2, ELLIOTT 2, ROSE. PHOENIX - ROBINSON 3, MANNING. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 8-12 (.667), ELLIOTT 1-2, ELIE 2-3, JOHNSON 0-1, JACKSON 2-3, S KERR 3-3. PHOENIX 4-11 (.364), GUGLIOTTA 0-1, ROBINSON 1-3, BAILEY 0-1, KIDD 2-3, MANNING 0-1, MCCLOUD 1-2. TECHNICALS: SAN ANTONIO - ROBINSON, PHOENIX - HEAD COACH AINGE. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, GEORGE TOLIVER, LEON WOOD. A - 19,023. T - 2:09.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 43 11-21 4-7 3-5 5 4 26 Elliott 39 7-12 1-2 1-4 3 0 16 Robinson 38 4-10 0-0 3-15 0 2 8 Elie 36 3-8 3-4 1-1 1 3 11 Johnson 36 5-10 0-2 0-1 8 1 10 Daniels 12 2-4 4-4 0-2 2 0 8 Jackson 11 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 1 6 S Kerr 8 3-3 1-1 1-1 0 0 10 J Kersey 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Perdue 8 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Rose 6 2-2 0-0 2-3 1 4 4 Gaze DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-76 13-20 11-33 21 18 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.513, FT-.650. 3-Point Goals: 8-12, .667 (Elliott 1-2, Elie 2-3, Johnson 0-1, Jackson 2-3, S Kerr 3-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Duncan 2, Elliott 2, Rose). Turnovers: 15 (Johnson 4, Duncan 3, Elie 3, Elliott 2, Daniels, Jackson, Rose). Steals: 11 (Duncan 3, Elliott 3, Robinson 2, Elie, Johnson, S Kerr).

PHOENIX (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gugliotta 39 12-17 9-10 2-5 1 2 33 Robinson 38 9-11 1-2 1-2 3 2 20 Longley 28 4-11 1-1 0-6 2 1 9 Bailey 26 2-5 0-0 2-4 3 0 4 Kidd 43 5-14 2-3 3-9 15 3 14 Brown 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 Kleine 11 2-5 0-0 0-1 1 1 4 Manning 23 4-8 0-0 1-3 3 3 8 Mccloud 22 2-4 0-0 0-4 0 0 5 Morris 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Chapman DNP - bruised right calf Garrity DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-76 13-16 9-35 29 13 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.526, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Gugliotta 0-1, Robinson 1-3, Bailey 0-1, Kidd 2-3, Manning 0-1, Mccloud 1-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 4 (Robinson 3, Manning). Turnovers: 13 (Gugliotta 3, Kidd 3, Mccloud 2, Bailey, Longley, Manning, Robinson). Steals: 9 (Bailey 2, Gugliotta 2, Kidd 2, Manning, Mccloud, Robinson). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 22 30 30 17 - 99 Phoenix 25 24 17 31 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: San Antonio 1 (Robinson, 5:28 1st). Phoenix 1 (Head Coach Ainge, 5:12 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,023. T: 2:09. Officials: Joe Crawford, George Toliver, Leon Wood.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Seemingly with the game in hand on two previous occasions, the San Antonio Spurs needed Sean Elliott's leaning 18-footer at the buzzer to pull out their sixth straight victory, 99-97 over the Phoenix Suns.

Mario Elie made a pair of free throws that appeared to seal the victory, giving San Antonio a 97-92 lead with 7.8 seconds left. Moments later, however, Elie went from hero to goat.

Jason Kidd buried a quick 3-pointer that rattled through the hoop, cutting it to 97-95 with 5.4 seconds left. Elie, in danger of getting called for five seconds on the inbounds, threw an ill-advised pass for Avery Johnson that was easily picked off by Kidd. His bomb from the right wing was off the mark, but Cliff Robinson tipped in the miss with 2.1 seconds left to tie it, 97-97.

"Jason Kidd is a royal pain in the (butt)," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. "He was a pain in the (butt) in high school, he's been great forever. ... He just scares you to death."

From halfcourt, Elie inbounded to Elliott, who was blanketed by his defender but managed to lean in and hit a tough jumper as time ran out.

"I'm not the first option on that play," Elliott said. "I just set a back screen for Tim (Duncan). He goes to the basket, I go to the top of the key. I'm like a last resort on that play."

"That is a tough game to lose when you make a spectacular run like that at the end," said Suns coach Danny Ainge. "That is pretty passionate basketball.

Duncan scored 26 points, including 15 in the third quarter to help the Spurs grab an 82-66 lead. San Antonio seemed in control with 3:57 to go after Elliott's jumper made it 91-80.

The Suns suddenly ripped off 10 straight points to get back in it, with Danny Manning stripping Elliott before hitting a 10-footer to slice the deficit to 91-90 with 1:35 left.

"We started the quarter up by 16, we knew they were going to make a run at us. We didn't know it would be so furious," Elliott added. "I thought we pretty much had it clinched. But Jason hit that off-balance three, got the steal and all hell broke loose. I've never been in a situation where a team has gone through so many emotions in such a short period of time."

Elliott scored 16 points for the Spurs, who had fallen two games below .500 before reeling off their longest winning streak since a seven-game run from December 10-26, 1997.

Tom Gugliotta scored 33 points and Robinson added 20, but Phoenix suffered its fourth straight home loss and dropped to 4-7 at America West Arena. Kidd came within a rebound of his fifth triple-double, finishing with 14 points and 15 assists.

"I never quit. You never know what can happen," Kidd said. "We made up those five points in less than four seconds, but the biggest thing is that the effort and energy was there. But we can't rely on coming back 13, 15 or 20 (points)."

The Spurs beat the Suns at their own game. Usually known for good inside play and strong rebounding thanks to 7-footers David Robinson and Duncan, it was San Antonio's outside game that was the key. The Spurs connected on 8-of-12 from beyond the arc, while Phoenix hit 4-of-11.

Despite David Robinson's 15 boards, the Spurs were outrebounded, 35-33. They posted their fourth straight road win and avenged a 79-76 home loss to the Suns on February 17.

Phoenix played their third straight game without starting guard Rex Chapman, who sat with a bruised right calf. The Suns have dropped five of their last seven contests and fell to 2-10 when held under 100 points.

"Other teams get a little confidence and when you're playing in your own building you have to do what you can to keep teams down," Cliff Robinson said. "We're still not at the point of playing 40 minutes of good, hard basketball. We're just playing in spurts."

Leading 54-51 early in the third quarter, San Antonio scored eight straight points to take command. David Robinson had a pair of baskets before Duncan hit a tip-in and fed Elie for a layup, building a 62-51 lead with 9:10 remaining.

Gugliotta's 18-footer pulled the Suns within 64-57, but the Spurs answered with an 11-1 run. Duncan again was the key, hitting a layup and jumper before capping the burst with a dunk and a six-footer for a 75-58 cushion with 3:31 left.

"In the third quarter, I felt good," Duncan said. "Things were going down for me, they were finding me in the open spots and getting me the ball. They made a great run, we held our composure and got a big shot down the stretch."

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