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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 24 15 32 25 96 NEW JERSEY 25 21 21 27 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - DAVID ROBINSON 27, TIM DUNCAN 26, AVERY JOHNSON 12 NJN - KEITH VAN HORN 20, STEPHON MARBURY 20, TWO PLAYERS WITH 14

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - DAVID ROBINSON 13, TIM DUNCAN 8 NJN - JAMIE FEICK 13, LUCIOUS HARRIS 8

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - AVERY JOHNSON 7, TIM DUNCAN 5 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 13, SHERMAN DOUGLAS 2

ATT: 13,626


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (96) AT NEW JERSEY (94)

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

BROWN F 22 3-7 0-0 1 3 4 3 2 0 1 6 DUNCAN F 43 9-16 8-9 1 7 8 5 3 1 3 26 ROBINSON C 40 10-15 7-8 3 10 13 2 3 1 2 27 ELIE G 31 1-2 3-4 1 2 3 1 3 0 2 6 JOHNSON G 42 6-11 0-0 0 4 4 7 3 1 4 12 ROSE 8 1-4 0-0 2 2 4 1 5 0 1 2 JACKSON 24 3-7 0-0 1 4 5 1 1 0 1 9 PORTER 24 2-7 4-4 1 1 2 0 1 1 1 8 S KERR 6 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 DANIELS DNP - COACH'S DECISION J KERSEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-71 22-25 10 33 43 20 22 4 15 96 (.493) (.880) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15(23 PTS)

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

NEWMAN F 26 3-6 1-2 0 3 3 0 2 0 1 8 VAN HORN F 40 9-20 1-1 1 2 3 1 4 0 3 20 MCILVAINE C 12 1-2 1-5 1 1 2 1 3 0 1 3 KITTLES G 36 5-14 1-3 0 2 2 0 3 3 1 14 MARBURY G 40 7-22 5-6 4 0 4 13 2 3 0 20 FEICK 39 3-9 3-3 6 7 13 0 4 0 2 9 HARRIS 22 7-12 0-0 3 5 8 1 4 2 0 14 BURRELL 17 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 6 DOUGLAS 8 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 CAGE DNP - COACH'S DECISION G MURESAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION PERRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-89 12-20 15 23 38 19 22 9 8 94 (.416) (.600) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 9(12 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 24 15 32 25 - 96 NEW JERSEY 25 21 21 27 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 5, ROBINSON 2, JOHNSON. NEW JERSEY - FEICK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 4-13 (.308), ELIE 1-1, JACKSON 3-7, PORTER 0-3, S KERR 0-2. NEW JERSEY 8-21 (.381), NEWMAN 1-3, VAN HORN 1-3, KITTLES 3-8, MARBURY 1-2, HARRIS 0-2, BURRELL 2-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, NOLAN FINE, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 13,626. T - 2:11.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 22 3-7 0-0 1-4 3 2 6 Duncan 43 9-16 8-9 1-8 5 3 26 Robinson 40 10-15 7-8 3-13 2 3 27 Elie 31 1-2 3-4 1-3 1 3 6 Johnson 42 6-11 0-0 0-4 7 3 12 Rose 8 1-4 0-0 2-4 1 5 2 Jackson 24 3-7 0-0 1-5 1 1 9 Porter 24 2-7 4-4 1-2 0 1 8 S Kerr 6 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Daniels DNP - coach's decision J Kersey DNP - coach's decision Spencer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-71 22-25 10-43 20 22 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.880. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Elie 1-1, Jackson 3-7, Porter 0-3, S Kerr 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 8 (Duncan 5, Robinson 2, Johnson). Turnovers: 15 (Johnson 4, Duncan 3, Elie 2, Robinson 2, Brown, Jackson, Porter, Rose). Steals: 4 (Duncan, Johnson, Porter, Robinson).

NEW JERSEY (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Newman 26 3-6 1-2 0-3 0 2 8 Van Horn 40 9-20 1-1 1-3 1 4 20 Mcilvaine 12 1-2 1-5 1-2 1 3 3 Kittles 36 5-14 1-3 0-2 0 3 14 Marbury 40 7-22 5-6 4-4 13 2 20 Feick 39 3-9 3-3 6-13 0 4 9 Harris 22 7-12 0-0 3-8 1 4 14 Burrell 17 2-4 0-0 0-2 1 0 6 Douglas 8 0-0 0-0 0-1 2 0 0 Cage DNP - coach's decision G Muresan DNP - coach's decision Perry DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-89 12-20 15-38 19 22 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.416, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 8-21, .381 (Newman 1-3, Van Horn 1-3, Kittles 3-8, Marbury 1-2, Harris 0-2, Burrell 2-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 1 (Feick). Turnovers: 9 (Van Horn 3, Feick 2, Kittles, Mcilvaine, Newman). Steals: 9 (Kittles 3, Marbury 3, Harris 2, Douglas). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 24 15 32 25 - 96 New Jersey 25 21 21 27 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,626. T: 2:11. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Nolan Fine, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- The New Jersey Nets found their path to a stunning victory blocked by Tim Duncan.

Duncan atoned for a pair of turnovers in the final minute, swatting away Stephon Marbury's potential tying layup and preserving a 96-94 victory for the San Antonio Spurs, who have won seven straight games.

"I made some mistakes down the stretch and I wanted to make up for it," said Duncan, who collected 26 points, eight rebounds and five blocks.

"He's unbelievable," Marbury said. "He's the best player in the NBA."

The Nets (2-14), who fell to 1-7 at home with their fourth straight loss overall, had a chance to tie the defending NBA champions after Duncan traveled with 6.8 seconds left. They inbounded from midcourt to Keith Van Horn, who got a step on Duncan and dribbled into the lane.

Marbury curled alongside Van Horn and took a feed from the forward. But Duncan, trailing the play, soared and blocked Marbury's shot off the backboard. The rebound bounced to Terry Porter, who dribbled out the clock.

"I think he (Marbury) was the main option and A.J. (Avery Johnson) did a good job of cutting him off," Duncan said. "Keith led me right to him. When he dropped it off, I just kind of went through."

"That's what makes Tim the player he is. He makes plays like that," said Spurs center David Robinson, who had season highs of 27 points and 13 rebounds.

San Antonio (14-3) overcame a surprising 10-point first-half deficit against New Jersey, which played one of its best games of the season but still came up short. The Spurs improved to 41-14 all-time against the Nets with their first win at Continental Airlines Arena since March 25, 1996.

"I think New Jersey deserves a lot of credit because they are undermanned, they don't have all their guys, they played hard, they executed better than we did," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, whose team began a four-game road trip. "I think we were really fortunate to win."

"They looked great tonight," Robinson admitted. "They definitely do not look like a team that has only won a couple games. We've come to kinda expect that now, because every team we're playing, they're gonna get up for us."

The Spurs held a 96-88 lead with 2:36 left after two free throws by Terry Porter, who scored all of his eight points in the fourth quarter.

But the Nets rallied behind Marbury, who collected 20 points and a season-high 13 assists. After spending the first three quarters getting his teammates involved in the offense, he attacked in the final period.

"We gave a lot of effort against a championship team," Marbury said. "It has to be that way every night, playing with that confidence. Guys were hitting their shots and getting to their spaces."

"I thought Stephon was great tonight in the sense that he involved his whole basketball team," Popovich said. "He deserves a lot of credit for sharing the basketball that way and playing the team game that he played. All great players evevntually figure out that there are times to take over and times to involve everybody."

Marbury made a driving layup and set up Jamie Feick for two free throws that halved the deficit with 49 seconds to go. Duncan lost the ball out of bounds and Marbury drove again, drawing a foul and sinking a pair from the line to make it 96-94 with 27 seconds left. Duncan's travel set up the final play.

"This is the way we want to play basketball, to play as well as we did against a sound team of superstars," said Nets coach Don Casey, whose job security has been rumored to be in trouble. "All this is a positive sign."

Johnson helped limit marbury to 7-of-22 shooting and contributed 12 points and seven assists for the Spurs, who shot 49 percent (35-of-71) from the field and held a 43-38 rebounding advantage.

Van Horn scored 20 points and Kerry Kittles and Lucious Harris added 14 apiece for the Nets, who shot 42 percent (37-of-89) and committed only nine turnovers. Former Spur Jamie Feick grabbed 13 rebounds.

At the end of the first quarter, Marbury made a steal and fed Harris for a layup at the buzzer that gave New Jersey a 25-24 lead. The Spurs opened the second period by going scoreless for 3:23 and without a basket for 5:40 as the Nets surged ahead.

"Usually our shooters pick it up," Robinson said. "Tonight it didn't happen."

San Antonio shot just 4-of-20 in the second quarter, matching the total baskets scored in the period by Harris, a reserve. A free throw by Marbury, who had eight assists in the first half, gave New Jersey its largest lead at 46-36 with 45 seconds before halftime.

"Against a team like that, you just got to bury them when you have them on the ropes," Marbury said. "They started out very lethargic. They weren't hitting shots, but then the second half came and they're not not going to shoot bad forever."

The Spurs shot 0-of-7 from 3-point range in the first half but found their touch in the third quarter. They took the lead for good at 60-59 on two free throws by Robinson with 3:18 left before Mario Elie made a 3-pointer and Jaren Jackson sank two, extending tyhe advantage to 69-64.

A three-point play by Van Horn cut the deficit to 77-76 with 9:23 to go, but San Antonio responded with nine straight points. Duncan scored the first four and Jackson fed Robinson for a dunk before drilling another 3-pointer for an 86-76 bulge with 7:17 remaining.

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