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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 22 22 19 28 91 CHICAGO 23 15 20 20 78 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - DAVID ROBINSON 23, MALIK ROSE 17, AVERY JOHNSON 13 CHI - FRED HOIBERG 18, THREE PLAYERS WITH 10

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - MALIK ROSE 11, DAVID ROBINSON 10 CHI - ELTON BRAND 12, DICKEY SIMPKINS 11

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - AVERY JOHNSON 5, TERRY PORTER 4 CHI - RANDY BROWN 4, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 22,879


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (91) AT CHICAGO (78)

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

J KERSEY F 24 2-8 0-2 2 1 3 3 3 3 1 4 ROSE F 32 7-14 3-6 6 5 11 2 6 0 5 17 ROBINSON C 28 8-11 7-8 2 8 10 0 4 1 0 23 ELIE G 30 1-6 1-1 0 5 5 2 1 1 2 4 JOHNSON G 28 5-10 3-4 0 1 1 5 0 0 1 13 PORTER 28 5-8 0-0 0 4 4 4 1 3 1 11 DANIELS 24 3-8 1-2 1 1 2 1 1 0 1 8 WALKER 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 S KERR 23 3-8 1-1 0 1 1 3 1 0 0 8 SPENCER 16 1-3 1-2 1 1 2 0 5 2 1 3 JACKSON 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DUNCAN DNP - LOWER ABDOMINAL STRAIN

TOTALS 240 35-76 17-26 12 27 39 20 23 10 12 91 (.461) (.654) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12(8 PTS)

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

ARTEST F 21 0-4 0-0 0 3 3 2 1 0 1 0 BRAND F 34 4-15 2-5 9 3 12 3 5 0 7 10 SIMPKINS C 30 4-6 1-3 4 7 11 0 1 2 4 9 BROWN G 23 3-6 3-4 1 1 2 4 0 0 0 9 HAWKINS G 27 2-7 2-2 0 3 3 2 1 2 1 6 HOIBERG 27 7-10 1-1 1 2 3 3 3 0 1 18 STARKS 12 0-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 CARR 25 4-11 2-2 1 2 3 2 1 0 0 10 ANSTEY 12 3-5 4-4 0 5 5 1 2 0 3 10 PERDUE 17 2-4 1-4 3 2 5 1 2 0 1 5 MALONEY 9 0-2 1-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 RUFFIN 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 29-76 17-27 19 29 48 21 16 4 20 78 (.382) (.630) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 22(22 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 22 22 19 28 - 91 CHICAGO 23 15 20 20 - 78

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - ROBINSON 2, ELIE, PORTER. CHICAGO - BRAND 2, CARR, ARTEST, ANSTEY, PERDUE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 4-11 (.364), ELIE 1-3, PORTER 1-3, DANIELS 1-2, S KERR 1-3. CHICAGO 3-10 (.300), ARTEST 0-2, HAWKINS 0-1, HOIBERG 3-4, STARKS 0-1, MALONEY 0-2. TECHNICALS: CHICAGO - PERDUE, HEAD COACH FLOYD. OFFICIALS: DON VADEN, BRUCE ALEXANDER, ED F RUSH. A - 22,879. T - 2:08.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Kersey 24 2-8 0-2 2-3 3 3 4 Rose 32 7-14 3-6 6-11 2 6 17 Robinson 28 8-11 7-8 2-10 0 4 23 Elie 30 1-6 1-1 0-5 2 1 4 Johnson 28 5-10 3-4 0-1 5 0 13 Porter 28 5-8 0-0 0-4 4 1 11 Daniels 24 3-8 1-2 1-2 1 1 8 Walker 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 S Kerr 23 3-8 1-1 0-1 3 1 8 Spencer 16 1-3 1-2 1-2 0 5 3 Jackson 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Duncan DNP - lower abdominal strain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-76 17-26 12-39 20 23 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.461, FT-.654. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Elie 1-3, Porter 1-3, Daniels 1-2, S Kerr 1-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Robinson 2, Elie, Porter). Turnovers: 12 (Rose 5, Elie 2, Daniels, J Kersey, Johnson, Porter, Spencer). Steals: 10 (J Kersey 3, Porter 3, Spencer 2, Elie, Robinson).

CHICAGO (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 21 0-4 0-0 0-3 2 1 0 Brand 34 4-15 2-5 9-12 3 5 10 Simpkins 30 4-6 1-3 4-11 0 1 9 Brown 23 3-6 3-4 1-2 4 0 9 Hawkins 27 2-7 2-2 0-3 2 1 6 Hoiberg 27 7-10 1-1 1-3 3 3 18 Starks 12 0-6 0-0 0-1 2 0 0 Carr 25 4-11 2-2 1-3 2 1 10 Anstey 12 3-5 4-4 0-5 1 2 10 Perdue 17 2-4 1-4 3-5 1 2 5 Maloney 9 0-2 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 Ruffin 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-76 17-27 19-48 21 16 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.382, FT-.630. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Artest 0-2, Hawkins 0-1, Hoiberg 3-4, Starks 0-1, Maloney 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Brand 2, Carr, Artest, Anstey, Perdue). Turnovers: 22 (Brand 7, Simpkins 4, Anstey 3, Artest, Hawkins, Hoiberg, Maloney, Perdue, Starks). Steals: 4 (Hawkins 2, Simpkins 2). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 22 22 19 28 - 91 Chicago 23 15 20 20 - 78 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Chicago 2 (Perdue, 3:21 2nd; Head Coach Floyd, 0:51 2nd). Flagrant fouls: Chicago 1 (Brand, 4:54 4th). A: 22,879. T: 2:08. Officials: Don Vaden, Bruce Alexander, Ed F Rush.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- David Robinson scored 11 of his 23 points during a crucial fourth-quarter run as the San Antonio Spurs overcame the absence of superstar Tim Duncan and pulled away for a 91-78 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

Duncan, who had started 186 straight NBA games, missed his first game since high school with an strained abdominal muscle. The durable 7-foot forward starred for four years at Wake Forest before being drafted first overall by San Antonio in 1997.

"It was very difficult to sit out tonight," Duncan said. "I wanted to be out there on the floor because I didn't want to let the team down. However, I know I need a couple of days to get my strength back. The team showed how good they are tonight.

"It was very hard for him to sit out," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He's like David in that he won't tell you the truth about injuries. They have too high a pain tolerance. You have to hold them out of the game. It was good to be able to sit him out tonight, and maybe Sunday."

Robinson, who added 10 rebounds, put the Spurs on his back and carried them with the game on the line. Leading 68-64 early in the fourth quarter, Robinson scored 11 points during a 12-2 run which put the Spurs ahead, 80-66, with 4:46 to play.

"David showed everyone in the playoffs last year that he can do it," Popovich said. "He's very unselfish and does what's necessary for the team to win. Tonight, he showed he's still a hell of a ballplayer."

"Tonight, I got into a rhythm," Robinson said. "I knew I had to do my offensive thing. I had to take that responsibility with Tim out."

"The Admiral" ignited the run with two free throws and followed with a three-point play and a 15-foot jumper to push the lead to 75-64 with 6:39 to play.

Bulls guard Randy Brown interrupted the run with a basket but Robinson answered with a short jumper, hit 1-of-2 free throws on a flagrant foul by rookie Elton Brand and capped the outburst with a baseline jumper.

Malik Rose did an admirable job starting in place of Duncan, collecting 17 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter.

Chicago's Fred Hoiberg scored 18 points but Brand suffered an uncharacteristic 4-of-15 shooting performance to finish with 10 points and 12 rebounds. A prime candidate for Rookie of the Year honors, Brand also committed seven turnovers.

"Robinson knew without Tim being in the lineup that he was going to take charge," Hoiberg said. "We just were not there mentally in the fourth quarter the last two games. When you're playing against teams like Indiana and San Antonio -- who will probably be in the Finals -- you just can't do that."

"We had them in check most of the game," Brand said. "In the fourth quarter, they really exploded, but that's what the better teams do. We thought we could put it to them without Duncan. They play very physical but nothing dirty. I got thrown to the floor a couple of times."

Bulls guard John Starks, who was acquired from Golden State in a three-team deal, was held scoreless on 0-of-6 shooting before leaving the game with tendinitis in his left knee.

Avery Johnson scored 13 points for the Spurs, who shot 46 percent (35-of-76) from the floor and allowed only eight points off turnovers.

Chris Carr and Chris Anstey scored 10 points apiece for Chicago, which shot 38 percent (29-of-76), made only 17-of-26 free throws and committed 22 turnovers.

"I though the Spurs did a real good job defensively," Bulls coach Tim Floyd said. "This was a real frustration game for us. They took away our wing entry passes and really extended us. We did not hit key free throws and we missed a lot of shots. That's why they're the champions."

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