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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 14 20 22 30 86 HOUSTON 20 16 17 26 79 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 25, DEREK ANDERSON 15, SEAN ELLIOTT 13 HOU - HAKEEM OLAJUWON 17, MOOCHIE NORRIS 17, CUTTINO MOBLEY 16

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 15, DAVID ROBINSON 7 HOU - HAKEEM OLAJUWON 13, MOOCHIE NORRIS 8

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - DEREK ANDERSON 4, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2 HOU - MOOCHIE NORRIS 8, HAKEEM OLAJUWON 4

ATT: 12,937


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (86) AT HOUSTON (79)

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

DUNCAN F 42 11-18 3-8 6 9 15 1 1 1 2 25 S ELLIOTT F 32 6-8 0-1 2 3 5 2 1 1 0 13 ROBINSON C 24 2-3 1-2 1 6 7 1 6 0 2 5 ANDERSON G 38 6-16 2-4 0 2 2 4 4 1 2 15 DANIELS G 22 2-12 0-0 1 0 1 2 0 1 2 5 ROSE 23 2-11 2-4 3 3 6 1 2 4 2 6 PORTER 31 3-4 2-3 0 4 4 2 3 3 2 10 FERRY 15 2-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 5 S KERR 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 WALKER 7 1-2 0-2 2 2 4 0 1 1 0 2 NEWBLE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DIAL 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 35-77 10-24 15 32 47 15 19 12 12 86 (.455) (.417) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 12(11 PTS)

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

TAYLOR F 25 7-14 0-0 1 5 6 0 4 0 2 14 WILLIAMS F 24 0-4 1-1 1 4 5 1 3 1 2 1 OLAJUWON C 36 6-13 5-6 5 8 13 4 1 0 3 17 ANDERSON G 18 0-2 0-0 2 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 NORRIS G 45 6-13 3-5 1 7 8 8 0 1 6 17 MOBLEY 43 7-19 2-5 1 1 2 3 2 1 2 16 THOMAS 27 2-5 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 1 5 BULLARD 12 1-3 1-1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 3 CATO 8 2-3 0-1 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 4 LANGHI 2 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 FRANCIS DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-77 12-19 14 30 44 17 18 3 17 79 (.416) (.632) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 18(17 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 14 20 22 30 - 86 HOUSTON 20 16 17 26 - 79

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 3, FERRY, ROSE, ROBINSON, WALKER. HOUSTON - OLAJUWON 3, THOMAS 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 6-12 (.500), S ELLIOTT 1-2, ANDERSON 1-3, DANIELS 1-3, PORTER 2-3, FERRY 1-1. HOUSTON 3-9 (.333), WILLIAMS 0-2, ANDERSON 0-1, NORRIS 2-3, THOMAS 1-2, BULLARD 0-1. TECHNICALS: SAN ANTONIO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, HOUSTON - TAYLOR. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, (JAMES CAPERS, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 12,937. T - 2:08.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 42 11-18 3-8 6-15 1 1 25 S Elliott 32 6-8 0-1 2-5 2 1 13 Robinson 24 2-3 1-2 1-7 1 6 5 Anderson 38 6-16 2-4 0-2 4 4 15 Daniels 22 2-12 0-0 1-1 2 0 5 Rose 23 2-11 2-4 3-6 1 2 6 Porter 31 3-4 2-3 0-4 2 3 10 Ferry 15 2-2 0-0 0-3 1 1 5 S Kerr 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Walker 7 1-2 0-2 2-4 0 1 2 Newble 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Dial 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-77 10-24 15-47 15 19 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.455, FT-.417. 3-Point Goals: 6-12, .500 (S Elliott 1-2, Anderson 1-3, Daniels 1-3, Porter 2-3, Ferry 1-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Duncan 3, Ferry, Rose, Robinson, Walker). Turnovers: 12 (Anderson 2, Daniels 2, Duncan 2, Porter 2, Robinson 2, Rose 2). Steals: 12 (Rose 4, Porter 3, Anderson, Daniels, Duncan, S Elliott, Walker).

HOUSTON (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Taylor 25 7-14 0-0 1-6 0 4 14 Williams 24 0-4 1-1 1-5 1 3 1 Olajuwon 36 6-13 5-6 5-13 4 1 17 Anderson 18 0-2 0-0 2-2 1 2 0 Norris 45 6-13 3-5 1-8 8 0 17 Mobley 43 7-19 2-5 1-2 3 2 16 Thomas 27 2-5 0-0 0-3 0 2 5 Bullard 12 1-3 1-1 1-1 0 1 3 Cato 8 2-3 0-1 1-3 0 2 4 Langhi 2 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 Francis DNP - sprained right ankle Miller DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-77 12-19 14-44 17 18 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.416, FT-.632. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Williams 0-2, Anderson 0-1, Norris 2-3, Thomas 1-2, Bullard 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Olajuwon 3, Thomas 2). Turnovers: 18 (Norris 6, Olajuwon 3, Mobley 2, Taylor 2, Williams 2, Bullard, Thomas). Steals: 3 (Mobley, Norris, Williams). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 14 20 22 30 - 86 Houston 20 16 17 26 - 79 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: San Antonio 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 4:17 2nd, 0:54 2nd). Houston 1 (Taylor, 6:12 2nd). Flagrant fouls: San Antonio 1 (Robinson, 3:35 3rd). A: 12,937. T: 2:08. Officials: Bob Delaney, (james Capers, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Gregg Popovich became the winningest coach in San Antonio Spurs history tonight and once again, he has Tim Duncan to thank.

Duncan scored 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Spurs used a big fourth quarter to post an 86-79 victory over the Houston Rockets, Popovich's 178th triumph since becoming San Antonio's coach in 1996.

Duncan almost singlehandedly restored the Spurs to respectability when Popovich drafted him with the first overall pick in 1997. The 7-foot power forward has rewarded Popovich by helping him to 161 regular-season wins and the NBA championship.

"I didn't know that. That's great," Duncan said when informed of Popovich's record. "He's been here a while and he's done a great job, especially this year. The basics that he stresses are the key to his success."

The Spurs went a dismal 17-47 under Popovich before Duncan's arrival.

"I've been fortunate to be one place a while with some really good players," Popovich said. "When that happens, you can win some games. Hundreds of coaches could have done the same thing."

Tonight, Duncan connected on 11-of-18 shots and scored 12 points in the fourth quarter, when San Antonio made 13-of-19 shots to pull away from Houston.

"That's the best I've felt this year," Duncan said. "I finally got into a rhythm. I got the ball down on the block and things started falling. It was good to get on a roll like that."

Popovich improved to 178-124, bettering Doug Moe, who put together a 177-135 mark from 1976-1980.

Hakeem Olajuwon and Moochie Norris, starting for injured point guard Steve Francis (ankle), scored 17 points apiece for the Rockets, who have dropped nine in a row to San Antonio.

"It was a blankety-blank game," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "We've got to make a shot or make a play. It's not rocket science."

Both teams slumbered through the first half and the Rockets clung to a 36-34 victory before Duncan awoke to score 18 points after the break.

"At halftime, I told the team that we were setting the NBA back 15 years," Popovich said. "At the end of the game, I think we only set it back 10 years. We played much better in the second half. Our players got more aggressive and when that happens, positive things can happen on both ends of the floor."

After Maurice Taylor's jumper gave Houston a 44-36 bulge, Duncan went to work. His free throw and ensuing layup sparked a 14-6 run as San Antonio forged a 50-50 tie with 3:50 remaining in the third quarter.

Duncan made another free throw and sank a 12-footer to give San Antonio a 56-53 lead entering the final 12 minutes. He made two straight baskets and fed Derek Anderson for a layup early in the fourth quarter before connected on three more jumpers to give the Spurs a 70-62 advantage with seven minutes to play.

"It's nice to have (Duncan) on your side," Anderson said. "It's the first time I've seen him take over a game like that and it looked real good."

Another patented 12-footer from the right side with just under three minutes to play all but sealed Houston's fate, increasing San Antonio's lead to 80-68, its biggest of the night.

Anderson scored 15 points, Sean Elliott added 13 and Terry Porter 10 off the bench for the Spurs, who shot 45.5 percent (35-of-77) and held a 47-44 rebounding edge.

Taylor scored 14 points for the Rockets, who shot 42 percent (32-of-77) and committed 18 turnovers.

"It was an ugly game," Taylor said. "We didn't play well and they didn't play well. We had a chance to win but every time we needed to make a bucket, we either missed a shot or turned the ball over."

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