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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 23 21 23 30 97 NEW JERSEY 28 27 19 25 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 35, DAVID ROBINSON 22, TERRY PORTER 14 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 38, JOHNNY NEWMAN 25, STEPHEN JACKSON 14

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 21, DAVID ROBINSON 9 NJN - KENYON MARTIN 9, JAMIE FEICK 9

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - TERRY PORTER 7, TIM DUNCAN 5 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 12,740


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (97) AT NEW JERSEY (99)

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

DUNCAN F 45 12-23 11-18 7 14 21 5 3 0 2 35 ROSE F 12 0-1 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 ROBINSON C 37 7-18 8-9 4 5 9 1 4 0 1 22 ANDERSON G 42 5-15 0-0 3 4 7 4 2 3 1 12 PORTER G 36 5-8 0-0 1 1 2 7 1 0 3 14 FERRY 36 2-9 0-0 2 5 7 3 5 0 0 5 WALKER 12 3-8 0-0 2 1 3 0 2 0 3 6 DANIELS 15 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 3 S KERR 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 DIAL 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 JACKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-87 19-27 19 33 52 21 22 4 11 97 (.402) (.704) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 11(13 PTS)

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

K MARTIN F 36 4-12 1-1 1 8 9 1 5 0 0 9 VAN HORN F 25 2-6 0-0 0 7 7 1 4 1 1 4 ESCHMEYER C 21 0-2 0-0 2 1 3 0 2 0 0 0 HARRIS G 25 2-5 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 2 1 4 S MARBURY G 40 14-25 6-7 0 2 2 9 0 4 0 38 WILLIAMS 22 0-7 3-4 4 3 7 1 3 0 1 3 NEWMAN 28 7-9 9-10 0 1 1 0 3 0 2 25 FEICK 22 1-5 0-2 2 7 9 2 3 2 2 2 JACKSON 13 4-6 5-6 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 14 DOUGLAS 8 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 SAMAKE DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-78 24-30 10 34 44 17 23 10 7 99 (.436) (.800) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 11(11 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 23 21 23 30 - 97 NEW JERSEY 28 27 19 25 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - ROBINSON 3, FERRY 2, DUNCAN, WALKER. NEW JERSEY - FEICK, WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 8-20 (.400), ANDERSON 2-7, PORTER 4-6, FERRY 1-3, WALKER 0-1, DANIELS 1-3. NEW JERSEY 7-12 (.583), HARRIS 0-1, S MARBURY 4-8, NEWMAN 2-2, JACKSON 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, SCOTT FOSTER, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 12,740. T - 2:21.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 45 12-23 11-18 7-21 5 3 35 Rose 12 0-1 0-0 0-3 0 1 0 Robinson 37 7-18 8-9 4-9 1 4 22 Anderson 42 5-15 0-0 3-7 4 2 12 Porter 36 5-8 0-0 1-2 7 1 14 Ferry 36 2-9 0-0 2-7 3 5 5 Walker 12 3-8 0-0 2-3 0 2 6 Daniels 15 1-5 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 S Kerr 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Dial 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Jackson DNP - coach's decision Johnson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-87 19-27 19-52 21 22 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.704. 3-Point Goals: 8-20, .400 (Anderson 2-7, Porter 4-6, Ferry 1-3, Walker 0-1, Daniels 1-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 7 (Robinson 3, Ferry 2, Duncan, Walker). Turnovers: 11 (Porter 3, Walker 3, Duncan 2, Anderson, Daniels, Robinson). Steals: 4 (Anderson 3, S Kerr).

NEW JERSEY (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Martin 36 4-12 1-1 1-9 1 5 9 Van Horn 25 2-6 0-0 0-7 1 4 4 Eschmeyer 21 0-2 0-0 2-3 0 2 0 Harris 25 2-5 0-0 1-4 1 2 4 S Marbury 40 14-25 6-7 0-2 9 0 38 Williams 22 0-7 3-4 4-7 1 3 3 Newman 28 7-9 9-10 0-1 0 3 25 Feick 22 1-5 0-2 2-9 2 3 2 Jackson 13 4-6 5-6 0-1 0 0 14 Douglas 8 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 1 0 Samake DNP - coach's decision Stepania DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-78 24-30 10-44 17 23 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.436, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 7-12, .583 (Harris 0-1, S Marbury 4-8, Newman 2-2, Jackson 1-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Feick, Williams). Turnovers: 11 (Feick 2, Newman 2, Harris, Van Horn, Williams). Steals: 10 (S Marbury 4, Feick 2, Harris 2, Jackson, Van Horn). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 23 21 23 30 - 97 New Jersey 28 27 19 25 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,740. T: 2:21. Officials: Jess Kersey, Scott Foster, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- After watching All-Stars Stephon Marbury and Tim Duncan duel for the first three quarters, a 37-year-old shooting guard who has never been to the NBA's midseason classic took control.

Johnny Newman scored 17 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter as the New Jersey Nets held on for their third straight win, a heartstopping 99-97 triumph over the San Antonio Spurs, who had a season-high eight-game winning streak snapped.

Marbury, who will oppose Duncan on Sunday at the MCI Center, had 38 points and nine assists, while the Spurs' 7-foot forward poured in 35 points and grabbed 21 rebounds.

Newman began his fourth-quarter onslaught with a 21-footer and proceeded to bury a 3-pointer, two free throws, another jumper, two more from the line and a 3-pointer from the left corner, accounting for 14 of New Jersey's first 17 points in the period.

"I'm experienced, I've always been a scorer and when you get in those grooves, you want the basketball," Newman said. "You just have a feeling. You have that confidence and determination."

"I thought Johnny Newman was a total Spur-killer tonight," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "He made some shots that were just amazing."

His explosion gave the Nets a 90-84 lead with 3:43 left, but as has been their penchant all season, the Nets did not put away their opponent down the stretch.

Newman hit a 13-footer to give New Jersey a 98-93 cushion with 52 seconds remaining. But the Spurs crawled back within one on a 3-pointer by Terry Porter and a free throw by Duncan, who missed a chance to even the contest from the line with 13 seconds left.

"I'm just not making (my free throws)," Duncan admitted, referring to his 55 percent shooting from the line this season. "I've been missing them all year. I feel pretty good on the line right now. I gave myself an opportunity and it just didn't go down for me."

Newman made 1-of-2 at the line on the Nets' ensuing trip, but Jamie Feick missed his first two free-throw attempts of the season to leave open the door for the Spurs with 5.4 seconds remaining.

The Spurs inbounded and David Robinson missed a running hook shot before Duncan tipped the rebound back toward the cylinder.

The ball danced on the rim before falling off, sending the crowd of 12,740 at the Continental Airlines Arena into a frenzy and the Spurs to the All-Star break with their first loss since January 20.

"The way I remember the rules, you're not supposed to have your hands on somebody when they're driving," Robinson said of the game's final play. "I don't know, maybe the rules don't apply in the last 30 seconds of the game. I had a good look at the basket, I just tried to bank it in and I missed it."

New Jersey enters the break with a 17-34 mark.

"Hopefully, everyone will go home and take some time off and reflect back on these three wins," Newman said, "and understand what we can do as a team and come back and compete and finish the second half strong."

Robinson scored 22 points, Derek Anderson 12 and veteran sharpshooter Terry Porter did his best to match Newman in the final period, scoring 11 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter for the Spurs, who shot 40 percent (35-of-87).

Duncan was 12-of-23 from the floor and 11-of-18 at the line for San Antonio, which slipped to 12-12 on the road. Marbury hit 14-of-25 shots and was 6-of-7 at the line.

Newman was 5-of-6 from the field over the final 12 minutes and made 9-of-10 free throws for New Jersey, which shot 44 percent (34-of-78) and lost the battle on the boards, 52-44.

"Johhny Newman, Stephen Jackson, those guys came in and did exactly what they're supposed to do coming off the bench," Marbury said. "I think with Feick, Johnny and Stephen, when they came in the game, they stayed at a high level. They never came down and they gave us a lift."

Marbury and the Nets looked ready to blow out the Spurs when the explosive point guard made a driving layup, hit a 3-pointer, a free throw and two more layups during a personal 10-0 burst that gave New Jersey a commanding 54-36 lead late in the first half.

"Marbury is one of the studs in this league," Popovich said. "And I think (coach) Byron (Scott) got him playing hard-nosed and playing to win. No moaning, no groaning."

But Duncan made two free throws, Samaki Walker hit a turnaround jumper, Robinson made two from the line and capped the first-half scoring by throwing down a dunk with 6.8 seconds left to help the Spurs close to 55-44.

Robinson and Duncan helped San Antonio move within two points on three occasions in the fourth quarter, but Newman's big final period thwarted the Spurs' hopes of going to the break with a nine-game winning streak.

"You hope one of those guys coming in off the bench doesn't kill you like (Newman)," Robinson said. "He just hurt us. He made some really good moves on the post late in the game."

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