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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 21 31 21 34 107 DALLAS 28 17 26 33 104 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 31, DEREK ANDERSON 24, ANTONIO DANIELS 17 DAL - STEVE NASH 29, MICHAEL FINLEY 23, DIRK NOWITZKI 16

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 13, DAVID ROBINSON 10 DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - DEREK ANDERSON 6, THREE PLAYERS WITH 4 DAL - STEVE NASH 10, THREE PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 18,187


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (107) AT DALLAS (104)

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

DUNCAN F 47 10-20 10-14 3 10 13 1 5 1 4 31 FERRY F 18 0-2 0-0 2 1 3 0 1 0 1 0 ROBINSON C 34 5-14 6-9 6 4 10 2 0 0 3 16 ANDERSON G 44 6-11 11-12 0 4 4 6 2 1 0 24 PORTER G 24 2-5 0-0 0 4 4 4 6 1 3 6 WALKER 12 2-4 2-2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 JOHNSON 24 3-5 1-2 0 2 2 4 2 0 1 7 DANIELS 33 7-12 0-1 0 4 4 4 2 1 1 17 DIAL 4 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 S ELLIOTT DNP - SORE LEFT THIGH JACKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION S KERR DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-73 30-40 12 30 42 23 18 4 13 107 (.479) (.750) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(14 PTS)

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

BUCKNER F 19 2-5 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 0 0 4 HOWARD F 35 4-14 4-6 3 4 7 4 4 1 1 12 NOWITZKI C 40 4-9 5-6 1 8 9 4 4 0 1 16 FINLEY G 46 10-24 2-2 2 5 7 4 2 3 1 23 NASH G 42 11-16 5-5 3 1 4 10 4 1 3 29 EISLEY 34 5-9 2-2 1 2 3 0 5 0 1 14 BRADLEY 20 3-4 0-0 2 1 3 1 5 1 0 6 NAJERA 1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 TRENT 3 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 BRYANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION EKEZIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION HARVEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-83 18-21 13 26 39 23 27 6 8 104 (.470) (.857) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 10(9 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 21 31 21 34 - 107 DALLAS 28 17 26 33 - 104

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - ROBINSON 3, WALKER, DUNCAN. DALLAS - BRADLEY 3, NOWITZKI, FINLEY, BUCKNER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 7-15 (.467), DUNCAN 1-1, FERRY 0-1, ANDERSON 1-4, PORTER 2-4, DANIELS 3-5. DALLAS 8-19 (.421), NOWITZKI 3-5, FINLEY 1-5, NASH 2-5, EISLEY 2-4. TECHNICALS: SAN ANTONIO - HEAD COACH POPOVICH, ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, DALLAS - HEAD COACH NELSON, BRADLEY 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, JIM CLARK, KEVIN FEHR. A - 18,187. T - 2:16.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 47 10-20 10-14 3-13 1 5 31 Ferry 18 0-2 0-0 2-3 0 1 0 Robinson 34 5-14 6-9 6-10 2 0 16 Anderson 44 6-11 11-12 0-4 6 2 24 Porter 24 2-5 0-0 0-4 4 6 6 Walker 12 2-4 2-2 0-0 2 0 6 Johnson 24 3-5 1-2 0-2 4 2 7 Daniels 33 7-12 0-1 0-4 4 2 17 Dial 4 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 S Elliott DNP - sore left thigh Jackson DNP - coach's decision S Kerr DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-73 30-40 12-42 23 18 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.479, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 7-15, .467 (Duncan 1-1, Ferry 0-1, Anderson 1-4, Porter 2-4, Daniels 3-5). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Robinson 3, Walker, Duncan). Turnovers: 13 (Duncan 4, Porter 3, Robinson 3, Daniels, Ferry, Johnson). Steals: 4 (Anderson, Daniels, Duncan, Porter).

DALLAS (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Buckner 19 2-5 0-0 1-4 0 2 4 Howard 35 4-14 4-6 3-7 4 4 12 Nowitzki 40 4-9 5-6 1-9 4 4 16 Finley 46 10-24 2-2 2-7 4 2 23 Nash 42 11-16 5-5 3-4 10 4 29 Eisley 34 5-9 2-2 1-3 0 5 14 Bradley 20 3-4 0-0 2-3 1 5 6 Najera 1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Trent 3 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Bryant DNP - coach's decision Ekezie DNP - coach's decision Harvey DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-83 18-21 13-39 23 27 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.470, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 8-19, .421 (Nowitzki 3-5, Finley 1-5, Nash 2-5, Eisley 2-4). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 6 (Bradley 3, Nowitzki, Finley, Buckner). Turnovers: 10 (Nash 3, Eisley, Finley, Howard, Najera, Nowitzki). Steals: 6 (Finley 3, Bradley, Howard, Nash). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 21 31 21 34 - 107 Dallas 28 17 26 33 - 104 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: San Antonio 3 (Head Coach Popovich, 4:53 2nd; Illegal Defense 2, 8:12 3rd, 1:12 4th). Dallas 3 (Head Coach Nelson, 3:50 1st; Bradley 2 (ejected), 8:25 2nd, 6:31 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,187. T: 2:16. Officials: Joe Forte, Jim Clark, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- The San Antonio Spurs had the inside presence that mattered most.

Tim Duncan scored 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to help spoil Juwan Howard's debut with the Dallas Mavericks, lifting the Spurs to a 107-104 victory.

The Mavericks acquired the 6-9 Howard from the Washington Wizards on Thursday in an eight-player deal to help provide a post presence to a mostly permiter-oriented team.

But it was Duncan who showed the post moves on Saturday, scoring on a variety of moves close to the basket. The 7-footer played 47 minutes, making 10-of-20 shots from the field and 10-of-14 free throws.

Duncan was at his best in the fourth quarter, when he poured in 12 points, including an acrobatic three-point play with 30 seconds remaining that gave San Antonio a 101-97 advantage.

"It was a hard-fought game. Every time we come here it turns out to be a great game," Duncan said. "Last time we came in here, we lost at the buzzer to a Michael Finley shot. Luckily, we were not in that situation again tonight, but it was a hard-fought battle all the way through."

"Duncan played big. He hit the big shots when their team needed it," said Dallas forward Michael Finley. "That's what's making him an All-Star and what's making him one of the top players in this league."

Derek Anderson added 24 points for the Spurs, who pulled within one game of first-place Utah in the Midwest Division. San Antonio is 3 1/2 games in front of Dallas.

"Those guys are hard to beat. Anytime you play this type of game you have to be aware that it is a long season," Anderson said. "We can't worry about who's hot and who's not. We take everybody seriously. We stuck together tonight. That's the big reason that we played so well."

Starting at power forward, Howard scored 12 points on 4-of-14 shooting and pulled down seven rebounds in 35 minutes.

"I felt good. I was a little nervous," Howard said. "Being in a new environment and a new atmosphere and playing with a new team, you never know what to expect. You still have to go out there and be confident, but you still get a few butterflies."

Steve Nash had 29 points and 10 assists for Dallas, which fell to 1-2 against the Spurs this season.

Anderson made two free throws with 6 1/2 minutes remaining, giving the Spurs an 87-83 advantage, before Howard answered with a seven-foot hook shot in the lane.

On Dallas' next two trips down the floor, Dirk Nowitzki drilled 3-pointers, giving the Mavericks a 91-87 lead with 4:39 remaining.

Starting in the middle, Nowitzki scored 16 points on 4-of-9 shooting. He made 3-of-5 3-pointers and went 5-of-6 from the line.

David Robinson, who had 16 points and 10 rebounds, sank a pair of foul shots with 2 1/2 minutes remaining to put the Spurs ahead for good, 94-93. Anderson provided some breathing room moments later with a 3-pointer from the right side.

The Mavs, however, clawed within 98-97 with 46 seconds left on Nash's steal and layup.

On the ensuing trip, however, Duncan got position down low, moved into the lane and managed to get a shot to fall despite getting hacked on both arms by Nowitzki. He converted the free throw for a four-point lead with 30 seconds to go.

San Antonio held on by making all six of its foul shots over the final 23 seconds.

"It was a (heck) of a game. We are thrilled to come away with a victory, just like I'm sure Dallas would have been," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "It was anybody's ballgame. These guys were after each other hard. Both teams competed fantastically. A lot of credit to both teams. We ended up knocking down a couple of shots down the stretch. We were fortunate at the end."

Antonio Daniels scored 17 points off the bench for San Antonio, which shot 48 percent (35-of-73) and was 30-of-40 at the line. The Mavs were 18-of-21 from the line.

Sparked by a sellout crowd, the Mavs opened a 44-36 lead with 4:39 to play before halftime on a 19-footer by Finley, who scored 23 points.

The Spurs closed the half with a flurry, using a 16-1 run to take a 52-45 advantage. Duncan led the way with 13 points and Robinson added 12.

A pair of free throws by Robinson gave the Spurs their biggest lead, 66-51, with 5:41 left in the third quarter. But the Mavs got within 73-71 entering the final period.

Howard Eisley netted 14 points for Dallas, which shot 47 percent (39-of-83) and was outrebounded, 42-39.

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