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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 19 18 28 18 83 MIAMI 25 21 24 18 88 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 26, DAVID ROBINSON 18, TERRY PORTER 12 MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 25, ANTHONY MASON 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 14, DAVID ROBINSON 7 MIA - BRIAN GRANT 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - DEREK ANDERSON 4, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 8, DAN MAJERLE 3

ATT: 16,500


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (83) AT MIAMI (88)

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

DUNCAN F 46 10-22 6-10 3 11 14 3 1 0 1 26 FERRY F 23 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 6 ROBINSON C 34 7-10 4-4 3 4 7 3 3 1 2 18 ANDERSON G 39 3-8 1-2 1 0 1 4 3 3 3 7 PORTER G 28 5-8 0-1 2 2 4 2 1 3 3 12 DANIELS 17 1-2 1-2 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 3 WALKER 14 1-4 1-2 2 2 4 0 0 0 1 3 JOHNSON 20 2-7 0-0 0 0 0 2 3 1 0 4 S ELLIOTT 17 2-5 0-1 1 4 5 0 1 0 0 4 ROSE 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 S KERR DNP - COACH'S DECISION SCOTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-70 13-22 12 26 38 14 14 9 11 83 (.471) (.591) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 13(17 PTS)

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

BOWEN F 35 5-9 0-0 0 4 4 2 1 1 0 11 MASON F 43 6-9 4-4 1 5 6 2 4 1 5 16 GRANT C 38 6-10 0-0 3 7 10 0 5 1 0 12 HARDAWAY G 34 9-18 2-2 1 0 1 8 3 0 3 25 MAJERLE G 42 4-9 1-2 0 6 6 3 1 0 1 12 GREEN 15 2-3 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 4 CARTER 25 1-6 0-0 2 0 2 2 4 1 1 2 HOUSE 8 2-6 2-4 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 6 CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION CEBALLOS DNP - COACH'S DECISION DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACLEAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-70 9-12 9 24 33 17 19 4 11 88 (.500) (.750) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 11(20 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 19 18 28 18 - 83 MIAMI 25 21 24 18 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 2, WALKER 2, S ELLIOTT, ROBINSON. MIAMI - BOWEN, CARTER, GRANT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 4-10 (.400), DUNCAN 0-1, FERRY 2-2, ANDERSON 0-2, PORTER 2-4, S ELLIOTT 0-1. MIAMI 9-16 (.563), BOWEN 1-2, HARDAWAY 5-8, MAJERLE 3-6. TECHNICALS: SAN ANTONIO - HEAD COACH POPOVICH, PORTER. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, LUIS GRILLO, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 16,500. T - 2:23.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 46 10-22 6-10 3-14 3 1 26 Ferry 23 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 6 Robinson 34 7-10 4-4 3-7 3 3 18 Anderson 39 3-8 1-2 1-1 4 3 7 Porter 28 5-8 0-1 2-4 2 1 12 Daniels 17 1-2 1-2 0-2 0 1 3 Walker 14 1-4 1-2 2-4 0 0 3 Johnson 20 2-7 0-0 0-0 2 3 4 S Elliott 17 2-5 0-1 1-5 0 1 4 Rose 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 S Kerr DNP - coach's decision Scott DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-70 13-22 12-38 14 14 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.471, FT-.591. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (Duncan 0-1, Ferry 2-2, Anderson 0-2, Porter 2-4, S Elliott 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Duncan 2, Walker 2, S Elliott, Robinson). Turnovers: 13 (Anderson 3, Porter 3, Robinson 2, Duncan, Rose, Walker). Steals: 9 (Anderson 3, Porter 3, Daniels, Johnson, Robinson).

MIAMI (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bowen 35 5-9 0-0 0-4 2 1 11 Mason 43 6-9 4-4 1-6 2 4 16 Grant 38 6-10 0-0 3-10 0 5 12 Hardaway 34 9-18 2-2 1-1 8 3 25 Majerle 42 4-9 1-2 0-6 3 1 12 Green 15 2-3 0-0 2-3 0 0 4 Carter 25 1-6 0-0 2-2 2 4 2 House 8 2-6 2-4 0-1 0 1 6 Causwell DNP - coach's decision Ceballos DNP - coach's decision Davis DNP - coach's decision Maclean DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-70 9-12 9-33 17 19 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 9-16, .563 (Bowen 1-2, Hardaway 5-8, Majerle 3-6). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Bowen, Carter, Grant). Turnovers: 11 (Mason 5, Hardaway 3, Carter, House, Majerle). Steals: 4 (Bowen, Carter, Grant, Mason). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 19 18 28 18 - 83 Miami 25 21 24 18 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: San Antonio 2 (Head Coach Popovich, 6:06 3rd; Porter, 1:52 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,500. T: 2:23. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Luis Grillo, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Tim Hardaway's late heroics helped the Miami Heat hand the San Antonio Spurs a rare defeat.

Hardaway, who scored 25 points, sank two of his five 3-pointers in the final eight minutes as the Heat held off the Spurs, 88-83, for their fourth straight victory.

San Antonio erased a 70-58 deficit late in the third quarter with a 12-0 run that extended into the final period and tied the game, 70-70, on Avery Johnson's driving layup with 10:01 remaining.

But with the shot clock ready to expire and Antonio Daniels draped all over him, Hardaway hit a off-balance 3-pointer from the right wing to give Miami the lead for good, 75-72, with 7:36 to play.

"They call me Bigs around here," Hardaway said. "Whenever we need a big play, they always say, `Bigs.' I just get the ball in my hands and do something."

Hardaway scored 12 points in the fourth period, including another 3-pointer that made it 86-81 with 20 seconds left.

"Tim Hardaway played the game he plays best," Miami coach Pat Riley said. "The key to the game for us was containing their perimeter game."

"We made some adjustments in the second half, got back in the game, but then Tim took over," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Tim used his court smarts and took over the game. Tim played very, very well tonight. He did some great things out there and beat us in the end."

Anthony Mason scored 16 points and Dan Majerle added 12 for the Heat, who have won eight of their last nine at home. All five starters reached double figures for the Heat as Brian Grant also scored 12 and Bruce Bowen contributed 11.

"We don't go into any game thinking we're going to lose, whether they have the best record or the worst record," Grant said. "We come out here to win."

Tim Duncan had a double-double with 26 points and 14 rebounds while David Robinson scored 18 points for the Spurs. But Derek Anderson, who averaged 25.7 in his previous three games, was held to just seven on 3-of-8 shooting.

"The Heat played very well tonight," Popovich added. "They were sharp and more aggressive than we were. The Heat penetrated on offense and their aggressiveness on defense put us back on our heels and we didn't react very well to that style of play. The Heat played a better 48 minutes than we did."

San Antonio, which has taken over the NBA's best record, lost for just the second time in its last 14 contests. The Spurs were looking to become the first team to reach 50 wins. Miami shot 50 percent (35-of-70) from the field.

"We had to play extremely well today and we did," Riley said. "We had to shoot the ball well against them and we did. You don't get many layups against them. You have to look for open shots. When you have the open shot, take it."

Facing a San Antonio club that was wrapping up a three-game Eastern swing, Miami opened a 36-23 lead with 7:09 remaining in the first half and dominated the Spurs for nearly three quarters.

When San Antonio cut the deficit to 62-58 on former Heat Terry Porter's layup with 4:02 left in the third quarter, Miami responded with eight straight points, opening a 70-58 lead on Majerle's technical foul shot with 1:52 to go in the quarter.

"We made too many mistakes throughout the whole game," Duncan said. "We did not give ourselves an opportunity to win the game."

But San Antonio showed why it has been the NBA's hottest team over the last month, holding Miami scoreless for nearly five minutes.

Johnson's steal and breakaway layup brought the Spurs within 70-65 with five seconds left in the third period and gave them momentum heading into the final quarter.

Mason finally ended Miami's drought, hitting a six-foot hook shot to give the Heat a 72-70 lead with 9:06 to play. Hardaway's jumper from the top of the key staked the Heat to an 81-77 lead with 2:30 to play.

Danny Ferry kept San Antonio in it with a 3-pointer from the right corner that made it 83-81 with 40 seconds left. But Hardaway answered with a 3-pointer from the left baseline that buried the Spurs.

"I had a good look at it," Hardaway said. "He (Robinson) thought I was going to go for the basket on the roll, plus they were out of position with mismatches."

"I know better," Robinson added. "I was supposed to be up on him. He's one of those guys that hits a lot of big shots at the end of games. I was standing back when I should have been right up on him to make him drive to the basket. It was a mistake on my part."

Miami hit 9-of-16 from 3-point range. Poor foul shooting also hurt San Antonio as it was just 13-of-22 from the line.

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