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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 27 23 27 24 101 DENVER 25 13 24 18 80 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 36, DEREK ANDERSON 17, MALIK ROSE 10 DEN - ROBERT PACK 20, ANTONIO MCDYESS 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 13, MALIK ROSE 7 DEN - JAMES POSEY 11, ANTONIO MCDYESS 10

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - AVERY JOHNSON 12, TERRY PORTER 6 DEN - GEORGE MCCLOUD 7, ROBERT PACK 7

ATT: 13,796


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (101) AT DENVER (80)

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

DUNCAN F 38 10-16 16-19 4 9 13 4 3 0 3 36 FERRY F 13 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 2 ROBINSON C 20 1-4 2-4 0 6 6 1 1 0 1 4 ANDERSON G 40 6-13 3-4 0 1 1 3 0 4 3 17 PORTER G 25 1-6 0-0 0 2 2 6 0 0 1 2 S ELLIOTT 24 3-7 1-2 0 3 3 1 2 0 1 9 WALKER 15 4-7 0-0 1 5 6 1 0 0 1 8 JOHNSON 21 2-5 1-1 2 1 3 12 2 1 1 5 DANIELS 17 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 3 ROSE 20 4-7 1-2 1 6 7 2 2 1 0 10 S KERR 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 SCOTT 3 2-2 1-2 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 5

TOTALS 240 35-72 25-34 9 35 44 33 14 7 13 101 (.486) (.735) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14(13 PTS)

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

G MCCLOUD F 32 5-10 0-0 3 2 5 7 3 2 2 12 MCDYESS F 27 6-13 1-4 1 9 10 3 4 3 2 13 LAFRENTZ C 29 5-8 1-2 1 4 5 1 6 0 3 11 PACK G 40 8-14 4-6 0 1 1 7 2 1 2 20 POSEY G 36 5-17 2-2 7 4 11 1 0 0 1 12 VAN EXEL 27 2-7 0-0 1 2 3 6 2 0 2 4 WILLIS 24 2-10 0-0 2 5 7 0 3 1 2 4 BOWEN 14 2-4 0-2 1 1 2 0 1 1 1 4 D MCCLINTOCK 7 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 GOLDWIRE 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CHEANEY DNP - METACARPAL FRACTURE RIGHT HAND LENARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-86 8-16 16 30 46 25 22 8 15 80 (.407) (.500) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 15(19 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 27 23 27 24 - 101 DENVER 25 13 24 18 - 80

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - PORTER 2, WALKER 2, DANIELS, DUNCAN, S ELLIOTT. DENVER - LAFRENTZ 3, WILLIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 6-16 (.375), FERRY 0-2, ANDERSON 2-5, PORTER 0-4, S ELLIOTT 2-3, DANIELS 1-1, ROSE 1-1. DENVER 2-6 (.333), G MCCLOUD 2-3, LAFRENTZ 0-1, POSEY 0-1, VAN EXEL 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, BLANE REICHELT, GARY BENSON. A - 13,796. T - 2:00.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 38 10-16 16-19 4-13 4 3 36 Ferry 13 1-3 0-0 1-2 1 1 2 Robinson 20 1-4 2-4 0-6 1 1 4 Anderson 40 6-13 3-4 0-1 3 0 17 Porter 25 1-6 0-0 0-2 6 0 2 S Elliott 24 3-7 1-2 0-3 1 2 9 Walker 15 4-7 0-0 1-6 1 0 8 Johnson 21 2-5 1-1 2-3 12 2 5 Daniels 17 1-2 0-0 0-1 2 1 3 Rose 20 4-7 1-2 1-7 2 2 10 S Kerr 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Scott 3 2-2 1-2 0-0 0 2 5 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-72 25-34 9-44 33 14 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.735. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Ferry 0-2, Anderson 2-5, Porter 0-4, S Elliott 2-3, Daniels 1-1, Rose 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 7 (Porter 2, Walker 2, Daniels, Duncan, S Elliott). Turnovers: 14 (Anderson 3, Duncan 3, Daniels, Johnson, Porter, Robinson, S Elliott, Scott, Walker). Steals: 7 (Anderson 4, Johnson, Rose, Scott).

DENVER (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp G Mccloud 32 5-10 0-0 3-5 7 3 12 Mcdyess 27 6-13 1-4 1-10 3 4 13 Lafrentz 29 5-8 1-2 1-5 1 6 11 Pack 40 8-14 4-6 0-1 7 2 20 Posey 36 5-17 2-2 7-11 1 0 12 Van Exel 27 2-7 0-0 1-3 6 2 4 Willis 24 2-10 0-0 2-7 0 3 4 Bowen 14 2-4 0-2 1-2 0 1 4 D Mcclintock 7 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 Goldwire 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Cheaney DNP - metacarpal fracture right hand Lenard DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-86 8-16 16-46 25 22 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.407, FT-.500. 3-Point Goals: 2-6, .333 (G Mccloud 2-3, Lafrentz 0-1, Posey 0-1, Van Exel 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 4 (Lafrentz 3, Willis). Turnovers: 15 (Lafrentz 3, G Mccloud 2, Mcdyess 2, Pack 2, Van Exel 2, Willis 2, Bowen, Posey). Steals: 8 (Mcdyess 3, G Mccloud 2, Bowen, Pack, Willis). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 27 23 27 24 - 101 Denver 25 13 24 18 - 80 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,796. T: 2:00. Officials: Joe Forte, Blane Reichelt, Gary Benson.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Tim Duncan had 36 points and 13 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs finally solved the Denver Nuggets with a 101-80 victory.

In his league-leading 61st double-double, Duncan made 10-of-16 shots and continued his resurgence at the foul line by sinking 16-of-19 free throws to lead the Spurs to their first victory in three meetings with the Nuggets.

"Duncan would get my vote for MVP," Nuggets coach Dan Issel said. "When we double-teamed him he made excellent decisions passing the ball and when we didn't double-team him, he scored."

"In our offense, the ball goes through Tim and he makes a lot of things happen," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

Denver was the only Western Conference team San Antonio had not beaten. The Nuggets notched a 102-92 home victory on November 24 and a 102-96 win at San Antonio on December 14.

Both those games came in the early stages of the season, before the Nuggets unraveled with injuries and inconsistency and the Spurs found the chemistry that has given them the best record in the NBA at 53-22.

"Denver surprised us a couple of times this year and we came in here and had to match their energy," Duncan said. "We kept our focus, hit free throws and went to the glass well. They double-teamed pretty quickly. We moved the ball well and got some easy baskets."

Derek Anderson scored 13 of his 17 points in the second quarter for the Spurs, who took the lead for good late in the first quarter and cruised to their seventh victory in nine games.

San Antonio holds a one-game lead over Philadelphia for the best record in the league and home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs. When the Spurs had the home-court edge in 1999, they roared to the title.

"We're playing pretty good right now," Popovich said. "We're playing good defense and when we do that, we're a pretty good team."

"They're the best team in the NBA," Nuggets guard George McCloud said. "It's tough to guard Duncan, but it's even tougher when he has six or seven role players around him that are playing well."

Robert Pack scored 20 points for the Nuggets, who were held to 80 points or less for the sixth time this season, falling to 0-6 in those games. Denver has lost 11 of its last 17 contests.

Duncan scored 11 points in the first quarter, including two free throws that closed the period and gave San Antonio the lead for good at 27-25.

The Nuggets whittled a 50-38 halftime deficit to three points in the first three minutes of the third quarter, but Duncan scored 15 points in the period to rebuild the lead to 77-62 entering the final 12 minutes.

Avery Johnson handed out 12 assists and Malik Rose had 10 points and seven boards for the Spurs, who shot 49 percent (35-of-72) and made 25-of-34 free throws.

Antonio McDyess played despite a kneecap injury and collected 13 points and 10 rebounds for Denver, which shot 41 percent (35-of-86) and made just 8-of-16 from the line. Teammate Nick Van Exel played through a back strain but scored four points.

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