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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 28 20 24 24 96 WASHINGTON 13 22 26 30 91 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 22, CHARLES SMITH 21, STEVE SMITH 20 WAS - HUBERT DAVIS 22, MICHAEL JORDAN 20, CHRIS WHITNEY 20

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - DAVID ROBINSON 10, TIM DUNCAN 7 WAS - JAHIDI WHITE 19, POPEYE JONES 9

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - TERRY PORTER 7, ANTONIO DANIELS 6 WAS - CHRIS WHITNEY 4, MICHAEL JORDAN 4

ATT: 20,674


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (96) AT WASHINGTON (91)

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

DUNCAN F 43 6-17 10-12 0 7 7 2 3 3 6 22 S SMITH F 37 8-11 1-1 2 3 5 3 3 1 0 20 ROBINSON C 30 4-7 2-2 4 6 10 1 6 0 2 10 DANIELS G 37 4-12 1-2 0 2 2 6 2 2 1 9 C SMITH G 39 8-14 1-5 1 1 2 1 5 2 0 21 ROSE 19 4-8 1-3 0 4 4 2 3 0 2 9 PORTER 19 0-4 2-2 0 3 3 7 0 1 1 2 S JACKSON 12 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 3 BRYANT 4 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 HART DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCCASKILL DNP - COACH'S DECISION C PARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-75 18-27 8 27 35 22 24 9 13 96 (.467) (.667) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 13(14 PTS)

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

P JONES F 32 4-8 2-2 6 3 9 2 5 1 1 10 JORDAN F 40 5-21 10-16 0 1 1 4 0 0 4 20 J WHITE C 36 5-12 5-8 11 8 19 0 5 0 0 15 DAVIS G 39 10-14 0-0 0 4 4 2 2 2 1 22 C WHITNEY G 40 5-12 7-7 0 5 5 4 5 4 3 20 HAYWOOD 13 1-3 0-0 2 2 4 0 4 0 2 2 NESBY 17 1-5 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 0 1 2 BROWN 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 THOMAS 13 0-4 0-0 1 5 6 1 1 0 1 0 SIMMONS 8 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 LUE DNP - STRAINED LEFT GROIN

TOTALS 240 31-81 24-33 21 31 52 13 23 7 13 91 (.383) (.727) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 14(20 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 28 20 24 24 - 96 WASHINGTON 13 22 26 30 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN, ROSE, C SMITH, ROBINSON. WASHINGTON - THOMAS 2, JORDAN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 8-20 (.400), S SMITH 3-4, DANIELS 0-5, C SMITH 4-5, ROSE 0-1, PORTER 0-3, S JACKSON 1-2. WASHINGTON 5-14 (.357), DAVIS 2-3, C WHITNEY 3-8, NESBY 0-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TED BERNHARDT, LEROY RICHARDSON, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 20,674. T - 2:24.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 43 6-17 10-12 0-7 2 3 22 S Smith 37 8-11 1-1 2-5 3 3 20 Robinson 30 4-7 2-2 4-10 1 6 10 Daniels 37 4-12 1-2 0-2 6 2 9 C Smith 39 8-14 1-5 1-2 1 5 21 Rose 19 4-8 1-3 0-4 2 3 9 Porter 19 0-4 2-2 0-3 7 0 2 S Jackson 12 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 2 3 Bryant 4 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Hart DNP - coach's decision Mccaskill DNP - coach's decision C Parks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-75 18-27 8-35 22 24 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.467, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 8-20, .400 (S Smith 3-4, Daniels 0-5, C Smith 4-5, Rose 0-1, Porter 0-3, S Jackson 1-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 4 (Duncan, Rose, C Smith, Robinson). Turnovers: 13 (Duncan 6, Robinson 2, Rose 2, Daniels, Porter, S Jackson). Steals: 9 (Duncan 3, C Smith 2, Daniels 2, Porter, S Smith).

WASHINGTON (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp P Jones 32 4-8 2-2 6-9 2 5 10 Jordan 40 5-21 10-16 0-1 4 0 20 J White 36 5-12 5-8 11-19 0 5 15 Davis 39 10-14 0-0 0-4 2 2 22 C Whitney 40 5-12 7-7 0-5 4 5 20 Haywood 13 1-3 0-0 2-4 0 4 2 Nesby 17 1-5 0-0 1-4 0 1 2 Brown 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Thomas 13 0-4 0-0 1-6 1 1 0 Simmons 8 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Lue DNP - strained left groin _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-81 24-33 21-52 13 23 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.383, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Davis 2-3, C Whitney 3-8, Nesby 0-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Thomas 2, Jordan). Turnovers: 14 (Jordan 4, C Whitney 3, Haywood 2, Davis, Nesby, P Jones, Thomas). Steals: 7 (C Whitney 4, Davis 2, P Jones). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 28 20 24 24 - 96 Washington 13 22 26 30 - 91 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,674. T: 2:24. Officials: Ted Bernhardt, Leroy Richardson, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Tim Duncan made sure the San Antonio Spurs did not suffer a second straight last-second loss.

Duncan scored 16 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Spurs held on for a 96-91 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Coming off a two-point loss at New Jersey, San Antonio seemed on the verge of squandering a 10-point lead in the final three minutes Tuesday.

But Duncan, who made just one of his first 12 shots, banked in a 15-footer with 12 seconds remaining to give the Spurs a 93-88 lead.

"Yeah, it's a `W.' We fought hard all the way through," Duncan said. "They did a great job of trying to get back into the game. They hit some shots down the stretch and we missed some free throws to give them an opportunity to really get back in the game. But we held them off. It was a great win for us."

Washington did not go quietly as Chris Whitney sank a 3-pointer with 9.2 seconds left. Antonio Daniels hit 1-of-2 from the line for the Spurs with 8.6 seconds left, keeping it a one-possession game.

But Whitney missed a 3-pointer with three seconds to play and Duncan clinched the win by converted two free throws with one second to go.

"Both teams really played hard, played aggressively, played unselfishly and executed pretty well," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "We were fortunate to end up on the right end of the score."

Charles Smith, replacing the injured Tony Parker, scored a career-high 21 points in his first start for the Spurs and held Michael Jordan to a quiet 20 points. Steve Smith scored 20 points for San Antonio.

"Michael's a tough cover, as everyone knows," Popovich said. "He didn't have one of his best nights shooting, but I thought Charles really worked hard and did a good job in his first start. I told him the good news is you get to start tonight, and the bad news is you get to guard Michael."

Jordan made just 5-of-21 shots and was held to just 11 points over the first three quarters before trying to rally Washington in the final period.

"I just tried to distract him and make him take the most difficult shots as possible," Charles Smith said. "That's all I could ask for. I thought it about all day after coach told me I was starting and guard Michael.

"But, hey, I used to watch him as a kid," Smith continued. "I just said, `Well, I'm going to be in awe for a minute, but once the ball tips up, I have to defend him and do my job.' And that's what I did."

The Wizards have lost three straight for the first time since Jordan challenged his new teammates following a 5-12 start. Washington responded with a nine-game winning streak but is just 4-5 since.

Jordan also struggled from the foul line, making just 10-of-16, and was his own worst critic.

"You've got to give our guys credit," Jordan said. "They played their hearts out. Me, I stunk it up. I missed six free throws, which if you look at the outcome of the game, six free throws makes the difference in the ballgame."

Early on, it did not appear the game would come down to the final seconds as the Spurs opened a 28-13 first-quarter lead. They held a 48-35 advantage at the half as Charles Smith scored 18 points.

But the Wizards began to make their move in the third quarter, closing to 70-61 on Whitney's 3-pointer with 51 seconds left in the period.

Washington got within 77-73 on Jordan's basket with 8:20 left, but Charles Smith's 3-pointer and Duncan's jumper gave the Spurs an 82-73 margin.

San Antonio seemed to be in control when Daniels hit a 3-pointer to make it 90-80 with 3:21 left, but Jordan hit 3-of-4 free throws to make it 90-83.

After Duncan converted 1-of-2 from the line, Jahidi White made a pair and tipped in Jordan's miss to pull the Wizards within 91-87 with 56 seconds left. Jordan had a chance to make it a two-point game, but converted only 1-of-2 from the line with 27 seconds to go.

"Mike got some points, but all in all, I thought Charles won the battle," Duncan said. "He got up into his face and stole the ball a couple times. He really harassed him and frustrated him."

All five starters scored in double figures for the Wizards' led by Davis' 22. Whitney also scored 20 points, while White and Popeye Jones added 15 and 10, respectively.

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