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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 22 22 21 20 85 MINNESOTA 19 16 25 17 77 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 25, DAVID ROBINSON 18, STEVE SMITH 12 MIN - WALLY SZCZERBIAK 21, KEVIN GARNETT 17, JOE SMITH 10

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 11, DAVID ROBINSON 8, MALIK ROSE 8 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 10, JOE SMITH 9, MARC JACKSON 5

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - TONY PARKER 6, BRUCE BOWEN 4, TIM DUNCAN 4 MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 8, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 5, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 3

ATT: 19,799


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (85) AT MINNESOTA (77)

SAN ANTONIO

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

B BOWEN F 40 3-5 1-2 0 2 2 4 2 3 1 8 T DUNCAN F 42 11-24 3-6 3 8 11 4 1 1 2 25 D ROBINSON C 33 8-10 2-2 2 6 8 3 5 2 2 18 S SMITH G 26 4-13 2-2 0 3 3 0 0 1 1 12 T PARKER G 36 2-6 2-2 0 1 1 6 2 0 3 6 D FERRY 10 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 M ROSE 21 5-11 0-0 5 3 8 1 2 0 2 10 A DANIELS 20 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 2 T PORTER 12 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 4 C PARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION M BRYANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION C SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-76 10-14 10 26 36 21 15 7 12 85 (.474) (.714) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16 (11 PTS)

MINNESOTA

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

K GARNETT F 42 6-12 5-6 3 7 10 8 4 1 7 17 J SMITH F 26 4-10 2-2 3 6 9 0 2 1 0 10 R NESTEROVIC C 26 3-7 0-0 2 2 4 0 2 0 1 6 W SZCZERBIAK G 45 9-20 0-0 1 2 3 3 2 0 3 21 C BILLUPS G 31 3-8 1-1 0 4 4 5 2 1 1 7 M JACKSON 20 2-6 1-2 3 2 5 0 2 0 1 5 A PEELER 27 2-9 0-0 2 1 3 1 2 0 2 4 G TRENT 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 W AVERY 17 3-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 7 L WOODS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 S MITCHELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION F LOPEZ DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-76 9-11 14 26 40 18 19 4 17 77 (.421) (.818) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 18 (16 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 22 22 21 20 - 85 MINNESOTA 19 16 25 17 - 77

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - T DUNCAN 3, D ROBINSON 2, B BOWEN. MINNESOTA - J SMITH 2, R NESTEROVIC 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 3-6 (.500), B BOWEN 1-1, S SMITH 2- 5. MINNESOTA 4-14 (.286), K GARNETT 0-1, W SZCZERBIAK 3-6, C BILLUPS 0- 2, A PEELER 0-3, W AVERY 1-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: SAN ANTONIO - M ROSE. MINNESOTA - DEFENSIVE THREE, , K GARNETT. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, KEVIN FEHR, TIM DONAGHY. A - 19,799. T - 2:01.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (85)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Bowen 40 3-5 1-2 0-2 4 2 8 T Duncan 42 11-24 3-6 3-11 4 1 25 D Robinson 33 8-10 2-2 2-8 3 5 18 S Smith 26 4-13 2-2 0-3 0 0 12 T Parker 36 2-6 2-2 0-1 6 2 6 D Ferry 10 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 M Rose 21 5-11 0-0 5-8 1 2 10 A Daniels 20 1-2 0-0 0-2 2 0 2 T Porter 12 2-5 0-0 0-0 0 3 4 C Parks DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Bryant DNP - COACH'S DECISION C Smith DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-76 10-14 10-36 21 15 85 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 3-6, .500 (B Bowen 1-1, S Smith 2-5). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:6 (T Duncan 3, D Robinson 2, B Bowen). Turnovers:12 (T Parker 3, D Robinson 2, M Rose 2, T Duncan 2, S Smith, B Bowen, T Porter). Steals: 7 (B Bowen 3, D Robinson 2, S Smith, T Duncan).

MINNESOTA (77)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 42 6-12 5-6 3-10 8 4 17 J Smith 26 4-10 2-2 3-9 0 2 10 R Nesterovic 26 3-7 0-0 2-4 0 2 6 W Szczerbiak 45 9-20 0-0 1-3 3 2 21 C Billups 31 3-8 1-1 0-4 5 2 7 M Jackson 20 2-6 1-2 3-5 0 2 5 A Peeler 27 2-9 0-0 2-3 1 2 4 G Trent 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 W Avery 17 3-4 0-0 0-2 1 1 7 L Woods 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 S Mitchell DNP - COACH'S DECISION F Lopez DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-76 9-11 14-40 18 19 77 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.421, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (K Garnett 0-1, W Szczerbiak 3-6, C Billups 0-2, A Peeler 0-3, W Avery 1-2). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:4 (J Smith 2, R Nesterovic 2). Turnovers:17 (K Garnett 7, W Szczerbiak 3, A Peeler 2, G Trent, M Jackson, W Avery, C Billups, R Nesterovic). Steals: 4 (J Smith, K Garnett, C Billups, W Avery).

------------------------------------------- SAN ANTONIO 22 22 21 20 - 85 MINNESOTA 19 16 25 17 - 77 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: San Antonio - 1 (M Rose, 10:00 4th). Minnesota - (Defensive Three, 3:09 2nd; ; K Garnett, 10:00 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,799. T: 2:01. Officials: Joe Forte, Kevin Fehr, Tim Donaghy.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- With power forwards Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett shutting each other down, it was up to the role players to make big shots down the stretch.

Steve Smith made a clutch 3-pointer with just under a minute left and rookie Tony Parker scored four of his six points in the final 24 seconds as the San Antonio Spurs held on for an 85-77 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Timberwolves never led after halftime but rallied from a 12-point deficit, pulling within 78-75 on a basket by Anthony Peeler with 4:23 remaining. Both teams went to their All-Star forwards, who defended each other perfectly.

Duncan missed three shots and Garnett misfired on a pair as the score remained intact for more than three minutes.

"We had no offensive flow," said Minnesota coach Flip Saunders, who saw his team score two points in the final four minutes. "We had opportunities and couldn't get into our offense. We just didn't get the ball to the right guys down the stretch."

Minnesota’s Wally Szczerbiak, also an All-Star, missed three shots during the stretch before Smith buried a 3-pointer for an 81-75 cushion with 57 seconds to go.

"I'm a professional. At the end of the night, and there's a play at the end, I'm going to hit a big shot or do something," Smith said. "I've been in this situation a million times and I want the situation."

Garnett finally broke through and made a layup nine seconds later, but Parker responded with an acrobatic layup with 21 seconds left to restore the six-point edge. The 19-year-old point guard added a pair of free throws with 10 seconds remaining to seal the victory.

Duncan collected 25 points and 11 rebounds and David Robinson added 18 and eight as the Spurs avoided their third straight road loss.

"We're a little up-and-down right now," Duncan said. "We're by no means done. We're far from done. We're looking to peak at the right time and this is a good place to start."

Smith finished with 12 points and Malik Rose added 10 and eight rebounds off the bench for San Antonio, which outscored Minnesota, 54-26 in the paint.

"We're more of an inside team than they are," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Our strength is inside and their strength is transition and shooting jumpers."

"We attacked them down low," Duncan said. "We did a grat job down there of sucking the defense in and kicking the ball out."

Garnett nearly recorded a triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Szczerbiak scored 15 of his 21 points in the third quarter for the Timberwolves, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

"It was a playoff-type game and we let it get away from us," Szczerbiak said. "They came at us and we didn't come out with the edge we needed."

Joe Smith collected 10 points and nine rebounds for Minnesota, which shot only 42 percent (32-of-76) and was 4-of-14 from 3-point range.

The Spurs had their largest lead, 56-44 after Steve Smith sank a free throw with 5:56 remaining in the third quarter. They had a 53-62 lead before the Timberwolves scored seven of the period’s final 10 points.

Szczerbiak provided all the offense during the burst, nailing a 3-pointer and fadeaway jumper before beating the buzzer with a runner to bring Minnesota within 65-60.

Terry Porter sank a pair of jumpers as the Spurs extended their lead to 72-62 with 9:30 remaining. But the Timberwolves responded with an 11-4 spurt.

Szczerbiak sparked the run with a running jumper and capped it with a 12-footer to make it 76-73 with with 5:03 to go, but the All-Star guard would not score again.

Duncan and Robinson each scored eight points in the first quarter for the Spurs, who took the lead for good, 16-14 on a jumper by Malik Rose with 1:42 remaining.

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