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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 22 26 29 18 95 LA LAKERS 23 22 29 22 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 26, TONY PARKER 20, STEVE SMITH 11 LAL - KOBE BRYANT 31, SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 24, ROBERT HORRY 23

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 11, DAVID ROBINSON 10, MALIK ROSE 7 LAL - SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 9, KOBE BRYANT 9, SAMAKI WALKER 9

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 8, TONY PARKER 4, ANTONIO DANIELS 2 LAL - ROBERT HORRY 4, KOBE BRYANT 3, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 18,997


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (95) AT LA LAKERS (96)

SAN ANTONIO

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

B BOWEN F 45 3-9 2-2 1 3 4 0 3 1 2 8 T DUNCAN F 44 11-28 4-4 1 10 11 8 3 0 4 26 D ROBINSON C 30 3-5 1-2 2 8 10 0 6 1 3 7 S SMITH G 28 4-11 1-3 1 4 5 0 4 1 1 11 T PARKER G 33 7-13 4-4 0 1 1 4 1 3 1 20 D FERRY 20 2-3 2-2 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 7 M ROSE 18 4-7 0-0 3 4 7 0 6 0 2 8 A DANIELS 18 1-4 4-4 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 6 C PARKS 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 M BRYANT 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 C SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION S JACKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-81 18-21 9 31 40 14 27 6 14 95 (.444) (.857) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14 (18 PTS)

LA LAKERS

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

R FOX F 33 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 2 4 1 2 4 S WALKER F 18 2-5 1-2 2 7 9 1 0 0 0 5 S O'NEAL C 42 8-19 8-9 3 6 9 1 5 1 3 24 K BRYANT G 47 11-24 9-9 2 7 9 3 4 1 6 31 D FISHER G 33 3-9 2-2 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 9 R HORRY 35 8-14 4-4 2 6 8 4 5 0 1 23 D GEORGE 16 0-4 0-0 3 1 4 1 2 1 0 0 L HUNTER 4 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 B SHAW 12 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 M RICHMOND DNP - COACH'S DECISION M MADSEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION S MEDVEDENKO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-80 24-28 13 30 43 18 22 6 13 96 (.425) (.857) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 13 (13 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 22 26 29 18 - 95 LA LAKERS 23 22 29 22 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - T DUNCAN 3, D ROBINSON, M ROSE. LA LAKERS - S O'NEAL 5, R HORRY 2, K BRYANT, D FISHER, S WALKER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 5-18 (.278), B BOWEN 0-4, S SMITH 2- 6, T PARKER 2-5, D FERRY 1-2, A DANIELS 0-1. LA LAKERS 4-12 (.333), D FISHER 1-3, R HORRY 3-7, D GEORGE 0-1, B SHAW 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: SAN ANTONIO - B BOWEN. LA LAKERS - R FOX, S O'NEAL, D GEORGE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MONTY MCCUTCHEN, NOLAN FINE, STEVE JAVIE. A - 18,997. T - 2:31.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (95)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Bowen 45 3-9 2-2 1-4 0 3 8 T Duncan 44 11-28 4-4 1-11 8 3 26 D Robinson 30 3-5 1-2 2-10 0 6 7 S Smith 28 4-11 1-3 1-5 0 4 11 T Parker 33 7-13 4-4 0-1 4 1 20 D Ferry 20 2-3 2-2 1-1 0 2 7 M Rose 18 4-7 0-0 3-7 0 6 8 A Daniels 18 1-4 4-4 0-1 2 1 6 C Parks 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 M Bryant 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 C Smith DNP - COACH'S DECISION S Jackson DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-81 18-21 9-40 14 27 95 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.444, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (B Bowen 0-4, S Smith 2-6, T Parker 2-5, D Ferry 1-2, A Daniels 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:5 (T Duncan 3, D Robinson, M Rose). Turnovers:14 (T Duncan 4, D Robinson 3, M Rose 2, B Bowen 2, S Smith, A Daniels, T Parker). Steals: 6 (T Parker 3, S Smith, D Robinson, B Bowen).

LA LAKERS (96)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Fox 33 2-4 0-0 0-2 2 4 4 S Walker 18 2-5 1-2 2-9 1 0 5 S O'Neal 42 8-19 8-9 3-9 1 5 24 K Bryant 47 11-24 9-9 2-9 3 4 31 D Fisher 33 3-9 2-2 1-2 2 1 9 R Horry 35 8-14 4-4 2-8 4 5 23 D George 16 0-4 0-0 3-4 1 2 0 L Hunter 4 0-0 0-2 0-0 2 1 0 B Shaw 12 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 M Richmond DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Madsen DNP - COACH'S DECISION S Medvedenko DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-80 24-28 13-43 18 22 96 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (D Fisher 1-3, R Horry 3-7, D George 0-1, B Shaw 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:10 (S O'Neal 5, R Horry 2, K Bryant, D Fisher, S Walker). Turnovers:13 (K Bryant 6, S O'Neal 3, R Fox 2, R Horry, D Fisher). Steals: 6 (S O'Neal, R Fox, K Bryant, D Fisher, B Shaw, D George).

------------------------------------------- SAN ANTONIO 22 26 29 18 - 95 LA LAKERS 23 22 29 22 - 96 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: San Antonio - 1 (B Bowen, 6:18 4th). La Lakers - 3 (R Fox, 6:13 3rd; S O'Neal, 8:54 4th; D George, 10:35 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,997. T: 2:31. Officials: Monty Mccutchen, Nolan Fine, Steve Javie.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Tim Duncan's horrific fourth quarter doomed the San Antonio Spurs.

Derek Fisher's two free throws with 15 seconds left gave the Los Angeles Lakers a 96-95 victory over the Spurs, who received poor play from Duncan down the stretch.

San Antonio built a 86-76 lead with 8:53 remaining on a free throw by Danny Ferry, but Robert Horry made two free throws for Los Angeles with 1:42 left to cut the deficit to 95-94.

The Spurs then went to Duncan, who was woefully short on a jumper. Los Angeles had a chance for the lead, but Horry committed an offensive foul.

Duncan took a long jumper and was short again, and Fisher grabbed the rebound and was fouled by Malik Rose. After Fisher made his free throws, the Spurs called a timeout and Duncan took a practice shot before going to the huddle.

San Antonio isolated Duncan on Shaquille O' Neal and Duncan backed him in before attempting a turnaround. O'Neal blocked the shot as Duncan and the Spurs clamored for a foul as time expired.

"It doesn't matter," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "The call wasn't made, the game's over. Make your own conclusions."

"Well, that was some finish in the ballgame," Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson said. "We played good defense in the last quarter. A lot of disputed calls down the stretch, but we ended up coming away with this one."

Duncan finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds but had just two points on 1-of-9 shooting in the fourth quarter. He missed all six shots in the lane in the period.

"Down the stretch, I couldn't get anything to go," Duncan said. "Whether that was good defense or my inefficiency, or whatever that may be, it happened."

Kobe Bryant led Los Angeles with 31 points while O'Neal scored 15 of his 24 in the second half.

The Lakers captured the season series with the Spurs, 3-1, and have won seven of eight meetings dating to last season's four-game sweep in the Western Conference finals.

Bryant had an efficient performance, making 11-of-24 shots while not attempting a 3-pointer. He made all nine free throws and added nine rebounds.

"Tonight was just a big test of our championship character," Bryant said. "It was just a matter of us showing our championship heart."

Before Duncan's struggles, San Antonio appeared to be in good shape to defeat the defending world champions for the second straight time. Ferry's free throw capped a 9-2 run to open the fourth quarter.

Bryant's two free throws pulled Los Angeles within 88-87 with 4:33 remaining. Steve Smith restored a three-point cushion before O'Neal sliced the deficit to one point with a pair of free throws.

Rose scored inside and Smith drained a 3-pointer for a 95-89 lead with 2:38 to go. But Fisher knocked down a 3-pointer and the Lakers went on to score the final seven points of the game.

Horry provided a lift with a season-high 23 points off the bench for Los Angeles, which trails Western Conference-leading Sacramento by 1 1/2 games. Horry made 8-of-14 shots, including three of the team's four 3-pointers.

"He was really key to us in this game," Jackson said. "In the second half, striking some outside shots and bringing their defense out allowed Shaq to get some room inside."

O'Neal came alive in the second half on both ends after a quiet first 24 minutes. He stifled David Robinson on the offensive end and eventually helped foul out Robinson and Rose.

Rookie Tony Parker scored 20 points and Smith added 11 for San Antonio, which has lost three straight after a season-high 13-game winning streak. Robinson managed just seven points and 11 rebounds.

"We've given up three fourth-quarter leads in the past three games; that's not a good way to go," Robinson said. "You have to finish them up and we haven't finished these three up."

The Lakers extended their home winning streak to 11 games.

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