Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/24

Game 1: Sunday, November 24th
Game 2: Wednesday, December 18th
Game 3: Wednesday, January 8th
Game 4: Friday, April 11th

Spurs 91


SuperSonics 88

(14-12, 5-5 home)

    Coverage: KENS

    7:00 PM ET, December 18, 2002

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 25 28 19 1991
    SEA 21 28 22 1788

    Top Performers

    SA: T. Duncan 18 Pts, 15 Reb, 8 Ast, 4 Blk

    Sea: G. Payton 25 Pts, 2 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Stl

    Duncan, Spurs snap four-game road losing streak

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Nate McMillan didn't like the way this one was whistled.

    Tim Duncan

    Tony Parker

    Tony Parker scored 22 points and Tim Duncan narrowly missed a triple-double with 18 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists as the San Antonio Spurs outlasted the Seattle SuperSonics 91-88 in a seesaw game Wednesday night.

    "Both teams could have easily won or lost this game,'' San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said.

    David Robinson scored 18 points and had 10 rebounds and Steve Smith scored 13 points off the bench as the Spurs snapped a four-game road losing streak.

    Afterward, McMillan complained about what didn't happen.

    "I don't know what was going on,'' McMillan said. "A lot of the calls were missed, calls that we thought we deserved and they cost us the game. It's tough to overcome.''

    The most questionable call came with just over two minutes to go and the Spurs leading 88-81. Desmond Mason put up a shot in the paint as three defenders swarmed him, and Duncan was credited with one of his four blocked shots.

    No foul was called, San Antonio came away with the ball and McMillan was assessed a technical foul.

    "I thought it was bad officiating,'' McMillan said. "Mase got cracked under the basket and didn't get the call. Those are obvious.''

    Gary Payton had 25 points and eight assists, Vladimir Radmanovic scored 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting, Rashard Lewis added 15 points and Brent Barry had 12. The Sonics, though, missed two late shots that would have forced overtime.

    "We tried going in to Rashard on the block to force a mismatch, but there was just a strange flow to the game tonight,'' Barry said.

    With the Spurs ahead 91-88, Duncan threw an ill-advised crosscourt pass to Stephen Jackson in the left corner. It was off the mark, and the turnover gave Seattle the ball with 16.8 seconds to go.

    Lewis drove and flipped a shot from the left side of the key over the basket. The ball went out of bounds and officials determined the Spurs touched it last, giving Seattle another possession with 9.8 seconds to play.

    Barry inbounded to Lewis, who threw up a 25-footer as Duncan tried to get a hand up near the sideline in front of the San Antonio bench. The Spurs collected the rebound with 5.4 seconds remaining.

    "I didn't force him there. He just went,'' Duncan said.

    Danny Ferry was ready to inbound when Mason drew an offensive foul on Smith, giving the Sonics yet another chance. After a timeout, Payton missed a straightaway 27-footer just before the horn, his only fourth-quarter shot.

    "It just happens sometimes,'' Popovich said when asked how the Spurs defended Payton in the fourth period. "You guys want a really amazing answer or an amazing defense, but we didn't do anything.''

    It was tied at 80 at the five-minute mark before Duncan scored twice on tip-ins during a 9-1 burst over the next three minutes.

    "He just had his fingertips around the tin all night,'' Barry said. "That's pretty demoralizing when you play defense for 20 seconds and force a bad shot and all of a sudden the guy just tips the ball in.''

    The Sonics, though, charged back. Radmanovic hit a 3-pointer and a jumper and Barry threw down a dunk over Duncan to pull the Sonics to 91-88 with 49 seconds to go.

    "We have a little too much size for them and they have a little too much speed and shooting for us,'' Duncan said. "We're up eight or nine points down the stretch and they hit two or three in a row. It makes it a whole new ballgame.''

    Game notes

    Sonics G Kenny Anderson was fined an undisclosed amount for missing Tuesday's practice. He suited up but didn't play. ... Parker was whistled for a third-quarter technical after he pulled his jersey over his head to protest a foul call. Spurs F Bruce Bowen continued to argue the call and got a technical, too. ... Spurs G Steve Kerr didn't make the trip because of a family emergency.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 91 88
    FGM-FGA 32-74 (.432) 31-76 (.408)
    3PM-3PA 3-14 (.214) 3-13 (.231)
    FTM-FTA 24-30 (.800) 23-32 (.719)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-45 12-36
    Assists 14 16
    Turnovers 17 10
    Steals 2 7
    Blocks 7 1
    Fast Break Points 1 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (2/0) 28 (5/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 18
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 4
    Gary Payton Payton
    Points: 25
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0