Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/29

Game 1: Friday, November 29th
Game 2: Tuesday, January 14th
Game 3: Tuesday, March 4th
Game 4: Sunday, April 13th

Suns 100

(24-15, 7-12 away)

Spurs 108


    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, January 14, 2003

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    PHX 26 18 21 29 6100
    SA 20 23 28 23 14108

    Top Performers

    PHX: S. Marbury 29 Pts, 8 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

    SA: T. Duncan 38 Pts, 16 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 Blk

    Duncan comes through in clutch in overtime

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Known for his double-doubles, Tim Duncan was one assist short of a triple-double as the San Antonio Spurs scored a 108-100 overtime victory Tuesday night over the Phoenix Suns.

    amare stoudemire

    Amare Stoudemire got stuck between a pair of Spurs, but still scored 24 points.

    Duncan scored a season-high 38 points, including eight in overtime, grabbed 16 rebounds and had nine assists as San Antonio won for the fifth time in the last six games.

    ''It was a great game for the good guys, I guess,'' San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. ''When they make a shot to send the game to overtime, sometimes you let up, but the guys didn't do that. I was pleased with their performance in overtime.''

    San Antonio also got 15 points from Tony Parker, and 11 apiece from David Robinson and Steve Smith.

    Stephon Marbury had 29 points, Amare Stoudemire 24 and Shawn Marion 23 for Phoenix, which lost for the first time in three games.

    ''He's (Duncan) our go-to-guy just like Stephon Marbury is their guy,'' Popovich said. ''He did what he was supposed to do and Tim did what he was supposed to do and that is why they are superstars.

    ''He made great passes out of the post and played unselfishly.''

    The Spurs never trailed after the third quarter, but Marbury's 3-point basket with three seconds left in the fourth forced the overtime with the teams tied at 94. But it was no contest thereafter with Duncan leading San Antonio to a 102-96 lead with 2:03 to play in the extra session.

    The Suns missed their first five shots in overtime.

    Smith made four consecutive free throws over the final 25 seconds to assure the victory.

    ''We fought hard and really stayed in the game,'' Phoenix coach Frank Johnson said. ''He (Duncan) showed why he is the reigning MVP in the league. He stepped up when he needed to and that is what an MVP does. He played phenomenal and by almost completing a triple-double that definitely says a lot about what he brings to his team. He had an incredible performance.''

    Behind 14 points by Marbury, Phoenix led 44-43 at halftime. San Antonio closed the second quarter with a 10-4 run to narrow the gap at the break.

    ''We showed great poise after Marbury hit that shot,'' said Duncan, who was 16-for-25 from the field. ''Lucky or not it was a great shot. Pop called a couple of plays for me and they just seemed to stop doubling me. If they don't double, I'm going to make my move.''

    The Spurs opened the third quarter with a 19-11 run and led 62-55 on Robinson's follow dunk with 5:45 to play in the period. Duncan had 14 points in the third quarter, and the Spurs led 71-65 entering the fourth.

    ''They really are a great team, and well-coached,'' Marbury said. ''Tim Duncan was a monster for them. Everyone on that team knows their role, and that is definitely why this team is a playoff team.''

    San Antonio outrebounded Phoenix by a 56-51 count.

    ''Even though these last two wins have not been pretty, it does get the momentum going back in our favor,'' Robinson said. ''Being down late or in close games at the end and not getting out of sync shows that we are maturing as a team.''

    Game notes

    With the victory, San Antonio improved to 52-60 overall against the Suns and 1-1 this season. ... Phoenix had defeated San Antonio 94-87 on Nov. 29 in Arizona . . . The Spurs are now 16-3 at home. ... San Antonio came into the game leading the league in blocked shots (266) and added nine against Phoenix. ... Duncan's double-double was his 27th of the season and 314th of his career in 408 games. ... Phoenix is now 7-12 on the road this season. ... Selected as co-Western Conference Player of the Week on Monday, Marbury topped the 20-point mark for the 17th time this season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 100 108
    FGM-FGA 38-97 (.392) 37-92 (.402)
    3PM-3PA 3-9 (.333) 6-18 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 21-28 (.750) 28-33 (.848)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 19-51 19-56
    Assists 15 21
    Turnovers 11 13
    Steals 8 7
    Blocks 6 9
    Fast Break Points 10 2
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 30 (1/0) 21 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Stephon Marbury Marbury
    Points: 29
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 38
    Reb: 16
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 4