Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 2/1

Game 1: Saturday, February 1st
Game 2: Tuesday, February 25th

Spurs 67

(31-16, 12-12 away)

Heat 65

(16-31, 10-13 home)

    Coverage: KRRT

    8:00 PM ET, February 1, 2003

    AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 18 13 22 1467
    MIA 10 22 18 1565

    Top Performers

    SA: T. Duncan 17 Pts, 25 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 5 Blk

    Mia: E. Jones 17 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Spurs, Heat combine for ninth-fewest points since '54

    MIAMI (AP) -- It was no wonder Tim Duncan set a career mark with 25 rebounds on Saturday night.

     Tim Duncan

    The Miami Heat gave him plenty of opportunities.

    Tony Parker made one of two free throws with 18 seconds left as the Spurs defeated the Heat 67-65, in a game which saw the teams combine for the ninth-fewest points since the 24-second shot clock was introduced in 1954.

    "This was one of those games that set basketball back 10 years," San Antonio forward Malike Rose said.

    After Parker's free throw, Travis Best missed a 3-point attempt for Miami and Caron Butler missed a jumper inside the free throw line in the final 18 seconds.

    "I had a great look and it just went in and out," Butler said.

    Parker scored a game-high 18 points, while Duncan added 17 and grabbed 23 defensive rebounds. Duncan topped his previous career best of 23, which he had on three other occasions. His 25 rebounds were the most in the league this season.

    "There were a lot of them coming off the glass," Duncan said. "They shot 90-something times. They were there to be had."

    Miami actually shot 92 times, making only 26 of them to finish at 28 percent.

    It was a season-low point total for the Spurs. The Heat scored just 65 points for the third time.

    "We played the game well, we just shot it poorly," Miami coach Pat Riley said. "We just needed to make four or five shots."

    The Spurs played sloppy as well, turning the ball over 27 times.

    "I hesitate to think what they would have scored if we hadn't turned the ball over so much," Duncan said. "It might have been in the 40s."

    Stephen Jackson scored six points within the first three minutes of the fourth quarter to put San Antonio ahead for good, 61-55.

    Eddie Jones, who led the Heat with 17 points, hit two free throws with 24 seconds remaining to cut San Antonio's lead to 66-65.

    The Spurs were without center David Robinson in the second half, who sat out with an injured right knee. Robinson finished with three points and two rebounds.

    After Duncan's hook shot with 2:43 remaining in the second quarter put San Antonio ahead, 31-24, Miami ran off eight unanswered points to end the half. Caron Butler's jumper with 5 seconds remaining gave the Heat a 32-31 halftime lead.

    Game notes
    Duncan's 23 defensive rebounds set a San Antonio all-time single game record, previously held by Dennis Rodman, who had 22. ... Duncan's 10 rebounds in the first quarter tied an all-time best against Miami for a quarter. New York's Patrick Ewing also grabbed 10 defensive rebounds in a quarter against the Heat in Dec., 1992 Eddie Jones reached the 500th double-figure scoring game of his career with his 17-point performance against the Spurs. Jones scored in double figures in 245 games with the Los Angeles Lakers, 93 games with the Charlotte Hornets and now has reached the total in 162 games with Miami. The Heat scored a season-low 10 first-quarter points against the Spurs.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 67 65
    FGM-FGA 21-56 (.375) 26-92 (.283)
    3PM-3PA 3-9 (.333) 5-15 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 22-28 (.786) 8-10 (.800)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 4-47 20-48
    Assists 9 15
    Turnovers 27 13
    Steals 6 13
    Blocks 8 4
    Fast Break Points 2 2
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 21 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 17
    Reb: 25
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 5
    Eddie Jones Jones
    Points: 17
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2