Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/9

Game 1: Saturday, November 9th
Trail Blazers95Final
Spurs76
Game 2: Thursday, January 9th
Spurs87Final
Trail Blazers90
Game 3: Tuesday, February 11th
Spurs116Final
OT
Trail Blazers111
Game 4: Wednesday, April 9th
Trail Blazers79Final
Spurs84

Spurs 116

 

Trail Blazers 111

(32-17, 14-7 home)

    Coverage: KRRT

    7:00 PM ET, February 11, 2003

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    SA 28 23 27 24 14116
    POR 27 17 35 23 9111

    Top Performers

    San Antonio: T. Duncan 36 Pts, 15 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl, 5 Blk

    Portland: S. Pippen 19 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 5 Stl, 1 Blk

    Ginobili's 3-pointer helps Spurs secure OT win

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Two of the NBA's hottest teams heading into the All-Star break put on a thrilling show to start the second half of their seasons Tuesday night.

    Tim Duncan

    Tim Duncan, right, and San Antonio snapped Portland's four-game win streak Tuesday.

    Emmanuel Ginobili hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 42 seconds left in overtime -- his only field goal of the game -- as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 116-111 Tuesday night.

    "It was a great win for us,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "The guys should really appreciate this one. We got the big shots when we needed them.''

    Coming into the game, San Antonio had won 20 of 27, while the Blazers had won 22 of 27.

    Ginobili's shot came on the Spurs' third chance during that possession. San Antonio was able to grab two offensive rebounds to keep the possession alive, even though Portland contended Tim Duncan committed an over-the-back foul on one of them.

    Duncan had 36 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists to lead the Spurs, who won their sixth in a row. Malik Rose had 21 points and 15 rebounds and Tony Parker had 22 points and eight assists.

    "This was a huge team victory,'' Duncan said. "Malik Rose had a great game in place of David (Robinson) and did everything for us, and Gino made the big 3.''

    Robinson missed the game with a sore right hip.

    Rasheed Wallace scored 25 points to lead the Blazers, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Dale Davis had a strong game with 15 points and eight rebounds. Scottie Pippen had 19 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals.

    "That was a heck of a game,'' Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks said. "It was unfortunate that we had to lose a game like that.''

    The end of regulation was filled with drama and controversy.

    Duncan sank a pair of free throws with 2.0 seconds left to give the Spurs a 102-100 lead

    Duncan was fouled by Pippen while going for a rebound after a miss from the right corner by Wallace. That Wallace even had a chance to shoot was controversial. Pippen rebounded a miss along the baseline with about 20 seconds left and was granted a timeout in the air, even though he landed out of bounds.

    Following a timeout after Duncan's free throws, Pippen was fouled on the inbounds pass and hit two free throws with 1.3 seconds left to tie it up.

    "It was a hard-fought game,'' Pippen said. "We didn't get to the foul line as much as we wanted to. We didn't get any calls down the stretch.''

    A 20-footer by Stephen Jackson rimmed out at the buzzer, forcing overtime.

    Portland guard Bonzi Wells was ejected with 25.8 seconds left in the second quarter for arguing with referee James Capers.

    Wells was tossed after a loose ball foul was called on the Spurs' Rose.

    After Capers called the initial technical, Wells continued to complain. Capers made it clear he had heard enough, but Wells continued and quickly picked up his second T, and an automatic ejection.

    "That's something that we have to address, getting thrown out of a game, particularly this time of year,'' Cheeks said. "We can't afford to lose anybody, particularly a player of Bonzi's caliber.

    "I think we addressed it after the game and we probably will address it later on. We can't have that.''

    Several Blazers players and Cheeks complained throughout the quarter and the rest of the game about the officiating. Wallace played just 11 minutes in the first half due to foul trouble.

    The exchange came in the middle of a 13-3 Spurs run that gave San Antonio a 51-44 halftime lead.

    With Wallace on the bench with three fouls, Duncan and Rose dominated, combining for 10 points and nine rebounds in the second quarter.

    But Portland regrouped at the break and got back into the game with an 11-2 run early in the third.

    From there it was seesaw, intense game.

    San Antonio played shorthanded, missing centers Robinson, who returned home prior to the game, and Mengke Bateer, who was not with the team due to personal reasons.

    Robinson, who is in his final NBA season, also missed the Spurs' last game before the All-Star break with the same ailment.

    Game notes


    Blazers reserve Antonio Daniels played for the first time after missing five games with a sprained right ankle. He six points and two assists in 11 minutes. ... Tuesday was the start of a five-game homestand for Portland, which plays seven of nine at home to finish out the month. ... San Antonio's Steve Kerr and Steve Smith are ex-Blazers. Portland's Daniels and Charles Smith are ex-Spurs.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SA
    POR
    Points 116 111
    FGM-FGA 38-78 (.487) 43-98 (.439)
    3PM-3PA 6-19 (.316) 4-17 (.235)
    FTM-FTA 34-39 (.872) 21-27 (.778)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-44 13-38
    Assists 23 26
    Turnovers 16 9
    Steals 3 11
    Blocks 9 5
    Fast Break Points 3 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (2/0) 31 (3/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Portland
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 36
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 5
    Scottie Pippen Pippen
    Points: 19
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 5
    Blk: 1