Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/9

Game 1: Saturday, November 9th
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Game 2: Thursday, January 9th
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Game 3: Tuesday, February 11th
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Game 4: Wednesday, April 9th
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Trail Blazers 79

(48-30, 23-16 away)

Spurs 84


    Coverage: KENS

    7:30 PM ET, April 9, 2003

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    POR 13 22 22 2279
    SA 21 26 16 2184

    Top Performers

    Por: D. Anderson 20 Pts, 8 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    SA: M. Ginobili 17 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast

    Spurs win 10th straight, vault to top of West

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Neither Tim Duncan nor Rasheed Wallace had much of a game on offense in Wednesday night's matchup between Portland and San Antonio. That was because both played so well against each other on defense.

    Emanuel Ginobili
    Shooting Guard
    San Antonio Spurs
    64 7.2 2.3 2.0 .428 .729

    Duncan's teammates, however, outperformed Wallace's, enabling the Spurs to cling to a 84-79 win in the face of a strong second-half comeback by the Trail Blazers.

    The victory was San Antonio's 10th straight, and ensured the Spurs (58-20) would retain the best record in the league. They moved one game ahead of Dallas atop the Midwest Division after the Mavericks lost at Phoenix.

    Stephen Jackson made a pair of free throws and Tony Parker added one in the game's waning monents to clinch the win for the Spurs, who saw a 15-point advantage in the first half shrink to two by the final minute.

    Duncan, defended physically by Wallace for most of the night, had trouble getting close to his comfort zone near the basket. He was just 3-for-14 shots for 11 points, less than half his season average.

    "It's good to be able to have a game like this tonight and the team still find a way to win,'' Duncan said.

    Wallace, averaging nearly 19 points, was held to eight on 4-for-16 shooting.

    "They both canceled each other out,'' said Portland guard Bonzi Wells. "Rasheed guarding Tim, Tim guarding Rasheed. That's just two big guys having a big game (on defense).''

    The Trail Blazers, trailing by 12 at the half, trimmed San Antonio's lead to 81-79 on two free throws by Wells with 1:28 left. But Portland's rally stalled as the team missed its final three shots.

    Manu Ginobili's 17 points off the bench led six Spurs in double figures. Parker added 15 and Bruce Bowen 13, all in the first half. Duncan led all rebounders with 11.

    Ginobili also had two key offensive rebounds in the final 1:04 to help the Spurs run time off the clock. He passed the second rebound to Jackson, who was fouled by Derek Anderson with 10.6 seconds left and made both.

    "I don't play 40 minutes like Tim and Tony -- I'm fresh,'' said Ginobili. "The best thing I can give the Spurs is energy.''

    Anderson paced Portland with 20 points, while Wells and Damon Stoudamire each had 12.

    Portland cut its deficit to six points by the end of the third period behind three baskets by Wells and a pair of 3-pointers from Anderson. At the other end, the Spurs managed only 10 points in as many minutes.

    "We did a much better job on the defensive end ... in the second half,'' said Portland coach Maurice Cheeks. "However, they showed why they were the best team tonight, coming out there and making plays.''

    Both teams started out with cold shooting, making only six of their first 25 shots combined.

    Jackson stole the ball from Wells and fed Malik Rose for a dunk to pull the Spurs into a 11-11 tie, and a drive by Ginobili on the next possession put San Antonio ahead to stay.

    Bowen made three of his four 3-point attempts in the half for 13 points, helping the Spurs maintain a double-digit lead through most of the second quarter.

    Parker went 5-for-7 from the floor in the first two quarters and Ginobili was 4-for-6, including a pair of 3-pointers. The Trail Blazers struggled against San Antonio's tight defense, making only three baskets in the first six minutes of the second period.

    Game notes
    Of the Spurs' 25 victories since the All-Star break, 17 have been against playoff-bound teams. ... Bowen has gone 19-for-32 (59.4 percent) on 3-pointers in the last 10 games. He has shot 35.7 percent on free throws (5-for-14) over the same span. ... Cheeks, a former Spurs player, needs three victories in the final four games to reach 100 wins in two seasons with the Trail Blazers. ... The Blazers' 13 points in the first quarter matched their season low.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 79 84
    FGM-FGA 31-81 (.383) 35-75 (.467)
    3PM-3PA 6-15 (.400) 5-15 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 11-14 (.786) 9-15 (.600)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-42 14-45
    Assists 13 17
    Turnovers 15 19
    Steals 13 5
    Blocks 11 7
    Fast Break Points 5 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 14 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Derek Anderson Anderson
    Points: 20
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Manu Ginobili Ginobili
    Points: 17
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0