Tim Duncan scored 11 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter,
including two free throws with 33.5 seconds left, as the Spurs
rallied to beat Phoenix 84-76 Monday night to even their Western
Conference playoff series at one game each.
Game 3 is Friday night in Phoenix.
Marbury, who made the winning 3-pointer at the end of overtime
in Game 1 to give the eighth-seeded Suns a 96-95 victory, had
another big game Monday night. He scored 32 points but missed on a
drive in the final minute.
Duncan also redeemed himself. In Saturday's opener, he went
3-of-8 from the line and missed three free throws in overtime,
allowing Marbury to win the game on his buzzer-beater. He went
4-of-6 at the stripe Monday night.
In Saturday's opener, Duncan failed to make three foul shots at
the end of overtime, which allowed Marbury to win the game with a
buzzer-beating 3-pointer. He went 4-of-6 from the stripe Monday
night, including two late.
"It was a lot better than missing them,'' he said.
With the Spurs leading 77-76, Manu Ginobili made a 3-pointer
from the wing with 1:02 left. Up till then, San Antonio had gone
only 4-for-22 behind the arc.
"Down the stretch we made a big shot, just like last game when
Phoenix made the two 3s,'' said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich,
referring to Marbury's winner and a 3-pointer by Amare Stoudemire
in the waning seconds of regulation.
Marbury missed a drive to the basket on the possession after
Ginobili's basket. San Antonio then clinched the victory by making
all four of its foul shots in the final minute -- Duncan's two and
two by Stephen Jackson with 12.5 seconds left.
Marbury, who also had 10 rebounds, said the Suns were happy to
return to the desert with one victory.
"We wanted the split, and we got it,'' he said. "We have the
Jackson led the Spurs with 23 points. Duncan also had 12
rebounds, and Danny Ferry, starting in place of the injured David
Robinson, had 10 rebounds. Penny Hardaway scored 17 points for
The Spurs led by 10 early in the third period before Phoenix got
to 51-49 on Marbury's two free throws.
In the fourth quarter, Phoenix took the lead on a short jumper
by Jake Voskuhl, and ran the advantage to 72-65 before the Spurs
closed out the game with a 19-4 run.
"It came down to missed shots,'' said Suns coach Frank Johnson,
whose team went 1-for-17 on 3-pointers. "We took some quick shots
(and) defensively we weren't as sharp. We became hesitant, for
The first two quarters were also defined by big momentum swings,
the first in Phoenix's direction and the second toward the Spurs.
Marbury made his first five shots from the floor against Tony
Parker, accounting for 11 of the Suns' first 13 points. And on
defense, the Suns limited San Antonio to 5-for-19 shooting (26.3
percent) in the period.
But the Spurs went on a 15-2 run to open the second quarter,
started by an alley-oop pass by Claxton that Jackson turned into a
two-handed dunk. Jackson stole the ball from Joe Johnson on the
Suns' next possession and hit Claxton with a pass for a layup.
Jackson scored 12 points in the second period and Claxton had 10
as San Antonio held a 47-41 lead at the break. Hardaway scored
eight for Phoenix in the quarter.
Ferry's only other start of the season came Nov. 11 against
Minnesota. ... Before the game, Robinson was presented with the J.
Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, given annually for outstanding
community service. ... Amare Stoudemire, who scored 24 points in
Game 1, was held scoreless in the first half and finished with five
points on 2-for-10 shooting. ... San Antonio's Parker scored two
points and sat much of the game with foul trouble from trying to
guard Marbury. ... After missing 15 of their 41 free throws in Game
1, the Spurs went 19-for-25 Monday.