Final

San Antonio wins series 4-2 (Game 2 of 6)

San Antonio wins series 4-2

Game 1: Saturday, April 19th
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OT
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Game 2: Monday, April 21st
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Spurs84
Game 3: Friday, April 25th
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Suns86
Game 4: Sunday, April 27th
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Suns86
Game 5: Tuesday, April 29th
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Game 6: Thursday, May 1st
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Suns 76

(44-38, 14-27 away)

Spurs 84

 

Coverage: FSSW

7:00 PM ET, April 21, 2003

AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

1 2 3 4 T
PHX 23 18 21 1476
SA 16 31 16 2184

Top Performers

Phoenix: S. Marbury 32 Pts, 10 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

San Antonio: T. Duncan 22 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 6 Blk

Marbury scores 32 points, but Suns fall in Game 2

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs found a way to win, even if they still couldn't stop Stephon Marbury.

Tim Duncan
Duncan

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 home-court advantage.''

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 Phoenix.

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 whatever reason.''

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.

Game notes


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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PHX
SA
Points 76 84
FGM-FGA 31-84 (.369) 30-82 (.366)
3PM-3PA 1-17 (.059) 5-23 (.217)
FTM-FTA 13-18 (.722) 19-25 (.760)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-51 10-49
Assists 13 22
Turnovers 12 12
Steals 7 5
Blocks 6 10
Fast Break Points 3 6
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (3/0) 17 (0/0)

Top Performers

Phoenix
San Antonio
Stephon Marbury Marbury
Points: 32
Reb: 10
Ast: 5
Stl: 1
Blk: 0
Tim Duncan Duncan
Points: 22
Reb: 12
Ast: 2
Stl: 0
Blk: 6