Final

San Antonio wins series 4-2 (Game 1 of 6)

San Antonio wins series 4-2

Game 1: Monday, May 5th
Lakers82Final
Spurs87
Game 2: Wednesday, May 7th
Lakers95Final
Spurs114
Game 3: Friday, May 9th
Spurs95Final
Lakers110
Game 4: Sunday, May 11th
Spurs95Final
Lakers99
Game 5: Tuesday, May 13th
Lakers94Final
Spurs96
Game 6: Thursday, May 15th
Spurs110Final
Lakers82

Lakers 82

(50-32, 19-22 away)

Spurs 87

 

    8:30 PM ET, May 5, 2003

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAL 16 19 17 3082
    SA 20 18 22 2787

    Top Performers

    LAL: S. O'Neal 24 Pts, 21 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 Blk

    SA: T. Duncan 28 Pts, 8 Reb, 7 Ast, 3 Blk

    Spurs refuse to fold against late Lakers' charge

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- When the San Antonio Spurs let a double-digit lead dwindle to one point, Monday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers began to look like a throwback to 2002.

    But maybe a year does make a difference.

    The Spurs took advantage of a sudden size advantage after Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal fouled out with 3:26 left to post an 87-82 victory in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series.

    Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Wednesday night in San Antonio.

    "It was good to get this one, but we still have a mountain to climb,'' said Spurs center David Robinson, who had 14 points and 11 rebounds. "They're the defending champs and they're not going to give up that easy.''

    Tim Duncan, who received his MVP trophy before the game, had 28 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Spurs, while rookie Manu Ginobili had 15 points, including key 3-pointers and a pair of steals in the fourth quarter.

    Kobe Bryant scored 13 of his game-high 37 points in the fourth, including back-to-back 3-pointers to trim the Spurs' lead to 85-82 with 1:08 left.

    Those were the last baskets of the game, as the scoring ended with a free throw by Tony Parker after a technical foul against Robert Horry and a free throw by Robinson with 9.9 seconds left.

    "The key to the ballgame was (San Antonio) getting to the free-throw line,'' said Bryant, whose team had only 12 fouls shots compared to the Spurs' 35. "You can go to the refs and plead your case, but you just have to play through it.''

    The win was San Antonio's fifth straight over the Lakers, which needed a total of nine games to eliminate the Spurs in each of the last two postseasons.

    O'Neal picked up three fouls in little more than a minute, his sixth coming when he went over Robinson's back while trying to rebound his own miss. He finished with 24 points and 21 rebounds.

    "We wanted to come down here and get two,'' O'Neal said. "Now we can just get one but we can still take the home-court advantage.''

    San Antonio went up 64-54 on a jumper by Speedy Claxton with 10:41 left. Then the Lakers went on a 12-3 run to close the gap to 67-66 on an 8-foot jumper by O'Neal over Robinson.

    The Spurs got the lead back to 79-71 on a pair of free throws by Robinson after O'Neal's sixth foul.

    Derek Fisher started the final burst for Los Angeles with a 3-pointer before Bryant hit his two 3-pointers from almost the same spot on the right wing.

    Neither team shot well in the first half, which ended with the Spurs leading 38-35 on a buzzer-beating, 40-foot heave by 40-year-old Kevin Willis.

    San Antonio extended the lead to as many as 11 points late in the third quarter when Ginobili hit his second 3-pointer of the period with 1:52 left.

    O'Neal kept getting the ball in close early but Robinson bodied up on him with some success despite the 70-pound weight difference. O'Neal was 5-of-12 from the field in the first half, with all but one of his baskets coming on a dunk or layup.

    Bryant struggled offensively in the half, making only six of his 19 field goal attempts.

    Duncan's putback of a missed layup by Claxton gave San Antonio its largest lead of the half, 30-22 with 5:45 left.

    But Bryant answered with a 3-pointer from the wing and then added a three-point play to key a Lakers rally that was capped by a putback dunk by O'Neal that tied the game at 35 with 36 seconds remaining.

    Rose grabbed the rebound on a missed 14-footer by Bryant with 4.1 seconds in the half and threw an outlet pass to a streaking Willis, who let go of his shot just over the midcourt line.

    Game notes


    Before the game, NBA commissioner David Stern formally presented Duncan with the league's MVP trophy, which he won for a second straight season. ... The Lakers didn't come out to the court until after the national anthem. ... After making 21 of his 34 3-point attempts in the Minnesota series, Fisher opened against the Spurs by going 2-for-3 behind the arc. ... O'Neal was close to a double-double in the first quarter with 10 points and eight rebounds. ... Parker's only assist came at 2:35 of the third quarter on a feed to Duncan for a layup. ... Devean George of the Lakers was helped off the court early in the final period after he sprained his left ankle after getting tangled up with Ginobili under the Spurs basket. X-rays were negative.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    LAL
    SA
    Points 82 87
    FGM-FGA 34-86 (.395) 30-80 (.375)
    3PM-3PA 5-15 (.333) 6-14 (.429)
    FTM-FTA 9-12 (.750) 21-35 (.600)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-57 12-45
    Assists 11 19
    Turnovers 19 11
    Steals 2 9
    Blocks 6 6
    Fast Break Points 1 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 20 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    San Antonio
    Shaquille O'Neal O'Neal
    Points: 24
    Reb: 21
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 4
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 28
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 3