Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/17

Game 1: Monday, January 17th
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Game 2: Wednesday, February 9th
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Spurs 87

(39-11, 16-10 away)

Wizards 95

(29-19, 19-7 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    7:00 PM ET, February 9, 2005

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 22 18 20 2787
    WSH 15 24 24 3295

    Top Performers

    San Antonio: T. Parker 22 Pts, 8 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl

    Washington: A. Jamison 35 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Jamison, Arenas combine for 59 points

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two minutes into the game, the Washington Wizards took a 4-2 lead over the San Antonio Spurs, an achievement coach Eddie Jordan considered worthy of mentioning to his assistant coaches.

    "I said, 'Geez, we got four points. That's good. We're a lot better than we were in San Antonio," Jordan said.

    Not only did the Wizards avoid the 21-2 hole they dug for themselves in San Antonio three weeks ago, they beat the Spurs 95-87 Wednesday night with stellar performances from their new All-Stars.

    Antawn Jamison had a season-high 35 points and 11 rebounds, and Gilbert Arenas scored 24 as Washington won its third straight. While the Wizards took advantage of Tim Duncan's absence, they were quick to point out that the 101-73 drubbing in Texas on Jan. 17 was their first game after Larry Hughes broke his thumb.

    "When you lose the way we did in San Antonio, you take it personally," said Jamison, who played 46 of 48 minutes. "It was our first game without Larry. They did pretty much everything they wanted to do. We had it in the back of our head, but we're not a team that's all about revenge."

    Without Duncan, the Wizards' All-Stars outnumbered the Spurs' All-Stars two-to-one, and they were the difference. Arenas spurred a 16-2 run in the second quarter when the Spurs were threatening to blow the game open. Jamison scored 14 points on 5-for-6 shooting in the fourth quarter to keep San Antonio from making a final run.

    The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Spurs, who played their second game in two nights without Duncan. Duncan has a sprained right ankle but might return for Friday's game at New Jersey, the fifth stop in their seven-game road trip.

    All-Star Manu Ginobili couldn't make up the slack, scoring 15 points on 6-for-15 shooting. Tony Parker scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to keep the Spurs in the game. Malik Rose, starting in Duncan's spot, matched his season-high with 19 points. Rasho Nesterovic, who has had a string of big games when Duncan was out, had just eight points and eight rebounds in his second game back from an ankle injury.

    The Spurs were outscored in the paint (38-36) for just the eighth time this season, a crucial stat on a night when they made just 7 of 26 3-pointers. Washington's Etan Thomas and Michael Ruffin left little room down low.

    "If we can't hit the outside shot it's hard because we've got nobody inside that can really dominate like Timmy," Parker said.

    The Wizards took the lead in the third quarter and kept it the rest of the game, but they never led by more than eight. Parker made a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to two with 4½ minutes to play, but Jamison answered with a 3-pointer that started a 7-2 run.

    "Timmy wasn't there; it didn't matter," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "It's not about who wasn't there. It's about who did what tonight, and Antawn and Gilbert were great."

    Arenas was 0-for-5 in the first quarter, and the Wizards went 5-for-21, as the Spurs built a 22-15 lead. San Antonio was ahead 28-17 early in the second when Arenas connected on a tough baseline jumper for his first basket, starting a run that left the Wizards trailing 40-39 at the half.

    Game notes


    Update on Duncan from Popovich: "He's doing well, progressing as one might think, probably 50-50 for New Jersey on Friday." ... Popovich said Robert Horry's leg injury is actually a slight fracture in a "non-weight-bearing bone." "It's got to heal on its own," Popovich said. "He's allowed to play on it. I'm trying to play him as little as possible, so we'll have him down the stretch." Horry played 18 minutes and scored four points. ... Popovich didn't sound thrilled about the prospect of coaching the West in the All-Star game Feb. 20, a chore he expected to go to Phoenix's Mike D'Antoni after the Suns' torrid start. "All my plans were made, and they did not include the All-Star game," Popovich said. "Now that I'm there, it's time to be a big boy and figure out ways to enjoy yourself." Popovich said he usually spends the break by himself studying the first half of the season and watching movies. ... Wizards guard Jarvis Hayes left the game in the third quarter with a strained right arch strain, but he returned in the fourth. ... The game was a sellout, the Wizards' sixth of the season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SA
    WSH
    Points 87 95
    FGM-FGA 36-87 (.414) 36-84 (.429)
    3PM-3PA 7-26 (.269) 5-11 (.455)
    FTM-FTA 8-13 (.615) 18-25 (.720)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-42 16-47
    Assists 25 13
    Turnovers 14 11
    Steals 7 5
    Blocks 8 10
    Fast Break Points 8 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 18 (0/1)
    Largest Lead 11 8

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Washington
    Tony Parker Parker
    Points: 22
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Antawn Jamison Jamison
    Points: 35
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0