Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/27

Game 1: Saturday, November 27th
Game 2: Monday, January 10th
Game 3: Sunday, March 6th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 13th

Jazz 94

(20-39, 7-23 away)

Spurs 101

(46-13, 27-2 home)

    Coverage: KJZZ

    6:00 PM ET, March 6, 2005

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 20 30 22 2294
    SA 27 27 19 28101

    Top Performers

    UTAH: K. McLeod 18 Pts, 4 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Stl

    SA: M. Ginobili 31 Pts, 8 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

    Ginobili steps in, pours in 31 points

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs survived scares from both Tim Duncan and the Utah Jazz.

    Duncan missed most of the second half after spraining his right ankle, but Manu Ginobili led the Spurs in his absence with 31 points to help San Antonio edge the Utah Jazz 101-94 Sunday night.

    Duncan was helped from the floor 3:48 into the second half with the Jazz ahead 59-58. He did not return.

    X-rays were negative, but coach Gregg Popovich said he doesn't expect Duncan to play Tuesday when the Spurs host New Jersey. His status is listed as day to day.

    After erasing a 14-point first-half deficit and taking the lead early in the third, the Jazz stuck with the Spurs while Duncan was out. They closed to 93-91 with 1:11 to play on Raja Bell's two foul shots.

    But Ginobili went 6-for-6 in the final 30 seconds to stymie Utah's comeback.

    Ginobili had eight in the final period while Duncan was in the X-ray room, and the Spurs got strong play from their reserves. Robert Horry had seven in the fourth and Beno Udrih added six.

    "We are not used to playing without Tim," Ginobili said. "We said we could do nothing about that. We said we have to forget about him. It was a big effort, and we are satisfied with it."

    Duncan was defending a drive by Andrei Kirilenko when he jumped and appeared to come down on the leg of teammate Rasho Nesterovic.

    "Let's hope that Tim Duncan is OK because we don't want to see anyone go down like that," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "Good teams and great teams take advantage whenever they can. But right now, we're not that kind of a team."

    Duncan has missed two games this season with a right ankle sprain -- a victory Feb. 8 against Charlotte and a loss the next night at Washington.

    Ginobili was 7-of-11 from the floor and made all but one of his 15 foul shots.

    Keith McCleod led the Jazz with 18 points.

    The Jazz trimmed the deficit to 73-72 at the start of the fourth quarter. But the Spurs countered with eight straight and led 81-72 with 9:55 remaining.

    Ginobili helped the Spurs build a 14-point lead with 7 minutes left in the second quarter. He hit four of his first five shots and was perfect in three tries from the foul line through the first 13 minutes of the game.

    After the Jazz cut the lead to five points with 4 minutes to go in the first half, the Spurs went on a 10-3 run over the next 2:03 to retake control.

    Ginobili scored six points during the run, including two free throws after a flagrant foul by Bell. After converting at the line, Ginobili got free under the basket on the next possession and scored on a pass from Duncan for a 48-37 lead.

    Game notes

    Former Spurs star Sean Elliott had his No. 32 jersey retired before the game. Arizona men's basketball coach Lute Olson, who coached Elliott with the Wildcats from 1985-89, was in attendance. ... Utah center Jarron Collins missed the game because of a sprained right shoulder he injured Friday at New Orleans. He was replaced in the starting lineup by Curtis Borchardt. ... Nazr Mohammed, obtained by the Spurs in a trade from the New York Knicks prior to the trade deadline, did not play because of a strained groin. He hurt it Friday against Chicago. ... Sloan remained one game behind Red Auerbach for sixth place on the NBA career coaching victories list at 937.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 94 101
    FGM-FGA 36-78 (.462) 33-70 (.471)
    3PM-3PA 6-13 (.462) 6-17 (.353)
    FTM-FTA 16-24 (.667) 29-32 (.906)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-42 8-32
    Assists 19 25
    Turnovers 13 10
    Steals 6 5
    Blocks 8 10
    Fast Break Points 11 14
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (0/1) 23 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 2 14

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Keith McLeod McLeod
    Points: 18
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Manu Ginobili Ginobili
    Points: 31
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0