San Antonio wins series 4-1 (Game 5 of 5)

San Antonio wins series 4-1

Game 1: Sunday, April 24th
Game 2: Wednesday, April 27th
Game 3: Saturday, April 30th
Game 4: Monday, May 2nd
Game 5: Wednesday, May 4th

Nuggets 89

(49-33, 18-23 away)

Spurs 99

(59-23, 38-3 home)

Coverage: FSSW

8:30 PM ET, May 4, 2005

AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

1 2 3 4 T
DEN 21 22 24 2289
SA 25 20 26 2899

Top Performers

Den: A. Miller 16 Pts, 7 Reb, 6 Ast, 4 Stl

SA: T. Duncan 18 Pts, 11 Reb, 5 Ast, 5 Blk

Parker's 21 points, Duncan's 18 and 11 spark Spurs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- San Antonio looked tired and the win was more than just a little ugly. But the Spurs are moving on in the Western Conference playoffs and the Denver Nuggets are done.

Eva Longoria

No desperation here -- Eva watched TP score 21 to lead the Spurs.

Tony Parker scored 21 points, Tim Duncan had 18 points and 11 rebounds and the Spurs eliminated the Nuggets with a 99-89 victory Wednesday night. After dropping the first game in the series, the Spurs won four in a row.

San Antonio, which has lost only four times at home this season, moves on to a second-round matchup with Seattle.

Spurs fans who left early in Game 1 as their team floundered down the stretch stayed for all of this one as the San Antonio didn't seize control until late in the fourth quarter.

After twice falling behind in the third, the Spurs slowly pulled away in the final period. Glenn Robinson, who was cut by New Orleans in March and signed as a free agent just last month, hit a jumper and then followed with a long 3-pointer that made it 80-72 with 7:35 to play. The lead reached as high as 12.

Robert Horry

Big Shot Rob (17 points) came through once again, going 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.

Manu Ginobili added 18 points and Robert Horry scored 17, including a pair of key 3-pointers in the third for the Spurs.

Denver couldn't find the same game that won Game 1 and rallied them to overtime in a Game 4 loss on their homecourt.

Carmelo Anthony, who complained after Monday night's loss he didn't get enough touches, finished with 25 points for Denver. Andre Miller added 16 points for the Nuggets.

With the home crowd behind them again after two road wins, the Spurs seemed ready to take control several times in the first half.

But each time, the Nuggets got the turnover or basket they needed to keep it within reach.

Parker scored 10 points in the first quarter, but also picked up two fouls that forced him to the bench for much of the second.

Ginobili, who was greeted by a chorus of boos every time he touched the ball in Denver, was met with a loud cheer when he checked in. He hit his first two 3-pointers in the first but didn't hit another basket until a 3-pointer bounced off the rim and backboard before falling in to make it 43-38 with 1:10 left in the half.

The five-point difference was the biggest lead of the half and the Nuggets closed it to within 45-43 at the break with a three-point play by Anthony and his layup with 1.8 seconds left.

Although Parker kept pushing the ball and driving to the basket, the rest of the Spurs looked tired in the third, perhaps still fatigued from their overtime win Monday night.

Shots hit the front of the rim, passes misfired and the Nuggets twice took one-point leads, the last at 65-64, before the Spurs ended the quarter with a 7-2 run. Horry's second 3-pointer put San Antonio up 71-67 going into the fourth.

That's when the Nuggets started to struggle. Twice called for shot clock violations against the stiff Spurs defense, the Nuggets couldn't get the shots to fall when they got them off. Denver shot just 8 of 22 in the final period.

Game notes

Horry has played in 180 career postseason games, moving him past Michael Jordan and tying him for ninth in league history with Dennis Johnson. His five NBA titles won with the Rockets and Lakers are the most among active players ... X-Rays on Marcus Camby's bandaged pinky and ring finger on his right hand before the game were negative. Camby took off the bandage by the second quarter but grimaced heading back up court after a dunk.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 89 99
FGM-FGA 36-82 (.439) 33-73 (.452)
3PM-3PA 1-10 (.100) 9-24 (.375)
FTM-FTA 16-20 (.800) 24-33 (.727)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-35 12-45
Assists 17 23
Turnovers 13 17
Steals 6 5
Blocks 4 9
Fast Break Points 16 5
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (1/0) 22 (2/0)
Largest Lead 3 12

Top Performers

San Antonio
Andre Miller Miller
Points: 16
Reb: 7
Ast: 6
Stl: 4
Blk: 0
Tim Duncan Duncan
Points: 18
Reb: 11
Ast: 5
Stl: 0
Blk: 5