Final / OT

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

San Antonio wins series 4-2

Game 1: Saturday, April 22nd
Game 2: Tuesday, April 25th
Game 3: Friday, April 28th
Game 4: Sunday, April 30th
Game 5: Tuesday, May 2nd
Game 6: Friday, May 5th

Kings 119

(44-38, 17-24 away)

Spurs 128

(63-19, 34-7 home)

Coverage: FSSW

8:30 PM ET, April 25, 2006

AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

1 2 3 4 OT T
SAC 30 26 26 27 10119
SA 23 28 31 27 19128

Top Performers

Sac: B. Wells 28 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

SA: M. Ginobili 32 Pts, 2 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl

Spurs take 2-0 series lead against Artest-less Kings

Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Maybe the Sacramento Kings would've preferred being blown out again over what the San Antonio Spurs did to them Tuesday night.

Dominant early and resilient late, the Kings were forced into overtime by a 3-pointer from Brent Barry that hit the rim twice, went high, caught some backboard and fell through with four seconds left in regulation.

Then Manu Ginobili carried the defending champions in overtime for a 128-119 victory in Game 2 of their first-round series.

"We came out and responded the way we should have," said Kings reserve Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who had 27 points and nine rebounds. "It's just a heartbreak that we lost."

Barry's double-iron wonder instantly grabs a spot in Spurs playoff lore, alongside the Avery Johnson championship clincher in 1999 and Robert Horry's series of clutch 3s in last year's title run.

"I think it touched every part of the rim -- maybe the backboard, maybe the shot clock," said Barry, who scored 22 points. "I think there's still some chrome on the ball. ... We needed breaks like that."

Game 3 is Friday night in Sacramento. With so many days off, Kings fans might start wondering whether the Spurs could possibly find another way to break their hearts.

San Antonio had its way with Sacramento in the opener, breaking things open in the second quarter and winning by 34. Perhaps thinking this one would be just as easy, especially with Kings forward Ron Artest serving a one-game suspension, the Spurs came out flat and were down by five at halftime.

"We didn't play with the aggressiveness we had in Game 1, but I think it's kind of natural after winning by (34) and one of their best players not playing," said Ginobili, who scored 32 points, thanks in part to not being guarded by Artest. "Emotionally, you're not the same."

After getting chewed out at halftime by coach Gregg Popovich, San Antonio snapped out of its funk and went up by 10 in the third quarter.

But Abdur-Rahim, Bonzi Wells and Artest's replacement, Kevin Martin, refused to let Sacramento go away.

"We know we can play with this team, we can beat this team," said Wells, who set the aggressive tone for Sacramento and led the team with 28 points and 12 rebounds. "But when he hit that 3, they just took advantage of us."

With Abdur-Rahim leading the way in the fourth quarter, the Kings were up 106-103 with under a minute left. Then Michael Finley hit a long jumper to get San Antonio within a point. Sacramento's lead was back to 109-106 with 14 seconds left after a pair of free throws by Martin, who scored a career-high 26.

Ginobili drove the lane and, needing a 3 for the tie, found Barry wide open in the right corner. His shot hit the far inside of the rim, came back to the front inside, flew straight up, hit the glass and dropped right down for the tie.

"I couldn't believe it," Ginobili said. "When I saw he actually missed, I was trying to go for the board."

Kings coach Rick Adelman was upset with his defense on the crucial play.

"When you have a wide-open look, bad things happen," Adelman said. "That's the way it goes."

Abdur-Rahim took Sacramento's final shot of regulation, a longer jumper than he would've liked that missed wide.

Mike Bibby, who was 1-of-13 through four quarters, opened overtime with two jumpers that left the Kings ahead 113-112. But Ginobili already was rolling.

In a brief span, he eluded Martin for a layup off an inbounds pass, stole the ball from Bibby and started a fast break that ended with a layup by Parker, then drew a foul on Bibby while putting up a 3-pointer. He made all three shots for a 117-114 lead halfway through the extra five-minute period. Sacramento never got any closer.

Parker was far from the speedy dominator he was in the opener, but still produced 22 points and 10 assists. Ginobili had nine assists.

Tim Duncan, playing on his 30th birthday, had 14 points and 13 rebounds. He went about 19 minutes between baskets in the first half and was in foul trouble the rest of the game, although he never fouled out after getting his fifth with 9:38 left.

Barry shot 8-of-12, including 4-of-7 on 3-pointers. Horry hit three 3s during a 12-0 run that helped San Antonio hang in during the first half.

Sacramento came out intent on taking the ball to the rim and wound up getting 16 of its 22 first-half baskets in the paint and leading 56-51 at the break. San Antonio was only that close because it made eight 3-pointers.

The Spurs opened the third quarter with a 14-2 run and forced Sacramento to miss nine of its first 10 shots. San Antonio went up by 10 when Ginobili leaped to catch a deflected pass and threw a behind-the-back pass -- all in one motion -- to Finley for an open 3-pointer.

But Sacramento rallied again, tying the game at 82 going into the fourth quarter and refusing to collapse. For instance, a crowd-pleasing, go-ahead layup by Parker was immediately answered by a powerful dunk from Abdur-Rahim.

While echoing Wells' contention that the Kings can beat the Spurs, Abdur-Rahim brought up a good point about the No. 8 seed going down 0-2 to the No. 1 seed.

"They did what they had to do," he said. "They took care of home court. We need to go into Sacramento and defend our home court, too."

Game notes

This was Horry's 200th playoff game. ... Despite new rules that allow a 13-man roster with one inactive, Artest had to be among the 12 active players. ... Every game, players get fouled when not yet shooting, then throw the ball at the rim in hopes of getting a continuation call. Van Exel appeared to get away with it at the start of the second quarter, getting rewarded with three free throws because he was behind the 3-point line -- by several steps. He made all three.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 119 128
FGM-FGA 42-87 (.483) 43-84 (.512)
3PM-3PA 3-10 (.300) 12-26 (.462)
FTM-FTA 32-38 (.842) 30-36 (.833)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-47 7-34
Assists 15 29
Turnovers 16 11
Steals 4 7
Blocks 3 9
Fast Break Points 15 15
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (0/0) 28 (0/0)
Largest Lead 10 10

Top Performers

San Antonio
Bonzi Wells Wells
Points: 28
Reb: 12
Ast: 1
Stl: 0
Blk: 1
Manu Ginobili Ginobili
Points: 32
Reb: 2
Ast: 9
Stl: 1
Blk: 0