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Scouting report: Spurs' fourth-quarter struggles

Charley Rosen breaks down why the Spurs continue to choke away big leads in the fourth quarter.

Updated: May 29, 2003, 12:24 PM ET
By Charley Rosen | Page 2 columnist

By now, every self-respecting hoophead knows that the Spurs have frequently double-clutched in the clutch. They've frittered away seven significant late-game leads during the playoffs -- and lost five of those games. Yet we were all surprised when the Mavericks overcame a 19-point third-quarter lead in Game 5 and galloped to glory.

Given that the Spurs are more talented than the Phoenix Suns, deeper and more versatile than the Los Angeles Lakers, and better-versed in basketball ...

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