Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 12/14

Game 1: Friday, December 14th
Game 2: Sunday, February 24th
Game 3: Tuesday, February 26th
Game 4: Tuesday, April 16th

Suns 91

(27-30, 11-17 away)

Spurs 99


    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, February 26, 2002

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHX 19 25 23 2491
    SA 26 21 25 2799

    Top Performers

    PHX: S. Marbury 35 Pts, 5 Reb, 10 Ast, 1 Stl

    SA: T. Duncan 29 Pts, 15 Reb, 2 Ast

    Spurs avenge Sunday's loss to Suns

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- With five players in double figures, the San Antonio Spurs got back to spreading the scoring around.


    Led by Tim Duncan's 29 points and 15 rebounds, the Spurs ended a two-game losing streak by defeating the Phoenix Suns 99-91 Tuesday night.

    Steve Smith had 17, Malik Rose 12, Danny Ferry 11 and David Robinson 10.

    "We're nothing different, just more focused and a little more aggressive, especially me," Duncan said. "It's just having the right attitude."

    Stephon Marbury, who scored a season-high 36 against the Spurs on Sunday, had 35 points and 10 assists. He was 13-of-20 from the field and 3-of-5 from the 3-point line.

    "When you're playing against the San Antonio Spurs, you've got to stay in it til the end," Marbury said. "We played hard. We played well tonight. When I'm scoring it's a lot easier for me to get a lot of assists."

    Shawn Marion added 22 points and 12 rebounds and Tom Gugliotta had 14 points for the Suns.

    The Spurs rebounded from Sunday night's 92-83 loss to the Suns.

    "We were playing good defense and continued to play hard. We never quit playing hard," Suns coach Frank Johnson said. "We had our chances, unfortunately we had some stumbles late."

    After eight lead changes in the third quarter, Duncan hit two free throws with one second left for a 72-67 lead.

    Duncan was 11-of-12 from the free throw line.

    San Antonio opened the fourth quarter with a 23-12 run and took a 14-point lead, 95-81, when Duncan hit a 21-foot jumper.

    "He was tough," Johnson said. "He was very aggressive tonight. He wasn't going to let them lose and really took his team on his back."

    Marion had a 3-pointer with 1:10 left to draw the Suns within seven points, but that was the closest they would get.

    "Everything's satisfying right now," Duncan said. "We're getting on a little roll right now and we need that. We're savoring every victory now and getting refocused."

    The Spurs, after leading by as many as 12 in the second quarter, held only a 47-44 halftime lead after the Suns went on a 15-5 run with Marbury scoring seven. Phoenix took its first lead early in the third quarter on with Marbury's reverse layup that made it 48-47.

    Game notes

    The Spurs are the NBA's fifth best at 33-5 when leading at halftime. ... Duncan recorded his league-leading 45th double-double, the 265th of his career. ... Ranked eighth in the league from behind the arc, the Spurs were 8-of-18 from 3-point range ... Suns' guard Anfernee Hardaway returned to the lineup after sitting out the previous game with tendinitis in his left knee. He had 4 points.

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