Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/19

Game 1: Friday, December 19th
Game 2: Thursday, February 5th
Game 3: Wednesday, March 3rd
Game 4: Wednesday, April 7th

Spurs 96


SuperSonics 90

(23-25, 14-12 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    7:00 PM ET, February 5, 2004

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 28 26 23 1996
    SEA 20 20 31 1990

    Top Performers

    SA: T. Duncan 23 Pts, 14 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 Blk

    Sea: R. Lewis 25 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    Duncan's 23 points, 14 boards lead the way

    SEATTLE (AP) -- While Ray Allen and Bruce Bowen jawed at each other, Tim Duncan settled under the basket and helped the San Antonio Spurs hold off one rally after another.

    Duncan scored 23 points and collected 14 rebounds, and Tony Parker added 18 points to lead the Spurs to a 96-90 win over the slumping Seattle Supersonics on Thursday night.

    Duncan was slowed by double-teams and missed shots in the second half, but his 8-of-12 performance in the first half held up. He had 18 points and seven rebounds by the break, when the Spurs led 54-40.

    "It was a great start for me and I kind of stalled in the second half," Duncan said. "My teammates really picked it up for me and did a great job."

    The Spurs beat the Sonics for the fifth straight time, sending Seattle to its fifth loss in six games. San Antonio, making the second stop on a seven-game road trip, has won four in a row in Seattle.

    "Defensively we stayed up in them," Duncan said. "I thought Bruce did an excellent job staying up in Ray Allen's shots. It was a physical game but it was a good game all the way."

    Hedo Turkoglu scored 14 for San Antonio, and reserves Manu Ginobili had 13 and Devin Brown 10.

    The Sonics three times cut a 15-point deficit to four in the final period but never took the lead. It was 94-90 with 49.5 seconds on the clock when Rashard Lewis hit a basket but couldn't complete a three-point play.

    After the teams swapped misses, Turkoglu made two free throws to seal the win.

    "We missed a few layups, missed some free throws, had some turnovers," Seattle coach Nate McMillan said. "All of that combined, you set yourself up to lose."

    Lewis led Seattle with 25 points and nine rebounds, while Ray Allen scored 22 on 8-of-20 shooting. Vitaly Potapenko had 12 points, and Antonio Daniels and Vladimir Radmanovic each added 10.

    Defensive specialist Bowen held Allen to seven points on 3-of-12 shooting in the first two quarters. Allen complained of getting elbows in the side from Bowen but no help from the officials.

    "I was at the point where I wanted to fight him," Allen said. "I wasn't playing basketball. That's not good for this team if I get into that frame of mind."

    Allen said Bowen kicked him and pushed him to the floor on one play. They were jawing at each other near the end of the first half and, early in the third quarter officials called a double technical.

    "I don't go to that beat of the drum, where you say, 'OK, go ahead and do what you want," Bowen said. "I compete night in and night out. It doesn't matter if it's Ray or Rashard. They're go-to guys. My job is to make it as difficult as possible."

    Seattle charged back in the third period, cutting the deficit to 62-60 after Potapenko hit two jumpers and Daniels scored twice inside during a 13-4 run midway through the quarter.

    The Sonics trimmed it to 77-73 on Luke Ridnour's basket to open the fourth quarter, but each time the Spurs had an answer -- whether it was Ginobili's open 3-pointers, a three-point play by Brown or a jumper by Robert Horry.

    "I was disappointed in the way we played defense in the second half," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "They beat us in transition pretty regularly and that created problems for us. That is uncharacteristic for us."

    Game notes

    The teams wore throwback uniforms. San Antonio wore silver with black numbers and white trim, and the Sonics gold with white numbers and green trim. ... Going into Friday night's game at Phoenix, Seattle is 11-15 overall in back-to-back sets. ... Daniels played with the Spurs from 1998-02.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 96 90
    FGM-FGA 39-84 (.464) 34-80 (.425)
    3PM-3PA 6-15 (.400) 6-16 (.375)
    FTM-FTA 12-18 (.667) 16-23 (.696)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-47 9-41
    Assists 17 16
    Turnovers 10 12
    Steals 7 5
    Blocks 3 4
    Fast Break Points 1 2
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (1/0) 20 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 23
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 2
    Rashard Lewis Lewis
    Points: 25
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0