Regular Season Series (Game 3 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

SuperSonics 84

(27-34, 11-18 away)

Spurs 88


    Coverage: KENS

    7:30 PM ET, March 3, 2004

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 13 23 18 3084
    SA 22 15 30 2188

    Top Performers

    Sea: R. Murray 24 Pts, 4 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl

    SA: T. Parker 17 Pts, 4 Reb, 7 Ast, 6 Stl

    Parker has 11 points, three steals in fourth

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- After the San Antonio Spurs squandered a 14-point fourth-quarter lead to Memphis on Monday, Tony Parker was kicking himself.

    Parker passed up an open jumper with time running out that might have helped his team pull out a win.

    On Wednesday, Parker was in a similar situation late in a tight game against Seattle. This time, he made a 19-footer, and the Spurs fended off a pair of fourth-quarter charges to beat the SuperSonics, 88-84.

    Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and some of the players criticized Parker after the Memphis loss, and said he needs to step up while Tim Duncan is on the injured list.

    Parker said he didn't let the loss to the Grizzlies keep him down for long.

    "I'm not worried about bouncing back, because I think I always bounce back every time they give me a challenge," said Parker, who scored 11 of his 17 points and had three steals in the final period.

    Bruce Bowen, who scored 14 points for San Antonio, said Parker has the talent to be an impact player every night.

    "Now is not the time to praise Tony -- we've got another game coming up," said Bowen, who also pestered Seattle star guard Ray Allen on defense. "He's paid to do a job and he's capable of doing it."

    The Spurs host Dallas on Friday night. The Mavericks have won all three meetings this season.

    The Spurs led 67-54 going into the final period Wednesday, but Seattle opened with an 8-0 run to trim the difference to five.

    A three-point play by Ray Allen made it 76-75 for the Spurs with 3:49 left, but layups by Hedo Turkoglu and Parker extended San Antonio's lead to five points.

    "We were trying to attack their aggressive defense," said Sonics coach Nate MacMillan. "With a team like the Spurs you have to move the ball, make their defense bend."

    San Antonio's defense did bend, but unlike Monday, it didn't break.

    Flip Murray, who scored 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, made a pair of free throws and then two jumpers to cut the Spurs' lead to 83-81 with 1:07 remaining.

    "Flip was coming down and scoring almost every time," said Seattle's Rashard Lewis, whose 10 points were little more than half his average. "Ray and I weren't able to get it going, so Flip got in the game tonight."

    Parker then made his pivotal jumper from the top of the key with 47.9 seconds left. Parker and Robert Horry combined for three free throws to build the lead to 88-81 before Allen finished with a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

    It was San Antonio's third game without Duncan, who went on the injured list after hurting his left leg last week in a loss in Dallas.

    Turkoglu led San Antonio with 18 points, going 4-for-5 on 3-pointers. Horry scored 14 points and Rasho Nesterovic had 12 points and 12 rebounds, seven on the offensive end.

    Allen scored 21 and Vladimir Radmanovic had 14 for Seattle.

    A corner 3-pointer by Bowen gave the Spurs an 11-2 lead, with Bowen accounting for seven points. San Antonio got its advantage into double digits at 20-9 late in the first period when Manu Ginobili passed inside to Kevin Willis for a dunk.

    Allen, who scored only two points in the first quarter, keyed a 16-6 run by Seattle to start the second.

    With Bowen out for a rest, Allen hit a quick pair of jumpers while guarded by Ginobili, and he kept scoring when Bowen returned. Allen's 16-footer at 6:03 gave the Sonics their first lead of the game, 29-28.

    Nesterovic made San Antonio's last three baskets before the break, while Murray scored five of Seattle's final seven points in a half that ended with the Spurs up 37-36.< ^Notes: The Spurs have beaten the Sonics six straight dating back to November 2002. ... Antonio Daniels, a former Spur, did not dress for the Sonics after bruising ribs in Tuesday's loss in Dallas. ... Seattle is 7-10 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 84 88
    FGM-FGA 34-69 (.493) 33-76 (.434)
    3PM-3PA 4-13 (.308) 7-16 (.438)
    FTM-FTA 12-16 (.750) 15-18 (.833)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 3-30 12-37
    Assists 17 19
    Turnovers 20 18
    Steals 10 13
    Blocks 6 3
    Fast Break Points 7 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 22 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Ronald Murray Murray
    Points: 24
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Tony Parker Parker
    Points: 17
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 6
    Blk: 0