Final / 2OT

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/31

Game 1: Friday, December 31st
Spurs98Final
Clippers79
Game 2: Wednesday, January 19th
Clippers79Final
Spurs80
Game 3: Wednesday, April 6th
Clippers82Final
Spurs91
Game 4: Saturday, April 9th
Spurs125Final
2OT
Clippers124

Spurs 125

(56-20, 20-17 away)

Clippers 124

(34-43, 25-14 home)

    Coverage: KRRT

    7:30 PM ET, April 9, 2005

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 OT 2OT T
    SA 20 26 31 28 11 9125
    LAC 30 23 25 27 11 8124

    Top Performers

    SA: M. Ginobili 40 Pts, 6 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl

    LAC: C. Kaman 20 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Horry blocks shot to preserve win

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- While Robert Horry fits the description of a journeyman, he's known for hitting the big shot.

    He hit yet another Saturday night.

    Horry made a 3-pointer with 22.2 seconds remaining in the second overtime period, then preserved the victory with a blocked shot to give the San Antonio Spurs a 125-124 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

    The shot was similar to the one Horry made in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals three years ago at Staples Center while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, when he hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat the Sacramento Kings.

    On that occasion, a capacity crowd went wild with joy. This time, another sellout crowd sat in stunned silence.

    Just like in that situation, the ball was batted around before Brent Barry got it to Horry, who didn't hesitate in putting up the winning shot. Horry then blocked a dunk attempt by Mikki Moore in the final seconds, enabling the Spurs to snap a six-game road losing streak.

    "Once I get my feet set, I'm going to shoot it," Horry said, adding he couldn't celebrate like he did three years ago because the game wasn't over.

    And he wasn't finished, either.

    "The block was crucial," Horry said. "Shaun Livingston was driving and getting to the bucket, but on the last play he dished it off to Mikki Moore. Luckily, I was able to get over fast enough and block the shot."

    Livingston, a rookie who scored a career high 18 points, had given the Clippers a 124-122 lead by making a layup with 32.4 seconds to play.

    Horry struck 10 seconds later.

    "Robert Horry's just a big-play sort of guy," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "We've all seen it before from him on several different teams. Now, he's doing it for us."

    The 34-year-old Horry is averaging six points this season. In 12 previous seasons, he averaged 7.7 points.

    By winning, the Spurs (56-20) moved within one game of the Phoenix Suns for the top seed in the Western Conference. San Antonio leads Dallas by four games in the Southwest Division with six remaining.

    Manu Ginobili had 40 points, six rebounds and nine assists, and Tony Parker had 27 points and nine assists for the Spurs. Horry had 15 points and eight rebounds and Tony Massenburg added 14 points and nine rebounds.

    "We needed a game on the road," Ginobili said. "It was very important for us for our heads."

    The Spurs hadn't won a road game since Feb. 28. They've beaten the Clippers seven straight times, including four this season, and have won 27 of the last 30 games between the teams.

    Corey Maggette led the Clippers with 24 points before fouling out with 4:16 left in the first overtime. Chris Wilcox had 21 points and seven rebounds before fouling out with 1:21 remaining in the second overtime. Chris Kaman had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Elton Brand had 20 points before fouling out with 3:39 to play in the fourth quarter.

    "It was a great game," Maggette said. "We did a lot of good things. When I saw (Horry) catch the ball, I was just praying that he'd miss. That's what they pay him the big bucks for. Great players make big shots."

    Ginobili made three free throws with 30.5 seconds left in the first overtime to give the Spurs a 116-114 lead, but Livingston made a basket 5 seconds later to tie it. Ginobili missed an off-balance shot just before the final buzzer, forcing a second overtime.

    Ginobili scored eight of his team's 11 points in the first overtime, while Livingston had six for the Clippers.

    The Clippers took a 103-102 lead with 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter on two free throws by Maggette. Ginobili made a three-point play to put the Spurs on top by two, but a layup by Kaman with 7 seconds to go tied the game at 105. Parker missed a jumper in the final seconds.

    The Spurs played without star Tim Duncan (sprained right ankle) for the 10th straight game, while Bobby Simmons, the Clippers' third-leading scorer, missed his sixth game because of an injured left leg.

    Game notes


    San Antonio C Rasho Nesterovic was helped off the court late in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle and didn't return. He had eight points and two rebounds. There was no immediate word as to the severity of the injury. ... The Clippers have a 25-14 home record with two home games remaining. Previously, their best home record in five years at Staples Center was 25-16 in the 2001-2002 season. ... Duncan, walking without a limp, said he's getting better and hopes to return before the regular season ends April 20. "If we could get him for a couple of games before the playoffs, that would be great," Popovich said. ... The Clippers, who have five games remaining, trail the Lakers by a half-game. They are trying to finish ahead of the Lakers for just the third time in the 21 seasons both teams have played in Los Angeles.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SA
    LAC
    Points 125 124
    FGM-FGA 41-99 (.414) 45-78 (.577)
    3PM-3PA 11-25 (.440) 3-5 (.600)
    FTM-FTA 32-43 (.744) 31-40 (.775)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-41 5-42
    Assists 29 30
    Turnovers 9 22
    Steals 10 4
    Blocks 5 7
    Fast Break Points 10 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 30 (0/0) 36 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 5 16

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Los Angeles
    Manu Ginobili Ginobili
    Points: 40
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Chris Kaman Kaman
    Points: 20
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 3