Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 1/12

Game 1: Sunday, January 12th
Game 2: Sunday, March 9th

Celtics 80

(20-16, 8-9 away)

Spurs 81


    Coverage: KRRT

    6:00 PM ET, January 12, 2003

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    BOS 16 24 30 1080
    SA 27 20 18 1681

    Top Performers

    Boston: P. Pierce 25 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Stl

    San Antonio: T. Duncan 21 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 5 Blk

    Jackson caps Spurs' game-ending run with winner

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Stephen Jackson made five baskets in the first quarter of Sunday night's game against Boston, but after that it seemed that his shooting touch had abandoned him.

    But, despite having missed seven straight shots, Jackson didn't hesitate when he found himself with the ball 25 feet from the basket and the San Antonio Spurs down two with 9.6 seconds left.

    Jackson's confidence paid off as he hit the 3-pointer, giving the Spurs an 81-80 win over the Celtics.

    "All my teammates were telling me that I had one more shot, just take it with confidence,'' Jackson said. "I shot it with confidence.''

    After Jackson's basket, Paul Pierce twice had the ball with Bruce Bowen guarding him. Bowen, a defensive specialist, fouled Pierce with five seconds, and clung tightly to him on the next play when Pierce's 17-foot jumper from the right wing bounced off the rim.

    The Celtics scored only 10 points in the fourth quarter on 4-for-20 shooting after scoring 30 in the third.

    "We had some great looks in the fourth quarter -- they just didn't fall,'' Boston's Antoine Walker said.

    Tim Duncan led San Antonio with 21 points and Jackson added 18. The winning 3-pointer was Jackson's only basket of the second half. Tony Parker had 12 points for the Spurs.

    Pierce led Boston with 25 points, but was only 9-for-24 from the floor. Walker scored 15 but also shot poorly (7-for-20) while J.R. Bremer added 10 points. Walker led all rebounders with 10.

    "This is one of the hardest battles to lose,'' Pierce said. "I thought the worst would be we'd go into overtime.''

    Trailing by seven at the half, Boston opened the third period with a 14-7 run that was capped by a layup by Walker which tied the score at 54 with 6:51 left in the quarter.

    San Antonio rebuilt a small lead before the Celtics ended the period with an 11-2 spurt. Pierce opened the run with a 3-pointer and Walker followed with an 11-foot jump hook. Bremer put Boston ahead, 70-65, by driving past Parker for a layup in the final seconds of the quarter.

    San Antonio ran its lead into double-digits late in the first quarter behind Jackson, who made a pair of 3-pointers early and finished the period with 12 points.

    Boston fell behind by 17 points early in the second quarter, but a late Celtics' rally cut San Antonio's lead to five in the final minute of the period.

    J.R. Bremer hit a pair of 3-pointers and Tony Delk made another from behind the arc for a 9-0 Celtics run that made the score 45-40 with 29 seconds remaining in the half.

    Game notes

    The Celtics have not won in San Antonio since February 1990. ... The Spurs now have a 10-game winning streak against Boston. ... Bowen went 2-for-5 on 3-pointers, and has now made 12 of his last 24 attempts for San Antonio. ... The Celtics are 5-5 against Western Conference opponents. They play in Houston on Monday night. ... Boston's Vin Baker, who posted his first career DNP while healthy in Friday's loss to Dallas, entered the game after five minutes when Tony Battie picked up his second foul. Baker quickly got into foul trouble himself, picking up his sixth with 4:27 remaining in the game. Battie fouled out a minute later.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 80 81
    FGM-FGA 31-74 (.419) 28-71 (.394)
    3PM-3PA 6-23 (.261) 5-20 (.250)
    FTM-FTA 12-13 (.923) 20-32 (.625)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-41 12-38
    Assists 11 14
    Turnovers 16 15
    Steals 7 8
    Blocks 4 7
    Fast Break Points 6 2
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 30 (2/0) 20 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Paul Pierce Pierce
    Points: 25
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 0
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 21
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 5