NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Philadelphia
(Thursday, November 18th)
Final Score: San Antonio 88, Philadelphia 80
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan scored 34 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for his 409th career double-double, leading San Antonio to an 88-80 victory over Philadelphia at the Wachovia Center.
Manu Ginobili added 17 points and nine assists in San Antonio's first victory in Philadelphia since November 1999. Rasho Nesterovic chipped in 16 points and 11 boards for the Spurs, who have won five straight.
Allen Iverson scored 24 to lead the Sixers, who established a franchise-low for points in a quarter by scoring just six in the opening 12 minutes of the game. Kyle Korver added 17 points and Corliss Williamson had 15 in the loss.
Despite their poor first quarter performance, the Sixers held a 59-55 lead heading into the fourth.
But San Antonio opened the final quarter with a 12-3 run, taking the lead for good when Duncan's bucket made it 64-62 inside the 9:00 mark. The game remained close after that, but the Sixers were never able to tie it.
Iverson completed a three-point play late to get Philadelphia within 82-78 and give the Sixers some momentum, but Duncan scored at the other end to make it a six-point game with a little more than a minute left.
"We got off to a slow start, obviously," Sixers coach Jim O'Brien said. "And we didn't have what it takes in the fourth quarter. They did what they needed to do to win the game."
The Sixers opened the game with a stagnant offense, to say the least. They missed their first 16 shots and didn't score until the 4:29 mark when Korver hit a jumper in the lane to make it an 11-2 game.
Philadelphia's third and fourth points came after Iverson converted a steal into a layup to get his team within 13-4 inside the 3:00 mark.
Overall, the Sixers shot just 3-of-25 in the quarter and trailed 20-6 heading into the second. San Antonio made nine of its first 18 shots on the way to the 14-point lead, getting seven points and four rebounds from Duncan.
Philadelphia rebounded from its dismal start nicely, opening the second quarter with a 17-5 run to pull within 25-23 at the midway point. The Sixers, who were 10-of-21 from the floor in the quarter, got as close as 30-29 before heading to the locker room under a 40-33 deficit.
Duncan led all players with 16 points and nine rebounds in the first half.
The Sixers took their first lead of the game with 3:13 remaining in the third quarter when a Korver three made it 55-53. They outscored San Antonio 26-15 in the quarter and carried a 59-55 advantage into the fourth.
The Sixers shot 35 percent for the game; San Antonio shot 41 percent...Philadelphia's previous low mark for points in a quarter was nine...The Spurs opened a four-game road trip...The Sixers closed out a five- game homestand...Philadelphia swept both meetings between these clubs last season.
11/18 22:28:07 ET