NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Philadelphia
(Saturday, March 15th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 103, San Antonio 96
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Andre Miller scored a season-high 32 points and dished out seven assists to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 103-96 victory over the San Antonio Spurs at the Wachovia Center.
Miller showed no ill effects from a nagging sore back, shooting a torrid 11- for-14 from the floor, hitting 10 of his 11 free-throw attempts and also grabbing five rebounds. Perhaps most impressively, the Sixers point guard played almost 43 minutes and did not commit a turnover against the vaunted San Antonio defense.
Andre Iguodala added 25 points, five rebounds and four assists to help Philly to its seventh win in the last eight games.
Tony Parker led San Antonio with 27 points and five assists, while Manu Ginobili went for 22 points, seven rebounds and six helpers, but the Spurs made just 6-of-21 (28.6 percent) three-point attempts on their way to a third straight setback.
Having trailed since late in the first quarter, San Antonio found itself within six with less than three minutes to go when Ginobili got loose for an uncontested lay-in, trimming the Sixers advantage to 94-88.
After a defensive stop, the Spurs had a chance to pull within four or three, and went to big man Tim Duncan in the post. Duncan was stood up by Sixers' center Samuel Dalembert, who rejected his turnaround hook shot, igniting a Philly break the other way.
Miller pushed, as the Sixers had numbers, and pulled up for a smooth foul-line jumper that made it 96-88 with about two minutes remaining. Rather than calling a timeout, however, San Antonio responded by advancing the ball quickly back upcourt, and Parker caught the Sixers defense backpedaling and ultimately converted a three-point play to pull the Spurs back within five.
After a pair of Iguodala free throws, Parker stripped Sixers point guard Lou Williams in the backcourt, and went the length of the floor for a lay-in that made it 98-93 with just over a minute to go.
Williams then left the door open by missing 1-of-2 free throws, but Bruce Bowen's three clanged off the rim. Iguodala grabbed the rebound and hurried upcourt, then forced a hurried pass that resulted in a nearly-costly turnover.
However, Michael Finley missed a three, and the Spurs were forced to foul in the final minutes. Miller proceeded to sink four straight foul shots to put the game out of reach, earning Philadelphia its 15th win in the last 20 games.
Dalembert finished with 10 points, 10 boards and pair of key blocked shots, while Williams totaled 12 points and four assists.
Duncan had 16 and six boards for the Spurs, and Bowen contributed 10.
Miller keyed a 14-4 Philly run to close the first quarter, giving the Sixers a 28-23 lead heading to the second. The lead grew to as many as 13 on two different occasions before the half, including 51-38 with 2:53 left, but the Spurs used a 7-2 spurt to close the half and pull within 53-45 at the break.
Parker's runner trimmed the Philadelphia lead to 72-66 with 3:18 remaining in the third, but the Sixers ripped off seven straight -- capped by Miller's jumper -- to go back up 13.
Iguodala then lobbed to Thaddeus Young for a slam that made it 83-70 with just six seconds to go in the quarter, but Matt Bonner's buzzer-beating three had the Spurs within 10 heading to the fourth.
San Antonio then scored four straight to open the final period and trim the lead to six, and were down just 90-83 after Duncan's lefty baby hook with 7:34 remaining.
Parker's bucket a little over two minutes later had the Spurs again within six, at 92-86 with 5:10 to go.
Philadelphia shot 46.3 percent from the floor, and the Spurs hit on 48.7 percent of their field goal attempts; Philly was 24-of-28 at the foul line, and San Antonio went 16-for-19...Bowen returned from a one-game league-issued suspension for a foul on New Orleans' Chris Paul Wednesday night; he sat out the Spurs' loss in Detroit Friday, ending his NBA-best streak of 500 consecutive games played...Sixers guard Willie Green returned from a two-game absence due to a strained lower back, and scored eight points in 19-plus minutes...Both teams were playing their fifth game in seven days.
03/15 22:06:32 ET