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Spurs are Perfect in Nail-Biters

By Daniel Strickland on December 18, 2005.

Winning close games is what great teams do. It’s not luck or good fortune which allows a good team to win the buzzer beaters. But don’t tell that to Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have lost three straight games by a combined five points.

The Spurs are 2-0 in overtime this year and in seven games that have been decided by six or fewer points, the Spurs are 7-0.

The San Antonio Spurs have won their last two games by a combined three points, thanks to Michael Finley stepping up for the injured Manu Ginobili.

Finley, the longtime Dallas starter replacing the injured Manu Ginobili, hit a 20-foot jumper with 2.5 seconds left to give the Spurs a 90-89 win over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.

In the three games since Ginobili went inactive with a sprained right foot, Finley has averaged just under 20 points per game and made eight of his 13 3-point attempts.

And San Antonio has won all three.

Some other interesting Spurs notes this week:

  • Bruce Bowen has played 295 consecutive games for San Antonio, one short of the team record held by Avery Johnson.
  • The Spurs set a franchise low for turnovers with four against the Clippers, eclipsing its mark of five set on March 18, 2004 against Minnesota.

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  1. TheFunk December 19, 2005

    Big men playing big ball.


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