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Updated: Saturday, January 4, 2003 1:18 AM EST
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San Antonio 98, Golden State 95
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SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- Tim Duncan finally saw his teammates make big shots.

Duncan scored a season-high 37 points and Danny Ferry and Bruce Bowen hit clutch jumpers down the stretch as the San Antonio Spurs avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season with a 98-95 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

The Spurs had lost three of their previous four games despite the play of Duncan, who averaged 30.3 points, 11.7 rebounds and 2.8 blocks during that span.

"Tim is playing MVP basketball," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "Unfortunately, we're having a hard time finding people to join him. We need more consistant performance from people."

Duncan had another dominant performance, but it was Bowen and Ferry who made the decisive baskets.

Golden State had its largest lead at 80-75 with less than eight minutes to go before Duncan scored 10 points during a 15-2 run San Antonio used to take control.

Duncan gave the Spurs the lead for good at 83-82 on a tip shot with 5:01 remaining. Bowen followed with a 3-pointer at the 4:29 mark before Duncan capped the burst with consecutive baskets.

After the Warriors scored four straight points, Bowen sank a long jumper from the left corner for a 92-86 lead with 95 seconds to go. Ferry added a 3-pointer 37 seconds later and the Spurs held on for their fifth straight home win.

"Tim created the double-team," Bowen said. "He always does and that allowed me to get open. A couple of times I found that shot in the corner. I like that shot."

"We just found a couple minutes where we put it all together," Duncan said. "It was enough to get a much-needed victory. We need to play better for a larger part of the 48."

Duncan made 14-of-18 shots from the floor and 9-of-9 free throws while grabbing nine rebounds. He also tied a season high with three blocks as the Spurs earned their 11th straight home victory against the Warriors, who have not won in San Antonio since February 14, 1997.

Antawn Jamison scored 37 points but was the only player in double figures for Golden State, which has lost 14 of its last 16 meetings with San Antonio.

"We really fought hard and put ourselves in position to win the ballgame," Golden State coach Eric Musselman said. "Everyone played hard, and I think we are learning that especially playing on the road against a team like the Spurs is going to be a challenge."

The Warriors had their three-game winning streak snapped, failing in a bid for their first four-game run in nearly three years.

"We are really improving as a team," Jamison said. "Tonight's effort shows how we are coming together as a group. The effort and focus we had tonight is definitely what we need to have on the road."

Golden State shot 42 percent (37-of-88) from the floor and held a 50-32 rebounding advantage.

Duncan scored six points during an 11-0 run that bridged the first and second quarters. He opened the second with a dunk and two free throws for a 31-20 cushion and San Antonio did not trail until the third.

There were seven lead changes and three ties in the third, but the Warriors closed the quarter with five straight points and carried a 70-67 lead into the fourth.


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