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Updated: Thursday, February 6, 2003 2:40 AM EST
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San Antonio 103, Golden State 99
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OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- In a strange twist, the San Antonio Spurs could not score until Tim Duncan left the game.

Tony Parker had 21 points and 10 assists and David Robinson and Malik Rose made huge plays down the stretch as the Spurs held on for a 103-99 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

Duncan leads San Antonio with 23.2 points per game and had 30 and 12 rebounds before fouling out with 2:51 to go. His departure seemed to spell doom for the struggling Spurs, who managed just 25 points in the second half before losing their star player.

Robinson, who contributed only one basket in the first 45 minutes, had a follow dunk with 2:23 remaining for a 92-89 lead. Rose added two free throws with 1:53 left before Robinson blocked a shot on the defensive end.

Robinson set a pick to free Parker, who buried a jumper for a 96-91 edge with 97 seconds to go.

Gilbert Arenas sank a 3-pointer and - after Rose made another jumper - Jason Richardson made two free throws to bring the Warriors within 98-96 with 32 seconds left.

Stephen Jackson sank a 3-pointer with 14 seconds remaining and Robinson made 2-of-4 free throws in the final five seconds to seal the victory.

"We couldn't make a shot, it seemed, in the third and fourth quarter and finally we made one down the stretch, so we were fortunate to get the win," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "When it comes down to it, making shots down the stretch in a game is always the difference-maker and (Jackson) did his a little later than Gilbert did, so we were fortunate."

"We played great down the stretch," Duncan added. "Stephen Jackson hit a huge shot for us, Malik Rose hit a huge shot for us. (The Warriors) always find a way to make it a game at the end, but we did a good job of sustaining it, took some good shots at the end there and knocked them out."

Robinson finished with six points, six rebounds and three blocks in his final game at the Arena in Oakland. He received an ovation when he was introduced and throughout the game.

"It feels good. I saw a lot of signs, jerseys and everything. That was great," Robinson said. "After 14 years, it's all been good to me, so that's just a blessing seeing everybody and they're thinking this being my last time here and celebrating, that was pretty nice."

Jackson finished with 14 points and nine rebounds and Rose collected 10 and six for the Spurs, who took the season series with the Warriors for the sixth straight year.

San Antonio shot just 42 percent (35-of-83) from the floor but made 7-of-17 3-pointers and 26-of-30 free throws.

Gilbert Arenas scored 24 of his 28 points in the second half to lead Golden State (21-27), which failed to eclipse last season's win total.

"I took a cold shower at halftime and was ready to go," Arenas said. "This is a big stride for us, 21 wins, and we'll try to build on it and make a playoff push."

"It's a disappointing loss, yet we still have 21 wins at the break," Golden State coach Eric Musselman added. "If there's someone who hasn't said we've gone beyond expectations, they're smoking something funny."

Richardson had 16 points and Troy Murphy added 10 and nine rebounds as the Warriors lost for just the second time in their last seven home games.

"Out mentality is right now that we can beat any team in the league in our own building," Musselman said. "We've come a long way. Earlier this year, close was good enough. That's no longer the mentality."

Duncan and Parker each scored 10 points in the first quarter as the Spurs jumped out to a 33-18 lead. Duncan had eight in the second quarter and Parker buried a 3-pointer to give San Antonio its largest lead at 63-45 with 88 seconds left in the half.

The Spurs shot 56 percent (23-of-41) in the first half en route to a 65-49 halftime advantage. But San Antonio went cold in the second half, making just 29 percent (12-of-42) of its shots.

Arenas and Richardson had nine points apiece in the third quarter. Golden State made 10-of-18 shots in the period to pull within 81-75.

The Warriors scored eight straight points and forged an 88-88 tie on a layup by Arenas with 5:52 remaining. But Duncan sank a pair of free throws 19 seconds later to give the Spurs the lead for good.


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