SALT LAKE CITY (TICKER) —Tim Duncan capped a 29-point, 17-rebound night with a baseline jump shot over Karl Malone at the buzzer to give the San Antonio Spurs their 11th consecutive victory over the Utah Jazz, 91-90.
“Basically, I just got up over Karl on the shot,” Duncan said. “We had a play and there were a lot of options out of the timeout. I got the ball and saw that I had five seconds. I went away from the middle because of the double-teams, so I went baseline, and luckily the shot went down.”
Duncan’s game-winning shot was reviewed on instant replay, but he clearly released the ball in plenty of time. Duncan went 9-of-20 from the floor and also dished out six assists.
“I let it go with over 1.5 (seconds) to go,” Duncan said. “I didn’t think they needed to review it.”
Utah has not beaten San Antonio since February 6, 2000.
“In this series, we don’t have anything on them,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “They play as hard as we do. We’ve just had some good fortune.”
The Jazz led throughout the fourth quarter but allowed the Spurs to tie the game with 28 seconds left on a long jumper by Stephen Jackson, who scored seven of his 11 points in the final period.
Scott Padgett hit 1-of-2 free throws with 6.5 seconds left to put Utah up, 90-89, and open the door for Duncan’s game-winner.
“We were in a pretty good position,” Jazz guard John Stockton said. “We just didn’t finish it off. It didn’t come down to just one play. Scott made a free throw to put us up. We couldn’t get a stop at the other end. But no one cares tomorrow. A loss is a loss.”
With 10 points, Ostertag was one of three Utah players with a double-double. Malone had 18 points and 10 rebounds while John Stockton had 12 points and 10 assists.
Utah got its largest advantage of the game with 9:09 left in the fourth quarter when Padgett hit a shot in the paint for a 74-64 lead. But rookie Emanuel Ginobili hit a 3-pointer on the next possession to spark an 8-2 spurt in which he had five points and an assist.
Ginobili scored all eight of his points in the fourth quarter.