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Spurs bounce back to even series at 1

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April 22, 2003

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- San Antonio didn't stop Stephon Marbury, but the Spurs did make their free throws down the stretch Monday night. And that was enough for an 84-76 victory over Phoenix to even their playoff series at 1-1.

Two days after the Spurs missed 6 of 8 free throws in overtime, Tim Duncan scored half of his 22 points in the fourth quarter. He helped San Antonio rally from a seven-point deficit in the quarter. The best-of-seven West opener switches to Phoenix for games on Friday and Sunday.

With the Spurs leading 77-76, Manu Ginobili made a 3-pointer from the wing with 1:02 left. Marbury, the star of Game 1 with a running 3-point bank shot in overtime, missed a drive to the basket on the next possession.

PACERS 89, CELTICS 77: Jermaine O'Neal had 23 points and 20 rebounds, and Reggie Miller scored 18 as host Indiana evened the East series at 1. Antoine Walker led the Celtics with 19 points, and Paul Pierce, who scored 40 in the opener, finished with 16. The Celtics trailed by 18 late in the first quarter and by 16 in the third. Twice in the third they pulled within one, but could never take the lead.

"We did our job by getting one game," Pierce said. "We've just got to take care of business at home." Game 3 is Thursday in Boston.

KINGS 108, JAZZ 95: Peja Stojakovic scored 29 and host Sacramento led nearly the entire game to take a 2-0 lead in their West series. Vlade Divac added 15 points and seven rebounds and Bobby Jackson 15 points and six assists for the Kings, who shot 53.7 percent overall and blew the game open with a 14-4 run midway through the second quarter to go up 49-30. Andrei Kirilenko led Utah with 17 points.

The Jazz played without guard DeShawn Stevenson, who was suspended hours before the game for getting into an argument with coach Jerry Sloan at practice.

HORNETS: Guard Baron Davis is questionable for Game 2 at Philadelphia on Wednesday night because of a left knee injury. Results of an MRI were negative.

LAKERS: Shaquille O'Neal left Minneapolis to attend his grandfather's wake in South Carolina, but he is expected to play in Game 2 of the best-of-seven West series against Minnesota tonight.

WILLIAMS TRIAL: Attorneys for ex-Net Jayson Williams asked a New Jersey Superior Court judge to split his manslaughter case into two trials. Williams is accused of recklessly handling a shotgun that killed chauffeur Costas Christofi at his home last year, then covering up his involvement. The defense wants one trial to consider everything up to and including the shooting, and a second to hear evidence regarding the obstruction-of-justice charges. The defense argues that because the shooting was unintentional, a jury would be prejudiced by hearing both cases together.

EX-PISTON SHOOTING: The shooting death of a home intruder Sunday by ex-Piston Fennis Dembo is under investigation, though police said the man appeared to be a burglar. Dembo, 37, told the man to stop before shooting at him several times, according to the San Antonio Police report.

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