Saturday , Apr , 29 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Martin beats clock, Duncan to give Kings Game 3 win

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Kevin Martin’s layup at the buzzer gave
Sacramento a 94-93 win over San Antonio in Game 3 of the Western Conference
quarterfinals at ARCO Arena, tightening the Spurs lead in the best-of-seven
series to 2-1.

Game 4 of the series will be played on Sunday in Sacramento.

With just over five seconds left and the Spurs holding a one-point lead, Manu
Ginobili drove to his left to get off a shot with the shot clock winding down.
However, he was stripped by Mike Bibby, who pushed the ball ahead to Martin at
half-court.

Martin drove the rest of the way to the basket with time winding down. He
double-pumped and tossed up a shot with his left hand over the outstretched
arms of San Antonio’s Tim Duncan. The ball kissed off the glass and dropped in
after bouncing around the rim, just as the buzzer sounded, giving the Kings a
thrilling win.

Bibby scored 25 points and dished out eight assists while Ron Artest, back in
the lineup after a one-game suspension, tallied 22 points and 12 rebounds for
the Kings.

Duncan turned in a great individual performance as he totaled 29 points, 12
rebounds and six blocked shots. He did not get much help however, as only two
other Spurs scored in double figures. Michael Finley had 17 points and Tony
Parker scored 12 for San Antonio.

San Antonio scored eight of the first 10 points to open the final frame and
take a two-point lead, 72-70, with 9:47 remaining as Finley hit from long
distance.

The two teams traded the lead back and forth over the remaining nine-plus
minutes of the contest and with 57 seconds to play, Artest split two defenders
and got to the basket for a layup, putting the Kings up 92-90.

Finley hit a three-pointer from the top of the key to push the Spurs ahead,
93-92, with 41.1 seconds left. On the ensuing Sacramento possession, the Kings
turned it over as Ginobili knocked the ball off of Artest’s leg and out of
bounds, giving the Spurs possession.

Artest scored the Kings first six points and tallied eight total and five
rebounds in the opening frame as Sacramento assumed a two-point lead, 22-20,
after 12 minutes of play.

The Kings went on an 8-0 run midway through the second stanza as Bonzi Wells
scored six of the eight points during the spurt to give Sacramento a 38-29
lead. The Kings extended their lead to as many as 12 in the first half as
Artest converted a conventional three-point play with 1:59 left in the half as
the Kings assumed a 45-33 lead.

The Spurs responded with an 8-0 burst of their own as Beno Udrih hit a layup
with 32 seconds left to cap the run and bring San Antonio to within four,
45-41. An Artest layup capped the scoring in the half as the Kings led, 47-41,
at the break.

The Kings took a 14-point lead midway through the third quarter courtesy of an
8-0 run. Artest and Kenny Thomas each scored four points during the surge to
put Sacramento up 62-48. The Spurs chipped away at the lead and ended the
quarter by scoring 12 of the final 15 points to cut the deficit to four,
68-64.

Game Notes

Spurs swingman Melvin Sanders suffered a sprained right MCL at practice on
Thursday and is expected to miss two-to-four weeks. Sanders is not on the
Spurs 13-man playoff roster…The Kings have not been swept in a series since
2001, when they were swept in the conference semifinals by the Los Angeles
Lakers.

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