San Antonio didn't stop Stephon Marbury, but the Spurs did make their free throws down the stretch last night, and that was enough for an 84-76 victory over the visiting Phoenix Suns to even their playoff series at one game apiece.
Two days after the Spurs missed six of their eight free throws in overtime and fell to the Suns in Game 1, Tim Duncan scored half of his 22 points in the fourth quarter. He helped San Antonio battle back from a seven-point deficit in the period.
The series switches to Phoenix for games on Friday and Sunday.
With the Spurs leading 77-76, Manu Ginobili made a three-pointer from the wing with 1 minute 2 seconds left.
Marbury, the hero of Game 1 with a running three-point bank shot in overtime, missed a drive to the basket on the next possession.
San Antonio then clinched the victory by making all four of its foul shots in the final minute, two by Duncan and two by Stephen Jackson.
Jackson led the Spurs with 23 points. Duncan also had 12 rebounds, and Danny Ferry, starting in place of the injured David Robinson, had 10 rebounds.
Marbury finished with 32 points. Penny Hardaway scored 17 points for Phoenix, while Shawn Marion paced the Suns with 12 rebounds and Hardaway added 11.
The Spurs led by 10 early in the third period before Phoenix got to 51-49 on Marbury's two free throws.
In the fourth quarter, Phoenix took the lead on a short jumper by Jake Voskuhl, and ran the advantage to 72-65 before the Spurs closed out the game with a 19-4 run.
The first two quarters were also defined by big momentum swings, the first in Phoenix's direction and the second toward the Spurs.
Marbury made his first five shots from the floor against Tony Parker, accounting for 11 of the Suns' first 13 points. And on defense, the Suns limited San Antonio to 5-for-19 shooting in the period.
* PACERS 89, CELTICS 77: After sitting on the bench for all but two minutes of the fourth quarter in the series opener, Reggie Miller showed last night that is when he's needed most.
With the crowd chanting "Reg-gie! Reg-gie!", Miller drilled a key three-pointer late in the game, allowing the Pacers to hold on at home and even the Eastern Conference playoff series at 1 game apiece.
Jermaine O'Neal scored 23 points and grabbed 20 rebounds, Miller had 18 points and Jamaal Tinsley 15 for the Pacers.
Antoine Walker led the Celtics with 19 points, Walter McCarty had 16 and Paul Pierce, who scored 40 in the opener, finished with 16.
Boston has rallied from large double-digits deficits in both games of the series. The Celtics trailed by 16 in the third period and by 13 with 71/2 minutes left in the opener. They were down last night by 18 late in the first quarter.
Twice in the third quarter, Boston pulled within one. The Celtics, though, never took the lead.
The Celtics were down by five early in the fourth quarter. Indiana was up by nine when Tinsley's three-pointer made it 81-69. After struggling with his jumper for most of the season, Tinsley finished 4 for 5 on three-pointers.
* KINGS 108, JAZZ 95: Peja Stojakovic scored 29 points, and Vlade Divac had 15 points and seven rebounds as host Sacramento took a 2-0 lead in the first-round series.
Playing the aggressive, high-scoring style that put them among the NBA's elite, the Kings took a 25-point lead early in the fourth period -- and they did it mostly without leading scorer and rebounder Chris Webber, who went to the locker room early in the second quarter with a strained lower back.
Bobby Jackson had 15 points and six assists for the Kings, who didn't need Webber to best a dismal effort by the seventh-seeded Jazz in their fourth straight playoff defeat.