Sunday, May 4, 2003

Duncan to repeat as MVP



The Associated Press

Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs has won balloting for the NBA's Most Valuable Player award, The Associated Press learned Saturday.

Duncan becomes the first player since Michael Jordan in 1991 and '92 to win the award in consecutive seasons.

The San Antonio Express-News was the first news organization to learn of Duncan's selection, reporting it on its Web site early Saturday. A source with knowledge of the vote totals, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed Duncan had won the award.

An official announcement is to be made today.

Duncan did not speak to reporters Saturday, but his teammates had praise for him.

"He takes what you give him," said David Robinson. "If you're going to play him up on his jump shot, he'll drive. If you're going to play back, he'll shoot the jump shot. That's what makes him MVP."

Duncan led the Spurs to the league's best record, 60-22, averaging 23.3 points and career highs in rebounds (12.9), assists (3.9) and blocks (2.92).

Duncan is the seventh player to win the award in consecutive seasons, joining Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Moses Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell.

TRAIL BLAZERS-MAVERICKS: Dallas is on the brink of becoming the first NBA team to blow a 3-0 lead in the playoffs.

Portland has a chance to complete the unprecedented turnaround in Game 7 today. That it's going the distance is impressive in itself; only twice in league history had a team won three straight games after losing the first three of a postseason series.

The other teams that went from 0-3 to 3-3 in the postseason (the 1994 Denver Nuggets and 1951 New York Knicks) both lost the series finale.

MAGIC-PISTONS: Two players wearing No. 1 will play key roles today in determining whether Detroit or Orlando reaches the second round of the NBA playoffs.

The focus will be on Tracy McGrady, who is averaging 33.5 points for Orlando in the playoffs, and Detroit's Chauncey Billups, whose 40-point performance was the driving force behind the Pistons' 103-88 win Friday in Game 6.

The Pistons will try to avoid becoming only the third top seed to drop a playoff series to a No. 8 seed.

At a glance

FIRST ROUND

(Best-of-7)

Wednesday

New Orleans 93, Philadelphia 91

Detroit 98, Orlando 67

Portland 103, Dallas 99

Sacramento 111, Utah 91 Kings win series 4-1

Thursday

Boston 110, Indiana 90 Celtics win series 4-2

N.Jersey 113, Milwaukee 101 Nets win series 4-2

San Antonio 87, Phoenix 85 Spurs win series 4-2

L.A. 101, Minnesota 85 Lakers win series 4-2

Friday

Detroit 103, Orlando 88 Series tied 3-3

Philadelphia 107,New Orleans 103 76ers win series 4-2

Portland 125, Dallas 103 Series tied 3-3

Today

Orlando at Detroit, 12:30 p.m.

Portland at Dallas, 3:30 p.m.

CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

(Best-of-7)

Monday

Boston at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 7

Boston at New Jersey, 7:00 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m.




FLYING PIG MARATHON
Locals win Flying Pig
Complete results

REDS SUNDAY GAME
Giants 6, Reds 1
Reds Box, Runs

REDS SATURDAY GAME
Giants 9, Reds 6
Reds notebook: Riedling prepared to start
Harnisch putting in his innings
First win of season gives Graves shot of confidence
Aussie takes American game for a kick and a jog
Reds chatter
Reds Q&A

MORE BASEBALL
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NL: Pujols, Cards hot
AL: Pedro twirls five-hitter
Notes from Saturday's games
Louisville 4, Buffalo 1
Cy Young vs. Cy Old
Mix up makes Choi the NL rookie of month
Ex-Astro Lugo says he didn't strike wife

KENTUCKY DERBY
Funny Cide up in Derby
Jockey Santos realizes dream with a gelding
Frankel accepts defeat in stride
A win for owners, and their home state
In a N.Y. minute - or two
No fade at finish for humbled Patton

BENGALS
Bengals begin to take shape
Newest receiver should fit right in
Bengals Q&A
Kitna comes out with early praise for Warrick

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Price fired as Alabama football coach
Tide president made the right call
Alabama players upset by coach's firing

PREP SPORTS
Daugherty: O.J. Mayo
Prep Insider
Prep results, schedule

BASKETBALL
Cronin's goal is to outfox ex-employers UC, U of L for recruits
Pictures worth 1,000 words for Missouri English major
Court: newspaper may be entitled to Knight records
Duncan to repeat as MVP

AUTO RACING
Ky. Speedway still hoping for Cup race
Driver Nadeau critical but improving

HOCKEY
Giguere pulled in loss to Stars
Clones lose finale

GOLF
Verplank maintains 3-shot lead

TENNIS
Venus advances

BOXING
De La Hoya stops Campas

SUNDAY SPORTS SPOTLITE
Ignorance is bliss for Thomas More
Some college coaches can't be trusted
'I made some very, very poor decisions'
Division II Lewis beats BYU for NCAA title
Top Of The Second power rankings

PLAN YOUR DAY
This weekend's sports on TV, radio