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Ginoboli Leads Spurs to Win in Opener of NBA Finals


Argentina's Manu Ginoboli scored 26 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, to lead the San Antonio Spurs to an 84-69 win over the Detroit Pistons in Game One of the National Basketball Association finals Thursday night.

The matchup of the last two NBA champions stayed close until the final period, when Ginoboli and the host Spurs went on a 19-4 run and put the game away.

Tim Duncan added 24 points and 17 rebounds for the Spurs, who held the defending champion Pistons to their lowest output of this year's playoffs.

Chauncey Billups led the Pistons with 25 points and Richard Hamilton added 14.

San Antonio hosts Game Two of the best-of-seven series on Sunday night.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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