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Game 3 brings back lost feeling for Spurs

NEW YORK -- Forty-one days between losses. The San Antonio Spurs like the trend.

"This is a funny feeling," Avery Johnson decided, a few minutes after the Knicks pried a couple of San Antonio fingers off the NBA championship trophy with an 89-81 victory in Game 3 Monday night. "I don't remember the last time we lost."

He also decided it was a good feeling, which may be a side effect of the siege mentality you can develop after three days in New York. Push me, clip my heels, honk at me again. The Spurs had been softened by a civic love-in that has lasted all spring in San Antonio. They had said winning the NBA championship was not supposed to be that easy,...

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