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San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - set a ' playoff record with seven three-pointers and finished with a career-high 27 points, as San Antonio routed the Los Angeles , 114-95, in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series at the SBC Center. Bowen finished 10-of-12 from the field, including 7-of-8 from beyond the arc. "I'm a firm believer that God puts me in certain situations for a reason. Just because I didn't succeed in Miami doesn't mean I won't succeed at all," said Bowen, who played one full season for the and parts of two others. Bowen, who was not drafted by an NBA team, signed with the before the start of last season. He has also played for Boston and Philadelphia. added 12 points and 13 rebounds for San Antonio, which won both games at home to start the best-of-seven series. contributed 17 points and chipped in 16 for the , who have won six straight over the dating back to the regular season. "It's important that you take care of the home court. That's what the playoffs is all about, so if we continue to do what we're doing now I think we have a very good opportunity here," Bowen said. and each had 27 points for the . O'Neal led the three-time defending champs with 10 rebounds. Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is scheduled for Friday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The increased their 13-point halftime lead to 70-51 on a jumper by Bowen and Duncan's two free throws made it a 20-point game, 72-52, with 7:12 to play in the third quarter. Los Angeles ran off four straight points, but the responded by scoring 18 of the game's next 19 points to go up by 33 points. Bowen slammed down two more points to start the run as the refused to let the back in the game. After a basket by Duncan, Bowen's record setting sixth three-pointer of the contest gave San Antonio a 79-56 cushion with 3:40 remaining in the third frame. Bowen hit his seventh three-pointer later in the burst to give San Antonio an 84-57 advantage with 2:34 left in the third quarter. A field goal by capped the 18-1 run to give the a 90-57 lead with under two minutes to play in the third. San Antonio took a 27-point lead, 94-67, into the fourth quarter. The ' lead was never threatened in the final stanza. The lead was still 29, 104-75, midway through fourth quarter. Bowen hit back-to-back three-pointers early in the contest to give San Antonio an 8-4 advantage and the never trailed. A Ginobili layup and a jumper by Bowen increased the ' advantage to 18-10. buried a three- pointer in the closing seconds of the opening quarter to give the a 31-18 lead after 12 minutes. Ginobili and Bowen combined for 18 first-quarter points. Another three-pointer by Bowen kept the at bay, 36-26, early in the second quarter. The 6'7" forward buried his fourth three-pointer of the contest to give San Antonio a 43-32 advantage with seven minutes remaining before the break. "We just couldn't find a way to slow them down," explained coach Phil Jackson. Bowen's fifth trey of the half kept the in control, 56-43, with just over a minute to play in the opening half. Parker hit a jumper and then drove the length of the court for a layup after Bryant missed a three-point attempt to give San Antonio a 60-43 lead at the break. Bowen finished the half 6-of-7 from the field, including 5-of-6 from beyond the arc, for 17 points. Ginobili ended the half 5-of-7 from the field with 12 points. O'Neal and Bryant combined to scored 33 of the ' 43 first-half points.

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