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"We just played sharper than we did the other night, by that I mean not fouling and taking care of the ball," Popovich said. "We were focused."
Jason Terry was a non-factor most of Game 1 for Dallas, but he hit his first two shots and kept looking for his shot all night. He finished with 27 points. Caron Butler scored 17.
The Mavs got only five points from their center tandem of Erick Dampier and Brendan Haywood, all from Haywood. Jason Kidd was 1 of 7 for five points and Shawn Marion had just six.
Game 2 was different from Game 1 practically from the start.
Nowitzki missed his first two shots and drew two quick fouls, putting him on the bench before the game was even three minutes old. The Mavericks missed 12 of their first 13 shots to fall behind by 11.
Then, Duncan drew two quick fouls and also went to the bench. Dallas turned to a three-guard lineup, using Jason Terry and J.J. Barea with Kidd, and got within a point before the quarter ended.
San Antonio was still clinging to a 36-35 advantage when it pulled away again. Jefferson got things going with a long fadeaway over Caron Butler, then a finger-roll in the lane that started the key 12-1 spurt.
NOTES: The Spurs got to the line more, but wasted the chances. They missed eight of 22 free throws. ... Dallas' Eddie Najera went from not playing the opener to being first off the bench when Nowitzki got his second foul. ... Popovich changed his rotation, too, leaving Keith Bogans on the bench after using him 16 minutes in Game 1. ... Hill made his first field goal of the series in the fourth quarter. He was 0 for 2 in the opener, and 0 for 4 until swishing a 3-pointer.
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