Point guard Tony Parker scored 25 points, including 14 in the
third quarter, to lead his team to victory. Parker added seven
assists in 28 minutes as San Antonio notched its seventh straight
win over its interstate rival.
"The whole team played great," Parker said. "I was able to be
aggressive and I had some good picks from my teammates. It's always
tough to win a game like that after a tough overtime win last night.
"Everybody was tired, we came back late, but we brought the energy
and now we have three days off, so it makes it better."
San Antonio escaped with a 110-108 overtime win against the Memphis
Grizzlies in Memphis on Monday night.
Guard Marco Belinelli scored 17 points, with 13 coming in the second
half, while forward Kawhi Leonard added 12. Forward Tim Duncan had
16 points and 13 rebounds for San Antonio (28-8), which led the
Guard Monta Ellis led Dallas (20-16) with 21 points. Forward Vince
Carter added 14.
Forward Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas' leading scorer at 21.1 points per
game, was 3 of 14 for eight points.
"They're physical," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said of the
Spurs' defense. "They pay a lot of attention to him. (Boris) Diaw
plays a physical game and he understands the mentality of that
position. It was a rough night."
San Antonio used a 37-point third quarter to pull ahead of the
Mavericks en route to their third win in a row. Belinelli scored the
last seven points, and his last two free throws with four seconds
remaining gave the Spurs a 23-point lead.
Carter quickly answered at the buzzer with a half-court toss that
made it 82-62 at the end of the period, but Dallas captured little
momentum heading into the fourth.
After blowing a 12-point lead Monday against the Memphis Grizzlies
in the final two minutes to send the game into overtime, the Spurs
did not let the lead go this time.
Their reserves, who average a league-best 46 points a game, closed
out the contest. They pushed the lead up to 29, when guard Patty
Mills connected on a 3-pointer that made it 99-70 with five minutes
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San Antonio attacked the boards, out-rebounding the Mavericks
55-32, and shot 53 percent.
"I thought it was a real team effort," Spurs coach Gregg
Popovich stated on his team's play. "You look at Matt Bonner and
Cory Joseph and everybody coming in at the end; they just kept
hustling and rebounding and playing good team defense."
Both teams were playing the second game of back-to-backs, and
each struggled offensively to find any rhythm. San Antonio found
enough offense in the first half from Leonard and Parker, who
combined for 23 points as the Spurs went up 45-38 at the midway
Duncan, who pulled down 17 rebounds in Monday's game, had 12 by
The Spurs stifled the Mavericks, limiting them to 16
first-quarter points on 27 percent shooting.
"We did not rebound the ball well," Maverick's forward Jae
Crowder stated after the game. "Along with the rebounding on the
offensive end, our shots were not falling. Getting stops, making
shots and rebounding go hand-in-hand."
NOTES: Dallas F Shawn Marion suffered a right shoulder contusion
in Monday's win against the Los Angeles Lakers. Marion did not
make the trip with the team and is listed as day-to-day. ...
Spurs G Manu Ginobili, who scored the winning bucket in San
Antonio's overtime win against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday,
was held out of Wednesday's game with tightness in his left
hamstring. ... Dallas F DeJuan Blair made his first return trip
to San Antonio after signing with the Mavericks this summer. The
6-foot-7 Blair was drafted by and played for the Spurs the last
four years. ... Coming into the game, the Spurs were 16-0 when
they outrebounded their opponent. ... Dallas F Dirk Nowitzki
recorded his 1,000 steal. He is second in franchise history to G
Derek Harper (1,551).
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