109, Mavericks 103
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[May 01, 2014]
SAN ANTONIO —
Spurs 109, Mavericks 103: Tony
Parker led five players in double figures with 23 points to help host
San Antonio overcome an outstanding shooting night for Vince Carter and
seize a 3-2 advantage in its Western Conference first-round series with
Manu Ginobili had 19 points, Tiago Splitter recorded 17 and Tim
Duncan finished with 16 and 12 rebounds for the Spurs, who will try
to close out the series on the road Friday night. Kawhi Leonard
chipped in 15 points as San Antonio — which never trailed — finished
with 24 assists against only six turnovers.
Carter made 7-of-9 3-pointers en route to 28 points and Dirk
Nowitzki scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to pace
the Mavericks. Monta Ellis contributed 21 points for Dallas, which
was outscored in the paint by a 54-28 margin.
Carter hit all three of his shots in the third — including two
3-pointers — to keep Dallas within 79-71 entering the final period
and Nowitzki had a basket to open the scoring in the fourth. Carter
buried his sixth triple to slice the Mavericks' deficit to 98-94
with 2:58 left, but Parker was good from beyond the arc and then
found Duncan on a pick-and-roll in the final minute to help the
Spurs maintain a comfortable margin.
Devin Harris hit back-to-back 3-pointers to end a 15-3 flourish that
closed out the first quarter and pulled Dallas to within 27-26. The
Mavericks got even three times in the second before San Antonio
finished strong for a 58-49 halftime advantage despite 14 points
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Carter averaged 9.3 points through the first four
games of the series. ... Dallas played without suspended F DeJuan
Blair, who had 12 points and 11 rebounds in Game 4 but was ejected
for kicking Splitter in the head. ... Splitter also had 12 rebounds
and was one of four Spurs with at least five assists.
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