The Dallas Mavericks blew what was a fairly tight game open in the second half, defeating the San Antonio Spurs 113-92 to even their first round playoff series at one game apiece.
Monta Ellis led the way for the Mavericks, finishing with 21 points while Shawn Marion poured in 20 points, five rebounds and three steals and Dirk Nowitzki added 16 points and five rebounds.
Devin Harris came off of the Mavericks’ bench to score 18 points, dish out five assists and grab four rebounds.
With the Spurs trailing by just seven with three minutes to go in the third quarter, the Mavericks blew the game open. They ran off eight straight points in less than a minute to push the lead to 15, then used a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter to push the lead to 23 with just 8:37 to play, ending any hope at a second consecutive fourth quarter rally by the Spurs.
The Spurs were a mess throughout the night, turning the ball over 24 times, which led to 33 Mavericks’ points. The Mavericks were extremely careful with the ball, giving it away just eight times. That was the story of the game.
The Mavericks threatened to put the game away in the second quarter, but the Spurs ended the first half on a 10-0 run to cut a 15-point lead to just five at the break.
Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 27 points while Tim Duncan was limited to 11 points and seven rebounds and Tony Parker had just 12 points and three assists.
Game 3 is Saturday afternoon at 4:30 pm EST and will be on TNT.
Game 1: Spurs 90, Mavericks 85