Facing elimination, the Dallas Mavericks rallied in the fourth quarter for a 113-111 victory over the San Antonio Spurs to force a Game 7 on Sunday.
After scoring just seven points in the first half, Monta Ellis poured in 22 in the second half to finish with 29 points. Dirk Nowitzki added 22, Vince Carter put up 13 and DeJuan Blair scored 10 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and recorded four steals.
The Spurs were led by Tony Parker, who was just as brilliant as Ellis down the stretch and finished with 22 points and six assists. Tiago Splitter added 19 points and eight rebounds, Danny Green scored 17 and Tim Duncan had 16 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
Trailing 92-88 in the fourth quarter, the Mavericks got a free throw from Carter, a jumper by Nowitzki and then an Ellis three-pointer to take the lead. In total, it was a 14-2 run for the Mavericks. With a two-point lead in the closing seconds, Ellis tried to throw the ball down court and the Spurs regained possession, but they missed at the buzzer.
After building an eight-point first quarter lead and taking a six-point lead into the break, the Mavericks were dominated by the Spurs in the third quarter. The Spurs outscored the Mavericks 29-18 to take a five-point lead into the fourth quarter.
Game 7 is Sunday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.