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2014 Playoffs Game 4: Mavs vs. Spurs presented-by-bbva-2 Subscribe via RSS

Spurs vs. Mavericks: Game 4

Monta Ellis led the Mavericks with 20 points followed by Dirk Nowitzki with 19. The Mavericks look to take back the series lead as they travel to San Antonio on Wednesday.

DALLAS — With the stakes high for both teams, the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs stepped into American Airlines Center Monday night for a pivotal Game 4 of their first-round series.

Looking to seize clear control of the series with a 3-1 advantage, the Mavericks tried to build on the momentum of Saturday’s 109-108 Game 3 victory following sixth man Vince Carter’s game-winning 3-pointer as time expired. Meanwhile, the Spurs attempted to draw even in the series before the scene shifts back to San Antonio.

And after getting the best of the top-seeded Spurs with a thrilling win in Game 3, the Mavericks would fail to complete a valiant comeback attempt, overcoming a 20-point deficit before falling to a 93-89 defeat to even the series at 2-2.

“They’re a great team,” Mavs starting 2-guard Monta Ellis said with a great amount of respect for the rival Spurs after the loss. “You know, they did everything they could to get that lead. Hats off to them. They came out and played basketball. We didn’t play for 48 minutes, and it cost us the game.”

Looking to get off to a fast start, the Mavericks would quickly strike first while opening the game on a 12-2 run. Meanwhile, the Spurs began by missing 10 of their first 11 shots, allowing the Mavs to gain the upper hand.

Still, thanks to a late San Antonio surge led by sixth man Manu Ginobili to close the quarter while getting the visitors back into the game, the Mavericks took just a 23-18 advantage into the second stanza.

But the Spurs quickly took the lead as big man Tim Duncan began to have his way inside as the second period got underway. At the other end of the floor the Mavs continued to struggle finding the bottom of the net. Yet, after the Spurs opened up a double-digit lead with a 21-4 start to the quarter, the Mavericks would settle down as point guard Jose Calderon found the touch from the outside. However, frustration would soon boil over for 12-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki, leading to his technical foul call for arguing with officials.

The Mavs then entered their home locker room staring up at a 50-36 halftime deficit.

Outshot by the Spurs through the first 24 minutes of play, 52.5 percent to 29.3 percent, the Mavs found themselves needing a spark in the second half. The Dallas defense also looked for a way to slow down Ginobili, who scored 15 first-half points on 6-of-9 shooting.

“I thought they just played a little harder than us,” Nowitzki said of the first half. “They were into us. They had us a little bit on our back heels, and I thought in the second half we reversed that. We were the aggressors there. We took it to them, got some stops, got some rebounds and sped the game up a little bit.”

Opening up a 20-point lead early in the third quarter, the Spurs would try to take advantage of Nowitzki’s fourth foul of the night. Instead, the Mavs would get a boost from back-to-back 3-pointers by Calderon and Ellis, igniting a stretch of nine unanswered points by the home team.

Duncan was then forced to sit as well after picking up his fourth foul with 6:20 left in the third, while Calderon again swished in a 3-pointer from the wing to cap off a 14-2 Dallas run. But the Spurs would keep the Mavs at bay as their supporting cast stepped up, matching the efforts of Carter and backup big man DeJuan Blair. Nowitzki then returned to the action in time to bring the Mavs to within eight, 73-65, entering the fourth.

“The biggest thing was to get it to single digits going into the fourth quarter, and we did that. We gave ourselves a chance to win, but didn’t make enough plays down the stretch to win,” Ellis confessed.

With Blair continuing to get the minutes from Mavs coach Rick Carlisle, the margin steadily shrunk early in the final quarter. Blair’s floater in the lane then brought the Mavericks to within four, 75-71, with 8:45 remaining on the game clock.

“You know, [Carlisle] put me in there, and I tried to do anything I could to bring energy and bring the momentum to the team and to the game,” Blair said while leading the comeback attempt. “And that’s what I did. We all did a great job guarding them.”

Reserve guard Devin Harris then lent some assistance, attacking the rim relentlessly. But it would be Nowitzki that would bring the Mavs to within two on a vintage jumper, leading to second-year standout Jae Crowder’s layup to tie the game at 77-all with 6:22 left to play.

Blair then went back on the attack, putting the Mavs up 81-80 with a score inside as 4:50 remained. However, the Mavericks would take a big blow shortly after that as Blair was ejected with 3:08 on the clock for kicking Spurs center Tiago Splitter in the head as the two got tangled up on the floor fighting for a loose ball.

“It was clearly a reaction to the call and an accident,” Blair said of the sequence after being assessed a personal foul prior to the incident. “I didn’t know his face was down there. … It’s real disappointing, because with me in the game our momentum was going great. With that happening, I think getting me out of there was a big deal.”

The Spurs then surged ahead without Blair in the game, taking an 87-84 advantage after point guard Tony Parker’s jumper with 1:37 left to play. The Mavs refused to go quietly, though, tying the game on Ellis’ three-point play with 52.0 seconds left. And after a 3-pointer by Spurs big man Boris Diaw was responded to by Nowitzki’s score with 19.5 seconds remaining, Ginobili split a pair at the foul line to put San Antonio up two, sending the ball back to the Mavs with 10.4 seconds to work with.

Carlisle then went to Ellis, who attacked the lane and drove to the basket. But the cat-quick guard’s layup would rim out, sending the ball back to the Spurs before Ginobili hit two free throws to ice the game with 1.7 seconds left.

Scoring 20 points to lead four Mavs in double figures, Ellis overcame a 6-of-20 shooting performance. Meanwhile, Nowitzki finished with 19 points and seven rebounds and Calderon pitched in 13 points in the first unit. Blair added 12 points on 5-for-5 shooting, recording a double-double with 11 rebounds in just less than 16 minutes of work before being ejected.

Ginobili scored 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting, leading five Spurs in double figures. The Spurs also finished with a 50-30 advantage in bench scoring while outshooting the Mavs as a team, 45.6 percent to 38.1 percent, to overcome Dallas’ 49-48 rebounding edge.

“It was a tough offensive night, but it’s not like they were amazing offensively either,” Nowitzki concluded. “You know, that was a heck of a comeback, how we fought back there in the second half, scrambling and doing the stuff that we did in the first three (games) to go up 2-1. We just weren’t smart enough down the stretch … so that’s a tough one.”

“I’m so disappointed in our no-show in the first half that it’s hard for me to mitigate it with fighting for 24 minutes out of 48 minutes in a game with this kind of meaning,” Carlisle added. “I’m glad we showed that we were willing and able to fight in the second half, but the way that we performed just competitively in the first half was inexcusable.”

Note: The Mavericks return to AT&T Center for Game 5 of their first-round playoff series against the Spurs on Wednesday night. The series is tied at 2-2. Game 5 will air nationally on TNT and locally on TXA 21 at 6 p.m. CT.

The series schedule is as follows:

Game 5: San Antonio at Dallas, 6 p.m. CT on TNT and TXA 21, Monday, April 30
Game 6 (if necessary): San Antonio at Dallas CT, TBD, Friday, May 2
Game 7 (if necessary): Dallas at San Antonio CT, TBD, Sunday, May 4

Single-game tickets for the first two Mavs home games of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs are on sale now. Tickets are available at the American Airlines Center box office, online at mavs.com or by calling (214) 747-MAVS. There is an eight-ticket limit per game.

 

San Antonio Spurs
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Kawhi Leonard, F 37 3-8 0-3 1-2 3 9 12 1 0 1 3 2 6 7
Tim Duncan, F 37 6-16 0-0 2-3 4 7 11 0 0 1 0 5 -6 14
Tiago Splitter, C 25 4-6 0-0 2-2 4 8 12 1 1 0 1 6 5 10
Danny Green, G 15 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 -9 2
Tony Parker, G 30 5-14 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 0 4 0 3 10
Manu Ginobili 28 7-15 1-6 8-11 0 3 3 5 1 0 3 3 11 23
Boris Diaw 27 7-12 3-6 0-0 0 4 4 4 0 0 1 3 0 17
Marco Belinelli 12 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 -7 0
Patty Mills 20 3-5 1-2 3-4 0 3 3 2 2 0 2 0 8 10
Matt Bonner 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Jeff Ayres 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aron Baynes 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Austin Daye 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Damion James 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cory Joseph 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF   PTS
    36-80 5-17 16-22 11 38 49 16 4 2 14 20   93
    45.0% 29.4% 72.7%                    
Dallas Mavericks
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Shawn Marion, F 28 1-6 0-2 2-2 2 5 7 1 0 0 0 1 2 4
Dirk Nowitzki, F 37 7-19 0-3 5-7 1 6 7 2 0 1 2 5 -5 19
Samuel Dalembert, C 26 1-3 0-0 1-6 4 11 15 0 1 1 0 3 0 3
Monta Ellis, G 35 6-20 2-5 6-7 1 3 4 3 2 0 4 1 -4 20
Jose Calderon, G 28 5-10 3-4 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 -7 13
Vince Carter 28 2-9 2-6 2-2 2 1 3 5 2 1 0 3 -1 8
Jae Crowder 14 1-3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 -4 2
Devin Harris 19 2-7 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 4 0 0 1 3 3 4
Brandan Wright 5 2-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 -8 4
DeJuan Blair 15 5-5 0-0 2-4 5 6 11 0 2 0 1 5 4 12
Wayne Ellington 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bernard James 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Shane Larkin 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ricky Ledo 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gal Mekel 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF   PTS
    32-84 7-24 18-28 16 33 49 18 8 3 9 23   89
    38.1% 29.2% 64.3%                    

Postgame: DeJuan Blair

Mavs F DeJuan Blair comments on the play that resulted in his ejection, the impact it had on the game and more.

Postgame: Monta Ellis

Mavs G Monta Ellis addresses the media following Wednesday's Game 4 loss to the Spurs.

Postgame: Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki talks about losing Game 4 and what the Mavericks need to do to get the series back in their favor.

Postgame: Rick Carlisle

Rick Carlisle talks with the media following the Mavericks Game 4 loss.

Calderon for 3

Jose Calderon scoops up the loose ball and Vince Carter kicks it back to Calderon for the 3-pointer.

Blair on the Follow

DeJuan Blair crashes in and putbacks the slam off the Monta Ellis miss.

Ellis And-one

Monta Ellis takes the contact from Manu Ginobili and banks it in plus the foul.

Monta with the Smash

Vince Carter blocks Tony Parker and Monta Ellis takes off for the one-hand spike.

Dalembert Denies Duncan

Samuel Dalembert denies Tim Duncan's fallaway jumper.

DALLAS — Although the two respective head coaches of the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs enter Monday’s Game 4 from different perspectives, neither is looking back to the events of Saturday at American Airlines Center.

Focused on getting his team back even in the series, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will try to steal a win on the Mavericks’ home floor after failing to do so thanks to Vince Carter’s game-winning 3-pointer as time expired to close a 109-108 Dallas win in Game 3. Meanwhile, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle will attempt to keep his team on an even keel, looking to leave Saturday’s win in the past in order to lead his squad to a 3-1 series advantage before the scene shifts back to San Antonio.

“These guys are pros,” Popovich said of both teams’ players. “You know, you go to the next game and you play, because the game is scheduled and you go play the next game. You don’t have time to worry about what happened in the last game. If you won, you let it go. If you lost, you let it go. And you move on to the next game. That’s the only choice you have.”

Committed to having his players ready for Game 4, Carlisle will try to have his team prepared for the Spurs’ onslaught from the opening tipoff. However, after trailing by seven to end the opening quarter in Game 3, the coach knows the Mavs will have to get off to a better start if they hope to keep the Spurs at bay once again.

Still, after overcoming a five-point deficit with 2:11 remaining Saturday, Carlisle fully expects his players to be ready to compete for a full four quarters.

“We talked about it yesterday and we talked about it after we won in Game 2,” Carlisle explained after Monday’s morning shootaround. “And look, Game 3 was really hard. Tonight’s going to be a really hard game, and we’re going to get hit with a lot of force early. We’ve got to have a lot of force ourselves.

“It’s challenging. Sometimes success is an adversity, but we’ve got some experienced guys that have been through this. You look around at other games, and home teams are getting hit with big runs early in games or getting hit with losses. I mean, it’s a hard business and a hard time of year right now, so it’s plenty of evidence around there and we just have to have the wherewithal to rise above it and make sure our level of fight is equal if not greater than theirs.”

Note: The Mavericks return to American Airlines Center for Game 4 of their first-round playoff series against the Spurs on Monday night. The Mavs lead the series 2-1. Game 4 will air nationally on TNT and locally on TXA 21 at 8:30 p.m. CT.

The series schedule is as follows:

Game 4: San Antonio at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. CT on TNT and TXA 21, Monday, April 28
Game 5 (if necessary): Dallas at San Antonio CT, TBD, Wednesday, April 30
Game 6 (if necessary): San Antonio at Dallas CT, TBD, Friday, May 2
Game 7 (if necessary): Dallas at San Antonio CT, TBD, Sunday, May 4

Single-game tickets for the first two Mavs home games of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs are on sale now. Tickets are available at the American Airlines Center box office, online at mavs.com or by calling (214) 747-MAVS. There is an eight-ticket limit per game.

 

DALLAS — With a simple flick of his wrist Vince Carter may have changed the entire complexion of the NBA playoffs.

Sending the Dallas Mavericks off their home floor with a 109-108 Game 3 win Saturday following his buzzer-beating 3-pointer as time expired, Carter boosted the eighth-seeded team in the Western Conference playoff picture to a 2-1 series lead over the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs. Now, the Mavs will try to put their foot on the Spurs’ throat, looking to seize Monday night’s Game 4 before the series shifts back to San Antonio.

“This is momentum for us,” Carter said after swishing the corner 3-pointer to give the Mavs the series lead. “You know, that just means the next game is going to be tougher. They’re going to come at us with everything, and we can’t get comfortable.”

Rallying from a five-point deficit with 2:11 remaining, the Mavs fought back to seize Saturday’s showdown in front of their hometown fans. However, the Spurs outshot the Mavs in Game 3, 54.3 percent to 51.2 percent, adding a 36-35 rebounding edge. And while well aware that the Spurs are armed with the league’s best regular-season road record at 30-11, the Mavericks admit they’ll have their hands full Monday night as they try to take clear control of the series.

“We’ve got to keep doing the things that we’ve been doing well,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle explained. “We had a lot of defensive breakdowns (Saturday) that we’ve got to get cleaned up. And more than anything we’ve got to make sure that we stay the course in terms of our attitude and disposition. We can’t have any kind of letdown or hangover because we hit a big shot and got a big win. … We’ve got things to clean up and we’ve got to stay real serious about keeping on task.”

Despite finishing with a 50-38 advantage in the paint and overcoming the 16 points they allowed off 17 turnovers by forcing 15 San Antonio giveaways, the Mavericks head into Monday’s pivotal Game 4 with concerns after allowing the most points in a game during the series. And after needing every bit of starting 2-guard Monta Ellis’ 12 fourth-quarter points to finish with 29 for the game prior to Carter’s heroics, the Mavs will try to make life easier on themselves while attempting to take a 3-1 series lead.

Still, the Mavs also expect another dogfight after handing their in-state rivals back-to-back losses.

“We had to clean up the things that we needed to clean up to avoid the game-winning shot,” Carter said following Sunday’s team practice. “There’s some things I think we can do. I mean, yes, they hit some tough shots and they did some things that we couldn’t avoid, but there’s some things that we can clean up to make the game easier for us or try to make the game easier for us that we wanted to clean up to hopefully not put ourselves in that position. But the way the series has gone, it’s been close games and it’s always going to come down to one or two possessions. We know that, so we want to be prepared for that as well.”

Note: The Mavericks return to American Airlines Center for Game 4 of their first-round playoff series against the Spurs on Monday night. The Mavs lead the series 2-1. Game 4 will air nationally on TNT and locally on TXA 21 at 8:30 p.m. CT.

The series schedule is as follows:

Game 4: San Antonio at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. CT on TNT and TXA 21, Monday, April 28
Game 5 (if necessary): Dallas at San Antonio CT, TBD, Wednesday, April 30
Game 6 (if necessary): San Antonio at Dallas CT, TBD, Friday, May 2
Game 7 (if necessary): Dallas at San Antonio CT, TBD, Sunday, May 4

Single-game tickets for the first two Mavs home games of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs are on sale now. Tickets are available at the American Airlines Center box office, online at mavs.com or by calling (214) 747-MAVS. There is an eight-ticket limit per game.