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Mavericks vs. Spurs: Game 1 Recap

Devin Harris led the Mavs with 19 points and five assists as the Mavs look to even the series with the Spurs at one a piece on Wednesday.

SAN ANTONIO — Entering Sunday’s all-important Game 1, the Dallas Mavericks put aside their recent history against the in-state rival San Antonio Spurs and focused on beginning their first-round series with a clean slate.

Despite falling to the Spurs nine straight times, including all four meetings during the regular season, the Mavericks stepped into AT&T Center with full confidence that they could pull an upset over the top-seeded team in the Western Conference. The Mavs then looked to make amends for their recent struggles against the Spurs, hoping to snatch the home-court advantage away with a series-opening win.

But the Mavericks (0-1) would squander their opportunity to capture Game 1 after storming to a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, surrendering a 19-4 run to the Spurs (1-0) to end the game before falling to a 90-85 defeat.

“I love a lot of the things about the way we played today,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said after the loss. “But it’s a 48-minute game, and the last seven, you know, we’ve got to finish better.”

Opting to start the game with four-time All-Star forward Shawn Marion matched up on Spurs point guard Tony Parker, Carlisle looked for his team to rely on the defensive end of the floor in the opening quarter. However, the Mavs would get off to a slow start on the offensive side of the ball, hitting just one of their first eight shots. Meanwhile, Parker scored the Spurs’ first seven points as the home team jumped out to an early 9-2 advantage.

Carlisle then went a different direction, inserting reserve Devin Harris to provide perimeter defense in place of starting point guard Jose Calderon. But the move would also boost the offense as Harris swished in a late 3-pointer before the close of the quarter, sending the visiting Mavericks into the second stanza down 21-12.

After 5-of-20 shooting in the first period, the Mavs attempted to find their groove in the second quarter. The Dallas bench would provide the needed spark once again, leading to Harris’ 3-pointer from the wing to tie the game at 21-all before forcing a San Antonio timeout with 9:12 left in the first half.

Harris continued to fire away from there, connecting on another trey to cap off a 15-0 Dallas run while taking the Mavs’ first lead of the game. The cat-quick guard then got some assistance from backcourt mate Monta Ellis and sixth man Vince Carter as the Mavericks tried to create a separation. But, after the Spurs charged back in front, it would take Harris’ driving score with 1.6 seconds left in the half to lift the Mavs to a 44-43 edge at the intermission.

Led by Harris’ 13 first-half points on 5-of-11 shooting, the Mavericks’ 46.3 percent from the field as a team bettered the Spurs’ 43.2 percent. The Mavs also went into the visitors’ locker room looking for a way to slow down Parker in the second half, after surrendering 17 points his way to keep the Spurs afloat.

Sticking with Calderon to open the second half, Carlisle hoped to get his floor general on track after missing all four of his shot attempts in the first two quarters. The strategy would work as Calderon opened the Mavs’ third-quarter scoring with a 3-pointer from the wing. Still, with 12-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki also struggling through a cold-shooting game and Spurs big man Tim Duncan sidelined after banging knees with Ellis, the Mavs would again have to turn to their bench in order to reach a 65-all stalemate after 36 minutes of play.

Looking to come to life, Nowitzki drained a vintage fadeaway jumper early in the fourth period as the Mavs tried to seize the momentum. Nowitzki then scored in the interior, lifting the Mavericks to a 73-67 edge with 9:26 left to hold on.

Duncan then returned, immediately scoring inside after a goaltending call on Mavs backup big man Brandan Wright. But Carter would keep the Spurs at bay before feeding second-year standout Jae Crowder for a corner 3-pointer. And after a three-point play by Wright, the Mavs held an 81-71 lead with 7:45 left on the clock.

“Look, I love the way we played up until that point and we fought the whole way. We just didn’t finish,” Carlisle confessed. “I’ve got to help our guys finish better.”

But the Spurs would continue to surge ahead in front of their home crowd, rallying to tie the game on Tiago Splitter’s score inside with 4:54 remaining. Nowitzki then grew even colder, unable to convert before Parker put the Spurs back in front with back-to-back scores to extend the San Antonio run. And after Wright answered Duncan’s split trip to the foul line with a 1-of-2 trip of his own to end the Spurs’ 15-0 run, the Mavs found themselves down four with 2:05 left to play.

“They got a couple of transition buckets, they hit some tough shots, they got to the free-throw line and it was a little bit of everything. But, at that point, they just executed better than we did,” Harris later admitted.

Down six, 88-82, Wright again headed to the foul line and hit just one of two with 51.9 seconds left. But the Dallas defense would come up with a stop, leading to a miss by Carter from behind the arc. Wright’s chase-down rebound then ended up in the hands of Manu Ginobili, who was quickly fouled by Nowitzki with 4.6 seconds left. And after Ginobili hit two clutch shots at the line prior to a late score by Harris, the Spurs managed to walk off their home floor with a win while surviving a scare.

“I’m always frustrated after a loss, so maybe I’ll see the positive tomorrow. But, as of today, we had our chance,” Nowitzki said after the Mavs showed they can compete with the Spurs. “I think we were up 10 and they just did a better job closing. We just couldn’t get a basket. I think everybody tried and had some good looks … and defensively they got us a couple of times in some of the pick-and-rolls. So, yeah, maybe tomorrow I can see the positive spin on it.

“You know, Devin was really the only guy that was making something happen for us,” he added. “Everybody kind of had an off night, and still we were up 10 with a couple of minutes to go. So, we’ve got to be a little better down the stretch.”

Scoring 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting, Harris led the Mavs off the bench. Meanwhile, Wright and Ellis matched Nowitzki, who finished hitting just four of 14 shots, with 11 points apiece and Carter pitched in 10 points in a reserve role. The Mavs also finished with a 46-23 advantage in bench scoring.

Duncan led four Spurs in double figures with 27 points on 12-of-20 shooting to go along with seven rebounds. The Spurs outshot the Mavs on the night as well, 43.2 percent to 41.2 percent, in addition to a 48-40 rebounding advantage. The Mavs did, however, hold the Spurs to just 3-of-17 shooting from behind the 3-point arc.

“You know, this was an opportunity and we definitely missed out on it,” Harris concluded. “We did a great job of taking their threes away and forcing them to take tough twos. Offensively, we’ve just got to execute better. I mean, they’re a team that this is what they do. I mean, they execute late in games and they’ve been doing it for years. We’ve got to be better at that point in the game.”

Note: The Mavericks return to AT&T Center Wednesday night for Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against the Spurs. San Antonio won the season series 4-0. Game 2 will air nationally on NBA TV and locally on TXA 21 at 7 p.m. CT.

The series schedule is as follows:

Game 2: Dallas at San Antonio, 7 p.m. CT on NBA TV and TXA 21, Wednesday, April 23
Game 3: San Antonio at Dallas, 3:30 p.m. CT on TNT and TXA 21, Saturday, April 26
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 Mavericks
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Shawn Marion, F 26 4-11 0-2 0-0 3 4 7 2 0 0 0 1 -14 8
Dirk Nowitzki, F 39 4-14 0-1 3-4 1 7 8 1 0 2 1 2 -3 11
Samuel Dalembert, C 17 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 7 8 0 0 1 0 2 -11 2
Monta Ellis, G 36 4-14 0-2 3-4 1 1 2 1 2 0 1 4 -23 11
Jose Calderon, G 16 3-9 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 -7 7
Devin Harris 31 8-16 3-7 0-0 0 3 3 5 0 0 3 2 2 19
Vince Carter 30 5-11 0-2 0-0 0 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 9 10
DeJuan Blair 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0
Jae Crowder 11 2-3 2-2 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 1 0 3 16 6
Brandan Wright 26 4-5 0-0 3-5 2 1 3 3 2 1 2 3 7 11
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
    35-85 6-18 9-13 9 31 40 15 5 5 8 19   85
    41.2% 33.3% 69.2%                    
San Antonio Spurs
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Kawhi Leonard, F 31 4-11 0-3 3-4 1 9 10 0 0 0 1 2 23 11
Tim Duncan, F 37 12-20 0-0 3-5 2 5 7 0 0 0 1 1 24 27
Tiago Splitter, C 30 3-6 0-0 2-4 3 8 11 2 2 0 2 3 8 8
Danny Green, G 23 0-2 0-1 0-0 1 4 5 1 2 2 0 1 -6 0
Tony Parker, G 33 9-16 0-1 3-3 0 4 4 6 1 1 1 3 20 21
Manu Ginobili 31 4-10 3-6 6-6 0 6 6 3 1 0 4 3 1 17
Marco Belinelli 12 0-4 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 -6 0
Boris Diaw 22 2-8 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 1 -22 4
Patty Mills 14 1-4 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 -15 2
Matt Bonner 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jeff Ayres 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2 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
    35-81 3-17 17-22 8 40 48 14 6 3 10 16   90
    43.2% 17.6% 77.3%                    

Game 1 Highlights: Devin Harris

Watch as Devin Harris explodes for a team-high 19 points against the Spurs.

Game 1 Highlights: Mavs Defense

Check out some of the exceptional plays the Mavs made on the defensive end Sunday night against the Spurs.

Postgame: Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki talks about how the Mavs can bounce back in Game 2 and the need to play better towards the end of games.

Postgame: Rick Carlisle

Rick Carlisle talks about the need to play for the full 48 minutes and how the Mavs can improve in Game 2.

Oop to Wright

Devin Harris gets in the lane and lobs it up to Brandan Wright for the jam.

Shake and Bake

Devin Harris shakes-and-bakes his defender and sinks the fadeaway jumper.

SAN ANTONIO — After seeing the road team and lower seed win three of the four series-opening games of the NBA playoffs on Saturday, the Dallas Mavericks will try to continue that trend Sunday in San Antonio.

Looking to seize the home-court advantage from the top-seeded Spurs (62-20), the Mavericks (49-33) will try to rely on the league’s fourth-best road record during the regular season at 23-18. The Mavs will also try to build off their strong close to the season away from home, looking to carry the momentum of six wins in their final seven road contests into Sunday’s Game 1.

“We’ve had some nice road wins here lately,” 12-time All-Star Nowitzki said. “We’ve been playing a little better than a couple of months ago on the road, especially, so we’ll just go down there and let it all rip and just compete on both ends of the floor. You’ve got to do everything hard against that team. Even if you’re on offense you’ve got to compete, because they try to take a lot of your stuff away. They obviously scout us and a lot of the plays we run they’re going to sit on. You’ve got to make cuts hard and you’ve got to drive hard, so you’ve got to compete on both ends of the floor. If we do that, I like our chances.”

Despite dropping nine straight to the Spurs and falling to a season series sweep at the hands of the Southwest Division champions, the Mavericks head into the first-round series confident that they can prove their naysayers wrong. In order to do so, however, the Mavs will have to contain a lethal San Antonio offense, which led the league in 3-point percentage at 39.7 percent and assists per game with 25.2 an outing. 

And with hopes of containing the Spurs on their home floor, the Mavs will look to corral both their Big Three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili as well as San Antonio’s sharpshooters in order to seize Game 1.

“They do it in all different ways, starting with transition,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said of the Spurs’ offensive attack. “They’ve got a great pick-and-roll game and a great drive-and-kick game, so you’ve got to be scrambling for 48 minutes and you’ve got to work to take away the good 3-point opportunities. And it’s tough because they’re the best at doing it.”

“I mean, we’ve put in a lot of work in preparation and we have guys with experience being the underdog, so Game 1 is very important to us,” sixth man Vince Carter added. “I mean, I’m sure it’s important to them and everyone playing in the playoffs, but we just want to go out there and play hard and leave it out there every night and see what happens.”

Note: The Mavericks head to San Antonio to begin their first-round playoff series Sunday against the Spurs. San Antonio won the season series 4-0. Game 1 will air nationally on TNT and locally on TXA 21 at noon CT.

The series schedule is as follows:

Game 1: Dallas at San Antonio, noon CT on TNT and TXA 21, Sunday, April 20
Game 2: Dallas at San Antonio, 7 p.m. CT on NBA TV and TXA 21, Wednesday, April 23
Game 3: San Antonio at Dallas, 3:30 p.m. CT on TNT and TXA 21, Saturday, April 26
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.