Mavs look to seize control over Spurs as series shifts to Dallas

Mavericks vs. Spurs: Game 2 Recap

Monta Ellis led the way with 21 points followed by Shawn Marion's 20 as the Mavs stole a game on the road Wednesday against the Spurs.

SAN ANTONIO — Responding to their own late-game collapse in Game 1, the Dallas Mavericks left no doubt that they would leave San Antonio with their first-round playoff series against the rival Spurs even at a game apiece after a dominant performance.

Watching seemingly helplessly as a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter of Game 1 evaporated during the final 7:45 of play, the Mavericks would then be forced to sit on their 90-85 defeat for three days. Wednesday night, however, the Mavs exacted some revenge on the Spurs, routing their in-state rivals with a 113-92 victory.

Now, after ending a 10-game losing streak at the hands of the Spurs and collecting their first playoff win since the franchise won the NBA title in 2011, the Mavs will look to seize control of the series as it shifts to Dallas on Saturday for Game 3.

“We have to play like we’re down,” starting 2-guard Monta Ellis said of the pivotal Game 3. “We’ve got to go back home in front of our home crowd, but we can’t lay an egg. We’ve got to stay the course. The series is not over. We’ve got to take it game by game when we go home, we’ve got to stick with the same game plan and trust that it works, and hopefully we can hit some shots and come out with a win.”

“I’m little worried going home,” 12-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki admittedly added. “I’d rather play Game 3 (in San Antonio), I guess. We’ve got to figure it out at home. We can’t relax, and that’s the main thing.”

Postgame: Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki addresses the media following the Game 2 win over the Spurs.

The Mavericks lost both regular-season meetings at home against the Spurs this year by nine points each time. All told, the Mavs haven’t beaten the Spurs in Dallas since a 106-99 home victory back on March 17, 2012.

Still, the Mavs know they’ll have to play with the same edge as they did in San Antonio in order to seize the upper hand in the series.

“You know, it’s a monumental task but we’re in this thing to win,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle confidently proclaimed following his team’s Game 2 win. “You know, we’re not in it just to get a split and feel happy. We can’t do that. I mean, we cannot let up. And going back home, this is where we’ve got to avoid any kind of letup, going back to our building.”

Note: The Mavericks return to American Airlines Center Saturday for Game 3 of their first-round playoff series as the scene shifts to Dallas. The series is tied at 1-1. Game 2 will air nationally on TNT and locally on TXA 21 at 3:30 p.m. CT.

The series schedule is as follows:

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 or by calling (214) 747-MAVS. There is an eight-ticket limit per game.