I’m not sure if the Dallas Mavericks want to forget about Game 1 of their first round playoff match-up with the San Antonio Spurs or try to build on it. Dallas showed some of the worst basketball during the game but also showed some of their best basketball. However, after it’s all said and done Dallas is down 0-1 in their series as they fell to the Spurs 90-85.
How It Went Down:
The first quarter of the game is one of those moments the Mavericks would like to forget. Dallas only managed to score 12 points on 5-20 shooting from the field. The last five points came in the final 1:47 after Monta Ellis and Devin Harris knocked down a two-pointer and a three-pointer respectively. It was a terrible first quarter and one the Mavs will hope to soon forget.
The second quarter was quite different, though, as the Mavericks outscored San Antonio 32-22. The main spark came from Devin Harris, who scored 10 points in eight minutes of action. Devin finished the quarter 4-6, including 2-3 from the three-point line.
The second half was pretty much a back-and-forth game as the Mavericks maintained the lead for most of it. The Mavericks started taking control in the fourth quarter and took a double-digit lead when Brandan Wright knocked down a free throw at the 7:45 mark.
With the score 81-71 Dallas, and all the momentum in their favor, the Spurs did what they do best. San Antonio clamped down and played fundamental basketball the rest of the game. San Antonio finished the game on a 19-4 run to take game 1 at home.
Inside the Numbers:
With the victory, the Spurs have now won 10 straight games over the Mavericks.
San Antonio had 56 points in the paint. Dallas had 32.
Dirk and Monta both finished 4-14 for 11 points.
The Spurs didn’t have a single player average 20 or more points in a game this season. Game 1 saw Tony Parker finished with 21 and Tim Duncan had 27.
Impact Play of the Game:
After taking a 81-71 lead, the Mavericks missed their next 12 shots from the floor. The only points the Mavericks scored came on two Wright free throws and a Devin Harris layup with 0.9 seconds left in the game.
Step-Up Mav of the Night:
Jose Calderon started the game 0-4 from the floor. Devin Harris came in off the bench and provided a spark for Dallas. Harris played just under 32 minutes and scored 19 points to lead all Mavs. He finshed 8-for-16, including 3-of-7 from three-point range. Harris also grabbed three rebounds and had five assists.
“I love a lot of the things about the way we played today, but it’s a 48-minute game, and the last seven, you know, we’ve got to finish better.”
– Rick Carlisle
“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.”
– Devin Harris,
The Mavs and Spurs will play game 2 of their best-of-seven series Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. CT. Every first round game can be seen locally on TXA 21 and nationally televised on NBATV.
Game 1: Final – Mavs 85, Spurs 90
Game 2: Wednesday April 23 @ 7:00 in San Antonio
Game 3: Saturday April 26 @ 3:30 in Dallas
Game 4: Monday April 28 @ 8:30 in Dallas
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