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                   === Spurs rally to beat Mavs in Game 1 ===
 San  Antonio, TX  ( -  The San  Antonio Spurs  have defeated
 their  in-state rival  Dallas Mavericks 10 straight times, mostly due to point
 guard  Tony  Parker  weaving  around  and  finding  open  shooters  along  the
 Except  when those shots weren't falling Sunday, the Spurs had to find another
 way to win.
 Tim  Duncan  had 27  points  and  seven rebounds  and  the  San Antonio  Spurs
 rallied  for a  90-85  triumph over  the  Mavericks  on Sunday  in  Game 1  of
 their Western Conference quarterfinal series.
 Manu  Ginobili, who went 3-of-6 from 3-point range, was the only Spur to hit a
 triple  for San Antonio,  which went just 3-of-17 (17.6 percent) as a team. It
 shot  a blistering 43.3 percent (42-of-97) from downtown in four games against
 Dallas this season.
 "We  got killed on  3s in the first four outings this year," Mavericks forward
 Dirk  Nowitzki  said. "We stayed  home a little  more on 3-point shooters, but
 you've  got  to give  them something,  and Duncan in  there is obviously still
 The Spurs trailed 81-71 with 7:45 to play, but closed the game on a 19-4 run.
 "Made  some  stops, that generates offense.  We needed it," Parker said of the
 Duncan  banked  in a turnaround  and then  put in a  runner to begin the surge
 before  Splitter tied  the game  at 81-81  with a  layup with  4:54 remaining.
 Consecutive  Parker baskets gave the Spurs their first lead since it was 50-49
 when there was 8:14 left in the third.
 Brandan  Wright  split a pair  of foul shots to  pull Dallas within 86-82 with
 2:05  on the clock,  but it never got any closer. Splitter sunk two foul shots
 at the other end and the Mavericks missed three of their final four shots from
 the field.
 Parker  posted  21 points,  six assists  and four  rebounds for the top-seeded
 Spurs, who finished with the NBA's best record at 62-20.
 Nowitzki  was limited  to 11  points and  eight rebounds  on 4-of-14  shooting
 for Dallas, which lost to the Grizzlies in overtime Wednesday on the final day
 of the season to fall into the eighth seed.
 This is the sixth time since 2001 that these teams have met in the postseason.
 San Antonio won three of the previous series.
 The  Spurs  jumped on  the Mavericks early,  racing out to  a 9-2 start before
 settling  for a  21-12 advantage following a quarter of play. Dallas shot just
 25 percent (5-of-20) in the opening 12 minutes.
 Dallas, though, netted the first 12 points of the second.
 Harris  had the final eight, including back-to-back triples for a 24-21 Dallas
 edge. It remained tight through the remainder of the frame and Harris' driving
 layup with 1.6 ticks before the break staked the Mavs to a 44-43 edge.
 The  tilt was  knotted  65-65  after three  before  Wright's three-point  play
 concluded  a 16-6  swing to  begin  the fourth,  which gave  Dallas its  81-71
                                   Game Notes
 Ginobili  finished  with 17 points and  six rebounds, while Harris supplied 19
 points  and five assists ... San Antonio shot 43.2 percent (35-of-81) from the
 04/20 19:36:26 ET