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            === Spurs avoid early exit with lopsided Game 7 win ===
 San  Antonio,  TX ( -  The fifth and final  Game 7 of a wild
 first  round  in the NBA playoffs  was anticlimactic, as the San Antonio Spurs
 jumped on the Dallas Mavericks early and rolled to a blowout 119-96 victory.
 San  Antonio was put to the test by its in-state rival the past two weeks, but
 Sunday's  elimination  bout was  completely one-sided in  favor of the Western
 Conference's top seed.
 "(This  series) kept  many of us up,  night after night, trying to figure them
 out,"  Spurs head  coach Gregg Popovich said. "We're thrilled, and I think our
 best  game was tonight.  We played very, very well, and I think it was one our
 best games of the year."
 Tony  Parker  scored 24 of  his 32 points  in a first  half that saw the Spurs
 shoot a blistering 68.4 percent from the field en route to building a sizeable
 Manu  Ginobili finished  with 20  points, five  assists and  six steals  while
 Danny Green added 16 points for San Antonio, which will begin its second-round
 series at home against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday.
 The  Mavs were trying to become just the sixth No. 8 seed to knock off a No. 1
 seed,  but they did not have much going offensively outside of Dirk Nowitzki's
 22 points and Devin Harris' 17-point showing off the bench.
 Monta  Ellis, who averaged 24 points over the previous five games, netted just
 12 of 3-of-11 shooting in the ouster.
 Nowitzki  began the scoring with an 18-foot jumper, but the Spurs scored 18 of
 the next 23 points and never looked back.
 Parker  accounted for  14 points in the first frame and Green's late 3-pointer
 sent the Spurs into the second with a healthy 35-23 lead.
 A Ginobili jumper capped a quarter-opening 11-2 spurt that extended the margin
 to  21  points, and it  was a nearly insurmountable  68-46 spread at the break
 despite Dallas scoring nine of the final 11 points in the half.
 "We  got hit by a tidal wave early," Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said. "They
 had their best game today. They're the best of the best."
 Harris poured in 10 points in the first six-plus minutes of the second half to
 inch  the Mavs as close as 14 at 77-63, but the Spurs answered with a 14-2 run
 that essentially put the game away.
 Ginobili  ended the third quarter with 3-pointer for a 94-68 differential, and
 the Spurs were able to rest their veteran stars over the final 12 minutes with
 Portland looming in the near future.
                                   Game Notes
 Nowitzki was 4-0 in Game 7s ... Dallas is 0-8 all-time in playoff series after
 trailing  3-2  ... San Antonio improved  to 4-5 in  Game 7s ... Tim Duncan and
 Kawhi  Leonard each  chipped in 15 points  apiece for the Spurs, who shot 56.8
 percent from the floor and outscored the Mavs at the foul line, 25-15.
 05/04 20:04:54 ET