NBA Game Summary - Dallas at San Antonio
(Friday, January 14th)
Final Score: San Antonio 98, Dallas 95
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead San Antonio to a 98-95 win over the Dallas Mavericks at SBC Center.
Manu Ginobili added 22 points for the Spurs, who have won two straight and 14 of 17 contests. San Antonio shot 50 percent for the game, led by Duncan's 10- of-17 and Ginobili's 7-of-12 shooting, as the club has won 11 straight at home to improve to a league-best 19-1 at home.
"It was a good win against a good basketball team," said Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. "That's always fun to do."
Dirk Nowitzki scored 14 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter, as the Mavs rallied in the final 12 minutes to make it a nail-biter. He also had 14 rebounds.
Jerry Stackhouse had 17 points and Michael Finley tallied 15 for Dallas, which played without two regulars and lost for the second straight time after winning five in a row.
The Mavs were without injured frontcourt mates Erick Dampier and Josh Howard. Dampier has a knee ailment, while Howard continues to recover from a respiratory infection.
In the fourth, the Spurs tallied seven of the first 10 points of the frame to grab an 81-69 lead. Devin Brown scored five of the seven points, capping the spurt with a three-pointer three minutes into the quarter for the 12-point cushion.
Later in the frame, Dallas drew within 89-84 courtesy of a 7-0 burst that was capped by a Finley bucket with 3:18 remaining. Then, with 1:07 remaining, Nowitzki drained jumper to get the Mavs to 93-90.
Tony Parker answered with a layup to increase the lead to five, but Jason Terry made it a two-point game with a three-pointer with 43 seconds remaining.
On the Spurs next possession, the team ran the shot clock down before Manu Ginobili fired a three-pointer from the right corner that bounced out with 18 seconds on the clock. However, Brown was streaking through the lane to grab the offensive rebound and keep the ball with the Spurs.
With 12 seconds left Ginobili drained two free throws for a 97-93 lead and that would be all San Antonio would need.
"There was a couple of huge plays," said Dallas head caoch Don Nelson. "I thought the offensive rebound by Brown was really a big play that set us back and gave them another possession. But those things will happen and he had a running start. He doesn't get that ball maybe it goes the other way, that's way it was a big play."
Parker had 12 points and nine assists for the Spurs, who have won all three meetings this season and four in a row overall against the Mavs.
Leading by just three points coming out of halftime, 48-45, San Antonio scored 13 of the first 19 points in the second half to extend the lead to a 10-point advantage. Duncan's layup at the 6:13 mark capped the burst and gave the Spurs a 61-51 lead.
Later, a Finley basket and two Nowitzki free throws cut the deficit to six, 63-57, but San Antonio would carry a 74-66 cushion into the final quarter.
Before the game, Dallas placed swingman Marquis Daniels on the injured list with a sore left ankle...To replace Daniels on the active roster, the Mavs activated rookie center DJ Mbenga...Terry had 13 points...Dallas shot 43 percent from the field...San Antonio outscored Dallas 52-28 in the paint.
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