NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Dallas
(Saturday, November 5th)
Final Score: Dallas 103, San Antonio 84
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki poured in 34 points and the Dallas Mavericks pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 103-84 victory over the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Center.
Nowitzki, who also had eight rebounds, shot 12-of-20 from the floor. Josh Howard added 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Devin Harris came off the bench for a career-high 22 points for Dallas. The Mavericks shot 50.6 percent from the field to win its home opener.
Tony Parker finished with 24 points, while Tim Duncan contributed 18 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for the defending NBA champion Spurs, who had beaten Cleveland and Denver by double digits in their first two games.
Manu Ginobili had 13 points and Nick Van Exel scored 11 for San Antonio, which hit 5-of-14 three-pointers, compared to 6-of-9 for the Mavs.
It was Michael Finley's first game against his former Maverick teammates. Finley, who played 8 1/2 seasons in Dallas, finished with two points on just 1-of-6 shooting in 27 minutes.
"It felt funny the whole game," Finley said. "Even when we made our runs, and I was out on the court, it was an awkward feeling. I felt myself putting extra pressure on myself to make every shot and to play a perfect game in order to win."
The Spurs were in front 24-22 after one quarter, but Dallas used a 10-2 run at the end of the half to gain a 49-43 lead at intermission.
A Brent Barry jumper tied the game at 62 for the Spurs with 3:16 left in the third, but the Mavericks countered with a 14-2 spurt to go in front for good. Keith Van Horn's slam started the burst and Nowitzki followed with a three- pointer, and the Mavs were in front 71-64 going into the fourth.
A Harris driving layup capped the spurt, making it 78-64 early in the fourth, and the Spurs never threatened the rest of the game.
San Antonio shot 40.8 percent from the field and held a 39-38 edge in rebounds...The Spurs had 19 turnovers...Parker was 11-of-17 from the field...Dallas has won seven straight home openers.
11/06 00:23:29 ET