Rapid Reaction: Spurs 119, Mavs 96
May, 4, 2014
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com
SAN ANTONIO -- An unexpectedly entertaining series ended with the San Antonio Spurs roaring to a 119-96 rout of the Dallas Mavericks in Sunday’s Game 7.
How it happened: Game 7 played out pretty much how most figured this series would go all along.
The top-seeded Spurs, who had dominated Dallas during a nine-game winning streak over their Interstate 35 rival, finally looked like the clearly superior team.
San Antonio’s Big Three -- the lone players still on the Spurs' roster who lost a home Game 7 to Dirk Nowitzki's Mavs in 2006 -- outscored Dallas by themselves in the first half. The Spurs shot 68.4 percent in the half, building a lead that ballooned to as large as 29 points.
The Mavs, starting the second half with a small-ball lineup with Nowitzki at center and Vince Carter at power forward, along with three guards, sliced the lead to 14. That was as close as this game got to being competitive.
Tony Parker finished with a game-high 32 points in 34 minutes, going 11-of-19 from the floor and doing the majority of his damage on driving layups. Manu Ginobili added 20 points, 5 assists and 6 steals. Tim Duncan scored 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting before resting all but 37 seconds of the fourth quarter.
Nowitzki, who fell to 4-1 in Game 7s during his career, led the Mavs with 22 points and nine rebounds.
What it means: The Spurs advance to play the Portland Trail Blazers in a second-round series that starts Tuesday night in San Antonio. The Mavs’ season is over, as they failed to make it out of the first round for the third straight year since winning the championship in 2011.
Play of the game: Nobody picked up Parker in transition as he dribbled up the left side of the floor, allowing him to get all the way to the bucket for a layup with five minutes remaining in the third quarter. That pushed the Spurs’ lead back to 19 points after the Mavs came out strong to start the second half.
Stat of the night: No. 1 seeds are 57-5 in the first round after the Spurs and Indiana Pacers survived Game 7s.