Spurs shut down Mavs in first half

Updated: November 11, 2009, 10:02 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon

SAN ANTONIO -- Rick Carlisle had a quick response during his pregame chat with the media when a local scribe asked about the San Antonio Spurs' defensive downfall.

"I'm not buying it," Carlisle said.

Nor is Dirk Nowitzki, at least not after the first half.

The Spurs have a 51-38 lead after harassing the Dallas Mavericks into a horrendous shooting half. The visitors are 12-of-43 from the floor, giving them a shooting percentage (.279) that would be an adequate batting average.

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