Final

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/24

Game 1: Wednesday, November 24th
Mavericks80Final
Spurs94
Game 2: Tuesday, November 30th
Spurs107Final
Mavericks89
Game 3: Friday, January 14th
Mavericks95Final
Spurs98
Game 4: Thursday, April 7th
Spurs68Final
Mavericks104

Spurs 68

(55-20, 19-17 away)

Mavericks 104

(51-24, 26-12 home)

7:00 PM ET, April 7, 2005

American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

1 2 3 4 T
SA 20 14 13 2168
DAL 26 19 31 28104

Top Performers

San Antonio: T. Massenburg 7 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Blk

Dallas: D. Nowitzki 16 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

San Antonio dealt largest loss of season

DALLAS (AP) -- Beating the San Antonio Spurs just isn't the same when they're missing Tim Duncan. That is, unless you can make it as memorable as the Dallas Mavericks did Thursday night.

Spurs without Duncan, last two seasons
'04-05 13 games 6-7
'03-04 13 games 6-7

With Devin Harris starting a fast break by throwing a backward, overhead pass while falling down and Jerry Stackhouse setting up another layup with a behind-the-back pass in the lane, the Mavs resoundingly avoided a season sweep by their division nemesis with a 104-68 victory that was interesting at the end just to see how historic it would be.

The answer: Dallas enjoyed its most lopsided win over the Spurs and tied the fewest points allowed in franchise history, while San Antonio endured its biggest rout since falling to Seattle by 38 in a meaningless finale in 2001. The Spurs also went 0-for-12 on 3-pointers, the most misses in team history without one made and just three shy of the NBA record.

"It was pretty embarrassing," said San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili, who scored two points on 1-of-9 shooting and missed all four of his free throws. "Today was awful."

The Mavs led the entire way, with the game tied only at 2. They held San Antonio to just 27 points during the middle two quarters, with the Spurs shooting 2-for-17 in the third period. Put another way, Dallas had as many highlight-reel baskets in the quarter as San Antonio did overall while sinking toward a sixth straight road loss since their two-time MVP was injured.

"He would've made a difference," Stackhouse said, smiling, "but I don't think he would've made a 40-point difference."

Keith Van Horn scored 10 of his 17 points in a row during the impressive third quarter and Dirk Nowitzki, who was a game-time decision because of a sore right ankle, had 16 points and eight rebounds in 27 minutes. He left after exchanging shoves and words with Nazr Mohammed early in the fourth quarter, when the rout began leading to plenty of rough stuff.

The Mavs treated their 150th straight sellout crowd to quite a show, and gave new coach Avery Johnson a 1-0 edge against one of his mentors, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

Johnson, the starting point guard on San Antonio's first title team and still among the most popular players in franchise history, is becoming pretty popular to Mavs fans, too. Dallas is 9-2 since he replaced Don Nelson, and his emphasis on defense never stood out as much as this game.

Consider one long San Antonio possession early in the third quarter: Center Erick Dampier fouled Ginobili outside the 3-point, then swatted his shot in the lane. Ginobili got the ball back near the top of the key, was fouled by Josh Howard, then drove again and had the ball stripped by Nowitzki.

"I think we were able to put them on their heels with our defense," Stackhouse said.

Still, it was the offense that made it so exciting, starting with an 8-0 run to open the second half that Nowitzki capped by slamming a miss by Jason Terry.

Tony Parker drove for San Antonio's first basket, then Van Horn got going. He had a finger roll, a steal-and-dunk, a three-point play, another steal-and-dunk then a free throw.

When he got to the line, fans were still buzzing about his last dunk, which began when Van Horn deflected a pass on defense. Harris lunged to control it and wound up facing the basket the Spurs were shooting at, but threw it over his head and hit Van Horn in stride on one bounce.

Soon after, Stackhouse passed up a probable layup by flicking the ball behind him to Marquis Daniels, who put it in for a 70-40 lead.

Daniels finished with 13 points, Alan Henderson had 12 and Howard 11. In yet another example of what a rout this was, Johnson said before the game that Daniels and Henderson likely will be left out of his playoff rotation.

All 12 Mavs scored, thanks to Shawn Bradley hitting a free throw in the closing seconds. More significant was a 3-pointer by Darrell Armstrong with 5:11 left -- it continued Dallas' streak of consecutive games with a 3 to 521 in a row.

About the only thing that went wrong for the Mavericks was letting Mike Wilks hit a short jumper with 13.3 seconds left, preventing them from giving up their fewest points. Team owner Mark Cuban told the players on the bench how close they were, so they were all standing up and rooting for one last defensive stand.

"They just got a lucky little putback," Stackhouse said.

Brent Barry led San Antonio with 12 points and Parker had 11 and no assists. Every player scored except starting forward Robert Horry.

Game notes


Dallas' previous biggest win over the Spurs was 32 points in January 1989. ... The Spurs need to win their final seven to match their most wins in franchise history, 62. ... Although the Mavs have lost 12 home games, they've now won a season-best six in a row and are perfect under Johnson.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SA
DAL
Points 68 104
FGM-FGA 27-78 (.346) 42-79 (.532)
3PM-3PA 0-12 (.000) 1-8 (.125)
FTM-FTA 14-21 (.667) 19-26 (.731)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-35 16-51
Assists 11 19
Turnovers 19 18
Steals 8 10
Blocks 8 11
Fast Break Points 13 24
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (2/0) 25 (2/0)
Largest Lead 0 39

Top Performers

San Antonio
Dallas
Tony Massenburg Massenburg
Points: 7
Reb: 3
Ast: 1
Stl: 0
Blk: 3
Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
Points: 16
Reb: 8
Ast: 0
Stl: 1
Blk: 1