The high powered Dallas Mavericks offense was too much for the San Antonio Spurs to handle on Wednesday night. The Mavericks were able to steal Game 2, as well as home court advantage, from the top seeded Spurs in dominant fashion with a 113-92 victory.
After scoring just 11 points a piece in Game 1, Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis were able to bounce back to combine for 37 points while only committing two turnovers. But it was the Dallas offense as a whole that overwhelmed the Spurs. 10 Mavericks scored, five of them in double figures. They shot 49 percent from the field, 38 percent from beyond the arc, 94 percent from the free-throw line and committed just seven turnovers.
Shawn Marion scored 20 points and Devin Harris was huge yet again off of the bench, scoring 18 points on an efficient 7-9 shooting. Harris looks rejuvenated in this series, possibly having flashbacks to his old Mavs deep playoff run days.
The 21 point difference was the worst Spurs home playoff loss since 1973. San Antonio’s turnovers were the ultimate downfall, committing a whopping 22 – not the usual efficiency that they showcase from night to night.
Manu Ginobili had 27 points off of the bench to lead the team, but also had six turnovers. The next highest scorer was Tony Parker with just 12. Tim Duncan was held to only five shot attempts from the field and seven rebounds in his 30 minutes of play.
With a fourth quarter lead in Game 1, Dallas imploded and lost a golden opportunity. They made sure to hold onto that late lead on Wednesday, strangle holding the Spurs and outscoring them by 16 points in the second half. Coach Rick Carlisle kept his top lineup in for most of the fourth quarter to really finish strong and carry that momentum over to Game 3.
The Mavs were able to top San Antonio for just the first time this season, but it couldn’t have come at a better time. With the series headed back to Dallas for the next three games, Dallas has to like their chances. However, they have to continue efficiently execute the way they did on Wednesday.
Dallas defended well, although San Antonio still shot 50 percent from both the field and beyond the arc, but it was their lack of opportunities due to the amount of turnovers that propelled Dallas to the win. Dallas is much quicker than the Spurs, and it showed in Game 2.
Gregg Popovich is sure to have a regrouped and focused Spurs team for Game 3. They are going to have to go back to the drawing board and focus on cutting off the penetration of the Mavericks trio of guards. Monta Ellis, Jose Calderon and Devin Harris combined for 51 points and 13 assists. Their unselfish play allows the point guard by committee approach to work.
All tied up at 1-1, Game 3 will be interesting, as it is a huge swing game that usually dictates who will go on to win the series. The Lone Star Series is turning into quite a showdown.
Commentary by Rich Peters
Guardian Liberty Voice NBA Writer