Spurs less Parker rolled over Mavericks


This article is cross posted at Spurs Basketball.

With Tony Parker sitting out because of a strained left hamstring, Manu Ginobili started at the point and delivered 11 points, seven assists and seven rebounds in 28 minutes of action, leading the San Antonio Spurs to a 104-87 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

Jackson has provided an added spark since he came back in San Antonio (Photo via Spurs Nation).

Danny Green added 18 points, Tim Duncan 15 points and 12 rebounds and Matt Bonner added 14 off the Spurs bench to improve their team record to 31-14 and hold a tight grip at the second-seed on the West.

Parker, ┬ámissed his third game of the season, but his absence didn’t seem to distract the Spurs, who had seven assists in the first quarter alone and finished with 28 total.

San Antonio led 24-21 after the first quarter and maintained their advantage throughout the game with the exception of a two-minute spurt by Dallas.

Jason Terry’s 18-foot jumper with five minutes remaining in the third quarter gave the Mavericks a 60-58 advantage, their first lead since 4-2 two minutes into the game. The Spurs responded quickly, however, closing the quarter on a 12-3 run to gain a decisive advantage.

Terry led the Mavericks with 18 points, Dirk Nowitzki had 16, Jason Kidd scored 14 and Shawn Marion had 13 points in a losing cause.

Duncan went down three times in the first half, jamming his neck after running into Ian Mahinmi’s chest and falling over some photographers after saving a ball. Duncan also went down in the second quarter when Brian Cardinal attempted to swipe the ball and instead raked Duncan’s right eye. The normally mild-mannered Duncan drove the lane and dunked on the ensuing play, staring at Cardinal with a discontented look.

Boris Diaw, who signed with the Spurs earlier in the day, played 16 minutes and had two points and three rebounds.

More importantly, Diaw helped defend Nowitzki.

Nowitzki did not have any rebounds through the first three quarters and finished with only two boards and shot a woeful 5-of-21 from the field.

Diaw’s arrival was timely as Spurs’ center Tiago Splitter sat out the game with mid-back spasms.

Rookie Kawhi Leonard finished with 12 points and eight boards while Stephen Jackson added 10 points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes of play.

San Antonio will go back to action tomorrow night, as they visit the New Orleans Hornets.

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6 thoughts on “Spurs less Parker rolled over Mavericks

  1. Robby
    Tophatal
    You got to remember 5% of the talk is about Houston, 10% about the Dals cast and 85% about SAS as the best team in Texas which your’e right theres no need to talk about anything else but SAS. The media seem to like the Mav’s and Rock’s and SAS don’t seem to mind it at all, after the trades this week the media has even ignore us more however other teams and peep have taken a notice and know now the Championship ROAD GOES THROUGH SAN ANTONIO this year. My question is to you all how do we fair against a Miami or Chicago team if we go that far?

  2. Robby
    The media might had nothing to say about the SAS, however let DAl and Hou get all the media attention but in Texas and the rest of the country they are talking about our SAS. I believe the other 31 teams and people have already started to notice the trades and pick ups that the Spurs made the last two weeks that problaly were the last pieces of the puzzle for the Spurs to win it all. I believe this year “The road to the Championship goes through San Antonio”. The question is how will we fair against OKC, Mem and if we make it to the finals how would we fair against either Chi or Mia thats the few remainding questions?

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