On the second night of back-to-backs and their first season game against their rival the Dallas Mavericks, the San Antonio Spurs used a scorching perimeter game to jump out to a 29-11 lead during the first quarter and finished the opening period with 31-17 advantage.
Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd injured his lower back in the first quarter, checked out with 24.7 seconds left in the period and did not return.
Meanwhile, the Spurs hardly missed Manu Ginobili as they won their second home victory in two nights without the wily Argentine.
San Antonio made a season-best 16 three-pointers and shot a blistering 48.5 percent from beyond the arc (16-33 ) as they blow the game wide open in the first quarter as Dallas never recovered.
Matt Bonner led the Spurs with 17 points including five 3-pointers, Richard Jefferson had a great all around game with 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal, Gary Neal made the most of his first start of the season finishing with 12 points, five rebounds, two steals and one assists in 20 minutes of action.
Jason Terry led the Mavericks with 12 points, Delonte West added 10 points – all in the fourth quarter when the game was already decided and former Spur Ian Mahinmi had seven points and a game high nine rebounds in 20 minutes of playing time.
Coach Gregg Popovich was able to rest his stars Tony Parker and Tim Duncan during the entire fourth quarter. Duncan had 10 points and five rebounds in 25 minutes while Parker added 11 points and eight dimes in 29 minutes of play.
The Spurs’ newest acquisition Ike Diogu saw action in the final 4:43 of the game, he missed his only shot attempt and committed one foul and one turnover.
The Mavericks hit 35.1 percent from the field and committed 15 turnovers. Dirk Nowitzki only had six points on 3-of-11 shooting from the field.
The Spurs will play again on Saturday night at home against the Denver Nuggets.