GameDay: Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs

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Mavericks at Spurs

2:30 p.m. Sunday, AT&T Center, San Antonio

TV: WFAA/Channel 8

Radio: ESPN/103.3 FM, KFLC/1270 AM (Spanish)

Series tied 3-3

About the Mavs: Sunday’s winner will play the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference semifinals. If the Mavs win, they’ll start the series in Portland. ... The Mavs are 4-1 all-time in Game 7s and 4-0 during the Dirk Nowitzki era. The only Game 7 loss for the Mavs was against the Lakers in 1988 in the conference finals. ... One of the Mavs’ Game 7 victories came against the Spurs in San Antonio in 2006 in the West semifinals. Behind 37 points and 15 rebounds from Nowitzki, the Mavs won that game 119-111 in overtime. ... Brandan Wright played a personal series-high 26 minutes in Game 5, but did not play in Game 6, probably because the Mavs’ other backup center, DeJuan Blair, had a solid game. Blair finished with 10 points, a playoff career-high 14 rebounds and a playoff career-high-tying four steals against his former team. ... Monta Ellis scored a game-high and career playoff-high-tying 29 points in Game 6. Ellis scored 10 points in the third period and 12 of the 22 points the Mavs scored in the final 4:57 of the game.

About the Spurs: After rallying to win Game 1 of this series by outscoring the Mavs 19-4 down the stretch, the Spurs recorded their 10th straight win over Dallas. San Antonio is now 2-3 in the past five games against the Mavs. ... Tony Parker scored 22 points, but he took 23 shots and missed 13 of them in Game 6. ... Center Tiago Splitter has emerged as a dynamic force in this series. Splitter contributed 19 points, eight rebounds and two steals in Game 6. ... The Spurs got a lift in Game 6 from Danny Green, who had been struggling. In the first five games Green combined for 17 points on just 6-of-17 shooting. In Game 6 he was 7-of-7 from the field and scored 17 points.

— Dwain Price

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