On a night when the Dallas Mavericks’ offense went silent after the first 41 minutes, the San Antonio Spurs’ Big 3 came up big Sunday afternoon.
Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili combined to score 65 of the Spurs’ 90 points, grab 17 of their 48 rebounds, and dispensed nine of their 14 assists as San Antonio opened the playoffs with a 90-85 triumph over the Dallas Mavericks at AT&T Center.
“I wish I could always score like this, or Tony, or Tim,’’ said Ginobili, who scored 17 points and collected six rebounds. “The way they play defense didn’t let us move the ball as much as we usually do to find open teammates, so we played way more one-on-one.
“We went to TD in the post more than usual. They switched on Tony a lot, so Tony played a lot of one-on-one against bigs early in the game especially.’’
After the Mavs went up 81-71 with 7:45 remaining, Duncan, Parker and Ginobili combined to score 17 of the Spurs’ remaining 19 points during the team’s scintillating 19-4 run to end the game.
Duncan tallied nine of his game-high 27 points during the Spurs' fourth-quarter comeback.
"We took what they gave us,'' said Duncan, who was 12-of-20 from the field. "They took us off the 3-point line and made our shooters into drivers.
"They were helping, switching and rotating a lot. We continue to move the ball and the guys around the rim were the ones that were open.''