Monday, April 20, 2009
Just when the everyone was counting out the Spurs saying they're old and washed up, San Antonio went back to the basics: Tony Parker, solid team defense and quality play from their role players.
The Spurs came out strong and never looked back routing Dallas 105-84 and evening the series a one apiece.
Drew Gooden had 13 points, shooting 6-7 off the bench. Matt Bonner was 3-4 from downtown and finished with 11. And Timmy was Timmy. Duncan played just 28 minutes put was solid on both sides of ball. Timmy had 13 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks.
Parker led the Spurs with 38 points and 8 assists, shooting 16-22 from the field, nearly 73%!
San Antonio also held Dirk Nowitzki in check. Dirk was awful, just 14 points on 3-14 shooting.
In fact Dallas' bench almost looked better than their starting 5. The starters accounted for 47 points compared to 37 from the bench.
San Antonio led by as many as 21 points in the first half before Dallas was able to cut it to 11 at halftime. The Mavericks closed within 9 in the third quarter before the Spurs went on a 18-2 tear to go up 79-54.