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National Basketball Association
Preview
Dallas at San Antonio
When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas

After an impressive closing run in a Game 1 victory, the San Antonio Spurs look to ride the momentum into Game 2 of their best-of-seven playoff series with the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday at home. The Mavericks were poised to pull off the series-opening upset, earning a 10-point lead midway through the fourth quarter, but the veteran Spurs absolutely dominated with a 19-4 finishing touch to pick up the 90-85 win. It was their 16th straight victory at home dating to the regular season.

San Antonio limited Dallas' leading scorer Dirk Nowitzki to 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting, which will be difficult to duplicate for the Spurs. "I think he’s definitely going to be more aggressive and try more and maybe get the ball more than he did in the last game,” forward Boris Diaw, who was one of those tasked with defending Nowitzki, told reporters Monday. Nowitzki's counterpart, Tim Duncan, had no issues on his end, producing 27 points to lead San Antonio, which has won 10 straight overall against Dallas.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBATV, TXA21 (Dallas), FSN Southwest (San Antonio)

ABOUT THE MAVERICKS: Although it fizzled down the stretch of Game 1 in spectacular fashion, Dallas has tried to take some solace in the fact that the game was there for the taking after so many one-sided games between the teams of late. "I’m just glad to see we were able to fight and give ourselves a chance to win in the end," veteran swingman Vince Carter told the Dallas Morning News. Carter was one of three Mavericks reserves to score in double figures (guard Devin Harris had a team-high 19 points) in the opener, as the Dallas bench outscored its starters 46-39.

ABOUT THE SPURS: The manner in which the Mavericks' second unit dominated was notable, as San Antonio boasts a normally solid supporting cast that was limited to 23 points on 7-of-26 shooting. Nine Spurs averaged at least 8.2 points during the regular season but only seven managed to even get into the scoring column in Game 1, with usual contributor Marco Belinelli - who averaged 11.4 points this season - missing all four of his shots and going scoreless in 12 minutes. San Antonio had a 48-40 edge on the glass and a 56-32 advantage in points in the paint.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Duncan, G Tony Parker and G Manu Ginobili have won 102 postseason games together, eight fewer than the all-time winningest playoff trio of Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Cooper.

2. San Antonio, the top 3-point shooting team during the regular season at 39.7 percent, was just 3-of-17 in Game 1.

3. The team that has won Game 1 has taken 77.3 percent of best-of-seven series in NBA history.

PREDICTION:
Spurs 99, Mavericks 91
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Dallas 49-34 L2 26-15 23-19 3-2 46-32 9-8 29-24
San Antonio 63-20 W1 33-9 30-11 2-3 61-17 13-4 39-14
Last Meeting
Dallas San Antonio
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/20/14 DAL 85 SA 90 85 40 41.2 90 48 43.2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Dallas D. Harris 19 50.0 0
San Antonio T. Duncan 27 60.0 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Dallas S. Dalembert 8 1 7
San Antonio T. Splitter 11 3 8
Assists Player  
Dallas D. Harris 5
San Antonio T. Parker 6
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Dallas D. Nowitzki 1847 49.5 360
San Antonio T. Duncan 1199 48.8 251
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Dallas S. Dalembert 605 217 388
San Antonio T. Duncan 760 165 595
Assists Player  
Dallas M. Ellis 521
San Antonio T. Parker 405
Quickchart Matchup
Dallas Off vs  San Antonio Defense
104.6 Points For
97.5 Points Against
47.3 FG%
44.3 FG%
40.9 Reb
42.2 Reb
San Antonio Off vs  Dallas Defense
105.2 Points For
102.3 Points Against
48.5 FG%
46.4 FG%
42.2 Reb
42.9 Reb