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Duncan scores 27 points as Spurs beat Mavs, 90-85

Duncan's 27 Points Fuel Spurs In Game 1
BY RAUL DOMINGUEZ
ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tim Duncan scored 27 points, and the San Antonio Spurs held the Dallas Mavericks to one field goal in the final seven minutes to rally for a 90-85 victory Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

The Mavericks also went scoreless for 5 1/2 minutes during that stretch, their lone field goal coming as time expired.

Tony Parker had 21 points, and Manu Ginobili added 17. Kawhi Leonard had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Tiago Splitter pulled down 11 rebounds for top-seeded San Antonio, which has won 10 straight against Dallas.

Devin Harris scored 19 points for the Mavericks, who nearly pulled off a huge upset.

The Spurs had insisted that what happens in the regular season doesn't matter, and they were proven right for much of the game - much to the home fans' dismay. Absent were the crisp passing, aggressive defense and 3-point shooting that made for the league's best record.

San Antonio returned to its winning formula over the final seven minutes, taking an 86-81 lead with a 15-0 run. Splitter tied the game with about five minutes remaining, rolling to the basket off a screen for an easy layup off a pass from Parker.

The All-Star point guard then drove the lane for a layup and drained a 13-foot jumper, which he punctuated with a loud scream after Dallas called timeout with 2:45 to go.

Duncan, wearing a heavy brace on his left knee, walked off the court gingerly with 3:24 remaining in the third quarter after banging knees with Ellis. He did not get up as he customarily does during a timeout to greet his teammates.

Duncan later left the court, followed closely by trainer Will Sevening and team doctor Dr. David Schmidt, returning a minute later limping slightly less, and he played big down the stretch.

NOTES: Referee Joey Crawford screamed twice at a pair of scoring officials during a timeout, telling them at one point to do their jobs. Crawford, who once ejected Duncan for laughing from the bench during a game against the Mavericks, was booed regularly by the fans.

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carlos8 April 20 2014 at 5:41 PM

GO SPURS GO!!! San Antonio Texas

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brassingtonmtg April 20 2014 at 5:41 PM

congrats to the Spurs.....best team in the NBA..... Great start~!!!!

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deecee955 brassingtonmtg April 20 2014 at 9:55 PM

You got that right, Grass. The Mavs sometimes get LUCKY enough to make the play-offs, & the Bulls always could when they had Jordan, but the Spurs are the only CONSISTENT team that you can count on to be there! Every owner & Every Coach just wishes they had a team like the Spurs. GO spurs go!

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Pat deecee955 April 21 2014 at 4:10 AM

It takes more than luck to make the playoffs thirteen times in fourteen years.

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coverme.quick April 20 2014 at 6:13 PM

Good for them good team every year much love to Tim duncan best player in the NBA for years and I'm a Laker fan know hate for them and I'm going for them

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Dana April 20 2014 at 6:58 PM

One win down, 15 to go! Go Spurs Go!!

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sdowns1470 April 20 2014 at 7:03 PM

I missed the game, but my mom and I are going to watch it after we eat our food. I worked today and missed the game. I wish the Spurs would have gotten the 6pm game today because that would have been ideal for me. I worked until 2:30pm, of course most people preferred the 2:30pm or 6pm start because Easter festivities would be wrapping up by then.

The Spurs are one of the consistent teams in the league and they play their hearts out night in and night out. It doesn't matter if they win or they lose, they play as a team they are not a one person team. Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker combined for 65 of the 90 points they scored. The Spurs have four future Hall of fame candidates in Duncan, Parker and Ginobili as well as their head coach Gregg Popovich better known as Pop to us fans because it is easier to say.

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sdowns1470 sdowns1470 April 20 2014 at 7:03 PM

forgot to say GO SPURS!!! ALL THE WAY BABY!!! TITLE #5 IN JUNE!!!

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zthsea@gmail.com April 21 2014 at 1:39 AM

GO SPURS!!!

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tvacations April 21 2014 at 1:43 AM

that's my spurs, --stepping on the gas pedal when needed

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mary10s643 April 21 2014 at 10:25 AM

The HEAT will take care of all of them!

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morris5378 April 21 2014 at 10:40 AM

It was very evident the champion flopper of all time (Dirk Nowitzki) was not getting the calls he is used to. He had to rely on outside shooting and not free throws. Needless to say he had a bad night.

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richard April 20 2014 at 7:09 PM

spurs suck lets go mavs

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