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Ellis, Mavs top Spurs 113-111, force Game 7

Bill & Jalen's Most Exciting Game 7 Matchups

AP Sports Writer

DALLAS (AP) -- Monta Ellis is headed to his first Game 7, and DeJuan Blair gets a chance to play his old team in San Antonio one more time after all.

Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki will return to the site of one of the best moments of his stellar career.

Ellis scored 12 of his 29 points to lead a fourth-quarter comeback that also got an energetic boost from Blair in his return after getting suspended, and the Mavericks forced a deciding game in their first-round series with top-seeded San Antonio, beating the Spurs 113-111 on Friday night.

"Put all of our chips on the table and see what happens," said Ellis, whose 3-pointer put eighth-seeded Dallas ahead for a good at 94-92 with 5 minutes to go.

Tony Parker matched Nowitzki with 22 points to lead the heavily favored Spurs, who are stuck in a tossup series after they won all four games against the Mavericks during the regular season and had a 10-game winning streak against them after taking the opener.

The only other time these teams played a Game 7, Nowitzki had an improbable three-point play to force overtime in San Antonio in 2006. The Mavericks went on to win the second-round series and reached the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.

"Well, it's the ultimate thrill," said Nowitzki, who is 4-0 in Game 7s in his career. "Nothing matters anymore. Just this one game."

And Blair will be there. He missed Game 5 in South Texas after the league suspended him for kicking Tiago Splitter in the head when he was called for a foul when the pair got tangled up and fell to the court in Game 4.

He never said he was mad that the league suspended him, but he showed it, knocking Parker the court with a hard screen that led to a three-point play at the end of the first half for Devin Harris.

Then, he had four rebounds and two steals in the fourth quarter - and finished with 10 points and 14 boards for his second double-double of the series.

"His energy was great," said his old coach, San Antonio's Gregg Popovich. "He was a man possessed on both ends of the floor. Thought he was really super."

Blair had plenty of time to think about Game 6 after watching the previous game alone in his hotel room in San Antonio.

"Winning on their court would be the best revenge," said Blair, who spent his first four seasons with the Spurs and was with them for a heartbreaking loss to Miami in the NBA Finals last year. "We just have to bring it next game."

The Mavericks handed the Spurs their first road defeat when leading after three quarters this season on the same floor where Vince Carter had given them a 2-1 series lead and sent the crowd into hysterics with an improbable winning 3-pointer.

Fans were standing the entire fourth quarter this time, when the Mavericks trailed by five points to start the final 12 minutes before a 14-2 run for an eight-point lead. Parker got the Spurs close again and had a duel of driving layups with Ellis in the final 2 minutes.

Parker, who had 13 of his points in the fourth and added six assists, spun through the lane before shoveling one up over Nowitzki with his left hand to get the Spurs within 106-105.

The Mavericks pushed the lead back to six before the Spurs made it interesting again with 3-pointers from Danny Green and Patty Mills. It wasn't over until a shot by Mills on an inbound play with 0.4 seconds left was ruled to have been late. It was short anyway.

"I thought we just made too many mistakes tonight," said Tim Duncan, who had 16 points and nine rebounds. "Giving up 37 points in the last quarter is just too much for us. Defensively, we've got to be a little more solid than that."

Both teams had six players in double figures, with Splitter making 11 of 12 free throws for a playoff career-high 19 points. Danny Green had 17, matching his total for the first five games of the series combined, and Tim Duncan had 16 points and nine rebounds.

Carter finished with 13, and Jose Calderon had 12 points and six assists.

NOTES: The Spurs were 25-0 on the road when leading after three quarters before this game. They're now 55-2 overall for the season. ... The Mavericks had seven turnovers in the second quarter, and the sloppy stretch helped the Spurs cut an 11-point deficit to two at 41-39. Dallas had seven more turnovers in the third, when a six-point lead turned into a five-point deficit. ... Mavericks C Brandan Wright did not play for the first time in the series after playing a series-high 26 minutes in Game 5 when Dallas' pick-and-roll defense was shredded.

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patriot1too May 03 2014 at 4:39 PM

After the thought police assulted the Clippers owner with their racist attack recently for a private comment we shall never watch or support any NBA team ever again. Shame on them.

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napa422 May 03 2014 at 8:11 AM

is it time to boycott basketball???

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David S. napa422 May 03 2014 at 4:33 PM

Ha....spoken like someone who never watched it anyway......

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mtrazzeli May 03 2014 at 9:22 AM

i think those gang tatoos on that black player's arms are racist.when is the league going to ban him for life?oh that's right.he'll get a free pass because he's black.everybody knows that black people aren't racist.only white people are.he should tell everyone he is gay so he can get a national spotlight moment with obama.

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gamay9 mtrazzeli May 03 2014 at 1:42 PM

I can't read those tats. You must be a genius!

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brenhatestwinkie mtrazzeli May 03 2014 at 5:32 PM

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vancurren May 03 2014 at 1:38 PM

It's sports, nothing of importance.

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gamay9 May 03 2014 at 1:39 PM

The NBA playoffs are hogging the media like I have never witnessed before...and, I am a former basketball player and huge fan of the NBA. There is little attention paid to MLB, NASCAR, golf or any other sport.

Please respond, sports fans and tell me why this is what it is.

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merstockgto gamay9 May 03 2014 at 4:54 PM

Compared to the NBA, MLB is boring .

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farrellclan4 May 03 2014 at 12:25 PM

I lived irourouncen San Antonio for l4 years Even though I am in Tulsa now I hope that the Spurs trounce those Mavericks I never will forget Mark Cuban calling the River Walk a mud hole I have watched him spout off on the sharks

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roigar May 03 2014 at 10:22 AM

What time is the game Sunday?

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dt1064 May 03 2014 at 10:02 AM

Spurts/ Spurs gonna choke. 62 win games this season mostly against loser teams. They have been beaten in the first round by a number eight seed in the past.

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Carl and Karen dt1064 May 03 2014 at 11:00 AM

Seriously? Against losing teams? Didn't whatever team you are rooting for have to play those same teams? and what? They lost. By the way, you don't get to be the top team with the best record by just beating up chump teams like yours.

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merstockgto dt1064 May 03 2014 at 4:56 PM

Popovich teams do not choke,. They have titles to prove it

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DESPERADO chevyle 33 May 03 2014 at 6:04 AM

You actually sport a laker tag ? Lmao how embarrassing. No shame !!

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