The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Dallas Mavericks 93-89 in game 4 in Dallas on Monday night to tie the series at two games apiece as well as take back home court advantage in the series. Dallas opened up the game looking like the team in total command.
In the 2nd quarter everything that could go wrong for the Mavericks went wrong. They were outscored by the Spurs 32-13; they shot 29% from the field in the first half. Dallas went ice cold in the 2nd quarter and that put them in a very big hole. The score was 50-36 at halftime.
In the second half, Dallas got a spark in the third quarter from their bench, particularly by DeJuan Blair. Blair helped lead the Mavericks to a 29-23 advantage in the third quarter and cut the Spurs lead by the end of the quarter with a score of 73-65.
In the 4th quarter the Mavericks made a rally and even led in the quarter. With San Antonio facing the possibility of going back home down 3-1, the veteran leadership of the Spurs definitely showed. Boris Diaw hit a big time 3 to take a 3 point lead immediately after Monta Ellis hit a three to tie up the game.
In the closing seconds, San Antonio had a one point lead with Manu Ginobili headed to the free throw line. Ginobili missed the first free throw and then made the second. San Antonio led 91-89. Dallas had the ball with less than 10 seconds to go, and they went to Monta Ellis, Monta drove with a spin move and took a wide open layup and the ball rolled in and out of the rim. San Antonio got the ball; Ginobili got fouled and made the final two free throws to end the game to pretty much end the game.
Dallas and San Antonio will face each other on Wednesday night for game 5 in San Antonio. From what we have seen so far, this game reminds us of the 2006 series between the Mavs and Spurs. In that series, we had a blowout and tight games for all 7 games. As of right now, we have a similar series here. Game 5 will be pivotal for both teams. Who wins? We will have to wait and see.