The 2013-2014 season for the Dallas Mavericks is over. It ended in an unexpected game 7 with the San Antonio Spurs, the best team during the regular season. In a series that a lot of people had the Spurs winning in a sweep, Dallas was able to push the Spurs to the brink. Dallas came in to the AT&T Center on Sunday hoping for their first playoff series win since their 2011 NBA Championship against the Miami Heat. The Spurs had a different idea. The Spurs wanted to show why they had the best record in the NBA during the regular season so they could end this series and get ready for the Portland Trailblazers.
The game was not close at all. The Spurs got off to an early lead and never looked back. They led by 12 at the end of the first quarter, and they led by 22 at halftime. During the second quarter, the Spurs led by as much as 29. The Spurs shot nearly 70% from the field.
In the third quarter, Dallas attempted a comeback and within the first 5 minutes of the quarter, trimmed the lead down to 14. San Antonio then got back to business and never looked back. The Spurs took the lead to as many as 31 points in the 2nd half and ultimately won the game 119-96.
The Spurs were led by their big 3 of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili. Parker led the three headed monster with 32 points shooting 11-19. Ginobili scored 20 points shooting 5-7 from the field. Duncan had 15 points and shot 7 of 8 from the field.
For the Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points, Devin Harris had 17, and Monta Ellis had 12 points. Despite the good games from Nowitzki and Harris, it was obvious Dallas could just never get it going. Monta Ellis got in foul trouble early which affected his grove for the entire game.
The Mavericks final game was disappointing but the season itself was not. A lot of experts did not even have the Mavs making the playoffs. It felt like the ones who did have the Mavs in the playoffs had them getting swept or losing in 5 games. The Mavs were able to take the team with the best record, and their most hated rivals right to the brink and even though the Mavs didn’t show up in game 7, most fans will not call this season a failure.