The 'Big Three' delivered again for the Spurs, Tim Duncan was huge down the stretch, Manu hits a clutch 3 and Tony Parker had his moments on offense; but it was Richard Jefferson who provided an early spark to help the Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks 102-88. The series is now tied at 1-1.
After the Spurs' victory, here are some stats to ponder as the playoff series shifts to San Antonio on Friday night for game three.
San Antonio Spurs: 51 vs. Dallas Mavericks: 42
After being out rebounded in Game 1, the Spurs responded by controlling the boards. They hold a slight edge in offensive rebounding 16-14. Tim Duncan dominated the boards hauling down 17 boards for the game. Antonio McDyess had his fair share grabbing nine rebounds, five of them on offensive end. This led to more inside scoring opportunities for the Spurs.
Free throw Percentage
San Antonio Spurs: 63.6% vs. Dallas Mavericks: 95.0%
The Mavericks didn't get a big advantage from free throw attempts this time but they made them count making 19 of 20 free throws good for 95.0%. The Spurs have their chances on the foul line but didn't capitalize converting just 14 of 22 shots. However both Jefferson (4-4) and Ginobili (3-3) were perfect from the line.
3-Point Field Goal Percentage
San Antonio Spurs: 53.3% (8-15) vs. Dallas Mavericks: 36.8% (7-19)
The Spurs got a huge lift from behind the arc, Manu Ginobili hit 4-6, Matt Bonner made 2-5 and George Hill makes his only 3-point attempt for the game.
With the series now tied at one a piece, it's up to the Spurs to put the pressure on the Mavericks. They have to stay focused in game three and not let their guards down. If the Spurs can win the next game, they can take control of the series and put the Mavericks on their heels.