Tim Duncan continues to be a steady presence for the Spurs as led the team in scoring for the 3rd straight time in this series with 25 points, Manu Ginobili played with a bandage across his nose and scored 11 points in the fourth quarter and Tony Parker made clutch baskets down the stretch on his way to a 23 point outing in an off-the-bench role.
And just like that and the San Antonio Spurs now hold a 2-1 series lead over the Dallas Mavericks in their 1st round playoff matchup. But how did the Spurs gutted this one out? Here are some numbers to crunch on.
Field Goal Shooting
San Antonio Spurs: 48.7% (37-76) vs. Dallas Mavericks: 44.7% (34-76)
For the third straight game, the Spurs shot better from the field against the Mavericks a trend that should continue if Dallas can't find an antidote on how to stop Tim Duncan from dominating inside the paint.
Free throw Attempts
San Antonio Spurs: 26 vs. Dallas Mavericks: 15
The Mavs capitalized on their foul shots making 14-15 (93.3%). The Spurs on the other hand made just 20-26 shots (76.9%) but it was a marked improvement from Game 2 where they only made 63.6% of their free throws.
3-Point Field Goal Percentage
San Antonio Spurs: 0.0% (0-7) vs. Dallas Mavericks: 40.0% (8-20)
The Spurs became just the fourth team since 2000 to win a playoff game without making a 3 pointer. The Mavs perimeter shooting kept them in this game, Jason Terry made 4-8 from behind the arc.
San Antonio Spurs: 36 vs. Dallas Mavericks: 36
The Spurs and the Mavs looked to have a draw on the rebounding department, but the Spurs had the edge in offensive rebounding 12-8. DeJuan grabbed 5 rebounds, 3 of them coming from the offensive end in just 4 minutes of action.
The Spurs did the a good job in taking the series lead, but their work is not done yet. They still need two wins to advance into the next round. The main thing for the Spurs right now is focus, they should realize that the Mavs will not give up that easily. Game 4 is on Sunday in San Antonio, where they have a great chance of taking a commanding 3-1 series lead.