It was opening night for the San Antonio Spurs and what a night it was!
On the night of the Spurs receiving their rings and raising their fifth championship banner, San Antonio picked up their first win of the season at home against the Dallas Mavericks. The Spurs used a second half surge to beat the Mavericks 101-100 in a game that came down to the wire.
San Antonio started the game out well against Dallas, taking a 26-24 lead after the first quarter.
That lead was short-lived, however, with the Dallas Mavericks outscoring the San Antonio Spurs 29-19 in the second quarter, taking an eight point lead into the half.
The second half was a different story though. The San Antonio Spurs opened the third with a 15-4 to take a 60-57 lead.
Tony Parker paced the Spurs during that run, scoring five of those 15 points.
The fourth quarter saw the Dallas Mavericks strike back though. Trailing by as many as 10 in the fourth, the Mavericks were able to tie the game at 98-98 and even take a late 100-98 lead with a minute and a half left in the game.
Parker did what he had been doing all night though, hitting his fourth three to give San Antonio a 101-100 lead and eventually the game.
Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker led the way for the Spurs, scoring 20 and 23 points respectively. Marco Belinelli and Tim Duncan also played well for San Antonio. Belinelli contributed 15 points while Duncan put in a double-double, his first of the season, with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Monta Ellis led the Mavericks losing effort, scoring 26 points along with six assists.
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Turnovers were once again an issue for the San Antonio Spurs with the team committing 20. The Spurs were able to win the battle down low, 32-24 in points in the paint, and on the glass, 38-33, which helped them overcome turnover issues.
Next up for the San Antonio Spurs are the Suns in Phoenix. That game takes place on Friday October 31st at 9 p.m. central The game will be on the radio on WOAI 1200 AM and the television broadcast will be on KENS HD.
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