Spurs Gut-Wrenching Loss to Mavs Feels Like 2006 All Over Again

January 9th, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
Manu Ginobili threaded a gorgeous pass between two Dallas Mavericks defenders to Dejuan Blair, who slammed the ball with authority as he was fouled.

The rookie forward swooshed the free throw, affording the San Antonio Spurs a 13-point third-quarter lead.

For most of the night, the home team made the more athletic plays and looked younger and more equipped to win four playoff rounds.

The supposed old fella, Tim Duncan, poured in a monstrous 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Tony Parker needed 18 shots to reach the 21-point mark, but when he showed the determination to drive to the rim, he abused anyone who tried to guard him.

Richard Jefferson ended the half with a two-handed slam off a pass from (you guessed it) Ginobili.

He made what looked to be the play of the night when he ran full-court after a Spurs turnover to swat Jason Terry's fastbreak layup attempt into the first row.

Then, with the San Antonio up 80-70 to start the fourth, 2006 came back to haunt the Spurs again.

It has for years, and not just in this heated Texas rivalry.

Behind a 42-point fourth quarter, Da ...

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