Antonio Spurs – Dallas Mavericks : Tony Parker saves Spurs in NBA opener

Antonio Spurs - Dallas Mavericks : Tony Parker saves Spurs in NBA opener

The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Dallas Mavericks 101-100 yesterday thanks to a great second half rally.

The Spurs came back in the second half and took as big as a 10 point lead in the fourth quarter. The Mavericks, however, were able to put on their own run, tying the game at 98 a piece and then taking a two point lead on a beautiful Dirk Nowitzki jumper.

Tim Duncan had 14 points and 13 rebounds for his 14th double-double in a season opener, the most by any player in NBA history, according to Elias Sports.

Monta Ellis scored 26 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points and Devin Harris had 17 points for Dallas.

Following a video recap of the 2014 season narrated by actor and Spurs fan Samuel L. Jackson, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver presented San Antonio’s staff and players with their championship rings. The inscription inside the ring was “Good to Great,” which was coach Gregg Popovich’s mantra last season.

It was the teams’ first meeting since Dallas took San Antonio to seven games in the opening round of the playoffs last season — the Spurs’ toughest test during their run to a fifth NBA championship. The rematch proved just as tense after a sluggish beginning.

After Nowitzki gave Dallas a 100-98 lead with a fade-away jumper over Boris Diaw with 1:37 remaining, Parker drained a 3-pointer in front of the Mavericks’ bench off a feed from Diaw for a 101-100 lead. Parker was 4 for 4 on 3-pointers, matching a career high for 3s in a game.

Chandler Parsons, who left the Houston Rockets to sign with the Mavericks, missed a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining that would have won the game. His shot hit the front of the rim.

San Antonio committed five turnovers in the first eight minutes and missed its first three shots before returning to the fluid ball sharing and long-range shooting that resulted in a five-game rout of the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.

Both teams came to life during a tense third quarter. Technical fouls were issued against Tyson Chandler and Nowitzki about a minute apart about 4 minutes into the third quarter after both argued calls against them made by official Jason Phillips.

Nowitzki continued to argue against an offensive foul even after receiving the technical, leading Duncan to walk by the Mavericks star a few times to argue in the contrary.

Both technical fouls came San Antonio’s 14-2 run that created a 62-59 lead with 6:36 remaining in the third.