Mavericks 1, Spurs 1

So easy to love, and so easy to hate loving. After a heroic game one performance by the Big German and enthusiastic play from the supporting cast, the Mavericks had all the reason the feel good about the first round series. But on night after about half a week off, the Spurs brought their "A" game and the Mavericks flunked the report card.

The Spurs acquired Richard Jefferson from the Milwuakee Bucks in the off-season to assist their big three of Parker, Duncan, and Ginobili. After basically missing the bus to Game One, the second quarter when the Mavericks were trying to cut into the San Antonio lead. Tim Duncan poured in 25 points and 17 rebounds in another stellar performance. Despite shooting 3-7 from the charity stripe, "The Big Fundamental" went 11-19 from Richard Jefferson had 19 points in Game Two and made shot after shot in the field.

After missing just two shots in Game One, Dirk Nowitzki came back down to earth, and was playing with fire all night as well. On 9-24 shooting, the former MVP still managed to record 24 and 10. However, every time he got hot or the Mavericks made a push, Manu Ginobili would knock down a timely jumper, draining the energy out of the American Airlines Center. The flopping foreign star shot 8-13 from the field and 4-6 from beyond the arc, all clutch shots which eventually helped put the Mavericks away.

Unlike Game One, Jason Terry caught fire. JET contributed 27 points to the Mavs' unimpressive total of 88. With the good came the bad, and Caron Butler took the role of 'downer' for the night. Despite nearly 20 points (17), Butler shot a dreadful 6-17 from the field, passing up many open looks which resulted in bad possesions for the Mavs. The series now turns to San Antonio where the Spurs bring new-found confidence and the Mavericks look to regroup and regain control of this Texas Showdown Series.

A few relevant notes:
The Spurs seem to be committed to Matt Bonner as the primary backup forward. Bonner played nearly 20 minutes in Game Two, adding 2 three-pointers, Dejaun Blair did little in about 11 minutes.

Dirk Nowitzki went 5-6 from the Free Throw Line in Game Two. The miss was his first in 88 attempts. He will still be eligible for the regular season record when next season resumes. (Dirk Will be at 74)


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