The Spurs ‘big three’ struggled in this one combining for just 31 points on 9-34 shooting from the field. However, as bad as that sounded, the Spurs found a way to win. With George Hill leading the way, the Spurs were able to take a 3-1 series lead over the Dallas Mavericks in their 1st round playoff matchup.
That being said, let’s take a look at some of the numbers that stood out in this game.
64.3 – The Spurs continues to struggle from the foul line and just made 18-28 (64.3%). They have to make their free throws count moving forward.
28 – The Mavericks scored 31 points in the second quarter, 30 in the fourth; but they only managed to score 28 points in the first and third quarters combined.
23.5 – With the San Antonio Spurs’ defense suffocating them, the Dallas Mavericks just shot a measly 23.5% from the field during the third period.
11 – Tim Duncan scored just 4 points on 1-9 field goal shooting on his 34th birthday but he did managed to grab 11 boards. A game high tied with Dirk Nowitzki.
The Mavericks led by 11 points at the half, but the Spurs turned an 11 point deficit into a 7 point lead entering the final period after holding the Mavs to just 11 points for the entire 3rd quarter.
George Hill matched the Mavericks’ point total in the third quarter, scoring 11 points in the third period.
8 – The Spurs had more steals than the Mavericks, 8-5. Four by Manu Ginobili and two by George Hill. The Mavs committed 8 turnovers in the third quarter alone.
1 – Leading 3-1, the Spurs just needed to win one more game to advance into the next round.
0 – George Hill didn’t commit a single turnover for the game despite playing a game-high 45 minutes.
The Spurs did their part protecting homecourt and now hold a 3-1 series lead over the Mavs. Game 5 is on Tuesday in Dallas. The Spurs should put more pressure on the Mavs and come out playing hard and try to finish this series as early as possible. Manu Ginobili will need the ‘extra’ time to heal and Duncan will welcome some needed rest before another series starts.