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Final Score: Spurs fail to close out Mavs, lose 113-111

The Spurs blew a three possession lead in the fourth and will have to beat the Mavericks on Sunday if they want to continue their drive for a fifth championship.

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The Mavericks came out hot, going 7-for-10, and took a 15-10 lead just four minutes into the game, which resulted in a Popovich timeout. The Spurs then turned the ball over four times in the quarter and gave up four offensive rebounds which is not a good combination. The Mavs attempted nine more shots than the Spurs and led 34-26 going into the second quarter.

DeJuan Blair, back after serving his one-game suspension for kicking Splitter in the head, brought the kind of energy he had in Game Four to this one. He grabbed nine rebounds, three offensive, in the first half for the Mavs, but he went just 1-for-6 from the floor. The Mavericks put up a whopping 58 points in the half and the Spurs were in for a fight in the last 24 minutes. Danny Green, 5-for-5, and Tiago Splitter led the way for the Spurs with 12 and nine, respectively. The Spurs shot 49% and scored 52 points, but found themselves down six.

Tim Duncan came out strong in the second half and scored a quick six for the good guys as part of an 11-4 run that gave the Spurs their first lead since early in the first quarter at 63-62. Quietly, Duncan was putting together a heck of a game with 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists halfway through the third quarter. The Spurs played a great third period where they held the Mavs to just 18 points while scoring 29 of their own to take an 81-76 lead into the deciding frame.

The Mavericks used a 14-2 run in the fourth to take a 102-94 lead with three minutes left in the game. Boris Diaw hit a three out of a timeout to cut it to five, Ellis missed on the other end, and then Manu got a foul call, hit both, and the Spurs had it back to a one possession game, 102-99. Tony Parker and the Mavs traded buckets and the score stood at 108-105, Mavs, with 32 seconds left, Spurs ball.

Tony Parker went for a quick two-for-one, but had his shot blocked by Blair who was then fouled and split the pair of free throws. Mavs up 109-105. Kawhi missed another quick shot, Blair was sent to the line and the Spurs fell to the Mavericks. This has been one heck of a first round series, one of many around the league. It's going to be intense on Sunday.

Your Spurs fall to 3-3 in the postseason.