One of the biggest swings of the game occurred with 3:44 left in the third quarter after Jason Terry's shot was goal-tended by Robert Horry, giving the Mavs a 67-57 lead. Well, Terry then picked up a technical -- apparently claiming he was elbowed by Bruce Bowen -- and former Mav Michael Finley calmly hit the free throw, which sparked an 11-1 Spurs run that included an Avery Johnson technical. Finley had nine points in the run, which -- pardon the pun -- was definitely spurred by the Mavs' lack of composure. It was a shocking display by a veteran team.
While Jason Kidd did have 10 hard-earned assists, the Spurs won that battle, too, 19-17.
The Mavs did a great job on the boards, winning the rebounding game 44-36, and they did a fantastic job getting to the line, where they shot 26-of-31.
But it was easy to see how they still labored to score and get easy buckets. Sure, the Spurs are a good defensive team, but there weren't many instances in which Jason Kidd made things easier for his teammates. Jet shot 2-of-10 and Dirk went 5-of-15 with a steady dose of Finley-Bowen defense. At least Josh Howard almost shot 50 percent (6-of-14) and made a few nice cuts to the hoop.
-- Garza, Mavs Lite