DALLAS -- For DeJuan Blair, the ultimate revenge will be for the Dallas Mavericks to waltz into the AT&T Center in San Antonio on Sunday and end the Spurs' season by defeating them in Game 7 of this best-of-seven first-round playoff series.
Thanks to Blair, the Mavs will have that opportunity.
Blair came off the bench Friday to score 10 points, collect 14 rebounds and make four steals as the Mavs nipped the Spurs, 113-111, inh Game 6 of this series at American Airlines Center.
The series is now tied 3-3, and Blair has his footprints all over it.
Blair was suspended from Game 5 for kicking Spurs center Tiago Splitter in the head in Game 4. Then on Friday, Blair stomped all over any Spur that was in his sight as he played traffic cop for the Mavs in the middle of the paint.
"It's my job to go out there and get rebounds,'' Blair said. "I did a great job of that tonight and It just has to lay over to the next (game).
"We've got Game 7 on their court. Winning on their court would be the best revenge.''
Blair, of course, started his NBA career with the Spurs four years ago. But last summer with the emergence of Boris Diaw and Splitter, the Spurs felt they no longer needed Blair.
Thus, when he became a free agent last summer, Blair inked a one-year deal with the Mavs. But we never forgot the way he felt the Spurs badly treated him.
Blair even took some of his frustration out on Tony Parker, who he set a hard screen just before halftime which Parker ran into and fell into a heap on the floor, much to the delight of the crowd.
"We sustained the energy down the line,'' Blair said. "I know they hit a couple of three's, but we kept our head and hit a few big free throws at the end.
"I'm just glad we got the win. Of course I was fired up -- we're at home and it's Game 6 against a tough team. It was fun.''
-- Dwain Price
Follow me on Twitter