The San Antonio Spurs used a huge second quarter, a big third quarter from Boris Diaw and a timely late three by the French forward to tuck away the Dallas Mavericks and tie their series at two games apiece.
The Spurs outscored Dallas 32-13 in the second quarter as they troubled the Mavs into shooting just 29 percent in the first half.
Dallas was held to 21 percent shooting the second quarter as they went through a solid five minute spell without making a field goal.
The third quarter then belonged the Diaw. He scored eight of his 17 points in the frame, shooting 4-5 as the Spurs pulled out a 20 point advantage on the road.
The fourth quarter saw Dallas mount a furious comeback, pulling ahead before their offense sputtered over the last few minutes. Diaw canned a three with Nowitzki rushing at him with 20 seconds to go to send San Antonio ahead 90-87, a lead they would not relinquish.
The Mavs came down to the other end, Dirk Nowitzki scoring one a put-back after Monta Ellis’ three-point attempt caromed off the rim. Dallas then shot itself in the foot by letting Manu Ginobilli evade a foul for a full ten seconds.
After the Argentinian split his free-throws, Dallas had a chance to tie the game before Ellis missed a tough layup.
Another huge plus for the Spurs was their bench. The Mavericks bench has done a sterling job during this series at holding their own while Nowitzki and Ellis earn some rest, but it was San Antonio’s reserves, including Diaw, who outscored their counterparts 50-30.
As well as Diaw’s 17, Manu Ginobilli had 23 points and Patty Mills had 10.
Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter both recorded double-doubles, the latter scoring 10 points and grabbing 12 rebounds with Duncan scoring 14 points to go with his 10 boards.
Tony Parker was much quieter, scoring only 10 points on 5-14 from the floor.
San Antonio Spurs
Manu Ginobilli: 23 points, 7-14 FGS, 8-11 FTS
Boris Diaw: 17 points, 7-12 FGS
Tim Duncan: 14 points, 6-16 FGS, 10 rebounds
Monta Ellis: 20 points, 6-20 FGS
Dirk Nowitzki: 19 points, 7-19 FGS, 7 rebounds
Jose Calderon: 13 points, 5-10 FGS, 3-4 3 FGS
Game 6 @SAS: Wednesday, April 30. Tip: TBD