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Spurs regroup, crush Mavs to even series

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4/21/2009 2:11:12 AM
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San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Tony Parker scored 27 of his 38 points in the first half, as the Spurs blew out Dallas, 105-84, to even their Western Conference quarterfinal series after two games.

Tim Duncan added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who also received 13 points from Drew Gooden, 12 from Roger Mason and 11 from Matt Bonner.

Parker shot 16-of-22 from the floor and also had eight assists.

"Game 2, I was trying to be very aggressive, attack the basket, and make sure we react and play with a lot of energy," said Parker. "From the get-go, we were very aggressive. Our defense was great. It was a great win for us."

Jason Terry tallied 16 points for Dallas, which also got 14 points apiece from Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd. Nowitzki, who was hampered in the second half by a thumb injury, shot 3-of-14 from the field.

"They really executed their game plan a lot better than they did the other night," said Nowitzki. "We didn't really have a whole lot going offensively and defensively we never got a hold of Parker. It was a layup drill out there."

On Saturday, the Mavericks rallied from a 13-point deficit to upend the Spurs, 105-97, snapping a nine-game road losing streak in the process. Two nights later, Dallas got behind by double digits quickly and couldn't become the first team since the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002 to win consecutive playoff games in San Antonio.

Game 3 of the best-of-seven set is scheduled for Thursday in Dallas.

Dallas dominated with a 39-14 difference in bench points in the series opener, when the Mavs got 25 points from Josh Howard, but it was a much different story Monday. Howard was limited to seven points in Game 2.

"The difference in the game tonight I think for us was the boards, we did a better job and didn't give up 21 points on the offensive boards," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. "That really hurt us in Game 1, and tonight we did a better job. I think that helped us."

Parker was particularly effective in the first quarter when he scored 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting, helping the hosts carry a 30-19 lead after 12 minutes.

Parker accounted for San Antonio's first five points, and Duncan's three-point play expanded the lead to 8-1.

The Mavs never recovered. Gooden's jam made it 28-17, and Mason's bucket in the waning moments of the period provided the difference after 12 minutes.

Bonner hit a pair of three-pointers midway through the second quarter, as the Spurs opened the lead to 48-30, but Dallas was able to slice into the deficit. Terry was fouled with one second left in the half, and he hit 2-of-3 free throws to get the Mavs within 57-46 at the break.

Erick Dampier's jam then had Dallas within 61-52 with nearly nine minutes left in the third. That's when Popovich called a timeout, and San Antonio responded with a big 13-0 run to make it a blowout. Duncan started the flurry with a layup and capped it with a jam off an assist from Parker.

"The first and third quarters were our undoing," said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle. "We just got off to a bad start. In the third we got it down to nine and then Tony got it to 16 or 17 and we couldn't get a handle on the game at that point. We have to regroup and do things better."

Duncan's no-look pass resulted in a Michael Finley jam for a 79-54 margin and it was 85-63 moving to the fourth, as Parker nailed a runner in the lane with 0.1 seconds left in the third.

San Antonio, which held a sizeable lead throughout the fourth, limited the combination of Nowitzki and Howard to five total points in the second half. Nowitzki jammed the thumb on his left hand in the third quarter and played with it wrapped under a bandage.

Parker exited the game with 4:57 left to a standing ovation.

Game Notes

The Spurs shot 53.2 percent from the field, compared to 40.3 for Dallas...San Antonio held a 44-28 rebounding advantage...Bonner also had seven rebounds.

Tony Parker (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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