After suffering only their third losing streak of the year, the Western Conference’s top-seeded San Antonio Spurs shook off a slow start at the American Airlines Center with a roar on Monday to win 93-89 and make their series a best-of-3 going back home.
San Antonio fought back from a 12-2 deficit by scoring 52 of the next 76 points to take a 20-point lead over the eighth-seeded Dallas Mavericks early during the third quarter. However Game 4 didn’t end there as Dallas rallied due to timid Spurs play to take the lead late in the fourth.
In the end San Antonio was able to hold on due to a defensive stop with under 10 seconds to go. The Mavs triggered the basketball in to Dirk Nowitzki (19 points), who hit Monta Ellis (20 points), who got inside the teeth of the defense where Tim Duncan (14 points) avoided fouling out and altered Ellis’ layup just slightly. The Spurs corralled the rebound and escaped at Dallas with a split heading back to San Antonio.