Apr 28, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; General view of promotional give aways on the seat at the American Airlines Center prior to the game with that Dallas Mavericks playing against the San Antonio Spurs in game four of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Mavericks-Spurs Game 4 Halftime Report


Mavericks lead series 2-1

Spurs end the final 3:30 of the half on a 9-2 run and leads 50-36.

The Dallas Mavericks got off to a hot start, going up 12-2 in the first quarter, but went on a dry spell to end it as they only led 23-18 after one.

The two teams combined to shoot 37 percent as Dirk Nowitzki led the way with seven points, going 3-of-5 from the charity stripe.

Dallas’ cold shooting continued over to the second quarter as the Spurs used a 26-8 run after trailing 19-12 in the first. The Spurs also started the second with an 18-4 advantage and had their largest lead to that point, 39-27.

Nowitzki had a team-high nine points, but on 2-of-7 shooting. After going to the line 11 times in the first three games, Nowitzki had seven free-throw attempts in the first half.

Monta Ellis shot 2-of-8 for five points.

After averaging 32 points in the second quarter in the first three games, the Mavs only scored 13 while the Spurs had 32.

Samuel Dalembert grabbed a game-high 10 boards in the first half. He had 10 in Game 3.

Manu Ginobili had a game-high 15 points in 14 minutes. Tim Duncan added 12 in the half.

Tony Parker twisted his left ankle with 1:37 left in the half, but stayed in the game. He had six points on 3-of-9 shooting in the half.

San Antonio has a 26-10 advantage in the paint while the Mavs are 12-of-41 (29 percent) from the field, 3-of-13 (23 percent) from downtown.

The Mavericks had only four field goals in the second.

Dallas had led at halftime in the first three games.

The Mavs are capable of making a run and getting back into this game, but Nowitzki has to take more shots and Ellis needs to attack the basket more often.

Dallas decided to wear black socks as a silent tribute in the wake of the comments by Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling.


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