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.