The Spurs established a healthy lead in the first quarter and held that lead for the remainder of the game. The Mavericks cut a 22-point halftime deficit to 14 after a scoring run early in the third quarter, but the Spurs answered swiftly, extending the lead to 26 by the conclusion of the quarter.
While the game's ultimate result was not in question for long, several themes swept through Twitter throughout the game.
1. Tough and Gritty Basketball
Although the final score does not indicate that the game was a hard fought one, both teams battled from start to finish, and there were plenty of hard fouls along the way.
Although it was ultimately determined that Carter's trampling of Tony Parker was not deserving of the flagrant foul designation, you could tell that the physicality of the game took its toll on two of the league's older teams.
Both teams attacked the basket with regularity, and neither was willing to allow easy baskets in transition—Dallas and San Antonio combined for 50 free throws attempted.
2. Danny Green Stays Hot
While Green's streak of made shots did come to an end before the game's conclusion, he still came away with 16 points on just seven shots attempted.
This is a great sign for the Spurs' chances of returning to the Finals, where Green was instrumental to their cause last season, breaking the NBA Finals record for three-pointers made.
Green's play was disappointing during the regular season, but he's been very efficient in the playoffs so far, shooting above 50 percent from beyond the arc. He received a bump in playing time for the final two games of the series, and he made the best out of it, scoring 33 total points.
3. The Ageless Trio
Long-time Spurs stars Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan combined for a total of 67 points on the day—more than half of the team's 119 points.
You would think that would be enough to earn some fatherly recognition from their head coach, but Gregg Popovich was all business for the duration of the game.
Duncan and Ginobili, now 36 and 38, respectively, are the true elders of the trio, while Parker is a relatively tender 31. All three scored over 17 points per game for the series with Parker leading the team with 19.9.
The past-prime age of the trio has been a concern for the Spurs in recent years, but their early success is another good indicator of the team's chance at a championship run.
Next up for the Spurs is Portland, in what should be an interesting matchup of experience against youth.
The Blazers' offense was stout in their opening round series against Houston, but the Spurs are known for their stifling team defense, which will starkly contrast Houston's defensive fortitude.
However, keep an eye out for signs of fatigue from the Spurs as they take on Portland and their fast-paced style of play.
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