Mavs roll past Spurs 113-92, even series at 1-1

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Dallas Mavericks’ Monta Ellis (11) is pressured by San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan, right, as he tries to score during the first half of Game 2 of the opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Dallas Mavericks’ Monta Ellis (11) is pressured by San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan, right, as he tries to score during the first half of Game 2 of the opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard (2) and Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki, left, of Germany, fight for a rebound during the first half of Game 2 of the opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Dallas Mavericks’ Shawn Marion (0) drives to the basket over San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker (9), of France, during the first half of Game 2 of the opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki, bottom, of Germany, falls to the floor as he and San Antonio Spurs’ Boris Diaw (33), of France, chase a loose ball during the first half of Game 2 of the opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker (9), of France, shoots over a falling Dallas Mavericks’ Monta Ellis, left, as Mavericks’ DeJuan Blair (45) looks on during the first half of Game 2 of the opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in San Antonio. Parker was called for charging on the play. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Monta Ellis scored 21 points and the Dallas Mavericks rolled to a 113-92 victory over San Antonio on Wednesday night, snapping a 10-game skid against the Spurs and evening their first-round series at a game apiece.

Shawn Marion scored 20 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 16, Devin Harris had 18 and Jose Calderon 12 for Dallas, which never trailed after the opening minutes of the second quarter.

Manu Ginobili had 27 points, Tony Parker added 12 and Tim Duncan 11 for the Spurs.

Dallas didn’t relent in Game 2 after blowing a 10-point lead in the final eight minutes of the series opener. San Antonio’s ineptness had as much to do with tying the series, however. The Spurs averaged 14.4 turnovers during the regular season, but had 15 with 3 minutes left in the first half. They finished with 22 turnovers, which resulted in 33 points for the Mavericks.

Dallas was extremely physical in the first half whenever Parker and Ginobili drove the lane, much to San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich’s dismay when no fouls were called — not that it mattered when they were. San Antonio finished 18 for 29 on free throws.

The Mavericks attacked the basket with the same intensity, finishing with 44 points. San Antonio pulled within 61-56 with 8:38 remaining in the third quarter when Kawhi Leonard made two of three free throws, but it was the closest it would get in the second half.

Nowitzki finished 7 for 19 after missing his first six attempts.

NOTES: Popovich received a standing ovation before the game after being recognized as the NBA Coach of the Year. Spurs owner Peter Holt presented Popovich with the Red Auerbach trophy, which he has won three times. … After assigning Spurs nemesis Joey Crawford to officiate Game 1, the league had Danny Crawford on hand for Game 2 to the chagrin of the Mavericks’ fans. But just as in the opener, both officials reserved most calls and non-calls for the opposition. Crawford’s lack of calls led Popovich to scream at Crawford throughout the first half. … Academy Award-winning actor Tommy Lee Jones sat courtside beside Holt. … Nowitzki was assessed a technical foul with 1:38 remaining in the first half after Ginobili was fouled by Marion on a 3-point attempt. Marion touched Ginobili’s hip as he released the ball, but the Argentian appeared to exaggerate the contact when he fell to the floor. … After scrambling to capture a loose ball under the basket, Tiago Splitter flung an overhead, two-handed no-look pass to an open Ginobili for a 3-pointer with 4:44 remaining in the third quarter.

Associated Press

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