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Monta Ellis, Dirk Nowitzki carry Mavericks by Spurs

The Dallas Mavericks had a strong shooting performance from the field in this one, going 45-87 (51.7%), to pull out the close victory against the San Antonio Spurs, 113-111. The victory by Dallas forces the first round matchup to a pivotal Game 7.

Monta Ellis had another strong performance, putting up 29 points on 11-22 shooting from the field (3-6 from behind the arc) and 4-6 from the free throw line. Dallas also got solid performances from Dirk Nowitzki with 22 points and five rebounds, Vince Carter with 13 points and six rebounds, and Jose Calderon with 12 points and six assists. Tony Parker scored 22 points for San Antonio in the loss. Tiago Splitter chipped in 19 points and eight rebounds, Tim Duncan finished with 16 points and nine rebounds, and Kawhi Leonard put up 12 points and six rebounds.

Despite losing the turnover battle in Game 6, Dallas has dominated the series in that category. They've lost the ball on 11.2% of their possessions compared to 14.0% for the Spurs. From the perspective of the Game 6 loser, San Antonio has dominated from the line in the series. The Spurs have posted a free throw rate of 30.9 as compared to 22.2 for Dallas. Along with their eFG% of 56.3%, the Mavericks connected at a rate of 44.4% from 3-point range in this game. For comparison, during the regular season they were 18-6 when they recorded marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Spurs were winless (0-8) when they allowed their opponents to reach those percentages.

With the first round tied at 3-3, the teams move to San Antonio, where the Spurs will attempt to close out the first round in front of the home crowd.


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