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Spurs nip Mavericks, lead first round 3-2

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Tiago Splitter earned a double-double, scoring 17 points and registering 12 rebounds, to help the San Antonio Spurs edge the Dallas Mavericks, 109-103. The Spurs played an efficient game offensively, shooting 41-88 (46.6%) from the field and turning it over just five times. The first round matchup now stands at 3-2.

Splitter shot 7-10 from the field, in a quality offensive outing. Other top contributors for San Antonio included Tony Parker with 23 points and five assists, Tim Duncan with 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Kawhi Leonard with 15 points and eight rebounds. The Spurs survived a strong performance off the bench from Vince Carter, who put up 28 points on 10-16 shooting, including 7-9 from behind the arc. Monta Ellis contributed 21 points and six assists.

Not only did San Antonio win the foul-shooting battle in Game 5, but they've also dominated from the line in the series. The Spurs have posted a free throw rate of 29.7 as compared to 21.1 for Dallas. From the perspective of the Game 5 loser, Dallas has dominated the turnover battle in this series. They've lost the ball on 10.3% of their possessions compared to 14.0% for the Spurs. The Spurs posted a sterling assist-to-turnover ratio of 4.80 in this game. During the regular season, they were 10-2 when they exceeded 2.50 in this metric. Conversely, the Mavericks were 3-3 when allowing their opponents to achieve such a stellar ratio.

San Antonio takes momentum from this win and a 3-2 series lead on the road to Dallas, where the Mavericks will attempt to get on track in front of the home crowd.


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