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Spurs celebrate title, then beat Mavs

Oct 29, 2014 - 5:07 AM San Antonio, TX ( - The San Antonio Spurs received their championship rings and raised an NBA title banner for the fifth time in franchise history on Tuesday.

Then they went out and did what they are so accustomed to doing.


Tony Parker finished with 23 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with just over a minute left, to help the Spurs in a 101-100 season-opening win over the Dallas Mavericks.

San Antonio, which improved to 5-0 when receiving its championship rings, has now defeated its in-state rival 10 straight times during the regular season.

The Mavs, however, were the only team in last year's playoffs to threaten the Spurs during their championship run, taking them to seven games in a first- round exit.

Manu Ginobili scored 20 points with six assists off the bench and Tim Duncan totaled 14 points and 13 rebounds for San Antonio, which hasn't lost to Dallas during the regular season since March 17, 2012.

Monta Ellis paced the Mavs with 26 points on 11-of-21 shooting and Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points with six boards in the setback.

These two Texas teams had much different offseasons, as the Spurs added just one player, first-round pick Kyle Anderson, and Dallas did a little remodeling to its roster.

Among their numerous moves, the Mavs signed Chandler Parsons and Jameer Nelson, and acquired Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton in a six-player trade with New York.

However, the defending champs were without Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, who missed the contest with a right eye infection, as well as Tiago Splitter (calf) and Patty Mills (shoulder).

"Overall, we did a pretty good job playing without Kawhi, Tiago and Patty. Three guys who are very important to our team," said Parker. "It was a big win for us."

San Antonio built its three-point lead through three quarters to 10 midway into the fourth after Duncan knocked down a patented turnaround jumper from the left block.

Devin Harris then buried two 3-pointers during an 8-2 run that helped the visitors cut it to four, but Danny Green nailed a corner trey to extend the lead with 3 1/2 minutes to play.

The Mavs didn't back down, however, as Nowitzki capped an 11-2 run with a jumper that gave them a 100-98 lead with 1:28 remaining.

A mismatch at the other end ultimately led to the game-winning basket.

Boris Diaw was guarded by Ellis, and Nowitzki was switched to Parker at the perimeter. Diaw backed down Ellis before whipping a pass back to Parker, who hit a wing 3-pointer for a 101-100 lead at 1:07.

Dallas then had the chance to hold for the final shot and get some redemption from a season ago. Following some quick ball movement, Parsons found himself open for a deep 3 with just seconds left, but his attempt was short and Duncan hauled in the rebound as San Antonio held on.

Parsons finished with five points and four rebounds on 2-of-10 shooting in his team debut.

"It was just one of those games," Parsons said. "It was just one of those nights where I couldn't get anything to fall. I gotta be better."

Earlier, the Spurs shot at a 9-for-17 clip -- including 4-for-8 from beyond the arc -- to take a 26-24 lead after the first quarter.

The Mavs defended the perimeter much better in the second frame, and back-to- back 3-pointers from Nelson and Richard Jefferson gave the visitors a 37-32 lead with under eight minutes left until half.

A Cory Joseph corner 3 cut the deficit to four later in the quarter, but Ellis answered with a trey at the other end, then split a pair of free throws to give the Mavs a 53-45 edge at the break.

"It was hard to transition from all the excitement," Green said. "We enjoyed it for however long the ceremony was, then tried to focus on basketball."

Ellis started the second half with a layup that helped Dallas to a 10-point lead. However, San Antonio responded with a 15-2 run.

Parker started the surge with a three-point play, then Marco Belinelli and Green each hit a 3-pointer. Chandler and Nowitzki were both whistled for technical fouls during the run, which was capped by Duncan's layup for a 60-57 lead.

The teams essentially traded baskets over the final seven minutes of the quarter, with the Spurs leading, 76-73, heading into the fourth.

Game Notes

Felton missed the contest due to a sprained right ankle ... The Spurs have won 14-of-16 overall and eight straight at home against the Mavs ... San Antonio went 14-for-28 from beyond the arc, while Dallas converted 8-of-21 shots from deep ... Belinelli had 15 points and Green deposited 13 in the win ... Harris registered 17 points off the bench ... There were 18 lead changes and 11 ties ... San Antonio assistant coach Becky Hammond made her debut on the bench. She became the second female in NBA history to work on an NBA coaching staff, but the first woman to open the season on the bench as a hired employee. Lisa Boyer served as a volunteer assistant for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2001-02 season. Hammond, a 16-year WNBA veteran, spent the final eight seasons of her career as a member of the San Antonio Stars before retiring to start her career as a coach.