Posted Jul 21 2012 8:18PM
The Dallas Mavericks held on hold on to a 82-76 overtime victory over the San Antonio Spurs in the penultimate day of competition at the 2012 NBA Summer League on the campus of the University of Nevada - Las Vegas. Dallas, who squandered a 13-point second half lead, outscored San Antonio 6-0 in the two-minute overtime to secure the win following a back-and-forth fourth quarter.
Jae Crowder led the way for Dallas with 21 points, while teammate Justin Dentmon, the 2012 NBA Development League Most Valuable Player, finished with 16 points in the win. San Antonio's offense was spearheaded by Cory Joseph's 18 points and a 13-point outing from James Anderson.
The Mavericks used eight Crowder first-quarter points, including six from behind the arc, to stretch their lead to as many as 10 points and secure a six-point edge, 27-21, at the end of the first. Both teams shot well in the period, with Dallas hitting 57 percent of their shots and San Antonio connecting on 62 percent from the floor.
The second quarter started slow, with neither team scoring in the opening two minutes of play. Joseph scored eight of the Spurs' 10 second-quarter points, but with little support from his San Antonio teammates, Dallas managed to extend their lead to as many as 13 and owned a 42-31 advantage heading into the halftime break.
San Antonio charged into the third quarter, outscoring Dallas 11-4 in the period's opening four and a half minutes, and 23-8 overall, before taking their first lead of the game, 49-48, on a Dwight Buycks jumper with 3:55 on the clock. The Spurs owned a 54-50 lead to start the fourth quarter.
The teams traded buckets and the lead in the fourth quarter while knotting in seven ties. Dallas led by as many as four points three times during the quarter, but was unable to secure the win, as Joseph found Spurs teammate Buycks on a fast-break with 34.1 to play to tie the score at 74. Dallas' Micah Downs then connected with 12.3 to take a 76-74 lead, but San Antonio's L.D. Williams nailed a pair of free throws with six seconds to play to knot the game at 76. Crowder missed a jumper from the top of the key at the other end, but it bounced off the rim, forcing overtime with the score tied at 76 at the end of regulation.
The game marks the final contest for both the Mavericks (4-1) and Spurs (2-3) at the 2012 NBA Summer League.
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