DALLAS, May 23 (Ticker) --
The Dallas Mavericks expect to see Tim
take over a game, not Tony Parker
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Parker scored 19 of his 29 points in the third quarter as the
San Antonio Spurs rallied for a 96-83 victory over the Dallas
Mavericks, who lost All-Star Dirk Nowitzki
advantage in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.
Duncan continued to display the dominance that has made him a
two-time MVP, collecting 34 points, 24 rebounds, six assists and
six blocks. But Parker stunned the Mavs with his performance
in the third quarter and helped the Spurs to a 2-1 advantage in
the best-of-seven series.
"I just wanted to make sure I was more aggressive in the second
half," he said. "When you play with Timmy, it's easy. You get
a lot of open shots because he draws a lot of double-teams and
he's so dominant."
"(Parker) was great, hitting his shots, being aggressive in the
open court," Duncan said. "Tony took it upon himself to push it
up the court and make them pay."
Parker made 8-of-11 shots in the period, scoring from every
conceivable spot on the floor. He beat Steve Nash
the dribble and buried contested jumpers over Dallas' bigger
"Anytime you give someone 19 points in the third and it's not
Tim Duncan, you're in trouble," Mavs guard Raja Bell
"Tony's been doing that for us all year," Spurs guard Stephen
said. "There's times where Tony just takes over games.
He did a great job of that tonight. He knew what was at stake
and kept the pressure on them in the second half."
The Mavericks had a 54-44 lead with 9:22 left in the third
before Parker scored seven points during a 15-2 run. He buried
a jumper to cap the spurt and give the Spurs a 59-56 lead with
4:43 to go.
Parker closed the quarter with two free throws to make it 69-66
and spark a 14-0 burst that carried into the final period.
Parker missed a three-pointer with 8:05 remaining and Nowitzki
grabbed the rebound but collided with San Antonio's Manu Ginobili
Nowitzki fell to the floor and dragged himself off the court
while Duncan blocked Raef LaFrentz's
layup at the other end.
Duncan followed with a jumper and was fouled by LaFrentz. He
buried the ensuing free throw for an 81-66 lead with 7:45
remaining, and Nowitzki was carried off the court.
Nowitzki was carted to the locker room and left the arena on
crutches after the game. He will undergo an MRI on Saturday.
"I don't really know what happened," Nowitzki said. "I don't
know what I did. I 've never had a knee injury before, so
really, the pain is new to me. I couldn't move my leg anymore.
It's a bad break, but we'll just have to see how it feels
"The news on Dirk Nowitzki is not good," Dallas coach Don Nelson
said. "I wouldn't expect that he would play the next game and
I wouldn't be sure that he would play in the series."
scored 13 points and Jackson added 12 for the
top-seeded Spurs, who held a commanding 59-36 rebounding
advantage. They reclaimed the home-court advantage they lost in
the series opener.
San Antonio scored 52 points in the paint and grabbed 19
offensive rebounds leading to 23 points. The Spurs made
19-of-26 free throws while the Mavs were just 4-of-6 from the
line on their own floor.
Dallas continued its strategy of intentionally fouling Bowen,
who shot just 40 percent from line during the season. He made
5-of-6 free throws during an 11-0 run that stretched San
Antonio's lead to 94-74 with 3:28 left.
Nick Van Exel
had 16 points and Nowitzki added 15 and nine
rebounds before exiting as the Mavericks placed six players in
double figures but fell well below their postseason scoring
Bell scored 14 points, Michael Finley
added 11 and Nash had 10
points and nine assists but was thoroughly outplayed by Parker.
Game 4 is Sunday at the American Airlines Center.
San Antonio had a 26-22 edge less than three minutes into the
second quarter, but Dallas scored 20 of the next 26 points to
take a 42-32 lead with 2:37 left.
Van Exel scored 13 points in the quarter and the Mavs shot
12-for-23. They had their largest lead at 49-38 after Bell
opened the second half with a three-pointer but made just 14-of-40
"The main thing was they turned it up defensively," said Finley,
who was 4-of-11 from the field. "Their defense went up to a
notch that I haven't seen in the series thus far. They picked
their game up and we were unable to match it."