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NBA: Mavericks beat mistake-prone Spurs to level series

Published on Apr 24, 2014 4:54 PM
Dallas Mavericks guard Monta Ellis (right) drives to the basket past San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (behind) in game two during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SAN ANTONIO (AFP) - Monta Ellis tallied 21 points and Shawn Marion scored 20, as the Dallas Mavericks routed the error-prone San Antonio Spurs 113-92 to level their opening round National Basketball Association play-off series at 1-1 on Wednesday.

Dallas took advantage of some sloppy play by the Spurs and could easily be ahead two games to none in the Western Conference series. They led by double digits in the fourth quarter of the first game but ended up losing 90-85.

San Antonio turned the ball over 24 times on Wednesday, leading to 33 Dallas points.

"That's the been the weak link for us throughout the year and it showed up tonight," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "It's a bad combination when you play bad defence at one end and give up the ball at the other end."

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