SAN ANTONIO, TX - April 20: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots against the Dallas Mavericks during Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2014 NBA playoffs at the AT&T Center on April 20, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Spurs rode the wide shoulders of Tim Duncan to victory.
The Mavericks were not going to let San Antonio beat them with 3-pointers, and they did not want Tony Parker using the lane as his personal playground. So the veteran Duncan overcame a brief injury scare to score 27 points. The Spurs held Dallas to one field goal in the final seven minutes to rally for a 90-85 win Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.
The Mavericks also went scoreless for 5 1/2 minutes during that stretch, their lone field goal coming with less than a second remaining.