Summing it up
Tony Parker’s jump shot with 5:43 left gave the Spurs (23-7) their largest advantage at 15, seemingly sealing a professional bounce back after their home loss to Houston on Christmas Day. Less than two minutes later, the lead was down to three and they were fighting for their lives thanks to a 12-0 surge by the Mavericks. Temporarily discombobulated, they regained their bearings to hold Dallas (16-13) off for their best road win of the season.
Player of the game
In a career punctuated by wild swings in form, Danny “Icy Hot” Green enjoyed one of the best nights of his career with 22 points on just seven shots. He became the first Spur since Tim Duncan in 2010 to make at least seven shots without missing, and the 16th NBA player since 1985 to score at least 22 points on seven or fewer shots with perfect accuracy. His fifth 3 of the game came at a critical juncture, giving the Spurs a 109-103 advantage.
The turning point
The Spurs were in danger of their biggest collapse since…well, you know. They made up for their two-minute stretch of incompetence with almost flawless execution down the stretch, scoring on eight of their last nine possessions to beat Dallas for the sixth straight time. Tim Duncan started the stand with six straight points, after which Green hit the aforementioned 3 and Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker combined to hit seven of eight free throws in the final 1:47.
Summing it up