Trans. Oct 29 2:41 ET (Oct 29 2:41 ET ) The San Antonio Spurs picked up right where they left off, collecting their championship rings before beginning their title defence Tuesday with a 101-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. The Spurs, despite their superb record in ring ceremony games, needed every minute of the contest to hold off their Texas-state rivals, who gave them their most difficult challenge of last year's playoffs. "We moved the ball much better in the second half," said Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, who came off the bench to score 20 points in one of three opening-night NBA contests. The Spurs rolled to their fifth NBA title in June by dismantling the LeBron James-led Miami Heat.
Tony Parker made a clutch shot in the fourth quarter. Manu Ginobili had a big game, and Tim Duncan contributed with a double-double. San Antonio's efficient performance on opening night looked awfully familiar. Parker made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:07 remaining, and the Spurs began their title defense with a thrilling 101-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday.
Tony Parker had 23 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer, Manu Ginobili added 20 points and the San Antonio Spurs capped an emotional NBA championship commemoration with a thrilling 101-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in their season opener Tuesday night. Tim Duncan had 14 points and 13 rebounds for his 14th double-double in a season opener, the most by any player in NBA history, according to Elias Sports. Monta Ellis scored 26 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points and Devin Harris had 17 points for Dallas.
Manu Ginobili survived a knee-on-knee collision to finish Tuesday's home opener with 20 points, two 3-pointers, two rebounds, six assists and two steals in 28 minutes.
The Scoop:Any injury scare is magnified when it involves Manu, who recovered from a slight stress fracture in his leg during the offseason. He didn't play internationally this summer, which should keep him fresh, and he's capable of returning late-round value in just 20-25 minutes per game, which is where the Spurs will keep him.