NBA: Mavs beat Spurs, set up 1st-round series vs. them
By JAIME ARON
AP Sports Writer
DALLAS — Jason Kidd and Jason Terry led a 16-2 run at the end of the first quarter, putting the Dallas Mavericks ahead for good on their way to a 96-89 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night that sets up a first-round playoff matchup between these teams.
Dallas clinched the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference and San Antonio the seventh.
Before tipoff, Mavs owner Mark Cuban jokingly said this season finale was "Game Minus-1" of that series — and that was before the Spurs helped ensure the matchup by giving Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili the night off. Both were on the initial lineup turned in by coach Gregg Popovich, but neither ended up even sitting on the bench.