Mavericks in first round trouble

Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News reports:

The Mavericks now are down 3-1 in the best-of-7 series that returns to American Airlines Center on Tuesday.

Only eight times in NBA history have teams rallied from a 3-1 deficit. Rick Carlisle coached one of those teams when he was with Detroit, which came back to beat Orlando.

For the second time in a row in San Antonio, the Mavericks blew a game that was well within reach. They owned a 15-point lead in the second quarter and were still up by double figures four minutes into the third quarter.

But the Spurs scored 15 points in a row to go up 62-57. The Mavericks scored just 11 points in the quarter, with just two in the final seven minutes.

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