The San Antonio Spurs came out of Game One of the 2014 NBA Playoffs with a 90-85 victory behind veteran point guard Tony Parker’s 20 points and nine assists and Tim Duncan’s 10 rebounds.
The Mavericks came out of the gate sluggish but by the beginning of the fourth quarter had built a nice 10-point lead. Then the Spurs woke up and went on a 19-4 run and held Dallas scoreless for more than seven minutes. The normally steady Zach Randolph was hounded by the Spurs defense and was a dismal 1-8 in 28 minutes holding him well below his regular season average 19.7 PPG shooting better than 51%.
“It was just one of them nights,” Randolph said after the game. “I’ve been double-teamed the whole season. A lot of my shots were off. I didn’t get as good a look as I wanted to. It was just the rhythm of the game. I’ve got to be better, as I told my teammates. I’ve got to be better for them.”
For PG Tony Parker, this was the beginning of fulfillment of a promise he made to Tim Duncan after losing in game 7 of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat.
“I promised to him that we will go back, go back to The Finals and get an opportunity to win the whole thing,” Parker said in May. “I’m trying to do my best, trying to be aggressive every night, and I think everybody on the team, we really wanted to do it for him.”