Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest
By Matt Mosley  |  Last updated 5/1/14
Another furious comeback attempt by the Dallas Mavericks was turned away by an unlikely man. Spurs center Tiago Splitter has had a nice series, but he didn't seem capable of single-handedly taking over a playoff game. That was the case right up until the fourth quarter. Dirk Nowitzki turned back the clock and put on a brilliant shooting display to bring the Mavs within striking distance. But it was hard to get any real traction because of Splitter's dominance on the offensive end. He had nine points, six rebounds and four assists in the fourth quarter to help lead the Spurs to a 109-103 win and take what feels like a commanding 3-2 lead in the series. Splitter had 17 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in what was his third consecutive double-double. It's hard to believe he entered this series without any double-doubles in the playoffs. Nowitzki had another poor start to the game, but he got hot down the stretch. He had 14 of his series-high 26 points in the fourth quarter on 7-of-...
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