Apr 26, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Vince Carter (25) reacts afterhitting the game winning shot over San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (not pictured) during the fourth quarter in game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Vince Carter and the Dallas Mavericks Down the Spurs 109-108: Up 2-1


The 8th seeded Dallas Mavericks just upset the top seeded San Antonio Spurs and are now leading the series 2-1. Take your time and read that line again. The Mavs, who lost every game against the Spurs the last 2 regular seasons have found a way to win 2 of 3 playoff games in 2014.

To recap: The Spurs won game 1 convincingly, but the Mavericks absolutely dominated in game 2. This afternoon was the rubbermatch everyone expected the Spurs to win. Despite being in Dallas, the NBA Finals favorite, San Antonio Spurs, were supposed to wake up and show the Mavs what a contender really was. Instead the Mavericks continued their playoff intensity and pushed their in-state rivals to their breaking point.

With 1.7 seconds left and down by two, the Mavericks faced near impossible odds on their inbound pass. According to the team, Dirk was obviously a top option. Monta Ellis was the hot-hand another top option. But Vince Carter was the real option. Call it “a delayed Option #3″.

When the clock started on the inbounds pass, you could see the play slowly develop. San Antonio was clearly locked in on Dirk. Ellis broke free for a moment but was not open by any means. Vince Carter finally slipped loose, moving to the 3-point baseline and was rewarded with the pass. After a risky pump-fake (given the limited time on the clock), Vince let go of the most beautiful shot these eyes have seen in 2014.

Vince Carter made the three and won the game for the Mavericks 109-108.

 

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