Spurs win opening night 101-100 over Mavericks

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Notable Performances
Manu Ginobili scored 20 points, with a powerful understanding of momentum. "He was like zero for 50 in the preseason, and had like 19 turnovers per game, but tonight he was Manu Ginobili," said Popovich. "He was unbelievable."

Tony Parker dropped 23 points, shooting 4/4 from three-point. "He is a guy who energizes us, and we need to ride him a little bit to keep our heads above water, especially with all of the injuries right now," said Popovich.

Tim Duncan bodied his way to 14 points and 13 rebounds. Though he turned the ball over five times, most of the errors happened while he was bruising in the paint.

The Spurs looked fluid and high-energy without Tiago Splitter (calf), Patty Mills (shoulder) and  Kawhi Leonard (eye infection). "Kawhi was cleared to play tonight, but I chose to give him a little more time," said Popovich. "Don't take this to the bank, but I'm guessing he is probable for Friday. Tiago and Mills will be out, but Kawhi might be back. We have two days to practice and get him out on the floor. We want to make sure he doesn't infect anyone else."

Monta Ellis of the Mavericks scored 26 points.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points, including the lead-changing step back and Dallas' final points. Nowitzki's impeccable footwork, ability to create space and his seven-footer release mean that the 36-year-old power forward is still one of the most unguardable players in the league.

The Breakdown
Power forward Aron Baynes looks like a 6'10' GI-Joe. All crowd-hyping motions can be sourced back to Hollywood Hulk Hogan. The Spurs now own a gatling gun for t-shirt cannons. It sprays out gas onto the court and it is terrifying.
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