Dirk Nowitzki had the only miss in a final minute filled with clutch shots by Dallas and San Antonio, topped by Vince Carter's buzzer-beating 3-pointer that gave the Mavericks a Game 3 win. Yet, the Mavericks have consecutive wins over the top-seeded Spurs after losing 10 in a row to them, and a 2-1 first-round series lead heading into Game 4 on Monday night in Dallas. ''You take something away, you give something up,'' San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. You've just got to stop it more than the other team does.'' Popovich and Dallas coach Rick Carlisle are harping on defensive stops after the Mavericks' 109-108 win Saturday.



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