Sports Headlines - April 24

Mavs bring home-court advantage back to Dallas

The eighth-seeded Dallas Mavericks took on the top-ranked San Antonio Spurs on their home court last night in a game that many would have thought favored the Spurs. Turns out, the Mavericks were still steaming from their loss in game 1 of the playoff series.

Dallas came back and routed San Antonio 113 to 92 in game 2, tying the series at one apiece, and bringing home-court advantage back to Dallas.

This was the Mavs first playoff victory since June 12, 2011 when it rebounded from an 0-2 deficit to defeat the Miami Heat for the NBA title. If not for the final 8 minutes of game one in this series, Dallas might have a 2-0 lead over the Spurs leading into game 3 on Saturday.

Dallas used an aggressive offense and brutal defensive effort to put a normally even-keeled Spurs team on their heels. Dallas had five players score in double digits, including 21 for Monta Ellis, 20 for Shawn Marion and 16 for Dirk Nowitzki.

Dallas never trailed after the opening minutes of the second quarter and continued to pull ahead as the game went on. The Spurs finished with 24 turnovers resulting in 33 points for the Mavericks.

Dallas brings the series home on Saturday.

Stars even series with Ducks in second straight playoff win

Another team in Dallas making waves in the playoff circuits is the Stars, who last night, tied their series with the Anaheim Ducks at 2 apiece, making it the second playoff victory for the Stars since 2008.

But early on last night, you wouldn’t have thought that’s the way things would turn out. Anaheim led two goals to none after the first period, but all it took was 27 seconds for the Stars to get right back in it with a wrist shot from Jamie Benn past goalie Frederik Andersen. Then, another shot from the short side by Vernon Fiddler tied it up.

The Stars added two more goals in the first 8 minutes of the third period, effectively ending the game at 4 goals to 2.

The Ducks will bring the series back to Anaheim on Friday night.

Thunder back in action tonight in Memphis

And after two days, the Thunder will be back in action tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis. The series is currently tied at one-game apiece with Memphis now holding the home-court advantage. That game will be at 7 p.m. tonight.



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