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Dallas Mavericks guard Jose Calderon (8) is hit in the face by San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) after passing the ball out during the first half of play at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, on Sunday, May 4, 2014. The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Dallas Mavericks, 119-96, during Game 7 of an NBA Western Conference quarterfinal. (Vernon Bryant/Dallas Morning News/MCT)

Spurs knock Mavericks out of playoffs in Game 7 rout

SAN ANTONIO -- Tony Parker scored 24 of his 32 points in the first half as the San Antonio Spurs routed the Dallas Mavericks 119-96 in Game 7 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series Sunday.

The top-seeded Spurs win the emotional series 4-3 and will face Portland in the second round. Game 1 is Tuesday.

"Today, we got hit by a tidal wave. They had their best game," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "They are the best of the best.

"I'm real proud of our guys even though we didn't get to the next level."

Manu Ginobili scored 20, Danny Green 16, Tim Duncan 15 and Kawhi Leonard 15 for the Spurs.

For the eighth-seeded Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki finished with 22, Devin Harris 17, Monta Ellis 12 and Vince Carter 10. Ellis was slowed by early foul trouble and was never a factor in the game.

"First, let me say what a great series it was, how difficult it was. I'm glad it's over," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "They were really tough, really good.

"For our part, we're thrilled. I thought our best game was tonight."

San Antonio led by as much as 29 points in second quarter before the Mavericks cut it to 14 points in the third, but Dallas never threatened again.

"We played very, very well. It was one of our best games of the year," Popovich said.

The intensity level of a Game 7 was evident in the first quarter.

San Antonio jumped on Dallas quickly to open the game, building a 16-7 lead then stretching it to 24-12 at the 4:01 mark.

Frustrations boiled over when Carlisle was assessed a technical foul for arguing a foul on Shawn Marion with 1:59 to go.

Ginobili hit the technical free throw then followed with a 3-pointer giving San Antonio a four-point trip and a 30-16 cushion.

A little more than 1 minute later, Parker was whistled for a technical foul after a verbal exchange with Blair.

By the time the first quarter ended, the Spurs were holding a 35-23 lead.

Less than 2 minutes into the second quarter, Blair was called for a flagrant foul while trying to stop a Ginobili drive.

The foul resulted in a Ginobili free throw and later a Duncan layup for a 40-25 lead.

The hot-shooting Spurs took control from that point on, pushing its lead to 51-27, keyed by Ginobili's nine points.

San Antonio continued its torrid shooting pace, many on Parker layups, as the Spurs led 68-46 at halftime.

Parker had 24 points at halftime. He was nine of 12 from the field and didn't attempt a 3-point shot. Parker had more points at halftime than he had in any of the previous six full games.

Nowitzki had 17 points at the break. Ellis had three fouls and was limited to 5.

"The early stuff was tough. There were some early fouls we disagreed on. On the road, you have to weather the storm," Carlisle said. "It was kind of an uphill battle the whole way. It's hard when you get hit with an onslaught early."

Dallas played like a desperate team early in the third quarter and it provided a spark.

After trailing by as much as 29 in the second quarter, the Mavericks pulled within 14 points, 75-61, at the 7:54 mark.

They did it with defense and two 3-pointers by Harris and another 3-pointer by Ellis.

San Antonio regained control after a flagrant foul call on Jae Crowder at the 3:26 mark was followed by a Parker free throw, Ginobili layup, Duncan bank shot and two more Ginobili free throws to make it 91-65.

An exchange of 3-pointers between Carter and Ginobili closed the third quarter at 94-68.

"It was the force they hit with. They created great momentum going the other way and Parker got going," Carlisle said. "We got it to 14 right away in the third. They answered back.

"We walk away disappointed, but not dismayed."

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