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Spurs Beat Mavericks 105-87

May 15, 2001

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ The San Antonio Spurs have been called a WNBA team by Shaquille O’Neal, and had their 1999 championship discounted by Phil Jackson. Now the Los Angeles Lakers are going to find out if they’re right.

Tim Duncan had 32 points and 20 rebounds as the Spurs cruised past the Dallas Mavericks 105-87 Monday night to close their second-round series and send them to the Western Conference finals against the defending champion Lakers.

Their showdown, which will start in San Antonio, will be the first conference finals pitting the two previous NBA champions since 1985. It’s only the fifth such matchup in NBA history.

After blowing a chance for a sweep Saturday in Dallas, the Spurs made it clear from the start that they didn’t want to go back up I-35. Duncan and David Robinson threw down dunks for San Antonio’s first two baskets and the Spurs led by double digits within eight minutes on a 3-pointer by Danny Ferry.

A short jumper by Malik Rose in the closing seconds of the first quarter put San Antonio up by 11 and the Mavericks would never get that close again.

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