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  • February 9, 2018 7:10 AM +04

    (SportsNetwork. Federico Mattiello Jersey .com) - The storied rivalry between the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks will add a new chapter Sunday afternoon when the two teams meet for Game 7 of this Western Conference first round series at AT&T Center. For the second time in the Tim Duncan/Dirk Nowitzki era, these two perennial titans will clash in a Game 7. In the second round of the 2006 Western Conference playoffs, Dallas prevailed in the critical final game. Since Nowitzki turned the Mavericks into a title contender, they are 4-0 in Game 7s. Duncans Spurs have won four titles under his stewardship and his San Antonio team is 2-2 in Game 7s. This series finale will be in San Antonio, which owned the best record in the NBA this season. "You play the whole season to have a Game 7 at home," Spurs guard Tony Parker said. If the Mavs, who won Game 2 in San Antonio, prevail, it will mark the sixth time a No. 8 seed has bested a No. 1 seed. It will also be the second time the dubious distinction happened to the Spurs, who fell in round one three years ago to the Memphis Grizzlies. Game 7 is necessary because the Mavericks defended their home court in Game 6 Friday night. Monta Ellis led a fourth-quarter surge and finished with 27 points Friday as Dallas forced a winner-take-all Game 7 in San Antonio with a hard-fought 113-111 victory. Ellis scored 12 of his 29 points in crunch time, but nearly wiped it all away when he threw an ill-advised pass out of bounds with 1.3 seconds remaining to give the Spurs one final look. Patty Mills off-balanced shot at the buzzer was well short and came after the clock struck zero. "My teammates just told me to be aggressive," Ellis said. "My team just believed in me, and I just had to go out there and respond." Nowitzki chimed in with 22 points and Dallas deep supporting cast came up with big plays down the stretch, notably former Spur DeJuan Blair. Parker netted 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Spurs, who led 81-76 entering the fourth and appeared in control before the Mavs rattled off nine straight points midway through the frame. Ellis hit a go-ahead 3-pointer during the run and Blair, who was suspended for Game 5 after kicking Tiago Splitter in the head the previous game, capped it with a three-point play for a 97-92 Mavericks lead with 4:25 to play. After some sensational play from Parker, the margin was one. Dallas Vince Carter made it a three-point game with two free throws, and Blair picked off a Parker pass intended for Duncan under the basket, forcing the Spurs to foul the rest of the way. Dallas made 5-of-8 free throws and hung on despite Ellis head-scratching turnover in the closing seconds. The winner will meet the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday. If its San Antonio, Game 1 of the conferences second round will be in Alamo City, but if Dallas prevails in Game 7, the series opener of the second round will be in Portland. Medhi Benatia Jersey .40 metres at the Drake Relays. Drouin, from Corunna, Ont., bested his own record of 2.38 metres set in Aug. Juan Cuadrado Jersey . In the days leading up to the draft, TSN.ca and TSN Radio basketball analyst Duane Watson looks at some of the names that will be headlining the event. Tonight, Michigans Nik Stauskas of Mississauga, Ontario.Cristiano Ronaldo is more important for Portugal than Real Madrid, says national team coach Fernando Santos and is counting on him to use his impressive season as a springboard for a strong Euro 2016 campaign. Ronaldo joined his national team in training on Sunday, eight days after scoring the winning penalty against Atletico Madrid for Real to lift the Champions League trophy.His presence is a boost for Portugal, who lost 1-0 to England in a friendly last week and take on Estonia on Wednesday in Lisbon in their final warm-up game. Santos had wanted to give Ronaldo and Real defender Pepe a chance to a catch their breath before they joined the team. Portugal coach Fernando Santos thinks Ronaldo is more important for his country than his club They needed to rest, Santos told Spanish sports magazine Marca. Its better for everyone that they arrive happy and with that extra bounce after achieving their aims.Ronaldo scored 51 goals in 48 games in all competitions for Real this season.If he is so important for Real, you can only imagine how significant he is for Portugal. Certainly the same or even more.When you have players that score 50 to 60 goals per season, and who can always score, they are of vital importance. Its impossible to quantify.Ronaldos fitness is a concern, with tendinittis preventing him from being at his best at the 2014 World Cup when Portugal crashed out in the group stages. Alex Sandro Jersey. Ronaldo was left in tears after losing the Euro 2004 final to Greece Theres always talk that all the players must arrive 100 per cent, but that is never the reality, Santos said.Obviously, it would be ideal if he was at his best but I would never stop calling Cristiano even if he was at 80 per cent.Ronaldo came close to winning a trophy with Portugal at Euro 2004 but Greece beat them in the final and reached the semi-finals four years ago, where Spain eliminated them on penalties.If we think of the generation of players we have had, its about time, Santos said.Portugal should have already won a European title but just like Spain, they took their time and now they have managed to win several trophies. 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