The night began with San Antonio raising their fifth championship banner to the rafters and it ended with a haywire finish that would reinforce the quality of the ageless Spurs.
Before tip-off to the new NBA season, the Spurs big three posed with their championship rings and San Antonio fans once again had their chance to pay respects to the outstanding unit of players that head coach Gregg Popovich has put together.
Then began the first action of the campaign and NBA fans were treated to an exhilarating contest that concluded in a finish that was fitting for the opening night occasion.
Spurs outlast the Mavericks
Nobody could've wished for this superb game to end but don't fret NBA fans, there will be 1,228 more and the first victory of the season was obtained by the reigning champion San Antonio Spurs.
The Spurs managed to hang on to a 101-100 victory over the visiting Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night, mainly down to the continued brilliance of the team's play style and the major contributions of the 'original big three' Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.
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The two sides battled in the Western Conference playoffs last season and the Mavericks were the only side to take the eventual winners to seven games in their playoff series.
The opening game had a 'game-8' feel about it as the Spurs outlasted the Mavericks to record their 10th straight regular season win over the Dallas franchise.
The game finished in bizarre fashion as new free agent signing Chandler Parsons had the chance to take the lead for the Mavericks but his three point field goal clanged off the front of the rim with around two seconds left in the contest.
Duncan would collect the rebound and with fans thinking the game was over, the officials would review the final events and conclude that a foul had occurred, which would mean the Spurs would have to inbound the ball with 0.4 seconds left to run out the clock.
Point guard Devin Harris of the Mavericks would steal the in-bounds pass and send a hail mary shot as the buzzer sounded to try to steal the game in San Antonio, but his effort cannoned back off the backboard and the Spurs prevailed.
Tony Parker finished the contest with a game-high 23 points whilst Ginobili added 20 points in the win as he combatted the 26 point effort from Mavericks shooting guard Monta Ellis.
The rivalry between the two ball clubs has always been defined for years by power forward legends Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowtizki, they both played their parts as Duncan had 14 points with 13 rebounds and Nowtizki scored 18 points in return.
Despite being starved of meaningful basketball action for months, the opening tip-off really lived up to expectations as fans were rewarded for their patience with an up-and-down contest that thrilled right until the last seconds.
The Mavericks will have their say in the Western Conference this season but the night belongs to the reigning champion Spurs as NBA Titles were celebrated and the victory was also clinched on the first day of the new season.
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