The Spurs were the Spurs while the Mavericks were the Mavericks.
It should be no surprise to anyone that San Antonio has taken both games on their home court to jump out to a 2-0 start over the Phoenix Suns. They played their game, came back from a large deficit and held on to frustrate Amare Stoudemire and his team. Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker led the way for the Spurs. The first half featured 3 points from Brent Barry and 51 from the Big 3, while the second half saw they others score 20 of the 48 Spurs points. Regardless, the Spurs took the lead with a series of scoring spurts and held on in the end to take the 2 game series lead.
While this was happening, Dallas was keeping up their current trend of playoff woe. Since taking a 2-0 lead in the 2006 NBA Finals, Dallas has successfully lost 10 of their last 12 playoff games, including 6 of 8 in the first round, as well as their last 8 on the road. Unfortunately for the Mavs, they would need two wins at New Orleans Arena to move on to the quarterfinals. It just doesn't seem plausible for New Orleans to allow this to happen, especially with the level of play that Chris Paul has been experiencing.