Manu Ginobili scored 23 points, Boris Diaw hit a go-ahead three-pointer in the final minute and the San Antonio Spurs held off a second-half surge by Dallas to beat the Mavericks, 93-89, Monday night in Dallas to tie the teams' first-round NBA playoff series at two games apiece.
The Spurs, seeded No. 1 in the Western Conference, regained the home-court advantage by getting a split of two games in Dallas, matching what the eighth-seeded Mavericks did in San Antonio.
The Spurs led by 20 points in the third quarter of Game 4 before the Mavericks pulled even midway through the fourth. The score was still tied when Diaw hit from long range over Dirk Nowitzki at the top of the key for a 90-87 lead.
Monta Ellis led Dallas with 20 points but missed two potential tying shots after Diaw's basket.
Game 5 is Wednesday night in San Antonio.
Nowitzki, who had 19 points and was held under 20 in a fourth straight playoff game for the first time since his first postseason in 2001, had a put-back on a missed three-point shot by Ellis to get the Mavericks within 90-89. But they let nearly 10 seconds run off before fouling Ginobili with 10 seconds left.
Ginobili missed one of the free throws, giving Ellis a chance to tie it on a driving layup two nights after Vince Carter hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer for a one-point Dallas win in Game 3. Ellis' shot rimmed out, and Ginobili hit two more free throws to clinch the win.
Atlanta 107, at Indiana 97: Mike Scott made five three-pointers during a 30-6 second-quarter run and the Hawks fended off a furious fourth-quarter rally to beat the top-seeded Pacers and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Atlanta can clinch the first-round series with a victory at home Thursday.
Scott scored all 17 of his points in a 12-minute stretch when Atlanta shot 13 for 16 from the field and outscored Indiana 41-19 for a 61-40 halftime lead. The Hawks and the 1970 Milwaukee Bucks are the only road teams in the shot-clock era to score at least 40 points and give up fewer than 20 in any quarter of a playoff game.
James scored 19 points after slightly injuring his thigh in the third quarter. He finished 10 for 19 from the field and had nine assists.
The two-time defending champion NBA champions will await the winner of the Brooklyn-Toronto series, which is tied 2-2.
Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 29 points.
The Bobcats played without Al Jefferson, their leading scorer and rebounder, who had been bothered by a foot injury since the first quarter of Game 1.