Ellis took his time and lined up a 3-pointer from the same left corner that produced Carter's miraculous shot on Saturday. Like Carter, he made the shot, which pulled the Mavs within 17.
Popovich stormed onto the court, called a time out and immediately replaced Green with Marco Belinelli.
Too late. The shot ignited Dallas, which eventually tied the score at 77 on a driving layup by Devin Harris with 6:23 left.
Neither team led by four the rest of the way. The Spurs led 91-89 with 10.4 seconds left after Ginobili made one of two free throws.
Carlisle, who excels in calling plays out of timeouts, came up with a set that gave Ellis an opportunity to create. He maneuvered into the lane and attacked the basket, which he does best.
But the shot wouldn't fall, and Duncan cradled the rebound.
Ginobili pumped his fist. The Spurs bench celebrated.
Surviving and getting even feels good.