Beaubois started the second half and played the entire third quarter, scoring eight points on 4-of-7 shooting. Hill had seven points on 3-of-4 shooting in nine minutes as the Spurs led 70-63. But, when the fourth quarter started, the dynamic changed.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who implored his combo guard at halftime to take over offensively, started Hill in the fourth quarter and played him until the final buzzer. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle decided to sit Beaubois, who had 16 points in 18 minutes at the end of the third, in favor of veteran, but cold-shooting Jason Terry, who was scoreless and 0-of-5 from the field in 11 minutes entering the fourth quarter.
Hill breathed easier when he didn't see Beaubois return to the court to start the fourth.
"I was kind of happy because it took away another scorer that was playing very well. That's how it goes," said Hill, who collected 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter. "People are going to go with people they're comfortable with. I think Beaubois did a really great job of really giving them a spark."