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Manu Ginobili hails "special" win

Manu Ginobili (L) and Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs celebrate during game five of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at the AT&T Center on June 15, 2014
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San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili says that it is "special" for the team to have opened the season with a win over the Dallas Mavericks.

Manu Ginobili has said that it was "special" for the San Antonio Spurs to begin the defence of their NBA title with a narrow win over the Dallas Mavericks.

The champions took the lead with just over a minute to go in their 101-100 defeat against the Mavericks, whom they knocked out of the playoffs last season.

The shooting guard told reporters: "It's special. I think it helps you actually. Sometimes you don't play that sharp because it's the first game of the season.

"You have to move from the success of the previous season to the new beginning. But it all gets your emotions up so you want to get out on the court and do a lot of things, hustle, jump, run and win."

The Spurs are in action again on Friday against the Phoenix Suns.

Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs celebrate with the Larry O'Brien trophy after winning the NBA title on June 15, 2014
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