Tony Parker Leads Spurs Past Mavs

The Dallas Mavericks take on the San Antonio Spurs tonight in a Southwest Division showdown.

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Tony Parker, Spurs Power Past Mavs

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Tony Parker scored 33 points and San Antonio’s big three powered the Southwest Division-leading Spurs to a 97-91 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

Manu Ginobili added 25 points and Tim Duncan contributed 22 points with eight rebounds for the Spurs, who widened their lead to 7 1/2 games over the second- place Mavericks. San Antonio has posted four wins in its last five overall and won the season series, 3-1, over Dallas.

“The last three days we talked about defense,” Parker said. “The whole session, film session, not playing physical, not playing with enough intensity, and not playing good defense defensively basically. Tonight we just wanted to make sure to play good defense and stay in front of people and make sure the shots were hard for them. I thought overall we played great defense, even if the offense was not getting it in the hole, at least we made stops.”

Dirk Nowitzki led the way with 23 points for the Mavs, who lost for the third time in four contests. Jason Terry had 19 points in defeat.

“It was a disappointing loss tonight. Obviously we’re not playing the way earlier on this season and this point right now,” Terry said. “The good thing, the positive thing is we still have time to get things corrected. We’ve got to come to practice tomorrow, strap them up, watch some film and get ready for Golden State (Sunday).”

Nowitzki’s jumper tied the game at 60 midway through the third quarter, but Duncan scored six and Ginobili canned a three-ball during an ensuing 9-0 push. It was 73-66 going to the fourth.

A Terry three-pointer had Dallas within 73-71 with 7 1/2 minutes left, but the Spurs pulled away with an 18-6 burst, capped by Duncan’s short jumper with 2:36 left.

The Mavs had some late life when Terry knocked down a three for a 95-91 score with 38.9 seconds left. Parker then made two from the foul line and the Mavs chose not to foul over the final 25 seconds after Rodrigue Beaubois missed a three-point shot.

It was a much-needed turn-around for the Spurs, considering they were buried by 30 points in Miami on Monday.

The Spurs took control early by embarking on a 14-3 run. Richard Jefferson started the burst with a three-pointer, and Gary Neal ended it with another long-distance shot for a 26-12 difference. San Antonio carried that to a 30-20 lead after 12 minutes.

San Antonio widened the gap to 18 points later in the half before the Mavs closed with a flourish. An 11-2 push tightened the difference to 50-45 at the break. Shawn Marion was the catalyst in the latter stages of the half, scoring six points over the final 2:03.

Game Notes

Nowitzki connected on all three of his foul shots and has made his last 56 free throws. The streak, which began in the fourth quarter of the game vs. Indiana on March 4, is the longest in the NBA this year…Before Friday, San Antonio had dropped four straight regular season affairs to Dallas when Nowitzki is on the floor…Marion and J.J. Barea each had 13 points for Dallas.


Dallas Mavericks Vs. San Antonio Spurs: Mavs Take On First Place Spurs

(Sports Network) - The class of the Southwest Division meet in Dallas on Friday when the first-place Spurs try to bounce back from their worst defeat in over five years against the second-place Mavericks.

The Spurs have the NBA's best record at 54-13 but have looked rather ordinary lately and are coming off an ugly 30-point setback in Miami on Monday. Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James combined for 80 points in that one, as the Heat took down San Antonio, 110-80. It was the Spurs worst regular season loss since a 104-68 defeat at the hands of Dallas on April 7, 2005.

Tony Parker finished with 18 points and five assists for the Spurs, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Tim Duncan chipped in 14 points and six boards.

"Everything went their (Heat) way," Parker said. "They played great. Give them credit. It was a mix of us missing wide open shots, and their defense."

The Mavericks, meanwhile, salvaged the finale of a brief two-game road trip on Wednesday in Oakland when Dirk Nowitzki posted game-highs of 34 points and 13 rebounds, as Dallas rallied past the Golden State Warriors, 112-106.

Jason Terry had 19 points and Rodrigue Beaubois added 18 for the Mavericks, who overcame an 18-point first-quarter deficit to snap a two-game skid.

"We've struggled since the break against teams that are right there in contention for championships. It's a measuring stick for us," Terry said.

Dallas remains without three-point specialist Peja Stojakovic, who is expected to miss a sixth straight game tonight with a strained neck.

The Spurs, who have a comfortable 6 1/2-game lead over both Dallas and the Los Angeles Lakers for the top spot in the Western Conference, are 2-1 against the Mavs so far this season but lost the only game in which Nowitzki played.

In fact, San Antonio has dropped four straight regular season affairs to Dallas when Nowitzki is on the floor. The Mavericks, however, did lose to the Spurs in the first round of last year's playoffs with a healthy Nowitzki.

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