Mavericks Vs. Spurs: Dallas Defeats San Antonio Behind Dirk Nowitzki's 27 Points

After a disastrous road trip, the Mavericks finished off a quick home-stand 3-0 with a convincing victory over their Western Conference archrival.

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NBA Scores And More: Mavericks Cap Off Perfect Week With Win Over Spurs

March hadn't been too kind to the Dallas Mavericks. Headed into Dallas' matchup against Washington on March 13, the defending champions were just a lowly 2-5 in the month of March -- and 2-8 in their last 10 games altogether.

That all changed this past week, though, as the Mavericks bested the Wizards on Tuesday, Bobcats on Thursday and the Spurs on Saturday night. All three wins were much needed for the Mavericks, as they try to climb up the Western Conference standings.

Unsurprisingly, Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks in scoring in each of their three wins this past week. A master of consistency, Nowitzki scored 27 points in each of the three contests -- totals that were also game highs in each game.

Not all the news this past week was great for Dallas, as Shawn Marion was unable to play in Saturday's win over the Spurs because of soreness in his left knee. Marion was listed as a game time decision, but ultimately, did not play in Dallas' 106-99 win over San Antonio.

For more on the Mavericks, be sure to check out Mavs Moneyball. For analysis on the entire league, be sure to check out SB Nation's NBA coverage.

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NBA Standings 2012: Mavericks Holding Onto Sixth Seed

The defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks are still in line to defend their 2011 title. Mark Cuban's team sits in third place in the Southwest Division, four and a half games behind the first-place Spurs -- and percentage points behind the Memphis Grizzles for second place in the division.

Still, Dallas' 26-20 mark is currently good enough to earn the sixth seed in the Western Conference. If the season ended today, the Mavericks would have to face the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs, who would undoubtedly be looking for revenge for Dallas' thrashing of them last year.

The Mavs play four games this week, so they'll have ample opportunity coming up to improve their record and climb both the division and conference standings. Dallas visits Denver on Monday, before coming home to host the Lakers on Wednesday before headed on the road again Friday and Saturday to take on the Spurs and Rockets.

Dallas' games against Denver and Houston will be quite important, as both teams trail the Mavericks in the conference standings, with the Nuggets trailing by just half a game, and the Rockets only by a game and a half.

For more on the Dallas Mavericks and their title defense, head over to Mavs Moneyball.

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Mavericks Vs. Spurs Final Score: Dallas Get Past San Antonio, 106-99

The Dallas Mavericks got a much needed win by defeating the Southwest leading San Antonio Spurs 106-99. The Mavericks had a big third quarter to extend their lead 10 points and held off the Spurs comeback attempt in the fourth quarter. The Spurs got within five points two different times in the fourth quarter, but the Mavericks countered to extend the lead both times the Spurs got close.

The offense for the Mavericks was spread out with five players scoring in double figures with Dirk Nowitzki leading all scorers with 27 points, 19 of which were in the first half. Jason Kidd also had a big game with 14 points and 10 assists on the night.

The win is the third straight for the Mavericks and comes off the heels of a 2-7 stretch.

For more on this game Mavericks fans should check out Mavs Moneyball and Spurs fans should visit Pounding The Rock. For more news and analysis from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Mavericks Vs. Spurs Halftime Score: Dallas Leads 46-44

The Dallas Mavericks are in a battle for a Western Conference playoff berth, and tonight they are leading the Southwest Division leading Spurs 46-44 at the half. Dirk Nowitzki is leading all scorers with 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting plus he has made all seven of his free throw attempts.

The Mavericks were leading the Spurs by nine points after the first quarter, but the Spurs slowly came back to get back in this game. The Spurs made it close but they were not able to tie or take a lead in the second half.

The Spurs scoring has been more spread out with Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter leading the way with seven points each. Duncan also has three blocks tonight.

For more on this game Mavericks fans should check out Mavs Moneyball and Spurs fans should visit Pounding The Rock. For more news and analysis from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Shawn Marion Injury: Mavericks Forward Is Game-Time Decision With Sore Knee

The Dallas Mavericks could be without Shawn Marion for tonight's game against the San Antonio Spurs after the veteran forward sat out this morning's shootaround with a sore knee. Rick Carlisle says that Marion will be a game-time decision.

Marion has started all 45 games for the Mavericks this season and is averaging 11.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game on 44 percent shooting. He is one of Dallas best defensive players and they will have a hard time replacing him if he is unable to suit up.

For more on this game Mavericks fans should check out Mavs Moneyball and Spurs fans should visit Pounding The Rock. For more news and analysis from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Mavericks Vs. Spurs Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Dallas Mavericks will try to extend its winning streak to three games when they host the San Antonio Spurs Saturday night.

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Mavericks Vs. Spurs Preview: Five Questions With Pounding The Rock

We discuss how San Antonio responded to their first-round upset last year, whether Tim Duncan will hang 'em up at the end of the season and the Spurs surprising trade deadline deal for Stephen Jackson.

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