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San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks: Live Score and Analysis

USA Today
Matthew SchmidtFeatured ColumnistApril 10, 2014

No Tony Parker, no problem.

The San Antonio Spurs got 26 points from Patty Mills and dealt a blow to the Dallas Mavericks' playoff chances Thursday night, winning 109-100 at American Airlines Center.

The Spurs are now one victory away from clinching home court advantage throughout the postseason.

Parker sat this one out with a bad back, but Mills was prepared to fill his shoes.

The floor general made six of his 11 three-point attempts, including a few backbreaking triples in the second half to take the wind out of the Mavericks' sails. As a team, San Antonio shot 16-of-34 from beyond the arc. Plus, it scored 35 fast break points.

The Spurs also got double-doubles from the likes of Tim Duncan (20 points and 15 rebounds) and Kawhi Leonard (16 points and a career-high 16 boards).

Duncan gave San Antonio a scare in the first quarter when he went down after a rebound and clutched his knee, but he merely hyperextended it and was able to promptly return to action.

Dallas slipped to the Western Conference's No. 8 seed with the loss. It is a game up on the Memphis Grizzlies, but the two teams are tied in the loss column.

Monta Ellis led the Mavericks with 24 points, but Dirk Nowitzki was largely held in check with only 19. Nowitzki did not attempt a single three-pointer.

The Spurs have now won their past nine meetings with Dallas.

 

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