Spurs spoil Now­itzki’s re­turn, thump Mavs 129-91,

Now­itzki fin­ishes with eight points, six re­bounds in his sea­son de­but.

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Danny Green scored a ca­reer-high 25 points and the host San An­to­nio Spurs spoiled Dirk Now­itzki’s sea­son de­but with a 129-91 rout of the Dal­las Mav­er­icks on Sun­day night.

Tony Parker had 18 points, Kawhi Leonard added 17, Tim Dun­can 15 and Stephen Jack­son 14 for the Spurs (21-8).

Af­ter miss­ing the Mav­er­icks’ first 27 reg­u­larsea­son games, Now­itzki en­tered with 6:28 left in the first quar­ter to a hearty mix of cheers and boos. Now­itzki un­der­went surgery on his right knee Oct. 19 af­ter bat­tling sore­ness the pre­vi­ous sea­son. The former MVP quickly picked up a re­bound for Dal­las and fin­ished with eight points — go­ing 3 for 4 from the field — and six re­bounds in 20 min­utes.

Dar­ren Col­li­son scored 15 points to lead Dal­las (12-16), which lost its third straight. Vince Carter added 13 points and Chris Ka­man had 10.

Now­itzki’s pres­ence did lit­tle to sti­fle San An­to­nio’s out­side shoot­ing. The Spurs were 20 from 30 from 3-point range and shot 56 per­cent from the field over­all.

The Spurs led by as many as 46, while the Mavs’ lone lead came at 4-3 on Ka­man’s jumper with 10:30 left in the first quar­ter.

Ev­ery ac­tive Spurs player scored and played at least eight min­utes.

Manu Gi­no­bili and Boris Diaw hit con­secu- tive 3s to push San An­to­nio’s lead to 55-45 with 3:42 left in the first half.

Green’s sev­enth 3pointer gave the Spurs a 77-57 lead with 7 min­utes left in the third quar­ter.

Ti­ago Split­ter’s dunk gave San An­to­nio a 10066 lead at the close of the third. Split­ter ran to the side­line af­ter the dunk with a huge a smile, where he was im­me­di­ately greeted with a low five by an equally happy Dun­can.

Clip­pers 103, Suns 77: Blake Grif­fin scored 23 points, Chris Paul had 17 points and 13 as­sists and vis­it­ing Los An­ge­les ex­tended a fran­chise record with its 13th con­sec­u­tive vic­tory.

Re­serve Ja­mal Craw­ford added 22 points for the Clip­pers, who won in Phoenix for the first time since April 17, 2007. Los An­ge­les’ over­all win streak is an NBA sea­son best and its six straight road vic­to­ries are also a fran­chise best.

Jared Dud­ley scored 19 points, Luis Scola had 11 and Marki­eff Mor­ris added 10 for the Suns, who have dropped two straight af­ter win­ning four in a row.

Phoenix kept it close for the first quar­ter and half of the sec­ond. Shan­non Brown sank an 11-foot pull-up jumper on a fast break as the Suns trimmed an eight-point deficit to 43-40 with 5:36 left in the first half.

Knicks 94, Tim­ber­wolves 91: Carmelo An­thony scored 19 of his 33 points in the fourth quar­ter, ral­ly­ing host New York.

New York trailed from the open­ing min­utes un­til An­thony scored eight straight points down the stretch. He had scored just nine points on 3-of-11 shoot­ing in the first half, but had the fi­nal 12 for the Knicks to give them a 4-2 fin­ish on their six-game home­s­tand.

Nets 95, 76ers 92: Joe John­son scored 22 points, Ger­ald Wal­lace had 14 points, nine re­bounds and six as­sists and host Brook­lyn held on.

Deron Wil­liams added 16 points to help New Jersey end a six-game los­ing streak at home against Philadel­phia, which has lost six of its last seven games.

Jazz 97, Magic 93: Paul Mill­sap scored 18 points, Gor­don Hay­ward added 17 and vis­it­ing Utah sur­vived an Or­lando rally to snap a two-game los­ing streak.

Ar­ron Af­flalo had 20 points, and Nik Vuce­vic added 16 points and 16 re­bounds to lead Or­lando, which has dropped backto-back games since los­ing start­ing for­ward Glen Davis to a shoul­der in­jury.

Kings sus­pend Cousins: DeMar­cus Cousins was sus­pended in­def­i­nitely by the Sacra­mento Kings on Satur­day. Cousins and Kings coach Keith Smart ex­changed words in the locker room dur­ing half­time of Sacra­mento’s 97-85 loss at the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers on Fri­day night. Cousins also was sus­pended one game with­out pay by the NBA for strik­ing O.J. Mayo in the groin dur­ing a loss at Dal­las on Dec. 10. Fol­low­ing a loss at San An­to­nio on Nov. 9, the league sus­pended Cousins two games with­out pay for con­fronting Spurs an­nouncer Sean El­liott in a “hos­tile man­ner.”

Tim Dun­can, with 15 points, was among five dou­ble-fig­ure scor­ers for the Spurs. DAR­REN ABATE / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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