Spurs add to Mavs’ mis­ery

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Tony Parker had 21 points and nine as­sists, Manu Gi­no­bili had sev­eral key bas­kets among his 20 points, and the San An­to­nio Spurs handed the Dal­las Mav­er­icks their sixth straight loss, 111-86 Sun­day night in Dal­las.

Dirk Now­itzki had eight points on 3-of-9 shoot­ing a week af­ter mak­ing a sur­prise re­turn in a 38-point loss to the Spurs in San An­to­nio.

The Spurs led all the way, with Tim Dun­can help­ing a 20-6 start by hit­ting sev­eral jump shots. He fin­ished with 18 points, 10 re­bounds and three blocks.

Dar­ren Col­li­son scored 18 points to lead the Mav­er­icks, whose los­ing streak is their long­est since Jan­uary of their cham­pi­onship sea­son in 2010-11.

Dal­las was within five in the third quar­ter when Gi­no­bili hit a 3pointer with the shot clock wind­ing down, and he made an even longer 3 with the shot clock in­side a sec­ond to put San An­to­nio ahead 80-70. He fin­ished the third quar­ter the same way he did the sec­ond — with a last­sec­ond shot that put the Spurs up by 12.

Now­itzki strug­gled again a week af­ter mak­ing his sea­son de­but at San An­to­nio. It was his third game in four nights, and he was lim­ited to 17 min­utes Fri­day against Den­ver, the sec­ond of back-to-back games. He missed his first three shots of the sec­ond half be­fore fi­nally hit­ting a driv­ing layup to get Dal­las within six.

Gi­no­bili keyed a late spurt in the first half that turned a five-point lead into a 12-point half­time edge. He as­sisted on a 3pointer by Kawhi Leonard and scored the fi­nal two bas­kets of the half, the last a pull-up jumper with less than a sec­ond left for a 57-45 lead.

The Spurs ran out to a 20-6 lead on midrange jumpers from Parker, who scored 10 in the first quar­ter, and a cou­ple of 3-point­ers from Danny Green, who had a ca­reer­high seven from long range against Dal­las a week ago. Green fin­ished with eight points and was 2 of 3 from be­yond the arc.

The Mav­er­icks closed the gap late in the first be­hind El­ton Brand, who scored six in the first quar­ter af­ter go­ing score­less for the sec­ond time this sea­son two nights ear­lier against Den­ver. Brand scored 14 points in this one.

O.J. Mayo, Dal­las’ lead­ing scorer, was held un­der 10 points for the fourth time in five games.

Pis­tons 96, Bucks 94: Tayshaun Prince made two free throws with 10.9 sec­onds left for host Detroit af­ter it blew a 14point lead.

Prince scored 20 points, and Greg Mon­roe added 14 points and 10 re­bounds for Detroit, which had five play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures. Char­lie Vil­lanueva and Bran­don Knight added 11 points apiece, and Ja­son Max­iell scored 10 for the Pis­tons who scored the game’s first 13 points.

Monta El­lis had 30 points and nine as­sists, and Er­son Ilyasova scored 24 points for the Bucks.


The Spurs’ Tim Dun­can shoots over the Mav­er­icks’ Vince Carter. Dun­can had 18 points and 10 re­bounds.

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