Tony Parker scored 18 points, DeJuan Blair
had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs handed the
reeling Dallas Mavericks their fourth straight loss, 101-89 on
Dirk Nowitzki missed his ninth straight game because of an
ailing right knee and the once-mighty Mavs lost for the seventh
time since the All-Star forward went out.
The Spurs (34-6) won their fifth straight and beat Dallas for a
second time with Nowitzki sidelined. The injury has prevented a
full-strength showdown between the NBA-best Spurs and Mavs, who
have slipped seven games behind their Texas rivals in the Southwest
Shawn Marion led Dallas with 14 points.
Nowitzki told ESPN during the broadcast that he hopes to return
as early as Saturday at Memphis.
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