Green, Duncan lead Spurs past Mavericks 116-109

Green, Duncan lead Spurs past Mavericks 116-109

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DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 26: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs is fouled by Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks in the first quarter at American Airlines Center on December 26, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on December 27, 2013 at 12:00 AM

DALLAS (AP) — Danny Green didn't miss a shot in scoring 22 points, Tim Duncan had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs took advantage of the Dallas Mavericks' weakened frontcourt for a 116-109 victory Thursday night.

Mavericks centers Samuel Dalembert and Brandan Wright were fighting undisclosed illnesses and 6-foot-7 DeJuan Blair spent most of the night guarding the 6-11 Duncan, who recorded his 10th double-double this season and 768th of his career.

A 12-0 Mavericks run cut the Spurs' lead to 100-97 with 3:55 to play, but Duncan then scored six consecutive points and passed to Green for a 3-pointer and a 110-103 advantage.

Green was 7 for 7 from the field, including 5 for 5 from 3-point range. Tony Parker added 21 points.

Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 25 points and Monta Ellis scored 23, including nine during the 12-0 run. Blair had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

The Spurs went on a 12-2 run over the last 2:52 of the first quarter to take a 27-20 lead.

Green's three free throws tied the score 18-18, then Manu Ginobili scored five consecutive points on a 3-point shot and a layup with an assist from Boris Diaw.

Duncan led the Spurs with seven first-quarter points. Nowitzki and Blair scored six apiece for Dallas.

The lead grew to 32-22 on Parker's 3-pointer just over a minute into the second and to 42-30 on Green's 3-point shot with 8:11 to play in the first half. The Mavericks cut the deficit to 58-51 at halftime.

Green had started 26 of San Antonio's first 29 games, but Marco Belinelli was a late switch in Thursday's lineup. Green didn't enter the game until 3:31 remained in the first quarter. He scored 11 of his 14 first-half points in the second.

Duncan finished the half with 13 points and six rebounds.

For the Mavericks, Nowitzki scored 12 points and Blair went 5 for 5 from the field for 10 points. Vince Carter also scored 10, all in the second quarter.

Dallas began the game 3 for 10 from the foul line before Nowitzki hit two at 7:26 of the second. That began a streak of 21 in a row, and Dallas finished 24 for 31.

The Mavericks scored the first five points of the second half on Jose Calderon's 3-pointer and Nowitzki's fadeaway to pull within 58-56.

A 9-0 run, with the first six points by Parker, boosted the Spurs' lead to 71-60.

For the third time, San Antonio finished a quarter with a seven-point lead, this time at 84-77.

NOTES: The illness that struck Wright and Dalembert has been going through Dallas' locker room. . The Spurs are 7-2 in the second of back-to-back games this season. . San Antonio's 13-3 road record is the NBA's best. Portland is second at 12-3. . Center Tiago Splitter started for the Spurs despite a sore hamstring.

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