Mavs leave their offense in Dallas, fall 93-71 to the Spurs
Posted on January 6, 2012 at 12:12 AM
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Matt Bonner scored 17 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 93-71 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night.
Richard Jefferson scored 16 points and Gary Neal added 12 for the Spurs, who limited Dirk Nowitzki to six points on 3-of-11 shooting — the German star's lowest output since he had five in a Dec. 18, 2009, game that he left early because of injury.
Jason Terry scored 12 points and Delonte West had 10 to lead Dallas, which lost point guard Jason Kidd to a lower back injury with 24.7 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Kidd, who appeared to pull up, was replaced by Vince Carter and didn't return.
Even Kidd's presence might not have mattered much with the Mavericks hitting only 27 of 77 shots, including 1 of 19 from 3-point range.
San Antonio, which hit 16 of 33 shots from long range, jumped out to an 18-point lead in the first quarter. The Spurs led 55-29 at halftime behind 11-of-18 shooting from 3-point range.
Bonner, Jefferson and Neal and each hit three 3-pointers in the first half.
The Spurs were playing their second game without leading scorer Manu Ginobili. Ginobili had successful surgery on the fifth metacarpal in his left hand Thursday morning, the team announced. He's expected to be out about six weeks. He was hurt at Minnesota on Monday night.
Notes: Both teams were playing for the second straight night. The Mavericks have 22 back-to-backs this season and the Spurs have 20. ... F Ike Diogu, signed earlier this week, played his first game for the Spurs. He played 4:43 and didn't score.