November 25, 2004

Spurs Defeat Mavericks 94-80

SAN ANTONIO - Tim Duncan scored 27 points and the San Antonio Spurs held Dallas to 3-for-17 shooting in the fourth quarter of a 94-80 victory over the Mavericks on Wednesday night.

The Spurs won their 18th straight regular-season home game.

Dirk Nowitzki, listed as doubtful after spraining his left ankle Sunday in Denver, scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 35 minutes.

San Antonio, leading 74-67 after three quarters, went on a 14-4 run to open the final period. Rookie point guard Beno Udrih started the burst with a 3-pointer, and Duncan added two bank shots.

Dallas was held to 13 points in the fourth quarter.

The Mavericks, averaging 100.6 points coming into San Antonio, has failed to score more than 82 points in its three straight losses. Dallas also hasn't surpassed 40 percent shooting in any of the losses - on Wednesday, the Mavs shot 39 percent.

The Mavericks also had a season-low eight assists, 16 fewer than the Spurs recorded and one less than Tony Parker alone.

Parker scored 15 points while matching his season high in assists. Brent Barry added 12 points on 4-for-4 shooting. Duncan also had 13 rebounds.

Jerry Stackhouse had 15 points for the Mavericks and Devin Harris added 12.

Nowitzki made his first shot, a 3-pointer from the right wing, to give Dallas a 5-2 lead in the opening minutes. He missed his next three attempts, but still scored nine of the Mavericks' first 13 points.

The score stayed close for most of the first half, but the Spurs opened a 47-40 lead late in the second when Bruce Bowen and Barry hit corner jumpers. Dallas came back with two free throws by Stackhouse and a running bank shot by Jason Terry to cut the difference to 49-45 at the half.

Notes:@San Antonio is 5-0 at home this season. ... The Mavericks are lagging in assists post-Steve Nash. They are averaging only 18 per game, and Jason Terry leads the team with an average of 3.3. Terry had two assists Wednesday ... The Mavericks and Spurs play again next Tuesday in Dallas.