Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Spurs top Mavericks to close within top spot in West

PATTY MILLS scored 26 points starting in place of Tony Parker and the visiting San Antonio Spurs moved to the brink of the top seed in the Western Conference with a 109-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks last night.

Making his second start of the season and seventh of his career with Parker nursing a bad back, Mills had 11 points and a pair of steals in the third quarter when the Spurs turned a two-point deficit into an 11-point lead.

The Spurs beat the Mavericks for the ninth straight time in the regular season, a streak that has lasted more than two years.

Tim Duncan had 20 points and 15 rebounds after leaving briefly in the first quarter because of a hyperextended right knee. Kawhi Leonard added 16 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and five assists.

Monta Ellis led Dallas with 24 points and Dirk Nowitzki had 19.

The Spurs are in the playoffs, and the defending conference champions are just a win or an Oklahoma City loss away from securing the top seed in the West.

The Spurs had a scary moment early when Duncan crumpled to the court holding his right knee and stayed down for a Dallas possession at the other end. When the Spurs got the game stopped with 5:58 left in the first quarter, he headed for a tunnel but emerged a few minutes later and returned to the game.


* The Pelicans say All-Star forward Anthony Davis will miss New Orleans' final four games this season because of back soreness. Guard Eric Gordon is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee next week.
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