NBA: Spurs grab one from Mavericks
DALLAS (AP) – Tim Duncan bounced back from one of the least productive games of his career to score 17 points and reserve Gary Neal had 21, sending the San Antonio Spurs to a 99-93 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night in a showdown between the top two teams in the Western Conference.
Dirk Nowitzki missed his second straight game because of a sprained knee ligament and the Mavericks have lost both. Dallas had won 17 of 18 with its leading scorer.
San Antonio won for the 12th time in 14 games and improved to 28-4, extending the best start in franchise history. Coming off a thorough victory over the Lakers, the Spurs got behind in the opening minutes then used a 21-2 run that started late in the first quarter to go ahead for good.
Dallas’ Caron Butler had a season-high 30 points and Jason Kidd had a triple-double with 12 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds.
Magic 112, Knicks 103
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Dwight Howard had 24 points and 18 rebounds in a bruising battle with Amare Stoudemire, and Orlando beat New York for its fifth straight victory.
Stoudemire finished with 30 points, four rebounds and four assists but got into foul trouble early in a matchup of two of the NBA’s best big men. Both were called for technical fouls, never shied away from contact and showed more offensive prowess than defensive pressure.
Howard just had more help.
J.J. Redick and Ryan Anderson had 14 points apiece, helping the Magic build a 20-point lead before halftime and hold on late. New York trimmed the deficit to two in the fourth quarter before the Magic pulled away.
Wilson Chandler had 29 points and Shawne Williams added 15 for the Knicks. They have lost five of seven.
Trail Blazers 100, Jazz 89
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Wesley Matthews tied a career high with 30 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 27 and Portland beat Utah, hours after learning star guard Brandon Roy will be sidelined for a lengthy period.
The Blazers said before the game that Roy would be shut down indefinitely because of sore knees that have plagued him throughout the season. The All-Star has missed 10 games this season, including the last seven. The Blazers didn’t put a timeline on Roy’s absence, but general manager Rich Cho suggested it could be lengthy.
Marcus Camby returned after missing three of Portland’s last five games because of an ankle injury, leading Portland with a season-high 20 rebounds. Andre Miller added 16 points and 10 assists.
Deron Williams had 19 points and eight assists for Utah, Paul Millsap added 17 points and Al Jefferson had 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Jazz lost to Portland for the second time this week.