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Spurs top Mavs, close in on West's top seed

DALLAS — Patty Mills scored 26 starting in place of point guard Tony Parker and the Spurs moved to the brink of the top seed in the Western Conference with a 109-100 victory over the Mavericks on Thursday 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 and Dirk Nowitzki had 19.

The Spurs are just a win or a Thunder loss away from securing the top seed in the West. The Mavericks are in a three-team race with the Suns and Grizzlies, their opponents in their final two games, for the two playoff spots.

DAVIS' SEASON OVER: All-Star forward Anthony Davis will miss the Pelicans' final four games with back soreness. Davis is averaging 20.8 points and 10 rebounds a game. Guard Eric Gordon is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee next week. Gordon has missed 10 straight games.

PACERS STAYING: The Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board will pay about $160 million to the Pacers to keep the team in Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Star and the Indianapolis Business Journal reported. The deal, due to be announced Monday, will keep the team in the city through the 2023-24 season.

Spurs 109, Mavericks 100

SAN ANTONIO (109): Leonard 5-14 4-5 16, Duncan 7-12 6-9 20, Splitter 6-10 0-0 12, Mills 9-25 2-2 26, Green 5-9 0-0 15, Diaw 0-3 0-0 0, Ginobili 4-8 0-0 10, Joseph 0-0 3-4 3, Belinelli 2-7 2-2 7, Daye 0-0 0-0 0, Ayres 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-88 17-22 109.

DALLAS (100): Marion 5-7 0-0 12, Nowitzki 8-14 3-5 19, Dalembert 1-5 0-0 2, Calderon 5-11 2-2 14, Ellis 10-22 4-4 24, Carter 2-5 2-2 6, Harris 1-8 5-6 8, Blair 2-3 1-2 5, Crowder 0-1 0-0 0, Wright 4-6 0-0 8, Larkin 1-1 0-0 2, B.James 0-0 0-0 0, Ellington 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-83 17-21 100.

San Antonio 30 19 34 26— 109

Dallas 22 29 21 28— 100

3-Point GoalsSan Antonio 16-34 (Mills 6-11, Green 5-9, Ginobili 2-4, Leonard 2-6, Belinelli 1-4), Dallas 5-12 (Marion 2-3, Calderon 2-3, Harris 1-5, Ellis 0-1). ReboundsSan Antonio 57 (Leonard 16), Dallas 46 (Dalembert 11). AssistsSan Antonio 22 (Ginobili 7), Dallas 16 (Harris, Ellis 4). Total FoulsSan Antonio 22, Dallas 17. TechnicalsDuncan. A20,324 (19,200).

Playoff chase

Top eight in each conference make playoffs. Three division winners and next-best team regardless of division are seeded one through four by record (top tiebreakers are division lead and better head-to-head winning percentage):


Team W-L GB GR

y Pacers 54-25 — 3

y Heat53-25½4

x Raptors 46-32 7½4

x Bulls46-32 7½4

x Nets43-3510½ 4

x Bobcats40-38 13½ 4

x Wizards 40-3813½4

Hawks35-43 18½4

Knicks 33-45 20½ 4


y Spurs 61-18— 3

y Thunder57-21 3½4

y Clippers55-2463

x Rockets52-268½4

x Blazers51-28 10 3

Warriors* 48-29 125



Grizzlies 46-32 14½4

x Clinched playoffs y Clinched division

* Late game

Spurs top Mavs, close in on West's top seed 04/10/14 [Last modified: Friday, April 11, 2014 12:20am]
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