Duncan, Neal lift Spurs past Dirk-less Mavs -- The AP reports: Beating the Dallas Mavericks without Dirk Nowitzki on the court just wasnít as much fun for the San Antonio Spurs. At least, thatís what San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich claimed. 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 Spurs to a 99-93 victory over the Nowitzki-less Mavericks on Thursday night in a showdown between the top two teams in the Western Conference... Caron Butler scored a season-high 30 points and Jason Kidd had a 12 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, but Dallas blew an early lead and never regained the lead. The Mavericks got close plenty of times, especially in the third quarter, but Duncan would make a shot or Neal would hit a 3-pointer to keep San Antonio ahead... Duncan was 5 of 9 from the field and 7 of 7 from the line. He also had 11 rebounds... Manu Ginobili scored 15 points, despite a sinus problem that makes it hard to breathe through his mouth, and Tony Parker added 14. George Hill scored 12.
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