Spurs End Two Game Skid With 94-80 Win Over Mavericks

By Gregory Moore
Updated: November 25, 2004

Delvin Brown

SAN ANTONIO,TX – The San Antonio Spurs were looking for a little Pre-Thanksgiving celebration with a win over the Dallas Mavericks. The Spurs won the game 94-80 with Tim Duncan leading the team with 27 points. For the Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points.

“We didn’t expect Dirk to play tonight,” Brent Barry said after the game. “We saw him during warm-ups and figured that we had better prepare ourselves. He had a heck of a night.” The Spurs were coming of a two game skid into tonight’s game. Their two previous games they lost to the Toronto Raptors 96-91 and the Memphis Grizzlies, who beat the Spurs 93-90.

“This was a good win for us tonight after losing a couple of games on the road,” Spurs guard Devin Brown said. “We needed this to get ready for the long stretch of games coming.” Tony Parker had a good all around game for the Spurs as he scored 15 points and had nine assists. Parker had only three turnovers in the game that was more reminiscent of his play during their championship run.

“We did a good job on defense both individually and with team defense,” Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said.

When asked about Nowitzki playing, Popovich said, “With or without him it doesn’t change our offense or defense. We rather the other teams’ players play, because it shows where we are.” For the Mavs, Nowitzki was complemented by Jerry Stackhouse (15 points) and by Devin Harris (12 points).

GAME NOTES: The Spurs will take on the Denver Nuggets this Friday at the Pepsi Center before coming back home to face the Utah Jazz on Saturday. The Nuggets are one of the up and coming teams who have made a great acquisition in getting Kenyon Martin. A team that has scoring in both the backcourt and frontcourt, Martin, Carmello Anthony and Marcus Camby lead the Nuggets.

“Denver are a very athletic team that is trying to find themselves,” Spurs’ Tim Duncan said. “With the teams that we are facing this is a very good stretch for us right now.” SPURS STAY IN FIRST PLACE: With tonight’s win, the Spurs maintain their first place position in the Southwest Conference. Their record now stands at 9-3 while the Mavericks fall to 8-5, one and a half games out of first place. Only Seattle (10-2) and Phoenix (9-2) are ahead of them in the Western Conference.