Eric Gay, Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker scored 18 points, DeJuan Blair had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs handed the reeling Dallas Mavericks their fourth straight loss, 101-89 on Friday night.
Dirk Nowitzki missed his ninth straight game because of an ailing right knee and the once-mighty Mavs lost for the seventh time since the All-Star forward went out.
The Spurs (34-6) won their fifth straight and beat Dallas for a second time with Nowitzki sidelined. The injury has prevented a full-strength showdown between the NBA-best Spurs and Mavs, who have slipped seven games behind their Texas rivals in the Southwest Division.
Shawn Marion led Dallas with 14 points.
Nowitzki told ESPN during the broadcast that he hopes to return as early as Saturday at Memphis.
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