The San Antonio Spurs were in control most of the game, even after a fourth quarter push by Dallas put the Mavericks within three points with under three minutes to go. San Antonio was able to knock down a few big shots in the last two minutes to grab a win on the road, 116-107.
The Spurs came out strong, pushing Dallas around at home while grabbing a seven-point lead at the end of the first quarter. The Mavericks had trouble containing Boris Diaw, who was scoring, crashing the glass and handing out assists in the first half.
The Spurs' ball movement was key as Dallas defenders were slow to get out on open San Antonio shooters. Danny Green had three three-point buckets in the second quarter, two of them coming off assists from teammates.
The Mavericks played the Spurs tough to start the third quarter, but San Antonio never relinquished their lead and began to pull away by the start of the fourth period. Danny Green added 22 points on perfect 7-of-7 shooting off the bench, including 5-of-5 from behind the arc.
However, San Antonio allowed the Mavericks to make a late-game push. Dirk Nowitzki hit a big turnaround over Diaw with 2:18 left in the game, but the Spurs answered with a Danny Green three on the next possession. San Antonio pulled out the win, proving to be too much for the Mavericks on their home court.
For San Antonio, Tim Duncan had 21 points on 7-of-16 shooting, adding 13 rebounds and going 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Tony Parker had 21 points on 6-of-18 shooting, including just three assists.
Dirk Nowitzki led all scorers with 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting. Playing against his former team, DeJuan Blair had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Monta Ellis added another 23 points, shooting 9-of-19 from the field.
The win puts San Antonio at 23-7, good enough for third place in the Western Conference. Dallas drops to 16-13, putting them a half-game below the Golden State Warriors, who are in eighth place.