San Antonio Spurs forward Marco Belinelli (bottom) celebrates with Tony Parker (9) and Cory Joseph (5) after a basket and foul during the second half against the Dallas Mavericks at AT&T Center. The Spurs won 112-90. Photo by Soobum Im, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.
SAN ANTONIO - (UPDATED) The San Antonio Spurs led wire-to-wire by cruising to a 112-90 victory over the Dallas Mavericks behind a 25-point performance from Tony Parker on Wednesday.
Parker, of France, also finished with seven assists and Marco Belinelli came off the bench to score 17 points for the Spurs who snapped the Mavericks' four game National Basketball Association win streak.
"A combination of playing pretty darn good defence tonight and them having a bad shooting night ended up in a good win for us on a back-to-back," said Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.
Tim Duncan added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Spurs who held Germany's Dirk Nowitzki to eight points on three-of-14 shooting.
Monta Ellis had a solid game with 21 points and four assists.
The Spurs had to play without star Manu Ginobili, who skipped the contest due to a hamstring injury.
"That is why they are the Spurs," said Dallas forward Brandan Wright. "They are used to winning with key players out."
Dallas got to the free throw line just eight times while San Antonio shot an impressive 23-of-26 from the foul line.
The Spurs started quickly, building a 12-point lead in the first quarter and cruising into halftime on top, 45-38.
Parker and Duncan then went to work. They scored on the opening five possessions of the third quarter to extend San Antonio's lead to 55-42.
A 15-2 run near the end of the third helped seal the Mavs' fate. Parker opened the run with a three-point play and Belinelli had seven points during it, comprising a three-pointer, a drive to the rim and two free throws to give the hosts a commanding 80-59 lead in the closing seconds.
The Spurs led by as much as 29 in the final quarter.
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