Spurs spoil Nowitzki's return by routing Mavericks

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Dec 24 2012 01:10 PM | Updated as of Dec 24 2012 09:10 PM

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Danny Green scored a career-high 25 points and sparked a San Antonio 3-point barrage to lead the Spurs over Dallas 129-91 on Sunday, spoiling the NBA return of German star Dirk Nowitzki.

Frenchman Tony Parker added 18 points and Tim Duncan contributed 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and two blocks for the Spurs, who hit 20-of-30 3-point attempts, powered by Green's 7-of-8 showing from beyond the arc.

Nowitzki missed the first 27 games of the season for the Mavericks because of a knee injury but came off the bench on Sunday to contribute eight points and six rebounds in just over 20 minutes on the court.

arren Collison had 15 points and Vince Carter 13 to lead the Mavericks, who lost their third game in a row, sliding to 12-16. San Antonio improved to 21-8, one game ahead of Memphis atop the Southwest division.

Kawhi Leonard added 17 points and five steals for the Spurs, who hit 7-of-9 3-pointers in the third period, outscoring Dallas 36-14 in the period, and stretched their lead as large as 46 points in the final minutes.

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