San Antonio (47-19) at Dallas (51-16)

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  • Game info: 8:30 pm EST Thu Mar 20, 2003
  • TV: FSSW
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DALLAS (TICKER) —The Dallas Mavericks try to hand the San Antonio Spurs consecutive losses for the first time in 2003 when the Texan rivals meet at the American Airlines Center on Thursday.

The Spurs, who have not lost back-to-back games since December 30-31, had a six-game winning streak snapped by New York at home on Tuesday, 105-97.

Tim Duncan, who was questionable before the game with a sprained right ankle, scored 27 points and Tony Parker added 21 for San Antonio, which led by 15 points in the third quarter and nine heading into the fourth quarter.

The Spurs made only 22 of their 35 free-throw attempts. San Antonio is 3 1/2 games behind the Mavericks for the lead in the Midwest Division and Western Conference.

Dallas, which is opening a three-game homestand, has won its last three contests, including a 114-93 triumph over Cleveland on Tuesday.

Dirk Nowitzki contributed 28 points and eight rebounds and Steve Nash and Michael Finley added 21 points apiece for the Mavs, who shot 51 percent and limited the Cavaliers to 38 percent.

Finley sat out the second half of the game after straining his left hamstring and is a game-time decision for Thursday’s contest.

The teams split their first two matchups this season, with each winning at home. The Spurs won 111-104 on December 11 before the Mavs won here on February 20, 95-87.

San Antonio has won seven of the last nine meetings between the teams.

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