Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/30/12
DALLAS -- San Antonio didn't humiliate the Dallas Mavericks this time out, but the Spurs did net another sound victory over their instate rivals. Tony Parker scored 21 points as San Antonio took care of the Mavericks 111-86 Sunday night at American Airlines Center. Southwest Division-leading San Antonio (24-8) will take a five-game winning streak going into a New Year's Eve date with Brooklyn at AT&T Center. Dallas (12-19) has lost six straight and hasn't been seven games under .500 since the 1999-2000 season. The Spurs led from start to finish, and though it didn't come close to the 38-point demolition last week in San Antonio, the outcome was never in doubt. The lead reached 10 just minutes into the game and exceeded 20 in the fourth quarter. In between, the Spurs were in control. Manu Ginobili added 20 points, Tim Duncan scored 18 and Tiago Splitter had 13. San Antonio shot 50.6 percent and hit eight 3-pointers. (The Spurs nailed a team-record 20 3-pointers in last week's 129-91 rout.) Dallas hasn't won since beating Philadelphia on Dec. 18. Darren Collison led the Mavericks with 18 points. Vince Carter and Chris Kaman scored 13 each. Dirk Nowitzki had eight on 3-for-9 shooting off the bench. The Spurs established their dominance early, toying with Dallas in the early minutes and opening a double-figure lead. San Antonio was up 20-8 when Nowitzki first checked into the game. Parker had 10 points in the first quarter alone. The Mavericks did make a charge with their second team, as Elton Brand scored six off the bench, cutting San Antonio's lead to 27-22 going into the second period. The Mavericks closed the gap more in the second before Duncan and Splitter caught fire. San Antonio's advantage ballooned to 57-45 at the half. NOTES: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he hasn't been given any directive from the league on the proper procedures for giving players games off. The Spurs were fined $250,000 for sending Duncan, Ginobili and Parker home before a game at Miami earlier this season. "I don't know how you plan," Popovich said. "I'm just going to do what I've been doing for ... 16, 17 years. I'm mostly concerned with the health and safety of my players, especially the ones who are a little bit older. When they need rest I'm going to give it to them." ... San Antonio is leading the Southwest Division and beat the Mavericks by 38 a week prior to Sunday's meeting. "They're doing everything well," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "They're defending, they're taking care of the ball, they're shooting good. They're one of those top teams, one of those handful that's right there. It's challenging to play them." ... Parker has been given a warning about flopping. "Referees can be fooled," Popovich said. "What the league is doing will probably, will hopefully diminish flopping a little bit because players are more aware of it." ... Nowitzki came off the bench for the fourth straight game. ... Spurs guard Gary Neal (calf) missed his third game in a row.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Was firing Jeff Hornacek the wrong move for the Suns?

Panthers picked wrong day to play worst game of the season

Was Peyton Manning paid for Budweiser mentions?

Cam Newton walks out of postgame press conference

Eli did not look thrilled after Peyton locked up Super Bowl

Rick Reilly sends awkward tweet during Super Bowl 50

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Peyton Manning gives Papa John a kiss after game

Panthers' Josh Norman crying after losing Super Bowl

Peyton Manning ‘going to drink a lot of Budweiser’ after win

Where Peyton Manning ranks among Super Bowl era QBs

Peyton Manning declines to comment on possible retirement

Mike Carey not heard from again after being wrong earlier

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Aqib Talib wipes out on NFL Network

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Five biggest boneheaded plays of Super Bowl 50

WATCH: Cam Newton gives questionable effort to recover fumble

Lions say Calvin Johnson's future still not determined

How Louisville basketball bungled their self-imposed ban

Ted Ginn Jr. whiffs on football twice on one play, results in Panthers turnover

Kony Ealy makes one-handed interception of Peyton Manning

Mike Carey gets another call wrong on incomplete pass in SB

Steph Curry beats Panthers' "Keep Pounding" drum

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

WATCH: Panthers' Jonathan Stewart leaps over pile for TD

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Report: Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Five outrageous predictions for Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker