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Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011

Spurs top Mavericks

DALLAS (AP) Tim Duncan bounced back from one of the least productive games of his career to score 17 points and reserve Gary Neal had 21, sending the San Antonio Spurs to a 99-93 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night in a showdown between the top two teams in the Western Conference.

Dirk Nowitzki missed his second straight game because of a sprained knee ligament and the Mavericks have lost both. Dallas had won 17 of 18 with its leading scorer.

San Antonio won for the 12th time in 14 games and improved to 28-4, extending the best start in franchise history.

Dallas' Caron Butler had a season-high 30 points and Jason Kidd had a triple-double with 12 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds.

"We just couldn't get over the hump," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "It was tough, it was frustrating, but our guys kept battling. I take the positives out of it, but right now we've got to really work together. Without Dirk in the lineup, the margins for error are extremely slim."

Magic 112, Knicks 103

In Orlando, Dwight Howard had 24 points and 18 rebounds in a bruising battle with Amare Stoudemire, and the Magic beat New York for their fifth straight victory.

Stoudemire finished with 30 points, four rebounds and four assists but got into foul trouble early in a matchup of two of the NBA's best big men. Both were called for technical fouls, never shied away from contact and showed more offensive prowess than defensive pressure.

Blazers 100, Jazz 89

In Portland, Wesley Matthews tied a career high with 30 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 27 and the Blazers beat Utah, hours after learning star guard Brandon Roy will be sidelined for a lengthy period.

Portland said before the game that Roy would be shut down indefinitely because of sore knees that have plagued him throughout the season. The All-Star has missed 10 games this season, including the last seven.

The Blazers didn't put a timeline on Roy's absence, but general manager Rich Cho suggested it could be lengthy.

Deron Williams had 19 points and eight assists for Utah.



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