Thursday , Feb , 26 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Mavs and Spurs set for shootout in Dallas

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – The Dallas Mavericks try to push their winning
streak to four games tonight when they welcome the San Antonio Spurs to the
American Airlines Center for a Lone Star State battle.

Tonight’s contest could also have some implications in the Midwest Division,
where the Mavs are a game and a half back of the second place Spurs.
Minnesota tops the Midwest by 3 1/2 games.

On Tuesday, Antoine Walker scored 21 points to lead Dallas to a convincing
116-91 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Michael Finley added 20 points,
while Dirk Nowitzki contributed 16 points and nine rebounds for the
Mavericks, who have won four of their last five games and improved to 7-2
this month.

Nowitzki also matched a career-high with five blocked shots in the win, as
Dallas picked up just its fifth victory of the season by 20 or more points
after posting 17 such blowouts last season.

On the injury front, guard Tony Delk could see his first action since
injuring his ankle back on January 12. Delk, who was activated from the
injured list on Friday, worked out before the game on Tuesday, but decided
to give his ankle some more rest.

Dallas, which will be playing the third leg of a five-game homestand
tonight, has won nine of 10 and 13 of its last 15 games at home and is 25-4
in its arena this season.

San Antonio, meanwhile, returned home after a 6-1 road trip on Tuesday and
defeated the Houston Rockets, 86-77, at the SBC Center.

Tim Duncan posted game highs with 27 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks in
the win, while Manu Ginobili added 21 points for the Spurs, who won for the
eighth time in its last nine games.

San Antonio has won seven of its last eight games on the road and is 19-12
away from home this season.

Dallas has already beaten the defending champion Spurs twice this season and
has won three straight and four of the last five matchups in the series. The
Mavs, though, have been a generous host and have lost nine of their last 14
in Dallas to the Spurs.