Spurs edge closer to playoffs top seed

Patty Mills scores 26 points as San Antonio beat Dallas to move to brink of sealing top seed in Western Conf playoffs.

    Patty Mills (8) was starting in place of Tony Parker [Reuters]
    Patty Mills (8) was starting in place of Tony Parker [Reuters]

    San Antonio moved to the brink of sealing the top seed in the NBA Western Conference playoffs by beating Dallas 109-100, with Patty Mills scoring 26 points starting in place of Tony Parker.

    Making his second start of the season and seventh of his career with Parker nursing a bad back, Mills had 11 points and a pair of steals in the third quarter when the Spurs turned a two-point deficit into an 11-point lead.

    The Spurs beat the Mavericks for the ninth straight time in the regular season, a streak that has lasted more than two years.

    Kenneth Faried made a turnaround hook shot over Draymond Green with a half-second remaining, and the Denver Nuggets made Golden State wait at least one more game to secure a playoff berth with a stunning 100-99 win over the Warriors.

    Stephen Curry's floater over Faried put the Warriors up 99-98 with 4.7 seconds to play, sending the announced sellout crowd of 19,596 roaring to their feet. Faried quieted fans moments later, backing down Green for the winning shot.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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