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Tuesday, December 9th (All times eastern)

San Antonio Spurs (11-8) at Dallas Mavericks (11-8), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Southwest Division rivals meet Tuesday when the San Antonio Spurs travel north to take on the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center.

The Spurs won their second straight game on Saturday when Tim Duncan scored 20 points, pulled down 13 rebounds and had five assists as San Antonio pounded Golden State, 123-88, winning at home against the Warriors for the 21st straight time.

Michael Finley and Tony Parker each scored 17 for the Spurs, who have won six of their last eight games. Parker also had eight assists while Matt Bonner had 14 points for the Spurs, who aim to improve their 5-3 road record tonight.

The Mavs, meanwhile, won their fourth straight game and improved to 3-0 on a season-long, seven-game homestand Saturday when Jose Juan Barea scored 16 of his season-high 22 points in the third quarter. Dallas narrowly escaped blowing a big lead in the fourth quarter in the 100-98 win over Atlanta.

Dirk Nowitzki added 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Jason Terry chipped in 19 points off the bench for the Mavericks, who have won five straight at home after dropping their first four games of the year as the host.

Dallas will finish its residency with games against Charlotte, Oklahoma City and Denver.

On the injury front, Mavs forward Josh Howard is questionable for tonight's game with a sprained left ankle.

The Mavs snapped a three-game skid against the Spurs in San Antonio on November 4 when Nowitzki poured in a game-high 30 points in a rather easy 98-81 win.

Parker had 22 in that contest but suffered an ankle sprain just two games later that put him on the shelf for three weeks.

12/09 10:30:44 ET

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