NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, March 4th (All times eastern)
San Antonio Spurs (40-19) at Dallas Mavericks (36-24), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Southwest Division rivals meet in Dallas Wednesday as the Mavericks host the San Antonio Spurs.
The Mavs, who trail division-leading San Antonio by 4 1/2 games, are coming off a tough loss in Oklahoma City on Monday after rookie star Russell Westbrook registered his first career triple-double, totaling 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as the Thunder surprised Dallas, 96-87.
Dirk Nowitzki led all scorers with 28 points to go along with six assists for the Mavericks, who saw a three-game winning streak come to an end.
Jason Terry logged 20 points, while Jason Kidd had nine points, six steals, five rebounds and as many assists for Dallas.
Josh Howard aggravated a left ankle injury against the Thunder and was unable to return to the floor after halftime of the loss. His status for tonight's game is questionable.
The Spurs, meanwhile, improved to 1-1 on a three-game road trip in Los Angeles on Monday when Tony Parker scored 26 points and dished out 10 assists as San Antonio continued its dominance over the Clippers with a 106-78 drubbing, their 11th straight triumph over Los Angeles.
Tim Duncan, in his second game back after missing three games with a right quad injury, added 18 points, 12 rebounds and six helpers to help snap the Spurs' two-game slide.
Michael Finley hit four three-pointers on his way to 14 points, and Matt Bonner chipped in 14 as well in the lopsided victory as San Antonio improved to 20-11 on the road.
The Spurs are also reportedly set to add some veteran depth to its rotation. Numerous media reports have stated that forward Drew Gooden has committed to sign with the Spurs after he clears waivers on Wednesday morning.
Gooden was bought out by the Sacramento Kings late Sunday, making him eligible to play for another team during the playoffs. The Spurs expect to sign Gooden for about $1.5 million, the remainder of their midlevel exception.
Gooden, who was also considering signing with Dallas, averaged 13.1 points and 8.6 rebounds in 31 games with the Chicago Bulls before he was traded to the Kings on February 18.
The Spurs have taken two of their three meetings with the Mavs this season, including an exciting 133-126 double-overtime win at American Airlines Center on December 9. Dallas is a solid 22-8 as the host on the season.
03/04 10:30:44 ET