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Saturday, November 5th (All times eastern)

San Antonio Spurs (2-0) at Dallas Mavericks (1-1), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Dallas Mavericks try to rebound from a tough loss, as they welcome Tim Duncan and the world champion San Antonio Spurs tonight to American Airlines Center.

On Wednesday, Mehmet Okur scored 27 points, including two crucial three- pointers in the fourth quarter, as the Utah Jazz defeated the Mavericks, 93-82, at the Delta Center. Rookie Deron Williams, the third overall pick in this year's draft out of Illinois, scored 18 points and added three assists and three boards in his NBA debut.

Jason Terry scored 21 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 16, Josh Howard chipped in 11 points and Keith Van Horn tallied a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds in the loss to Utah for the Mavericks, who won their season-opener Tuesday night, 111-108, in double-overtime at Phoenix.

After tonight's contest, the Mavericks will embark on a three-game road trip. They will visit Philadelphia, Charlotte and New Orleans/Oklahoma City on the swing.

The Spurs begin a five-game road trip tonight. San Antonio will also visit Dallas, Chicago, Charlotte, Boston and Washington on the current swing.

On Friday, Duncan scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half and San Antonio overwhelmed the Cleveland Cavaliers after intermission to cruise to a 102-76 victory at the SBC Center. Duncan finished 10-of-17 from the field and added 10 rebounds in just 28 minutes for the defending world champion Spurs, who outscored the Cavaliers 52-31 over the final two quarters to break open a close game.

San Antonio, which finished with a whopping 62-30 advantage in points in the paint, received 18 points and eight assists from Tony Parker en route to their second straight win to begin the season.

Last season, the Spurs won three of four games from the Mavericks. Overall, Dallas has won five of nine and six of the last 11 meetings.

The Spurs have lost three of four and four of their last six at Dallas.

11/05 10:12:56 ET


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