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Mavericks rip Spurs

Posted: Friday, February 27, 2004

DALLAS Michael Finley opened the third quarter with a dunk and closed it with a swish from behind the halfcourt stripe, perfect bookends for a 46-point period that the Dallas Mavericks rode to a 115-91 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night.

Finley shot 10-of-14, including 5-of-7 on 3-pointers, for 30 points. Dirk Nowitzki added 23, helping the Mavs win their fourth straight and improve their league-best home record to 26-4.

The Spurs endured their biggest blowout loss of the season and lost two-time MVP Tim Duncan for most of the second half because of a bruised thigh.

Wizards 95, Bulls 87

WASHINGTON One night after staging a mini-mutiny on offense, Gilbert Arenas had his second career triple-double.

Arenas set aside five days of drama to score 21 points, grab 12 rebounds and hand out 13 assists as the Wizards completed rare back-to-back victories.

Kings 103, Lakers 101

LOS ANGELES Mike Bibby made two 3-pointers in the final 90 seconds to cap a 31-point performance.

Peja Stojakovic had 37 points and nine rebounds as the Kings won their fourth straight and eighth in nine games despite playing shorthanded. Bibby also had eight rebounds and seven assists.

Kobe Bryant's 3-pointer with 37.8 seconds left drew the Lakers within two points.



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