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Spurs Nip Mavericks – NBA Roundup For March 15th

San Antonio Spurs - Getty Images
San Antonio Spurs – Getty Images

UNDATED (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs have padded their lead in the NBA’s Western Conference by sweeping their season series with Dallas for the first time in 15 years.

Tim Duncan’s 29 points and 19 rebounds led the Spurs in a 92-91 decision over the Mavericks. Gary Neal had 16 points for San Antonio, which withstood the Mavs’ game-ending 7-0 run and improved to 50-16 to move 1 ½ games ahead of Oklahoma City.

Dallas ended a four-game winning streak once Vince Carter missed a long three-point heave at the buzzer.

The New York Knicks absorbed their third straight loss after Damian Lillard torched them for 26 points and 10 assists in Portland’s 105-90 victory. LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in 22 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks as the Trail Blazers halted a two-game skid.

UNDATED (AP) — Kobe Bryant received several hours of treatment on his severely sprained left ankle Thursday in hopes of a speedy return to the Lakers line-up. The All-Star guard suffered what he called the worst sprain of his 16-year career late in the Lakers loss to Atlanta Wednesday night. Bryant tweeted the ankle was very swollen today. The team says he’s out indefinitely.

Meanwhile, the NBA says officials missed a foul call when Bryant was injured.

The Los Angeles Lakers star complained he was fouled when he landed on the foot of the Hawks’ Dahntay Jones with seconds left in the Lakers’ 96-92 loss Wednesday night. The NBA agrees, saying “video replay confirmed that referees missed a foul call on Jones as he challenged Bryant’s shot and did not give him the opportunity to land cleanly back on the floor.

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