DALLAS -- Patty Mills scored 26 points and the San Antonio Spurs completed a clean sweep of the Dallas Mavericks this season with a 109-100 victory Thursday night at American Airlines Center.
The loss snapped the Mavs' four-game winning streak and dropped them to 48-32 and in a virtual tie with the Phoenix Suns (47-31). But the Suns occupy the seventh spot in the Western Conference playoff race with a .603 winning percentage, while the Mavs are eighth with a .600 winning percentage.
Not far behind are the Memphis Grizzlies, who own a 46-32 record and are just one game behind the Mavs.
Between the Mavs, Suns and Grizzlies, one of them will not qualify for the playoffs.
The Mavs will play their final regular season home game Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against the Suns before ending the regular season Wednesday in Memphis.
Mills started in place of Tony Parker, who missed the trip to Dallas with a sprained facet in lower back. It was just the second start of the season for Mills and only the seventh in his career.
Jose Calderon popped in a 3-pointer to get the Mavs within 104-98 with 1:17 left. However, Kawhi Leonard drilled a 3-pointer of his own to put the Spurs ahead 107-98 with 56.7 seconds remaining.
The Spurs took control of the game in the third period when they wiped out a 51-49 halftime deficit and carried an 83-72 lead into the fourth quarter. In short, the Spurs (61-18) showed why they own the best record in the entire NBA and why they are now 4-0 against the Mavs this season.
Monta Ellis led the Mavs with 24 points, Dirk Nowitzki scored 19, Calderon tossed in 14 points, Shawn Marion added 12 points, and Samuel Dalembert grabbed 11 rebounds.
Other than Mills, the Spurs got 20 points and 15 rebounds from Tim Duncan, 16 points and a career-high 16 rebounds from Leonard, 15 points from Danny Green, and 10 points and seven assists from Manu Ginobili.
-- Dwain Price
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