DALLAS – Tony Parker’s season-high 30 points included a go-ahead layup with 35 seconds left, Michael Finley made three key free throws, and the San Antonio Spurs held on to beat the Dallas Mavericks 92-90 Thursday night and remain alone atop the Western Conference.

Parker added two free throws with 12 seconds left to make it 92-88, but that almost wasn’t enough for the Spurs (12-3), who gave Dallas two more chances after that.

Marquis Daniels missed a shot for Dallas, but got the long rebound and threw a wild shot toward the basket, drawing a foul from Brent Barry to get three free throws with 6.1 seconds left. After Daniels made the first two shots, he missed the third.

Tim Duncan got the rebound in a crowd, but was called for traveling while trying to secure the ball with 3.5 seconds remaining. Dirk Nowitzki’s potential game-tying shot off the inbound pass was partially blocked by Bruce Bowen and time ran out.

Finley, the former Mavericks player making his first start in San Antonio with Manu Ginobili out because of a jammed right foot, scored 15 points. Duncan was held to just 13 points, but had 14 rebounds.

Daniels finished with a season-high 24 points, and Jason Terry had 18 for the Mavericks, who lost consecutive games for the first time under coach Avery Johnson. The Mavericks missed a chance to match San Antonio’s record by losing for the third time in four games.

There were 26 lead changes, seven in the final 2:48. The last came on Parker’s go-ahead drive that was redemption for his mistake just seconds earlier.

Parker had a bad pass stolen by Devin Harris, but the Spurs got the ball right back when Keith Van Horn threw a pass out of bounds and Parker drove for his layup. After Daniels missed a shot, Finley got the rebound, was fouled and made two free throws.

Finley scored the last seven points of the first half for the Spurs, giving them a 45-43 lead.

Nowitzki’s free throw pushed Dallas ahead 42-38 before Finley made a 12-footer with 1:55 left and hit a 3-pointer on the next possession to put the Spurs ahead. After Daniels made a free throw, Finley’s 22-footer broke the tie.

San Antonio jumped ahead 10-2 – which would be its biggest lead – by hitting five straight shots after Duncan missed the game’s opening shot. Finley even made his first shot, unlike when he opposed the Mavericks for the first time last month.

Finley badly missed his first shot against Dallas on Nov. 5, when he finished with only two points on 1-of-6 shooting in 27 minutes of the Spurs’ 103-84 loss. He spent 81/2 seasons with Dallas before being waived in August in a cost-saving move.

Ginobili will have an MRI exam on his jammed right foot Friday. He got hurt in the Spurs’ 90-84 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night, when he scored 22 points.


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