SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 36 points and Josh Howard added 18 to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 90-85 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.

Howard grabbed 12 rebounds as Dallas won in San Antonio for the third straight time, dating to Game 7 of last season’s Western Conference semifinals.

San Antonio was led by Manu Ginobili, who scored 25 points. Tim Duncan had 18 points, Tony Parker contributed 15 and Fabricio Oberto was perfect from the field, going 7-of-7 and adding 14 points.

It was the teams’ third meeting of the season and their second in San Antonio. The Spurs beat the Mavericks 97-91 in November in Dallas. The Mavs answered later that month, beating the Spurs 95-92 in San Antonio.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who has made fun of San Antonio’s River Walk in the past, donned a shirt early in Friday’s game that read: “I went to the San Antonio River Walk and all I got was a rash.” But later on he was sporting a different one.

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