Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Howard Pushes Mavs Past Spurs

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Howard Pushes Mavs Past Spurs

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Josh Howard led first-half spurts of 17-1 and 11-0, letting the Dallas Mavericks build a huge lead that they turned into an easy 105-92 victory over the visiting San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night.

The first of four meetings this season between the Western Conference powers lacked the sizzle likely to be found in future matchups. If anything, this will give the Spurs more incentive next time around, on Dec. 5 in San Antonio.

Howard finished with 23 points, and Dirk Nowitzki had 17, only three coming in the second half.

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