THURSDAY'S HIGHLIGHTS

Spurs 109, Mavericks 100: Patty Mills scored 26 points starting in place of Tony Parker (back injury) and San Antonio moved to the brink of the top seed in the Western Conference with a win over Dallas.

Making his second start of the season, Mills had 11 points and two steals in the third quarter when the Spurs turned a two-point deficit into an 11-point lead.

The defending conference champions are just a win or an Oklahoma City loss away from securing the top seed in the West.

Tim Duncan added 20 points and 15 rebounds after leaving briefly in the first quarter because of a hyperextended knee. "It really wasn't that bad," he said. "It just scared me more than anything."

Monta Ellis had 24 points for Dallas (48-32), which is in a three-team scrum with Phoenix (47-31) and Memphis (46-32) -- their opponents in the final two games -- for the final two playoff spots in the West. Phoenix comes to Dallas on Saturday.

"Obviously, Saturday's huge for us," said Devin Harris, who was just 1 of 8 from the field. "It's a game we must have."

Pelicans: Anthony Davis (back soreness) will miss the final four games this season, and Eric Gordon is scheduled to have arthroscopic knee surgery next week.

Kings: Former San Leandro High standout Jared Cunningham signed with Sacramento for the remainder of the season. His 10-day contract with the Kings expired Wednesday.

Pacers: The Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board reportedly has struck a deal to pay $160 million to keep the franchise in the city. Indianapolis also gets the right of first refusal if 79-year-old team owner Herb Simon dies and his heirs put the team up for sale.