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Spurs grab 3-2 lead over Mavericks

Tony Parker of the Spurs lofts a shot over Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks during Game 5 of their NBA playoff series on Wednesday night in San Antonio. USA Today Sports Photo

SAN ANTONIO — Every time the Dallas Mavericks tried to make a push Wednesday, Tiago Splitter offered resistance.

The San Antonio center produced nine points, six rebounds and four assists in the fourth quarter alone, helping the Spurs defeat the Dallas Mavericks 109-103 to take a three-games-to-two lead in their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

The Spurs can close out the series Friday in Dallas.

Splitter finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.

Raptors 115, Nets 113

Kyle Lowry scored 36 points and host Toronto survived a near-collapse to take the pivotal Game 5 of its Eastern Conference first-round series.

The Raptors led by 26 points late in the third quarter and were up 22 with 11 minutes to go but Brooklyn stormed back to tie it twice in the closing moments before falling short. DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points for Toronto.

D’Antoni, Lakers split

Following the worst season since the team moved to Los Angeles from Minneapolis in 1961, Mike D’Antoni has resigned his post as Lakers head coach.

The Lakers finished the 2013-14 season 27-55.

D’Antoni reportedly quit because the Lakers refused to exercise their option to extend his contract for the 2015-16 season.

“Given the circumstances, I don’t know that anybody could have done a better job than Mike did the past two seasons,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement.