(NBA) Spurs record sixth win in a rowSports | 13 Mar 2019 11:45 am
DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 28 and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks 112-105 on Tuesday night.
DeRozan and Aldridge had identical 11-for-19 shooting lines from the field and combined to go 17 of 17 from the foul line. The Spurs led from the middle of the first quarter on in winning their sixth in a row. Dallas lost its sixth straight and 11th in 12 games.
Derrick White added 23 points and seven assists for San Antonio.
Jalen Brunson scored a career-high 34 points for the Mavericks and Dwight Powell added 20.
Luka Doncic started for Dallas despite a strained knee but went through one of his worst games of his rookie season. Doncic didn't score until the final minute of the first half and ended up with 12 points and nine turnovers.
He finished 5 for 18 from the field and 1 for 9 from the line. Things hit rock bottom for Doncic in the third quarter, when he was fouled on a 3-point shot and didn't make any of the free throws. He also missed 3 of 4 from the line down the stretch when Dallas was mounting a comeback.
Doncic hit a running bank shot to bring Dallas within 97-94 with 3:29 to play, but Davis Bertans made a 3 from the corner to restore a six-point lead.
DeRozan and White hit back-to-back mid-range jumpers to put San Antonio up 106-99 in the final minute and the Spurs sealed it with free throws.
The Spurs closed the first quarter on a 19-5 run, with DeRozan scoring 14 during that stretch, to lead 34-24.
San Antonio extended the lead to 15 early in the second quarter before Doncic scored the final five points of the half to pull Dallas within 60-53. -AP