Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic Sparks Win Over San Antonio Spurs
Luka Doncic returned for the Dallas Mavericks in this game from an ankle injury. He missed his last four games due to that injury. It appeared as if Doncic was going to miss much more time than he actually did.
Luka Doncic sparked this team by scoring 24 points. He shot 39.1 percent from the field. Doncic also grabbed 10 rebounds, recorded eight assists, and recorded one steal in a 102-98 win at home over the San Antonio Spurs.
San Antonio tried to make the game interesting late when they went on a 13-0 run, but the Spurs fell up short. They had a chance to cut the deficit to one point with 5.8 seconds left, but Derrick White missed from downtown and Bryn Forbes needed to shoot the three on that possession instead of passing up the shot.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 17 points for Dallas. He shot 50 percent from the field in the game. Hardaway Jr. also grabbed three rebounds.
Dorrian Finney-Smith and Kristaps Porzingis each scored 13 points. Finney-Smith shot 83.3 percent from the field. He also grabbed six rebounds and blocked one shot. Porzingis shot 26.7 percent from the field. He also grabbed eight rebounds, recorded three assists, and blocked one shot.
Dwight Powell scored 11 points. He shot 44.4 percent from the field. Powell also grabbed seven rebounds, recorded one assist, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.
Their bench scored 24 bench points. Delon Wright scored 12 points. He also shot 45.5 percent from the field. Wright also grabbed five rebounds, recorded four assists, and recorded three steals.
Jalen Brunson and Maxi Kleber each scored six points. Brunson shot 50 percent from the field. He also grabbed one rebound and recorded three assists. Kleber shot 28.6 percent from the field. He also grabbed 12 rebounds, recorded two assists, and recorded one steal.
Seth Curry was held scoreless in 16 minutes of action. He did record one assist in this game.
DeMar DeRozan led the way for the Spurs with 21 points. He shot 53.3 percent from the field. DeRozan also grabbed five rebounds, recorded four assists, and recorded one steal.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 17 points. He shot 53.8 percent from the field. Aldridge also grabbed seven rebounds, recorded one assist, blocked two shots, and recorded one steal.
Bryn Forbes only scored seven points for San Antonio. He shot 42.9 percent from the field. Forbes also grabbed four rebounds.
Their bench scored 44 bench points. Rudy Gay scored 18 points off the bench for the San Antonio Spurs. He also grabbed two rebounds, recorded one assist, blocked two shots, and recorded two steals.
Derrick White scored 10 points. He shot 40 percent from the field. White also grabbed four rebounds, recorded six assists, and blocked one shot.
San Antonio’s biggest lead in this game was four points.
Dallas’s biggest lead in this game was 17 points.
The Dallas Mavericks are currently fifth in the Western Conference Standings. They are only 3.5 games back of the Los Angeles Lakers (24-7) for the top spot in the Western Conference.
As for the San Antonio Spurs, they are still one game back of the Portland Trail Blazers (14-18) for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
San Antonio and Dallas will play each other two more times this season.
The Spurs (12-14) will next play against the Detroit Pistons (12-20) at home on Saturday night.
The Mavericks (20-10) will next play against the Golden State Warriors (8-24) on the road on Saturday night.
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