The San Antonio Spurs picked up a close win over their in-state opponent the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday evening. While big man LaMarcus Aldridge didn’t score a lot of points in the game, his late tip-in helped the Spurs win 105-101. DeMar DeRozan and Davis Bertrans were also key players in the latest San Antonio win.
As ESPN reported, the Spurs’ Bertans hit a key three-point shot in the fourth quarter to extend San Antonio’s lead to 99-96. San Antonio was actually down as much as 19 points in the first half but managed to rally and stay ahead in the final quarter. Aldridge had a key tip-in with 1:07 left in the game, while DeMar DeRozan hit a jumper moments later and Marco Belinelli hit game-sealing free throws.
Belinelli led all Spurs players with 17 points off the bench on 5-for-11 shooting. DeMar DeRozan had 14 points, nine assists, and four rebounds for the starters. Rudy Gay also returned to action and contributed 14 points on 6-for-11 shooting.
The Dallas Mavs got another big night from their promising young rookie Luka Doncic. He scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds. The latest scoring effort made him the first rookie since Stephen Curry back in 2010 to have scored 25 points or more in five consecutive NBA games.
The most points any other Mavs player contributed was 13 via starter Wesley Matthews. Dorian Finney-Smith came off the bench to chip in 12 points.
The Dallas Mavericks were without second-year player Dennis Smith Jr. for a fourth straight game. Smith has been the subject of recent trade rumors but was said to be out of action due to being sick. In his previous three absences, the reason was back tightness.
On the opposing side, Rudy Gay returned for the Spurs. Gay was out for five games due to a sprained left wrist. In Wednesday’s victory, Gay finished with 14 points. Belinelli was another player who returned for the Spurs after missing a game due to a left knee contusion.
With the victory, the San Antonio Spurs improved to 26-20 overall. They return to action on Friday, January 18 with a road game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at 7 p.m. local time (8 p.m. Eastern Time). That game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
The Dallas Mavericks dropped to 20-24 for the season with the loss on Wednesday night. They won’t play again until Saturday night when they visit the Pacers in Indiana. game time is slated for 6 p.m. local time (7 p.m. ET).