The San Antonio Spurs saw their three-game winning streak come to an end on Tuesday night, falling to the Dallas Mavericks 101-94 on the road.
The Spurs started strong, building a 12-point lead at the end of the first quarter but were unable to sustain momentum. Over the last three quarters, San Antonio was outscored 84-65.
San Antonio did get back into the game late, closing the gap to eight with under three minutes left but they were unable to get over the hump, finding themselves on the wrong side of the scoreboard as time expired.
Now that the game is over, let’s take a look at our studs and duds of the game, along with key statistics.
Studs of the Game
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In a rough scoring night individually for Spurs players, Kawhi Leonard rose above and more, providing 19 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and four steals. What makes picking Leonard for this award so tough, however, or any Spurs player for that matter, is the fact that the former first-round pick did most of his damage in the first half. That final line looks great but it would have been nice to see more of an impact from Leonard for the entirety of the game.
Monta Ellis gets the award for Dallas Mavericks stud of the game in what might be the easiest selection so far in this new segment. Ellis absolutely ripped the Spurs, tying a season-high for scoring with 38 points. The former Bucks and Warriors star also did a solid job facilitating ball movement, picking up five assists.
Duds of the Game
San Antonio Spurs
After a streak of great games in March, Tony Parker seems to have taken a step backwards and regressed into the inconsistent player he was earlier in the season. Parker just could not get it going, finishing with a measly eight points on 3-of-11 shooting. To top it off, he also had more turnovers, four, than assists, three.
For as great as Monta Ellis was, his back-court mate, Rajon Rondo, was equally bad. Rondo picked up nine assists and five rebounds but those numbers really mask the poor game he had. Rondo could only muster up two points on 1-of-5 shooting and committed four turnovers. Not the best night for the former All-Star.
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1:1: That’s the ratio of assists to turnovers the Spurs had against the Mavericks. San Antonio recorded only 16 assists, well below their season average, and 16 turnovers, well above their season average. That just can’t happen if the Spurs are to beat some of the tougher teams out West.
14: That’s the biggest lead San Antonio had in this game. The Spurs really needed this game, not only to hold off the Mavericks who are now zero games behind them, but also to potentially catch Portland, the Clippers, and Houston. Instead, San Antonio is now sitting three-games behind Houston, one-and-a-half behind the Clippers, and a half-game behind Portland.
28.6: That’s the percentage the Spurs shot from deep. San Antonio is equipped with a bunch of great shooters but it sure didn’t show on Wednesday. The Spurs really need to step it up from deep to maximize the potential of this team.