The San Antonio Spurs topped the Dallas Mavericks 88-83 on Wednesday night. Both teams struggled to score, as they shot 41 percent each. It wasn’t the high scoring affair many expected it to be. Both teams entered the contest averaging more than 100 points.
Early on when the Spurs jumped on the Mavericks 20-8, it appeared the Spurs would blow them out. Dallas hung in throughout the night, but the Spurs never trailed.
LaMarcus Aldridge returned from a two game absence with a sprained left ankle.
Nov 25, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks point guardDeron Williams
(8) is defended by San Antonio Spurs point guardTony Parker
(9) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Aldridge went for 18 points and seven rebounds in the win.
Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 26 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Leonard connected on 4-of-7 threes.
It was Leonard’s play down the stretch that won the game for the Spurs. Up 82-80 with under a minute to play, Leonard hit a midrange jumper. Mavericks guard Devin Harris drilled a three on the next possession with 33 seconds to play to go down one. Once again Leonard responded, this time with a three with 15 seconds left to seal the game.
The 24-year-old is averaging 22.2 points and 8.2 rebounds in the last five games.
Tony Parker nearly finished with a triple-double. Parker had 16 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists.
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Manu Ginobili had his worst shooting game of the season. Ginobili (9 points) went 2-of-12 from the floor and 0-6 from downtown.
San Antonio is now 8-0 at home.
Up next for the Spurs are the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on Friday night.