The San Antonio Spurs (36-6) beat the Dallas Mavericks 112-83 on Sunday night.
San Antonio began the contest with a 46-36 lead at the half against Dallas. The Spurs outplayed the Mavericks significantly in the second half as they outscored Dallas 66-47. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 23 points and seven rebounds. San Antonio contained the Mavericks to 37 percent shooting on the day. The Spurs did a magnificent job in limiting their mistakes as they wound up with seven turnovers. San Antonio is 2-0 against Dallas this season with the win. Their next matchup is set to take place on February 5th.
-LaMarcus Aldridge was terrific
Before the game I stated that a key would be Aldridge’s play against Dirk Nowitzki. On Sunday night it was all Aldridge as he scored 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting. It was a terrific performance for Aldridge who finished with six points against Cleveland on Thursday night as he battled foul trouble throughout the night. Nowitzki went for only four points on 2-of-10 shooting. That’s as bad as you will see Nowitzki play all season.
-Bench stepped up
There aren’t many nights when you’ll see a bench score 66 points in a game. That’s what the Spurs bench against Dallas. Boris Diaw led the bench with 16 points in 16 minutes. Jonathon Simmons wound up with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting. It was a great second-unit effort for the Spurs.
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With the exception of Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard (15 points), the San Antonio Spurs starters were quiet. Tony Parker scored two points on 0-of-4 shooting in 25 minutes. The performance was strange considering he had 55 points in the last two games combined. Tim Duncan (two points) was also 0-of-4 from the field in 21 minutes. Danny Green continued his inconsistency finishing with four points on 2-of-8 shooting.
Star Performer: LaMarcus Aldridge
No question here. Aldridge was terrific not only on offense but on Nowitzki in stretches. San Antonio must continue to feed him as he can score at a high level consistently.
-San Antonio is 24-o at home.
-Spurs outrebounded Mavericks 51-45.
–Dwight Powell led the Mavericks with 15 points.