The San Antonio Spurs (42-8) beat the Dallas Mavericks (28-25), 116-90 on Friday night. Tim Duncan missed the contest due to a knee injury. The Spurs are 15-8 on the road this season.
In what was supposed to be an exciting battle between two in-state rivals, it was the Spurs who dominated this game from the tip. San Antonio led 62-26 at the half making it the biggest half-time lead they’ve ever had against Dallas. San Antonio went up by as many as 39 points in the third quarter. The Spurs shot 51 percent from the field while the Mavericks shot 45 percent. Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting.
-Kawhi Leonard hot
Kawhi Leonard set the tone for the Spurs going for 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting. Leonard connected on 2-of-4 from 3-point range. The 24-year-old only needed 27 minutes to do his damage and he only committed two turnovers. Unfortunately, Leonard didn’t provide the Spurs with the usual stats as he had only two rebounds and one assist.
-Strong Bench Play
All eight active players off the Spurs bench played and all of them scored, at least, five points. When do you see that happen? Patty Mills was the bright spot going for 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting in 15 minutes. Mills is averaging 15.3 points on 88 percent threes in the last three games.
-Containing Chandler Parsons
Chandler Parsons came into the contest averaging 20.8 points over the last 10 games. On Friday night, the Spurs held him to six points on 3-of-9 shooting. It was Parsons’ worst game in quite a while.
Star Performer: Kawhi Leonard
Despite not filling up the stat sheet, Leonard was the bright spot on offense. Leonard also took Chandler Parsons out of the game which was a key to winning.
-58 Bench Points
–LaMarcus Aldridge: 14 points and 10 rebounds
–Boban Marjanovic: seven points and seven rebounds in 17 minutes
-12-of-22 from 3-point range