The San Antonio Spurs stayed hot on Tuesday evening, escaping Dallas with a 112-105 as DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge combined for 61 points.
The American Airlines Center hasn’t been an easy place to win games this season as the Mavericks have stood their ground for a 21-13 record at home this season. Inversely, the San Antonio Spurs have dropped off of the face of the planet on the road but improved their record to 13-22 in away games with tonight’s victory.
Dallas had no answer on the perimeter for crafty shooting guard DeMar DeRozan, who finished with night with a loaded stat line in 38 minutes of play. His 33 points, six assists, four steals and four rebounds came on an efficient 57.9 percent field goal percentage. He took and made 11 of the team’s 18 free throws in the contest, notching a performance that head coach Gregg Popovich would be proud of.
Although DeRozan headlined the night, San Antonio also received excellent contributions from All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge and rising talent Derrick White. In the midst of a stunning hot streak, Aldridge matched DeRozan by shooting 11-of-19 from the field for 28 points along with seven boards, three assists, a steal and a block. Anchoring the team on both ends, Aldridge continues to assert his presence and prove to the league that he deserves another All-NBA nod.
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White, on the other hand, had one of the best games of his young career with 23 points on 10-of-16 shots including three triples. In addition to tying his second-best scoring total of the season, the sophomore guard from Colorado added seven dimes, three steals and three rebounds. For as impressive as his scoring night was, key in limiting European sensation Luka Doncic to 12 points on 18 takes.
Reigning Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year Jalen Brunson put on a show against San Antonio with a career-best 34 points and four triples in 37 minutes. Spurs fans will need to keep an eye on the rookie considering his youth and potential with the rival Mavs.
San Antonio won its season-high sixth straight game tonight and its second consecutive on the road. With the playoffs drawing near, the Spurs seem to have turned a corner on both ends of the floor after some worrisome losses just weeks ago.
The Spurs get a few days off before returning to the AT&T Center to host Dennis Smith Jr. and the tanking New York Knicks.