NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
San Antonio 22 27 30 31 110
Dallas 36 23 34 24 117
5:30 PM PT6:30 PM MT7:30 PM CT8:30 PM ET1:30 GMT9:30 6:30 PM MST8:30 PM EST5:30 UAE (+1)02:3020:30 ET7:30 PM CT23:30 , November 18, 2019
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas  Attendance: 19,637

Spurs bring five-game losing streak to Dallas

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San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks

  1. The Spurs swept all four 2018-19 meetings from the Mavericks, and are 14-2 against them since the start of the 2015-16 season. In that span, only the Raptors (15-1 vs. Nets) and Warriors (15-2 vs. Suns) have a better record against a division opponent.
  2. This game features two of the top rebounding teams in the league, with the Mavs tied with the Nets for third at 48.1 per game and the Spurs tied with the Magic for fifth at 47.5. Dallas is 4-1 when outrebounding its opponent and San Antonio is 0-5 when losing the battle of the boards.
  3. The Mavericks, who opened a four-game homestand with a 110-102 win over the Raptors on Saturday, are averaging 109.3 points in Dallas. They are averaging 9.0 fewer points at home than on the road for the largest drop-off in the league.
  4. Luka Doncic was 15-of-19 from the foul line Saturday and now ranks fourth in the league with 90 made free throws. He is averaging 7.5 made free throws a game, and the only Maverick to average more in a single season was Dirk Nowitzki, who averaged 7.9 in 2004-05.
  5. San Antonio is coming off a 121-116 loss to Portland on Saturday for its fifth straight defeat. The Spurs, who are allowing an average of 121.8 points during their skid after yielding 109.9 points in their first eight contests, haven't lost six games in a row since March 23-April 1, 2011. That stretch of 659 games without losing six straight is the longest active streak in the NBA.
  6. DeMar DeRozan is shooting 62.3 percent on the road compared to 42.3 percent at home. That 20.0 percent difference is the largest in the league (min. 70 percent of team games played).

Having shown that they can hang with the NBA's best teams, the Dallas Mavericks are in prime shape to continue improving when they host the struggling San Antonio Spurs on Monday.

Well, not so fast. Even in a swoon, you can never count out the Spurs, who are smarting after a series of close losses.

The Mavericks enter the contest on the heels of a 110-102 home win against the defending champion Toronto Raptors. Luka Doncic had 26 points, including a career-best 15 free throws in a career-high 19 attempts, 15 rebounds and seven assists in Saturday's victory.

Kristaps Porzingis added 20 points and tied a career high with 15 rebounds for the Mavericks, who had lost their two previous games. Seth Curry and Delon Wright each had 15 points and Maxi Kleber and Dorian Finney-Smith each scored 10 in a game that Dallas took over in the fourth quarter.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said the production of Porzingis at both ends of the floor was probably the best he's had all season.

"I love the way he moved and played within the team system," Carlisle said. "We made some real progress as a team, especially with that first unit."

The Mavericks' next three games, all at home, are against three teams -- the Spurs, Warriors and Cavaliers -- that have won five of the past six league titles.

"This is a tough homestand," Carlisle said. "It's a great opportunity, certainly, to be home. We'll find out a lot. I don't know exactly what it will tell me or us, but the opportunity to compete at home in front of your fans, it's a big deal and it's a big opportunity."

The Spurs will stagger their way up I-35 after dropping their fifth straight game, a 121-116 loss at home to Portland. It was San Antonio's eighth loss in its last 10 games and the second consecutive game that the Spurs have had leads in the fourth quarter and not finished.

LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 30 points and a season-high 13 rebounds in the loss to the Trail Blazers. Bryn Forbes scored 17 points and Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan added 16 each.

It's the first time San Antonio has lost five straight since the 2010-11 season.

"I thought we competed for more of the 48 minutes than we have in other games," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "By compete, I mean, being as physical as we need to be and executing defensively and rebounding-wise as much as we need to be. I was really proud of them."

The game had some added drama when Popovich was ejected with 9:37 left in the third quarter. His exit led to speculation that assistant coach Becky Hammon would make history as the first woman to coach in a regulation NBA game, but it fell on Tim Duncan to lead the team.

Asked who was acting head coach after his ejection, Popovich said: "Timmy was."

Was there any consideration given to making Hammon the acting coach and making history? "I'm not here to make history," Popovich said.

The Spurs played without point guard Dejounte Murray, who was given the night off to rest on the second night of a back-to-back. Murray missed the 2018-19 season with a knee injury and is on a doctor-prescribed minutes restriction.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 17, 2019

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