NBA Basketball

105
Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
San Antonio 20 25 30 30 105
Dallas 35 21 24 21 101
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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 CTNaN:� , January 16, 2019
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas  Attendance: 20,214

New faces dot Mavericks-Spurs rivalry

According to STATS
According to STATS

San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks

  1. The Spurs have lost two consecutive games for the first time since December 4-5. San Antonio forced fewer than 10 turnovers in each of the two losses, moving to 2-9 (.182) this season in games in which its opponent has single-digit turnovers.
  2. The Mavericks lost to Warriors, 119-114, on Sunday, and are 3-4 as a team so far in January. Dallas has held its opponents to 105.6 points per game this month -- only Utah (102.0) and Boston (103.9) have better scoring defenses in January.
  3. The Spurs beat the Mavs in overtime in October, 113-108, in these teams' first matchup this season. San Antonio is 21-4 (.840) against Dallas since the beginning of the 2012-13 season, the team's second-best mark against any Western Conference opponent over that time (vs Kings -- 21-2 (.913)).
  4. Since December 12, Luka Doncic has averaged 23.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 18 games. The only other rookie in the past 30 seasons to meet or exceed all of those marks in an 18-game stretch was Grant Hill during the 1994-95 season.
  5. DeMar DeRozan has gone eight straight games without attempting a three-pointer -- DeRozan failed to take a three-pointer in just six games all of last season with Toronto. After attempting 3.6 three-pointers per game last season, DeRozan has attempted just 0.9 this season. That decrease of 2.7 three-point attempts per game is the largest of any player in the league this season (min. 40 games both seasons).
  6. The Spurs have outscored their opponents by 6.9 points per 100 possessions with Patty Mills on the court this season. When Mills has been off the court, San Antonio has been dead even with its opponents, generating a 0.0 point differential per 100 possessions.

The Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night will renew one of the NBA's greatest in-state rivalries that includes titanic playoff clashes over the last two decades with entirely new casts on both squads.

Gone from the Spurs are Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili to retirement. Tony Parker, honored in an emotional ceremony Monday back in San Antonio, suits up for the Charlotte Hornets. Even rivalry late-comer Kawhi Leonard now resides in Toronto.

For Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki is a low-minute bench player in his 21st NBA season. Rivalry veteran J.J. Barea was recently lost to an Achilles injury that ended his season.

Moving this rivalry forward are LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan for the Spurs, and rookie of the year frontrunner Luka Doncic and emerging forward Harrison Barnes for the Mavericks.

While the names have changed, it doesn't mean that this second of four meetings this season is of any less importance. San Antonio and Dallas, which played an intense overtime game won by the Spurs on Oct. 29, could ultimately battle for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Four games separate the Spurs, clinging to playoff position, and the Mavs, who continue to be extremely competitive even if they don't always get the preferred result.

The Mavs, 16-5 on their home court, are coming off a heartbreaking 119-114 home loss to the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night, but came out of it with a measure of momentum. Doncic scored 26 points even though he was just 8 of 18 from the floor against the Warriors' stout defense.

Still, the performance for the 19-year-old, who despite being listed as a frontcourt player on the NBA All-Star ballot, is Dallas' de facto point guard, only added to his recent head-turning run in which he's averaged 28.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists over the last four games.

"He's trying to break the defense down and have the chances to score and get teammates involved," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "Some nights you don't make every shot and that's one of things about the NBA. He's going to learn a lot from (the Golden State) game and he still generates a lot of things out there."

The Spurs enter Wednesday's contest having lost three of four games on the heels of a season-best five-game win streak, with the lone win being a double-overtime thriller over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Injuries contributed to a sluggish offense in Monday's home loss to the Hornets. Bench spark Marco Belinelli missed just his second game of the season with a hyperextended left knee sustained on Saturday. His availability against the Mavs has yet to be determined. Over his last three games, Belinelli averaged 19.0 points while shooting 70.6 percent from 3-point range (12 of 17). He's averaging 10.5 points for the season while shooting 38.6 percent from beyond the arc.

Spurs veteran forward Rudy Gay has missed the last five games with a sprained left wrist. He said he hopes to be able to play at Dallas.

"As soon as we get him back," DeRozan said, "I'm pretty sure we will get back to where we left off."

--Field Level Media

Updated January 15, 2019

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