Game 30: Mavs at Spurs

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Yogi Fadeaway Three

Yogi Ferrell drives to the arc and drills the fadeaway three.

SAN ANTONIO — Eager to redeem themselves for a lackluster second half during Thursday’s 112-97 road loss Thursday to the defending champion Golden State Warriors, the Dallas Mavericks tried to respond just 48 hours later against an in-state rival.

Traveling to San Antonio for Saturday’s showdown against the Southwest Division rival Spurs, the Mavericks quickly tried to forget the final 24 minutes of play against the Warriors. The Mavs also attempted to replicate Tuesday’s 95-89 victory at home against the Spurs, looking to conclude the season series on a high note. But after surrendering a 16-point lead and a 13-0 run to close the game, the Mavericks (8-22) headed home with a sour taste in their mouths following a 98-96 defeat.

“We’ve got to learn from it,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said after the loss. “It’s extremely disappointing, as well as we played for 46 minutes or whatever it was. There’s not a lot to say. You know, the ending was something we’re going to have to learn from.”

Playing a shorthanded Spurs team without forward Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management), point guard Tony Parker (return from injury management), sharpshooter Danny Green (groin tightness) and reserve Kyle Anderson (left MCL sprain), the Mavericks tried to get off to a fast start on the road. The Mavs also hoped to continue picking up the slack without rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. (left hip strain), sticking with second-year standout Yogi Ferrell in the first unit.

Ferrell then opened the scoring with a jumper, leading to a three-pointer from German big man Maxi Kleber to power a 7-2 start for the Mavs. The Spurs (20-10) quickly countered behind the early offense of big man LaMarcus Aldridge. A three-pointer from Ferrell and his four-point play a short time later then tilted the momentum back in the Mavericks’ favor. Mavs leading scorer Harrison Barnes followed suit from there, swishing a three of his own to cap a 12-0 Dallas run. And behind Ferrell’s nine first-quarter points, the Mavericks took a 31-18 advantage into the second stanza.

After holding the Spurs to 7-of-23 shooting in the first period, the Dallas defense tried to remain locked in during the early minutes of the second quarter. Instead, the Spurs would close to within single digits, forcing a timeout by Carlisle with his team up 35-28 and 9:04 remaining in the half.

Ferrell immediately intervened with a pair of drives to the basket, while reserve guard J.J. Barea’s three highlighted a 7-0 Dallas run to put the Mavericks up 42-28 with 7:40 left before the intermission. Refusing to go away, the Spurs charged back to within nine at 48-39 after back-to-back scores by veteran reserve Manu Ginobili with 2:38 remaining in the half. The Mavs would settle down, however, after Ferrell found Kleber on the wing to put the visiting team back up double digits. The duo of Ferrell and Kleber then combined for 25 points, leading the Mavericks into the midway mark with a 53-43 advantage under their belt.

Led by Ferrell’s 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting to go along with six rebounds and four assists in the first half, the Mavericks held the 10-point lead while outshooting the Spurs from the field, 53.5 percent to 38.1 percent. The Mavs also held a 22-20 rebounding edge, bolstering their lead with 6-of-12 shooting from three-point range.

Turning to their ageless superstar as the third period got underway, the Mavericks upped their lead to 60-47 after 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki’s three from the wing. Nowitzki stepped back into the scoring with another three from the top of the key shortly after that, pushing the advantage to 16 in the process.

However, after another driving score by Ginobili, the Spurs again climbed to within single digits at 68-61. The Spurs inched to within four later in the quarter. Still, behind a late barrage from Nowitzki and his 12 points in the third, the Mavs escaped into the fourth period with an 80-71 edge.

Turning to Aldridge at the offensive end, the Spurs tried to stage a rally in front of their home crowd early in the final quarter. The Mavs continued to ride the hot shooting of Nowitzki and Ferrell, however, attempting to keep the Spurs at bay. And after Kleber’s score inside, the Mavericks held an 89-81 lead.

Kleber’s thunderous two-handed slam kept the Spurs at a safe distance later in the quarter as the visiting team tried to close the game out. Barea’s driving score then put the Mavs back up 10, 93-83, with 6:44 remaining. Kleber again stepped up with a triple to put the Mavericks ahead 96-85, forcing a San Antonio timeout with 3:59 left on the game clock.

However, after a three from Dejounte Murray, the Spurs came to within four at 96-92 with 2:13 still remaining. Aldridge then made it a two-point game with a score inside, forcing a Dallas timeout with 53.0 seconds left to play. The perennial All-Star big man struck again with a fadeaway jumper over Kleber to tie the game at 96-all with 23.4 ticks remaining. Mavs veteran swingman Wesley Matthews would then fail to get the inbound pass in without any timeouts, sending the ball back over to the Spurs. And after Ginobili’s score in the lane gave the Spurs their first lead of the night with 3.1 seconds remaining, Matthews’ desperation three as time expired would bounce off the glass to send the Mavericks home with a disappointing loss.

Scoring a career-high 21 points on 9-of-10 shooting, Kleber led the Mavs in a losing effort. Nowitzki added 19 points in the first unit, and Ferrell recorded his first career double-double with 17 points, a career-high 11 boards and six assists. Barnes was the only other Mav in double figures with 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting.

“We did everything right to lose. I mean, missed shots offensively, a bad turnover, giving up offensive rebounds and letting Ginobili go left down the stretch to lay it in. We literally had to do everything perfect to lose this one, and we did,” Nowitzki admitted.

Aldridge led five Spurs in double figures with 22 points on 9-of-18 shooting, grabbing 14 rebounds to boot. The Spurs also overcame being outshot for the game, 48.8 percent to 45.3 percent, converting Dallas’ 10 turnovers into 15 points and finishing with a 41-38 rebounding edge.

“They executed better than we did,” Matthews confessed. “I mean, it’s a tough way to lose, but they executed better. I think they hit some tough shots. I don’t know how many easy ones they were getting, but they were connecting and we didn’t.”

“We missed shots and had a big turnover, and they made shots and made the last shot,” Carlisle matter-of-factly concluded. “That’s really summing it up. We did a lot of good things, but the ending is unforgivable. The turnover is my fault. As a coach, you’ve got to take the responsibility when you can’t get the ball in bounds, so that’s on me. But we all own it. It’s very disappointing, but it’s got to make us stronger.”

Note: The Mavericks will now return to their home floor on Monday night at American Airlines Center against the Phoenix Suns. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

Injury updates:

Dennis Smith Jr. (left hip strain) — out
Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee quadriceps tendinitis) — out
Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out
Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) — out
Nerlens Noel (left thumb surgery) — not with the team

Mavericks

All Stats

PLAYER MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
H. Barnes, SF 36 3-11 1-3 3-4 0 3 3 2 1 1 0 3 -1 10
M. Kleber, PF 34 9-10 3-4 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 3 0 1 -6 21
D. Nowitzki, C 24 8-13 3-6 0-0 0 2 2 3 0 0 0 2 4 19
W. Matthews, SG 38 3-11 0-4 0-0 0 4 4 5 2 0 1 2 -11 6
Y. Ferrell, PG 38 7-14 2-4 1-1 1 10 11 6 1 0 1 2 2 17
S. Mejri 3 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 11 4
D. Harris 17 0-5 0-2 2-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 2
J. Barea 25 4-10 1-5 0-0 0 6 6 6 0 0 5 1 -2 9
D. Powell 18 3-3 0-0 2-2 2 3 5 0 0 0 2 3 -6 8
A. Cleveland 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -4 0
J. Motley 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Withey 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Curry 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Finney-Smith 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. McRoberts 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
N. Noel 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Smith Jr. 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   39-80 10-28 8-9 4 34 38 23 4 4 9 16   96
    48.8% 35.7%                      

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Spurs

All Stats

PLAYER MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
R. Gay, SF 27 3-8 1-3 2-2 0 4 4 0 0 1 0 5 -8 9
L. Aldridge, PF 34 9-18 0-0 4-4 6 8 14 1 0 1 2 1 -3 22
P. Gasol, C 14 0-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 -10 0
B. Forbes, SG 33 5-11 1-6 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 -1 11
D. Murray, PG 24 6-11 0-1 2-2 1 5 6 4 1 0 2 4 0 14
P. Mills 22 4-6 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 6 9
M. Ginobili 22 5-9 0-3 2-2 1 4 5 3 1 0 0 2 13 12
D. Bertans 26 4-8 2-4 3-3 1 6 7 2 0 0 0 0 17 13
B. Paul 12 1-7 0-4 1-3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 -10 3
J. Lauvergne 13 2-2 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 2 2 5
D. Hilliard 6 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
D. White 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Green 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Anderson 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
M. Costello 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Leonard 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Parker 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   39-86 5-25 15-18 9 32 41 14 5 2 7 14   98
    45.3% 20.0%                      

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Yogi Floats It Home

Yogi Ferrell drives in the paint and floats it in.


Matthews Behind The Back To Powell

Wesley Matthews gets stuck under the basket and finds Dwight Powell for the behind the back pass.

SAN ANTONIO — After pushing the defending champion Golden State Warriors for two quarters before eventually suffering a 112-97 defeat Thursday on the road, the Dallas Mavericks will attempt to put together a complete 48 minutes against a very familiar foe Saturday night.

Entering the halftime intermission tied with the Warriors at 48-all, the Mavericks (8-21) ran out of steam in the final two quarters. They’ll now attempt to bounce back Saturday in San Antonio while wrapping up the season series against the in-state rival Spurs (19-10). But after seeing the Warriors get hot at the right time, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle knows his team will have to sustain its level of success in order to replicate Tuesday’s 95-89 victory at home against the Spurs and even the series at 2-2.

“Our first half (Thursday) was pretty solid. But as the game wore on, they played better and they adjusted,” Carlisle confessed after the loss. “I thought we did a few good things in the second half, but the runs killed us and the shotmaking by (Kevin) Durant and (Klay) Thompson was decisive for them. … They got on a roll, and we had trouble stopping them at key times.”

The Mavericks certainly stepped up at a key time Tuesday night against the Spurs, outscoring San Antonio 28-20 in the fourth quarter. Leading scorer Harrison Barnes also boosted the Mavs to that win, posting 17 points on 8-of-17 shooting and grabbing six rebounds. All told, five Mavericks finished in double figures as they outshot the Spurs for the game, 42.7 percent to 40.2 percent, while battling to a 49-all rebounding stalemate and forcing 10 San Antonio turnovers. And according to Barnes, it’s important that the Mavs get back to that gritty play for a full 48 minutes in order to conclude the season series on a high note.

“Well, I think right now we’re beyond effort,” Barnes admitted. “You know, we’re right there in games, and it’s just a matter of winning games and having that show up in the score sheet. We can’t continue to have games where it’s good effort. We can’t continue to have games where it’s 36 minutes, 38 minutes or 40 minutes of hard play. It’s got to be 48 minutes and a win.”

Note: The Mavericks will now conclude their two-game road trip and the season series with the Spurs in San Antonio on Saturday night. San Antonio leads the season series 2-1. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270.

The Mavs return to their home floor next Monday night at American Airlines Center against the Phoenix Suns. That game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

Injury updates:

Dennis Smith Jr. (left hip strain) — out
Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee quadriceps tendinitis) — out
Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out
Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) — out
Nerlens Noel (left thumb surgery) — not with the team