Final: Spurs 97, Mavs 91
Behind the Box Score
This was by far the slowest game in terms of possessions the Mavs have played in a while. The Spurs rank toward the bottom in pace and the Mavs aren’t too far ahead of them, so you know when two slower teams meet, the possessions will be few. That means they come at a premium, because you’re not going to get too many chances with the ball. Things like turnovers and allowing offensive rebounds can be even more costly in a game like this
JJ Barea had been shooting just 2 of 10 on 3-pointers in his last two games before this one, but tonight he shot 3 of 6 to get back on track and bust the slump.
This was Dennis Smith Jr.’s seventh straight game with at least 15 points. It’s the longest such streak by a Mavs rookie since Jamal Mashburn did it 15 consecutive times from February to March 1994. Keep the team’s rookie record book and an eraser handy, because Smith is going to find his name on more and more all-time franchise lists. He finished with a career-high 27 points tonight.
And he soon after followed it up with a blocked shot and another dunk:
Rick Carlisle said this morning that Finney-Smith will be out “a while,” and while Harris likely won’t miss too much more time, the fact remains that there are wing minutes to be had on this team. If Kleber can continue to be productive, he could be the one to claim that playing time.
The Mavs (2-13) will play the Minnesota Timberwolves (8-5) on Friday at American Airlines Center at 7:30 p.m. Central.