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Game 52 Recap: Mavs vs Spurs

On Sunday, the Dallas Mavericks played the San Antonio Spurs as they look to capture a regular season series sweep. The Mavericks look to take advantage of this current three game home stand. The Mavericks could capture their 30th win on the season with a win in the matchup.

On Thursday, the Dallas Mavericks played the Milwaukee Bucks in the second home game in the last couple of games. The Mavericks started this game strong but was matched with the Bucks as they were neck and neck throughout the game. The Bucks ended the third quarter on a 12-0 run to finish with a 84-80 lead. The Mavericks used a big fourth quarter as they out-scored the Bucks 36-17 in the quarter to finish with a 116-101 win. Luka Doncic finished with 27 while Kristaps Porzingis had 26 points and 17 rebounds playing on a back-to-back for the first time in two months. With the win, the Mavericks record improved to 29-22 on the season, as they are now within 3 games of the fifth seed in the western conference standings.

The Spurs are coming into this game by going 2-8 in their last 10 games. They are recently coming off a nail biting 121-119 loss against the Denver Nuggets on Friday to see their record drop to 24-26 on the season. The Spurs were coming into this season with the hopes of trying to make a new playoff streak as their NBA-tying 22 consecutive seasons of making the playoffs was snapped last season. The Spurs are currently ninth in the western conference standings and are only two games from the eighth seed. This team is led by DeMar DeRozan as they look to secure a spot in the playoffs. If their current trend continues, then they will have a difficult time of gaining ground in the western conference and will start a playoff drought streak of two consecutive seasons.

Coming into this game, the Mavericks won their last meeting with the Spurs 115-104 on March 10th, 2021. The Mavericks could capture a regular season series sweep with a win in this matchup, which would be the first time that has happened against the Spurs. The Mavericks previously won their regular season series last season 3-1 against the Spurs. Overall, the Spurs hold the all-time series with a record of 113-73

The Mavericks started this game by having Maxi Kleber (right lower leg soreness), JJ Redick (right heel soreness) and Tyrell Terry (personal reasons) be ruled out but, Willie Cauley-Stein (health and safety protocols) will be available to play. As a result, the Mavericks went with Doncic, Richardson, Melli, Finney-Smith and Porzingis as their starting five in this game. The first points in the game would belong to DeJounte Murray as he nailed a two pointer for the Spurs to get this game underway. The Mavericks wouldn’t get their first points until the 10:53 mark as Kristaps Porzingis drilled a three pointer to give the Mavericks their first lead in the game at 3-2. Both teams would then have tough times getting shots to fall down until DeMar DeRozan knocked down a jump shot before Luka Doncic answered with a jump shot of his own to reclaim the lead at 7-6 with 8:23 left in the quarter.

It took both teams awhile to settle in the game as they both couldn’t get on a roll that they wanted to start the game. The Spurs would get the lead right back, after Keldon Johnson knocked down two free-throws with 8:04 left in the quarter to give the Spurs a 10-7 lead. The Mavericks better be ready to play because the Spurs were coming into this game on a five game losing streak that they badly want to snap. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout with 7:00 minutes left in the quarter as the Mavericks were trailing 15-11. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks started this game by making just three of their first six attempts while the Spurs had a much better start as they made six of their first nine attempts taken thus far. The Mavericks were getting out-scored in the paint as the Spurs were leading 8-2 in that category. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Luka Doncic but lost the ball as he couldn’t maintain control of the ball that kept the score at 15-11 with 6:53 left in the quarter. The Spurs were able to extend their lead to six points after Derrick White drilled a jump shot to take a 17-11 lead with 5:43 left in the quarter. The Spurs would call a timeout with 4:46 left in the quarter after the Mavericks cut their deficit to two points after Kristaps Porzingis nailed a driving layup. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks were able to generate a quick 4-0 run to try to erase the Spurs lead. Coming out of the timeout, the Spurs turned to Keldon Johnson as he was able to convert on a three pointer to extend their lead to 20-15 with 4:28 left in the quarter. The Spurs were playing like they had something to prove as they don’t have much games left to spare to land a playoff spot in the western conference. In the final minutes of the quarter, the game would be tied at 26-26 as the game went into the second quarter. The game leading scorer after one quarter of play would belong to Kristaps Porzingis as he scored 13 points for the Mavericks. The Spurs were led by Dejounte Murray as he scored 9 points. The Mavericks were able to get some shots to go down but were simply outplayed by the Spurs as they came to play. The Mavericks finished the first quarter by shooting 50% on 9-of-18 shooting from the field.

The second quarter would begin by having Rudy Gay nail two free-throws for the Spurs to get this quarter underway. The Mavericks wouldn’t get their first points in the quarter until the 9:42 mark as Dwight Powell nailed a jump shot while being fouled to have a chance at a “three point play” and would eventually knocked down the “AND ONE” free-throw to come within 31-29 of the Spurs. The Spurs started the quarter by going on a 5-0 run before the Mavericks finally got their first points in the quarter. The Spurs were able to extend their lead to 34-29 after Rudy Gay knocked down a jump shot with 9:12 left in the quarter. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout with 8:15 left in the quarter after the Spurs jumped out to a 36-31 lead. Prior to this timeout, the Spurs started the quarter by making three of their first seven attempts while the Mavericks were struggling as they opened the quarter by making just two of their first six attempts taken thus far. The Spurs were able to generate a 5-2 run to take control of the game. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Trey Burke as he was able to convert on a floating layup to come within 36-33 of the Spurs with 7:33 left in the quarter. The Mavericks would eventually come all the way back to tie the game at 38-38 after Jalen Brunson knocked down a “tip-in” shot to tie the game with 6:26 left in the quarter. The Mavericks would go on to take a 42-39 lead after Kristaps Porzingis knocked down a “put-back” shot to give the Mavericks the lead with 5:12 left in the quarter. The Mavericks started to gain some momentum as they started to get some shots to fall down after Josh Richardson drilled a jump shot to extend their lead to 47-41 that forced the Spurs to call a timeout with 4:26 left in the quarter. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks offense started to roll as they were able to generate a 9-2 run to regain control of the game. Coming out of the timeout, the Spurs turned to Derrick White but couldn’t convert as he missed a floating jump shot that kept the score 47-41 with 4:01 left in the quarter. In the final minutes of the quarter, the Mavericks were able to maintain control of their lead and take a 56-51 lead into halftime. The game leading scorer after two quarters of play would belong to Kristaps Porzingis as he scored 20 points for the Mavericks while securing a double-double already with 10 rebounds to go along with it. The Spurs were led by Dejounte Murray as he scored 13 points. The Mavericks took over this quarter by playing good basketball on both ends of the court. The Mavericks finished the first half by shooting 48.9% on 22-of-45 shooting from the field. The Mavericks are 23-4 this season when leading at halftime.

Coming out of the half, the Mavericks were able to get on the board first in the third quarter by having Luka Doncic nail a two pointer to take a 58-51 lead. Dejounte Murray was able to score the first points in the quarter for the Spurs as he nailed a two pointer with 11:19 left in the quarter to come within 58-53 of the Mavericks. The Spurs were able to make it a one point game after DeMar DeRozan nailed a jump shot to come within 58-57 of the Mavericks with 10:14 left in the quarter. The Spurs would eventually reclaim the lead as Dejounte Murray finished the “three point play” by nailing the “AND ONE” free-throw to take a 60-58 lead with 9:39 left in the quarter. The Mavericks offense was inconsistent to start this quarter as they couldn’t get their shots to fall down. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout with 8:39 left in the quarter as the Mavericks were trailing 64-60. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks had a tough time getting shots to fall as they made just two of their first eight attempts while the Spurs were on a roll as they made six of their first seven attempts taken thus far. The Spurs looked like they were on a festival of shots just like the Poteet Strawberry Festival that’s currently going on in the city of Poteet, Texas to regain the momentum in the game. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Tim Hardaway Jr as he was able to convert on two free-throws to come within 64-62 of the Spurs with 8:25 left in the quarter. The Spurs were able to maintain control of the game after DeMar DeRozan nailed tie free-throws to extend their lead to 70-66 with 6:48 left in the quarter. A SPECTACULAR DUNK BY DORIAN FINNEY-SMITH AS HE CAUGHT A BODY ON JAKOB POELTL TO BRING THE MAVERICKS WITHIN TWO POINTS OF THE SPURS by making it 70-68 with 6:32 left in the quarter. The Mavericks were trying to catch up with the Spurs but the Spurs would extend the lead every time the Mavericks were threatening. The Mavericks finally came all the way back to reclaim the lead at 78-77 after Luka Doncic drilled a three pointer with 4:04 left in the quarter. This game was quickly turning into a classic “Spurs vs Mavericks game” by competing hard every possession. In the final minutes of the quarter, the Mavericks were able to barely maintain control of their lead and take a 89-88 lead into the fourth quarter. The game leading scorer after three quarters of play would belong to Kristaps Porzingis as he scored 24 points for the Mavericks. The Spurs were led by DeMar DeRozan as he scored 21 points. Both teams were bringing everything they have in the tank as this was easily turning into a good “classic” game. Through three quarters of play, the Mavericks were shooting 47.9% on 34-of-71 shooting from the field. It would all come down to this final quarter as whoever plays better would win the game.

This team looked like they couldn’t keep up with the Spurs and had their own “scoring runs” but were able to maintain distance with them. The Mavericks eventually settled in as their offense got on roll as they were able to take a 56-51 lead into halftime. This game was just like how you would expect every “Spurs vs Mavericks game” to go. Whoever competed the hardest was going to get rewarded with a win

The fourth quarter would begin by having Lonnie Walker IV nail a two pointer for the Spurs to get this quarter underway. The Mavericks weren’t able to get their points in the quarter until the 10:32 mark by having Dwight Powell nail a layup to come within 93-91 of the Spurs. The Spurs were able to extend their lead to five points after Dejounte Murray knocked down a three pointer to take a 96-91 lead with 10:05 left in the game. The Mavericks would need to find a way to stop the Spurs and get their offense to wake up for the reminder of the game if they want to have a chance in coming out with a win. Every stop on defense for the Mavericks would start to look crucial the more time that goes off the clock. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout with 8:36 left in the game as the Mavericks were trailing 99-91. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks started this quarter by making just one of their first five attempts while the Spurs were more hungry as they opened the quarter by making four of their first six attempts taken thus far. The Mavericks simply cannot allow their offense to go quiet as they would need some shots to go down if they want to come closer of the Spurs. The Spurs would need to continue what they had been doing, which is, getting good quality shots on offense and stop the Mavericks from scoring on defense, if they do that for the reminder of the quarter, then they have a good chance at leaving the arena with a win. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Jalen Brunson as he was able to convert on a three pointer to come within 99-94 of the Spurs with 8:13 left in the game. The Spurs were able to reach the 100-point mark first after Dejounte Murray knocked down a jump shot to extend their lead to 101-94 with 7:16 left in the game. The Mavericks were able to cut their deficit to three points after Kristaps Porzingis knocked down a “put-back” shot to come within 101-98 of the Spurs with 6:02 left in the game. The Spurs would call a timeout with 5:24 left in the game after the Mavericks cut their lead to two points as the score was 103-101. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks offense started to create some rhythm as they were able to generate a 7-2 run to find themselves back in the game. This game was looking like it would come down to the final minutes. Coming out of the timeout, the Spurs turned to DeMar DeRozan as he was able to convert on a jump shot to extend their lead to 105-101 with 5:07 left in the game. A HUGE THREE POINTER BY JOSH RICHARDSON MADE IT A ONE POINT GAME AS THE MAVERICKS WERE ABLE TO COME WITHIN 105-104 OF THE SPURS WITH 4:46 LEFT IN THE GAME. Big time bucket for the Mavericks to still have some hope in the game. The Spurs were able to extend their lead to six points after DeMar DeRozan nailed two free-throws to take a 110-104 lead with 4:12 left in the game. The Spurs had all the momentum in the quarter, it would just come down to the Mavericks if they wanted to take that momentum away from the Spurs. The Spurs started to breakaway from the Mavericks after DeMar DeRozan knocked down a jump shot while being fouled that forced Rick Carlisle to call a timeout with 3:22 left in the game as the Mavericks were trailing 112-104. Prior to this timeout, the Spurs were able to generate a 7-0 run to maintain control of the game. Coming out of the timeout, DeMar DeRozan knocked down the “AND ONE” free-throw to extend their lead to 113-104 as they were on a 8-0 scoring run. The Mavericks were desperately needing a shot to go down to snap the Spurs run and they got it as Kristaps Porzingis knocked down a three pointer to come within 113-107 of the Spurs with 2:58 left in the game. The Mavericks started the “Hack a Shaq” as the intentionally fouled Jakob Poeltl to send him to the free-throw line, where he would make one free-throw to extend their lead to 114-107 with 2:46 left in the game (you can do that until 2:00 minutes left in the game). The Spurs would call a timeout with 2:38 left in the game after Luka Doncic knocked down a jump shot to cut the Spurs lead to 114-108. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks were able to generate a quick 5-0 scoring run to still have a chance in the game. Coming out of the timeout, the Spurs turned to DeMar DeRozan but couldn’t convert as he missed a floating jump shot that kept the score at 114-109 with 2:19 left in the game. THE MAVERICKS WERE ABLE TO COME ALL THE WAY BACK TO MAKE IT A ONE POINT GAME AFTER JOSH RICHARDSON MADE A “PUT-BACK” SHOT TO COME WITHIN 114-113 OF THE SPURS WITH 1:26 left in the game. The Spurs would extend their lead to four points after DeMar DeRozan nailed an “AND ONE” free-throw to take a 117-113 lead with 1:14 left as Kristaps Porzingis would foul out of the game. The Mavericks, once again, were able to come within two points of the Spurs after Luka Doncic drilled two free-throws to come within 117-115 of the Spurs with 1:04 left in the game. THE GAME WOULD BE TIED 117-117 AFTER LUKA DONCIC KNOCKED DOWN A FLOATING JUMP SHOT TO TIE THE GAME, THAT FORCED THE SPURS TO CALL A TIMEOUT WITH 19.4 SECONDS LEFT IN THE GAME. The Spurs have the chance to win the game if they could get a shot to go down in this possession. Coming out of the timeout, the Spurs turned to DeMar DeRozan as he knocked down the biggest basket of the game to give the Spurs a 119-117 lead with 0.5 seconds left in the game. DeMar DeRozan just broke the Mavericks’ hearts by hitting that shot. There was still time left as the Mavericks called a timeout to draw something up with 0.5 seconds left in the game. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Luka Doncic but couldn’t convert as he missed the potential game winning three pointer as the time expired. What a game these two teams just gave us.

In the end, it was the San Antonio defeating the Dallas Mavericks 119-117 as the Mavericks have now lost two of their last three games. The Mavericks record would drop to 29-23 on the season. Luka Doncic finished the game with 29 points and 7 assists in the nail biting loss. The Spurs were led by DeMar DeRozan as he finished with 33 points and 8 assists to snap the Spurs’ five game losing streak and avoid the regular season series sweep by the Mavericks. The Spurs could celebrate this win by going to the Poteet Strawberry Festival that’s currently happening now in the city. Despite the loss, the Mavericks got a good performance from Kristaps Porzingis as he finished with 31 points and 15 rebounds.

The Mavericks will continue to stay at home as they have yet another back-to-back in which they will host the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday at the American Airlines Center.

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