Spurs de­feat Mavs

Aldridge has 32 points, Popovich gets mile­stone in 97-91 win

Texarkana Gazette - - SPORTS - By Dave Jack­son

DAL­LAS—LaMar­cus Aldridge scored a sea­son-high 32 points in his home­town and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Dal­las Mavericks 97-91 on Tues­day night.

Gregg Popovich be­came the fastest NBA coach to 500 road wins. He got there in 835 away games, 41 fewer than Pat Ri­ley.

Aldridge, a prod­uct of Dal­las’ Seagov­ille High School, scored eight points dur­ing a de­ci­sive stretch of the fourth quar­ter. Patty Mills added a sea­son-high 19 points for the Spurs.

Rookie Den­nis Smith Jr. led Dal­las with a ca­reer-high 27 points, and J.J. Barea and Har­ri­son Barnes had 16 each. The Mavericks are 2-13 for the sec­ond straight sea­son and fifth time over­all.

Just like in a loss to Cleve­land on Satur­day, the Mavericks cut a dou­ble-digit sec­ond-half deficit to one point, but couldn’t gain the lead. Af­ter Dal­las got within 62-61 early in the fourth, Mills hit a long 3 and a driv­ing layup, then Aldridge scored eight of his team’s next 13 points to put the Spurs up 82-71 with 5:03 to play. Dal­las never got closer than four points down the stretch.

The Spurs led by 11 dur­ing the third quar­ter, but Barea made back-to-back 3s and fed Salah Me­jri an al­ley-oop pass for a layup as Dal­las closed the quar­ter on a 9-0 run to get within 62-60.

San Antonio, which has played short-handed all sea­son with­out starters Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, got Danny Green and Jof­frey Lau­vergne back from in­juries. Green had four points and Lau­vergne none.

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