Derozan, Spurs down Mav­er­icks in OT

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DEMAR Derozan, who led all play­ers with 34 points, scored six points in the fi­nal 1:43 of over­time as the host San An­to­nio Spurs held off the Dal­las Mav­er­icks 113-108 on Mon­day night.

Derozan out­du­eled Dal­las Mav­er­icks rookie Luka Don­cic, who scored a ca­reer-high 31 points. Don­cic scored eight con­sec­u­tive points dur­ing a late fourth-quar­ter run that helped the Mav­er­icks force over­time.

La­mar­cus Aldridge con­trib­uted 20 points for San An­to­nio, which re­ceived 15 points, 11 re­bounds, four as­sists and six steals from Rudy Gay. Derozan led the Spurs with nine as­sists.

Dal­las got 22 points from Den­nis Smith Jr. Har­ri­son Barnes added 18 points, and De­an­dre Jor­dan had eight points and 18 re­bounds.

Show­cas­ing bal­anced scor­ing, San An­to­nio led 53-45 at half­time. Aldridge paced the Spurs with 14 points, Derozan added 13 points and Gay nine.

Derozan added six first-half as­sists as the Spurs, who led 20-18 af­ter one quar­ter.

Dal­las, seek­ing its first road win of the year, closed the half with a 5-0 run be­hind Don­cic’s 3-pointer.

The Mav­er­icks con­tin­ued their hot shoot­ing to open the sec­ond half. Barnes hit two driv­ing bas­kets and Don­cic buried a 3-pointer for a 6659 lead.

Af­ter San An­to­nio sliced the deficit to 6665 on 3-point­ers by Patty Mills and Davis Ber­tans, Dal­las pushed back out to a 71-65 lead on Don­cic’s two free throws and float­ing jumper.

San An­to­nio, how­ever, re­gained the lead at 76-71 on Marco Be­linelli’s eight points on two 3-point­ers and a jumper and Bryn Forbes’ 3-pointer.

A back-and-forth fourth quar­ter fea­tured Dal­las pulling within 8583, but San An­to­nio replied to lead 89-83 on Derozan’s turn­around fade­away with 7:05 re­main­ing, prompt­ing a Mav­er­icks time­out.

Dal­las coun­tered with a 9-2 run and clawed back into the lead at 92-91 when Don­cic buried a pull-up jumper with 4:55 to go.

San An­to­nio re­took the lead at 94-92 on Mills’ 3-pointer, but Don­cic’s tip-in made it 94-94. Af­ter Don­cic and Derozan traded bas­kets to make it 96-all, Don­cic an­swered with two free throws for a 98-96 lead with 2:44 re­main­ing.

Mills’ layup tied the score again, but Smith drilled a 3-pointer to make it 101-98 with 1:30 left. Derozan’s fin­ger roll with 1:13 to go and then two free throws with 39.1 sec­onds to play put the Spurs in front at 102101.

Smith had a chance to win the game in reg­u­la­tion but made only 1 of 2 free throws with 2.5 sec­onds re­main­ing. Derozen’s jumper missed at the buzzer, send­ing the game into over­time./ Reuters

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