DeRozan vital for Spurs heading into Mavericks game


"I am certainly not surprised when he makes them", Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said.

On the Spurs next possession, he hit two clutch free throws to give the Spurs a one-point lead with 39.1 seconds remaining, but a bad foul by DeRozan helped the Mavericks send the game into overtime.

After San Antonio sliced the deficit to 66-65 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. He's averaging 49.7 FanDuel points per game this season. The 6-foot-7 guard, who was acquired in the offseason from Toronto for Kawhi Leonard, was 12 for 21 from the field and had six rebounds and three steals. "I feel like that's not something hard to ask".

Smith finished with 22 points for Dallas. Dallas extended its franchise record to 189 straight games with at least five 3-pointers. DeAndre Jordan had 18 rebounds, but was held to eight points, marking the first time he has not had a double-double this season.

The San Antonio Spurs are a good team that has the potential to be really good by the end of the season, and a big part of that falls on DeMar DeRozan. San Antonio matched a season low by holding Dallas to 18 points in the opening quarter.

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Doncic also tweaked his left ankle on a drive late in overtime, but remained in the game.

It was back and fourth from there until the Spurs finally pulled it out in OT. Dallas, which has played three road games since October 22, is 1-4 in that stretch. We'll look forward to the next chance to compete against them.

"We're in the middle of just a grind week with all this travel", Carlisle said.

"First time in his career", Aldridge shouted with Gay nearby.

Gay chuckled and said it's all about opportunity. "Now I can get a double-double every night".