DALLAS BLOWS BIG LEAD IN LOSS TO SPURS

DALLAS BLOWS BIG LEAD IN LOSS TO SPURS

The Dallas Mavericks were on a verge of a big win against the San Antonio Spurs. After eight minutes into the game the Mavs had a 19-point lead. But the Spurs outscored the Mavs in the second half 60-45 and lost for the fifth time in the last seven games. “NBA teams makes run – teams that fall behind generally make some kind of run,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “ We kept it around 15 and got to the (halftime) locker room at 11. We knew they were going to come out in the second half with a lot of force, which they did. And we didn’t play with enough force on our end.”

The Spurs took their first lead of the  game in the final quarter while the Mavs missed some shots that could have brought them the win.

Luka Dončić ended with 25 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. He wowed the crowd when he dunked over Pau Gasol in the first half, and when he just beat the 24 second shot clock and drained a long 3-pointer in the third quarter. “We had a very good defensive game for sure,” said Dončić. “We scored a lot of points. I think we did a great job, but at the end we slipped up.”

This was the fifth straight game Dončić had scored at least 25 points. That ties him with Stephen Curry and Carmelo Anthony for the most consecutive 25-point games by a rookie. Over the last five games Dončić is averaging 27.4 points, 7 rebounds and 6.4 assists.