Mavs fought until the end but fall to the Spurs
DALLAS – Losing streak continues for the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs dropped a 112-105 game to the San Antonio Spurs. This was Mavs’ six straight loss and their 11th in their past 12 games. The Mavericks struggled with their free throw attempts. They missed 11 of their 26 free throw attempts.
Luka Dončić was just 1-of9 from the charity line. “We just had an off night, and they’re a team that doesn’t make mistakes,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “It wasn’t just Luka that struggled. (Maxi) Kleber missed a couple. We have had struggles all year. Dirk (Nowitzki) missed one and missed three the last time we played at home. Sometimes that happens, but it’s a process and it is trusting in your routine.”
Dončić’s misses were so unusual that Carlisle was asked if the talented rookie was feeling OK. Carlisle said he hadn’t heard if Dončić’s knee was bothering him during the game against the Spurs. “But he didn’t look right. He had a tough night and I probably played him too many minutes,” Carlisle said.
“We were talking today about playing or not,” Dončić said. “Honestly I wasn’t 100 percent, but I want to play, I want to play always. Even though we’re not playing for that much right now I just want to play every game.”
Dončić played 34 minutes and scored 12 points, six rebounds, seven assists and nine turnovers. Meanwhile Jalen Brunson finished with career-high 34 points. Dončić spent more than an hour postgame shooting in the American Airlines Center practice court. “It’s just a mental thing. Just in my head I’m thinking I’m going to miss it. I’ve just got to work on that. I’ve got to think I’m going to make every shot,” Dončić said.
Dallas will play the Denver Nuggets on Thursday.