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American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas Attendance: 19,535
Struggling Mavs hope to slow down Spurs
San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks
- The Spurs defeated the Bulls 133-94 on Saturday while shooting at a season-high .600 clip. This +39 point margin was the Spurs' largest victory since also defeating the Rockets by 39, 114-75, on May 11 last season.
- Dallas lost on the road to the Thunder, 112-99, on Sunday to fall to 2-12 on the season. This is the second straight year Dallas has started the season 2-12.
- The Spurs won the season series with Dallas, 3-1, last season. The Mavericks have not had a winning record against the Spurs in a single season since going 3-1 against San Antonio in 2009-10.
- Harrison Barnes had 22 points and 13 rebounds on Sunday and 23 points and 12 rebounds in the previous game against Cleveland. This was just the second time in Barnes' career that he had back to back games with a double-double. The first was on December 2 and 4 of 2014 as a member of the Warriors.
- In his first career start, Bryn Forbes scored 13 points on 5-for-10 shooting from the floor and 3-for-5 from downtown. The Spurs had eight different players score in double-figures in that game, four starters and four reserves.
- Dennis Smith Jr. is averaging 14.8 points per game this season, third most by a Dallas rookie in franchise history and the most since Jamal Mashburn in 1993-94 (19.2). His 14.5 field goal attempts per game is fourth most by a Dallas rookie, also the most since Jamal Mashburn (17.5).
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DALLAS -- There was a time when the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs were the fiercest of rivals, teams separated by four hours on I-35 and always a good bet to meet in the playoffs.
While a Spurs-Mavs game will always fire up the local fan bases, who share no love lost -- times have certainly changed, and mostly in Dallas. The Mavericks are a Western Conference-worst 2-12 and looking much more like a leading lottery team than a playoff contender.
The Spurs, meanwhile, just keep on trucking under coach Gregg Popovich. They will enter Tuesday night's first meeting of the season at American Airlines Center -- the first of four meetings between the teams in 32 days -- still without injured stars Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, yet having managed an 8-5 record.
And what can only be described as bad news for Dallas, which is 1-6 on its home floor, is that the Spurs have ramped things up in recent game. After struggling at both ends in the first few weeks, San Antonio has put together a five-game stretch in which its offensive efficiency has reached 114.8, lagging behind only Golden State and Houston during that stretch.
The Spurs are also likely to get guards Danny Green and Manu Ginobili back in the lineup. Both missed Saturday's blowout win against the Chicago Bulls.
Green was dealing with a hamstring issue, and the 40-year-old Ginobili was held out to rest as San Antonio wrapped up its six-game homestand with a fourth win.
"It started out with that tough match against Golden State, and now we know how difficult they are as a team to play against," Spurs forward Pau Gasol told reporters after Saturday's victory. "(Friday) night (against Milwaukee) is the one we shoulda-coulda gotten and we didn't. But overall, with the rest of the games, we took care of business and now we go on the road."
Dallas will try to prevent suffering a third consecutive loss after a big win last week at Washington that they thought could help them turn the corner. But ugly third quarters against Cleveland and then Oklahoma City sealed their fate in their last two ballgames.
A loss to the Spurs would give the Mavericks the same record they had last season after 15 games, but least last year they had the excuse of Dirk Nowitzki missing 10 of the season's first 13 games.
He has been available for every game so far this season, but the 39-year-old has struggled to find his shooting rhythm and to be a key factor when Dallas can't depend on scoring from its other big offensive producers in Harrison Barnes and rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr.
The Mavs have managed to stay close against good teams, but third-quarter lapses have provided big runs for opponents.
The Cavaliers used a 15-2 run in their 34-point third quarter to make a fourth-quarter rally fall short, and the Thunder scored 39 points in Sunday's third quarter to break the game open.
"I felt like sometimes we just kind of got stagnant," Barnes said of the OKC loss. "We didn't really get much out of our possessions. And when you're going up against a team that can really get out in transition, can go and attack, I thought that was where our breakdowns were."
Updated November 14, 2017