NBA Game Recap - Dallas at San Antonio
Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

NY
115
WAS
122
F
BOS
114
IND
111
F
ORL
120
MEM
115
F
DAL
109
SA
119
F
MIN
111
HOU
117
F
CLE
103
CHI
108
F
PHO
105
POR
121
F
BKN
104
LAL
102
F
LAC
131
GS
107
F

San Antonio 119, Dallas 109

Mar 10, 2020, 8:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Dallas (39-27)

29

30

26

24

109

San Antonio (27-36)

27

27

29

36

119

Aldridge's return helps Spurs rally past Mavericks, 119-109
Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:54 PM

SAN ANTONIO (AP) LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points in his return from injury and the San Antonio Spurs withstood Luka Doncic’s 38 points to beat the Dallas Mavericks 119-109 on Tuesday night and keep their playoff hopes afloat.

“It still doesn't feel 100 percent, but I got through it,” Aldridge said after his first game since Feb. 23. “I made some shots for us down the stretch, but it definitely doesn't feel all the way back, for sure.”

The Spurs were without Dejounte Murray and Jakob Poeltl, but Aldridge returned from a six-game absence caused by a sore right shoulder. Aldridge opened the game shooting 2 for 7 but finished 10 for 23.

“We’ve been banged up, hurt, missing key guys,” San Antonio's DeMar DeRozan said. “So, to get a key guy back tonight shows you what we’re capable of. He came through big on both ends tonight.”

San Antonio had seven players in double figures in snapping a two-game skid. Rudy Gay scored 17 points, Trey Lyles had 14 points and 11 rebounds and DeRozan added 13 points and 12 assists.

“I thought everybody wanted the game badly and they went after it and they took it,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

Doncic added seven rebounds and seven assists in 36 minutes. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 20 points.

Dallas remains seventh in the West, 6 1/2 games ahead of Memphis.

“I’m not worried at all,” Doncic said. “At the beginning of the season people had us out of playoffs and we showed that we can be in the playoffs. As of now, we are in the playoffs. It’s a long way, but I think we are going to make the playoffs. I’m not worried.”

The Spurs moved four games behind the Grizzles for the eighth seed in their bid to earn an NBA-record 23rd straight playoff appearance.

A San Antonio crowd that has had little to celebrate about during the franchise’s worst season in more than two decades found plenty to cheer about in the fourth.

“They got the crowd back into it, and from there, the momentum was difficult to get back,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.

The Spurs tied the game at 71 after Hardaway got heated at the officiating. Hardaway was assessed a technical foul by Tre Maddox with 5:54 remaining in the third for arguing a palming call against him that preceded a shooting foul against him on Bryn Forbes’ 3-pointer.

Hardaway responded by scoring five straight points and yelling at the crowd in celebration after San Antonio was forced to call timeout.

The Spurs regained the momentum, taking their first lead at 88-85 a minute into the final quarter on Gay’s 3-pointer. San Antonio extended that lead to seven points over the next minute. Marco Belinelli’s 3-pointer pushed the lead to 101-90 with 7:24 remaining.

“We relaxed a little bit,” Doncic said. “Just got comfortable with that lead. We should have known. We should have pushed more.”

San Antonio held Dallas to five points on 1-for-8 shooting over the first five minutes of the fourth quarter.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Hardaway picked up his fourth technical of the season and 10th of his seven-year career. ... Willie Cauley-Stein missed the game with an illness and Seth Curry sat out with a sprained left ankle. In all, Dallas had five players out with an injury or illness.

Spurs: Murray was diagnosed with a strained right calf after Sunday’s loss in Cleveland, which surprised the Spurs staff. “I thought he bumped knees or something like that,” Popovich said. “Yeah, it was a little bit of a surprise." ... The Spurs have had nine players combine to miss a total of 32 games this season after having 10 players miss 170 games last season.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host Denver on Wednesday night.

Spurs: Host Denver on Friday night.

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Leaders

Dallas PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
L. Doncic 38 -9 8 7 2 0
T. Hardaway Jr. 20 0 3 7 2 0
San Antonio PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Eubanks 0 -1 2 1 1 1
L. Aldridge 24 6 2 2 3 4

Team Comparison

DAL SA
Points For 109 119
Field Goals 42/92-46% 46/89-52%
Three Pointers 17/44-39% 15/32-47%
Free Throws 8/11-73% 12/15-80%
Offensive Rebounds 7 6
Defensive Rebounds 35 34
Rebounds 52 47
Blocks 3 10
Steals 8 11
Turnovers 14 11
Points Scored Off Turnovers 16 24
Points in the Paint 38 34
Fast Break Points 11 20
Personal Fouls 19 15
Technical Fouls 1 0
Flagrant Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - DAL Leads Series 3-1

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Mon Nov 18 SA 110 @ DAL 117 D. White 2 D. Powell 2
Thu Dec 26 SA 98 @ DAL 102 M. Belinelli 2 J. Brunson 6
Wed Feb 26 DAL 109 @ SA 103 D. Wright 3 R. Gay 4
Tue Mar 10 DAL 109 @ SA 119 C. Lee 2 K. Johnson 2

Game Information

Stadium: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,354
Game Time: 2:17