Mavericks fall short late on against the Spurs
The Dallas Mavericks failed to complete the season sweep against San Antonio on Sunday night despite a combined 60 points from Luka Doncic & Kristaps Porzingis.
DeMar DeRozan hit a stepback jumper with 0.5 seconds remaining to give the Spurs a victory after suffering five straight defeats.
The Spurs threatened to pull away early in the first quarter as they twice built up seven point leads but the Mavs stayed in touch and after taking the lead the teams went into the second level.
San Antonio once again pulled into the lead in the second quarter but the Mavs fought back thanks to the scoring of Doncic & Porzingis.
The Mavs began to dominate proceedings midway through the second and with the Spurs struggling on offense, Dallas went into the break with a five point lead. HT: Spurs-51-56 Mavs.
The third quarter was a thriller as the teams exchanged buckets and leads right up to the buzzer. DeMar DeRozan was the key man for San Antonio in the third as he dropped 15 points after managing just six in the opening half.
DeRozan thought he had given the Spurs a two point lead heading into the final quarter but Nicolo Melli hit from the corner with the final play of the quarter to keep the Mavs in front.
Porzingis kept the Mavs in touch early in the fourth quarter as the Spurs retained the hot hands from the third, DeRozan once again leading the way for San Antonio.
The Spurs pushed their lead out to nine points with 3 minutes remaining but the Mavs refused to give up, their stars keeping them in touch as they looked to make it 30 wins for the season. With 19.8 seconds remaining, Luka Doncic levelled the scores with a floater following on offensive rebound.
Out of the timeout, DeRozan nailed a stepback jumper over Dorian Finney Smith to give the Spurs the win and give DeMar his 12th point of the fourth quarter.
DeRozan was clutch for San Antonio as he hit five points in the final 1:15 to end the Spurs baron run and move them to within one game of the eighth place Grizzlies in the West. The Mavericks remain in seventh with a record of 29-23. Final Score in Dallas: Spurs 119-117 Mavericks.