DALLAS -- It was bound to happen one day.
Dallas Mavericks point guard Rodrigue Beaubois was way overdue to having a solid game against his fellow Frenchman and idol -- San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker. That precious moment came Saturday night when the Mavs hosted the Spurs in a playoff-type atmosphere
For Beaubois, it wasn't exactly a changing of the guards moment that occurred at American Airlines Center. But the third-year veteran showed a lot of moxie in fighting Parker toe-to-toe during the Mavs' 106-99 victory over the Spurs.
Beaubois finished the night with 16 points and a season-high tying eight rebounds in 35 minutes, while Parker had 13 points and 11 assists.
"He played good, too, and he played with confidence tonight,'' Parker said. "He was knocking down shots on the pick-and-roll and we were going under them instead of contesting his shots.''
It was the third quality game in a row from Beaubois, who has mostly been up and down and totally erratic with his play this season. He also was 8-of-16 from the field and drained crucial back-to-back juumpers midway through the fourth quarter to keep the Spurs at bay.
"When the game was getting closer he really delivered for us on two or three plays,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "And at that point his minutes were getting rung up pretty high, so that was one of the reasons I pulled him out of there.
"He was terrific all night long.''
Beaubois was cognizant of his personal battle with Parker, whom he grew up watching and idolizing.
"I just tried to help the team the best I could,'' Beaubois said. "When you play against a guy like (Parker). . .we have to be together and just do our best to block him.
"I think we did a very good as a team and we have to keep playing like this.''
-- Dwain Price
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