DALLAS At least this time the final score was closer. But the results, unfortunately
for the Dallas Mavericks, were the same.
For the second time in eight days, the San Antonio Spurs blew out the Mavs and showed why they are one of the NBA’s elite teams. Sunday’s 111-86 Spurs’ victory before a sellout crowd of 19,928 at American Airlines Center was closer than the 129-91 shellacking San Antonio put on the Mavs on Dec. 30 in the Alamo City.
It was the sixth straight loss for the Mavs, who have dropped nine of their last 10 games and fell to 12-19 on the season. It also was the eighth time this season the Mavs have lost a game by 20 or more points.
In addition, this is just the third time since Mark Cuban bought the Mavs from Ross Perot Jr. on Jan. 4, 2000 that the Mavs have gone through a period where they lost six consecutive games. The first time happened from Feb. 29, 2000-Mar. 9, 2000, and the second time occurred from Jan. 6-17, 2011.
Tony Parker led the Spurs with 21 points and nine assists, Manu Ginobili had 20 points and five assists, Tim Duncan picked up 18 points and 10 rebounds, Tiago Spiller had 13 points and six rebounds, and Boris Diaw finished with 10 points.
Darren Collison paced the Mavs with 18 points and eight assists, Elton Brand had 14 points and 10 rebounds, Chris Kaman collected 13 points and nine boards, and Vince Carter had 13 points. In his fourth game since returning from arthroscopic right knee surgery, Dirk Nowitzki played 23 minutes, scored eight points, grabbed five rebounds, blocked three shots and was only 3-of-9 from the field.
This was the last game of the year 2012 for the Mavs, who open 2013 with back-to-back games at Washington on Tuesday and at Miami on Wednesday before returning home to play New Orleans on Saturday.
-- Dwain Price
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