The Dallas Mavericks fell short of handing the San Antonio Spurs their sixth-straight loss as the Spurs held on late to sneak past the Mavericks, 119-117, on DeMar DeRozan’s clutch game-winning jumper with just 0.5 seconds remaining.
DeRozan isolated Dorian Finney-Smith on the left wing as the clock winded down before DeRozan put up the game-winning shot. In the previous possession, Luka hit a floater to tie up the game with 19 seconds remaining.
The story for the Mavericks tonight was the play of Kristaps Porzingis, who continued his aggressive, hot play of late, scoring 31 points and grabbing 15 rebounds before fouling out late in the fourth quarter. Luka Doncic added 29 points and seven assists.
Porzingis got it going early for Dallas, scoring 13 first quarter points. When KP gets involved early in the game with touches and open shots, he’s a different player. Feeding him early is always the best bet for the Mavericks.
Josh Richardson scored 16 points and Dorian Finney-Smith added nine points and seven rebounds, including the poster dunk heard around the world.
DOE MY GOODNESS 😱 pic.twitter.com/QHBCaL0snX
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) April 12, 2021
But in the end, DeRozan’s performance — 33 points, five rebounds, and eight assists — on top of his clutch jumper was enough to give Dallas the loss. His backcourt running mate, Dejounte Murray, was spectacular as well tonight, scoring 25 points, five rebounds, five assists, and four steals.
The Mavericks have a quick turnaround as the Philadelphia 76ers come to town tomorrow night.
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