SAN Antonio spoiled Seth Curry’s breakout game as the Spurs held on to beat the Dallas Mavericks, 96-91, to win their sixth straight game on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time) at the AT&T Center.
The Spurs have turned what was once a heated rivalry between fellow Texas team Mavs into a one-sided affair, winning their last six match-ups and 12 straight in San Antonio. But even without stars on both sides (Dirk Nowitzki and Deron Williams for Dallas, LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker for San Antonio), this turned out to be a close one, thanks to the exploits of Curry.
Curry had a career-high 23 points, knocking down five triples, to keep the Mavs in the game, with Dallas leading 49-48 at the break and the game all tied after three quarters. Dallas was only trailing by one with 15 seconds left but Harrison Barnes missed on a potential go-ahead jumper and Manu Ginobili sank crucial free throws to seal the win.
Kawhi Leonard led the charge for the Spurs with 24 points and nine rebounds. Patty Mills stepped up for Parker and added 17 off the bench, while Pau Gasol finished with 16 as San Antonio brought its record up to 11-3.
Barnes and Wes Matthews each had 20 for Dallas, who fell to 2-11 and are off to its worst start since 1993-1994 season when Dallas opened with a 1-23 card.