Spurs build streak at Mavericks’ expense

Harrison Barnes, Kawhi Leonard
Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) takes control of the ball away from Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes during the second half on Nov. 21.
(Darren Abate / Associated Press)

Kawhi Leonard had 24 points and nine rebounds, and the host San Antonio Spurs escaped with a 96-91 victory over the struggling Dallas Mavericks on Monday night for their sixth straight victory. 

Seth Curry of Dallas matched a career high with 23 points, shooting five for 10 on three-point attempts in the sixth consecutive loss for the Mavericks, who are 2-11.

With the Mavericks trailing 92-91, Dallas’ Harrison Barnes missed a 17-footer with 15 seconds left that Manu Ginobili rebounded before being fouled. Ginobili hit two free throws to extend the lead to 94-91. 

Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich was dissatisfied with his team, despite the win. 


“That was a pathetic performance on the part of the Spurs,” he said. “I thought we showed ... a lack of respect for the opponent.”

Memphis 105, at Charlotte 90: Mike Conley had 31 points in the Grizzlies’ fifth straight win, including a three-pointer with four minutes left that thwarted a Hornets rally. 

Golden State 120, at Indiana 83: Klay Thompson scored 25 points in 26 minutes as the Warriors won their eighth straight. The Pacers’ were without three-time All-Star Paul George, starting center Myles Turner and backup forward C.J. Miles because of injuries.

Boston 99, at Minnesota 93: The Celtics opened the fourth quarter on a 17-0 run, erasing a 13-point deficit, and Isaiah Thomas finished with 29 points. Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and 18 rebounds for the Timberwolves.


Houston 99, at Detroit 96: James Harden had 28 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, lifting the Rockets. The Pistons, who got 26 points from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, have lost four in a row. 

at Milwaukee 93, Orlando 89: Giannis Antetokounmpo had his first triple-double of the season — 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists — to lead the Bucks, who snapped a three-game losing streak. 

at Washington 106, Phoenix 101: Bradley Beal scored a career-high 42 points and John Wall shook off a poor shooting night with seven key points for the Wizards down the stretch. Devin Booker scored 30 for Phoenix.

at Philadelphia 101, Miami 94: Joel Embiid’s 22 points included four late free throws, helping the 76ers win their fourth home game in a row. The Heat’s Hassan Whiteside set a career high with 32 points.

at Clippers 123, Toronto 115

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