NBA: Streaking Spurs pummel Mavericks

San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (right) going up for a shot against Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki on Jan 17, 2016.
San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (right) going up for a shot against Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki on Jan 17, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS/USA TODAY SPORTS - SOOBUM IM

(AFP) - The San Antonio Spurs are streaking into the second half of the NBA season after notching their 11th straight victory on Sunday, 112-83 over the Dallas Mavericks.

Forward LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points, 13 of them in the pivotal third quarter, as the Spurs thrashed their rivals to remain unbeaten in 24 home games this season.

It was their 33rd straight home victory in a streak dating back to last season and took their record to 36-6, equalling their best start to a campaign, previously achieved in 2010-11.

The Spurs have earned 11 of their 36 victories by a margin of at least 25 points, a new club record.

Fresh off a victory over Eastern Conference powerhouse Cleveland, the Spurs fought through their worst first quarter of the season on Sunday.

But they turned things around with the aid of suffocating defence, holding the Mavericks to their lowest field-goal percentage of the season at 35.8 per cent. Mavericks big man Dirk Nowitzki was limited to just four points.

"Both LA (Aldridge) and Boris (Diaw) were great in the pick-and-roll defence getting back to Dirk," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

"Obviously, he's a tough cover, so both of them deserve a lot of credit."

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said Nowitzki's poor shooting night was his fault.

"I have to get Dirk better looks - we have to run some things to put him into better positions," Carlisle said.

The Spurs trailed by two points after the first quarter, but outscored the Mavs 64-40 in the second and third periods to gain control.

Spurs starters Tim Duncan and point guard Tony Parker scored just two points apiece, Parker departing in the third quarter with a sore right hip.

But Boris Diaw contributed 16 points for San Antonio and Kawhi Leonard chipped in 15 while sitting out the fourth quarter and reserve guard Jonathon Simmons stepped up with 14 points for the Spurs.

A frustrated Carlisle was ejected from the game with 11min 17sec to play in the fourth quarter after coming far onto the court and gesturing at one of the officials. By that time, the Spurs were leading by 23 points.

"There was a level of frustration tonight but everyone was trying to do the right thing," Carlisle said.

"San Antonio goes hard and they can make you look bad. We got beat and that's the name of that tune."