Spurs rip Mavs apart with 11th straight win to go 24-0 at home

Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (front) shoots the ball as San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan defends.
Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (front) shoots the ball as San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan defends.PHOTO: REUTERS/ USA TODAY SPORTS

LOS ANGELES • The San Antonio Spurs are streaking into the second half of the National Basketball Association 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 cross-state 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 powerhouses Cleveland, the Spurs fought through their worst first quarter of the season on Sunday.

But they turned things around with the aid of a suffocating defence, holding the Mavericks to their lowest field-goal percentage of the season at 35.8 per cent.

Mavericks big man, forward 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.

"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," he 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 also departed in the third quarter with a sore right hip.

But Diaw contributed 16 points for San Antonio and Kawhi Leonard chipped in 15 while sitting out the fourth quarter. 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," he said.

"San Antonio go hard and they can make you look bad.

"We got beat and that's the name of that tune."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 19, 2016, with the headline 'Spurs rip Mavs apart with 11th straight win to go 24-0 at home'. Print Edition | Subscribe