The San Antonio Spurs (14-4) saw their nine game winning-streak come to an end on Tuesday as the Orlando Magic defeated the Silver and Black 95-83. No time to reflect on the loss, the Spurs are on the road tonight to face the Dallas Mavericks (3-13).
Both San Antonio and Dallas are off to different starts this season. For the Spurs, they are off to their second best start in franchise history. And the Mavericks, they have been dealing with injuries with one being to their key player, Dirk Nowitizki.
The Mavericks start to the season is not what many probably expected. It has been the worst start to the franchise under MarK Cuban’s ownership.
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Though the records are almost opposite of one another, this game is still a rival and games like this usually bring out the best in everyone.
Dallas is coming off of a 91-81 win Sunday against the New Orleans Pelicans. That win snapped a eight game losing streak.
Harrison Barnes has stepped up big on the offensive end for the Mavericks with Nowitzki sidelined. Averaging 20.8 points for his career, Barnes has eclipsed that mark nine out of the teams 16 games.
San Antonio is looking to get back on track after a sloppy performance on Tuesday night against the Magic. The Spurs had trouble taking care of the ball against the Magic as they had 19 turnovers (season-high).
Kawhi Leonard had a game-high 21 points. LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 in the loss.
This marks the second time this season that San Antonio and Dallas have faced one another. In their first meeting back on November 21, Gregg Popobich rested Tony Parker and Aldridge.
The Spurs won that game 96-91 behind Leonard’s 24 points.