Mavs Lose To Spurs

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The Dallas Mavericks lost at home to the San Antonio Spurs 113-107 Friday night at the American Airlines center.  San Antonio used a 20-8 run from the 8:04 mark of the first quarter through the 3:45 mark of the period) to turn a one-point deficit (4-3) into an 11-point advantage (23-12). The Spurs then led for the remainder of the contest.  It is the 3rd straight win by the Spurs over the Mavericks this season.

Mavericks guard Rodrigue Beaubois tallied a season-high 19 points (6-8 FGs, 2-3 3FGs, 5-5 FTs) to go along with three rebounds, two assists and a block in 16 minutes off the bench against the Spurs on Friday (previous high: 11 points in season-opener at the L.A. Lakers 10/30). It was his highest scoring game since 3/13/12 vs. Washington (19 points).

The Mavericks shot a season-high 94.4 percent (17-of-18) from the free-throw line against the Spurs on Friday (previous high: .938, 15-16, vs. Minnesota 1/14).

Mavericks big man Elton Brand appeared in his 899th career-regular season game and totaled eight points to go along with a season-high-tying 13 rebounds in 25 minutes. He grabbed 13 boards for the second time in his last three games (13 vs. Oklahoma City 1/18). He also pulled down 10-plus boards for the third time in his last four games (seventh time this season). Brand failed to score in double figures for the first time in his last six games. He is averaging 12.2 points and 9.5 rebounds over the last six games.  Brand started at center for Dallas on Friday. It was his 14th start of the season (844th career) but his first since 12/6/12 at Phoenix. It was also just his second start at the center position. The Mavericks used their 16th different starting lineup of the season (in their 43rd game of the year).

Mavericks swingman Vince Carter went 7-of-12 from the field and totaled 17 points off the bench. He’s averaging 20.3 points per game over his last three games.

The Mavericks had five players (Beaubois, Carter, Nowitzki, Mayo and Collison) in double figures. It snapped a streak of five consecutive games with six-plus players in double digits.

Tony Parker (game-high 23 points and a game-high 10 assists) and Tiago Splitter (13 points and a team-high 12 boards) both recorded double-doubles for San Antonio in the win.

With the victory over the Mavericks on Friday, the Spurs recorded their seventh consecutive win. San Antonio owns the longest active winning streak in the NBA.

The Mavericks host Phoenix on Sunday.