Another Texas showdown was happening across town from Houston on Tuesday night as the Dallas Mavericks hosted the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs are managing to remain at a competitive level of basketball as most expect while the Mavs are struggling to win games sitting at a paltry 2-13 record seemingly struggling to find another winning season since their championship in 2011. Rookie Dennis Smith Jr., who has been the focus of recent conversations due to remarks made by LeBron James, led all Mavs players with a career-high 27 points, and throwing in a few highlight plays including a vicious dunk over center Pau Gasol. It wasn’t enough though, even with both Harrison Barnes and J.J. Barea scoring 19 each as the Mavs were unable to overcome the Spurs in the end. A seemingly revived LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 32 points, helping the Spurs capture a win over the Mavs, 97-91.
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