Mavs humble Spurs; Grizzlies win

    HARD TO STOP: Mavericks star Luka Doncic shoots over the Spurs’ Dejounte Murray, Jakob Poeltl, and DeMar DeRozan in second half action. REUTERS PHOTO

    LUKA Doncic scored 22 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and distributed 12 assists as the Dallas Mavericks earned a 115-104 win over the visiting San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) in the first game after the All-Star break for both teams.

    The triple-double was Doncic’s eighth of the season and the 33rd of his career. Kristaps Porzingis added 28 points and 14 rebounds for the Mavericks, who have won four games in a row and 11 of their past 14.

    Josh Richardson scored 12 points for Dallas, while Maxi Kleber had 11 and Willie Cauley-Stein added 10 points.

    DeMar DeRozan led all scorers with 30 points and added 11 assists for San Antonio. Patty Mills hit for 14 points, Rudy Gay added 13, Lonnie Walker IV and Keldon Johnson tallied 12 each and Dejounte Murray contributed 11.

    The Spurs missed 11 consecutive shots in the final eight minutes before getting a garbage-time bucket.

    The game was tied at 95 after two free throws by San Antonio’s Derrick White with 7:56 to play. The Mavericks ran off the next seven points, with Porzingis scoring on the dunk and then a 3-pointer to cap the run, and the Spurs never threatened again.

    The first half went back and forth, with seven ties and seven lead changes before San Antonio took a 59-52 lead to the break. DeRozan led all scorers with 14 points in the half while Gay, in his first game back after missing three weeks due to COVID-19 protocols, poured in 11 off the San Antonio bench.

    In the other game, Jonas Valanciunas recorded 29 points and 20 rebounds to lift the host Memphis Grizzlies to a 127-112 victory over the Washington Wizards.

    Valanciunas highlighted his 21st double-double of the season by making 12 of 21 shots from the floor. The point total represented his season high, while the rebound total matched his season best.

    Ja Morant collected 21 points and 10 assists, and rookie Desmond Bane added a season-high 20 points for the Grizzlies, who had six players score in double figures. Memphis earned its third win in four games.

    Kyle Anderson finished with 13 points, De’Anthony Melton had 11 and Dillon Brooks added 10 as the Grizzlies completed a season sweep of the Wizards. Memphis posted a 125-111 win over Washington on March 2.

    Bradley Beal recorded with 21 points despite making just 6 of 22 shots from the floor for the Wizards, who fell for the third time in four games.

    Russell Westbrook had 20 points and 10 assists to notch his 13th consecutive double-double. – Field Level Media