San Antonio found themselves back in the win column for the second time this month as the Spurs dominated the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. Now sitting at 4-7 on the year, they will again face off with their longtime interstate rival, the Dallas Mavericks, on Friday night.
The previous matchups between the Spurs and the Mavs have been tricky for San Antonio, as their inability to close out games down the stretch has been a massive issue.
The Spurs jumped out to an early 23-3 lead in the first quarter in the first matchup between these two divisional foes. Unfortunately, they couldn’t hold the lead, with a lackluster second quarter signifying the beginning of the end of what ended in a 99-104 loss.
The second contest was similar, as late-game blunders came back to bite the Spurs. The Silver and Black outplayed Dallas by nearly every metric for most of the night. But the Mavericks significantly out-rebounded them while holding their transition offense at bay, which ultimately made the difference for them in a heartbreaking 108-109 defeat.
Now, San Antonio will look to upset the Mavericks for the first time in three tries as they search for back-to-back wins for the first time this season.