San Antonio hit the ground running and never looked back as they had a convincing 113-107 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. The Spurs are now on a seven-game winning streak. Spurs big man DeJuan Blair went 8-of-9 from the field in the opening half and led all scorers with 17 points in 11 first-half minutes. Blair finished with a season-high 22 points on the night. His previous high was 19 vs. Denver on Nov. 17, 2012. Tony Parker had a game-high 23 points and a game-high 10 assists.
Roddy Beaubois tallied a season-high 19 points to go along with three rebounds, two assists and a block in 16 minutes off the bench against the Spurs on Friday. His previous high was 11 points in season-opener at the L.A. Lakers Oct. 30. It was his highest scoring game since Mar. 13, 2012 vs. Washington (19 points). As ESPNDallas.com’s Tim MacMahon noted during the game, the 19 points Roddy had against the Spurs was more than he did during the month of December (15). Before the game against the Spurs, the last time Roddy was the outright leading scorer for Dallas was March 2, 2012 on the road against New Orleans. He had 25 in the loss to the Hornets.
Elton Brand started at center in place of Chris Kaman. It was his 14th start of the season, 844th career, but his first since Dec. 6, 2012 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. Brand 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 on Jan. 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.
Here is the quoteboard for the loss to the Spurs.
On if Delonte West’s arrival with the Texas Legends means that he could return with the Mavericks: “Not going to happen.”
Ill will towards West? “It doesn’t mean we don’t like Delonte and care about him as a person and want to help him get back on track. It’s not worth talking about. It is what it is.”
The loss to the Spurs: “They played at a higher level than we did. We had some stretches where I thought we were doing okay. Our shot making early really wasn’t there and that was a problem. The run to start the 3rd quarter was decisive. That put us in a huge hole. I probably should have taken 3 timeouts during that period, but I wanted to keep the game going because I thought we needed tempo but they just kept pouring it on and we just couldn’t overcome that.”
On What led to DeJuan Blair’s performance: “He was rolling to the basket and laying the ball in so we had breakdowns. He’s 10-13 and Splitter was 5-6. It’s hard to overcome layup after layup and that’s what happened. We weren’t good enough.”
On why the team can struggle like it did against San Antonio: “We don’t have easy answers to everything. That’s why we’ve got to work hard and stick with it.”
On Bernard James playing against San Antonio: “I thought we needed energy in the game. I thought we needed athleticism in the game. He gave us some good minutes, I thought.”
On Roddy Beaubois: “He was terrific. To me it’s not about the points but about the energy, enthusiasm, and disposition. It’s up to him. If he plays like this he has a chance to secure the backup position and he’ll challenge for the starting position. But he has to establish the consistency. He showed tonight what he can do but being able to do that night after night is hard in this league and that’s his challenge.”
What triggered a terrific performance from Roddy: “I think when he was deactivated for the Orlando game that got his attention. Look, it shouldn’t have to be like this. I’m a longtime supporter of his. When he does things like he did tonight, he tells on himself. He basically says, this is what I can do. When he doesn’t give it to us all the time, that’s where the problem is.”
What needs to happen with Roddy going forward: “We need to see him doing this ever time he steps on the floor and he’s certainly capable.”
Did the time off lead to the sluggish start? “Who knows, it’s possible but at the same time it’s frustrating. The Spurs have our number and it is what it is. We can do any and everything sometimes they seem to just get what they want anytime they want. We weren’t able to take them out of things they want to do and get comfortable. We had a stretch where we were looking good and we had some good looks but we couldn’t make any shots.”
What do you think led to the slow start? “I don’t know. I can’t answer that. When you play a good team like that it’s imperative to come out ready to play and you have to hit them first. They are a system team that sticks to the system and it doesn’t matter who’s in there or who’s gone, they know what to do. They hit us first and we were able to stay close in the end and able to at least compete.”
On his performance: “I’m just trying to be more aggressive because I haven’t been myself lately. I just need to keep working and try to be very aggressive and get my rhythm back. …I have to take it personally.”
On if being inactive against Orlando sparked anything: “I wasn’t happy to be inactive. Tonight, I did some good things, but I just need to stay focused and do everything hard to get back into my rhythm.”
On what he needs to bring to the court every day: “Focus and every day bring the same thing. I have to find consistency so every day I have to bring the same energy.”
Moving forward from the San Antonio game: “I have to do a better job to be more consistent. I have to push myself every day in practice. In every game I have to come with the same mindset because my teammates and coaches are waiting for me to be more consistent.”
On Shawn Marion’s statement that the Spurs have their number: “I disagree. I don’t think any NBA team has our number. From a competitive standpoint, I know what this team can bring to the table. …We’re a good team when we put our minds to it.”
On Roddy Beaubois: “He played well. I think that’s what we want from him, to be in attack mode and not float out there. He’s so athletic and fast if he wants to be and he has to use that to his advantage.”
On San Antonio’s performance: “They had us both ways really all night.”
Bryan Gutierrez writes about sportsmen. He is a contributing writer for Mavs.com. Bryan also attended Ball So Hard University. You can follow him on Twitter @BallinWithBryan.