Dallas Mavericks

Mavericks Take OT Win Over Spurs Wednesday

Maxi Kleber #42 of the Dallas Mavericks grabs the rebound against the San Antonio Spurs on March 15, 2023 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.
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Christian Wood had 27 points and 13 rebounds and the Dallas Mavericks overcame a series of blunders at the end regulation to beat the San Antonio Spurs 137-128 in overtime Wednesday night without injured All-Stars Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving.

Dallas’ Maxi Kleber threw an inbounds pass out of bounds on a full-length heave with 1.8 seconds remaining in regulation. Keldon Johnson, who missed a pair of free throws with 1.8 seconds, tied it 121 on an alley-oop dunk off an inbounds pass from Malaki Branham.

Wood had five points in overtime as Dallas fights to remain in the top 10 in the Western Conference. The Mavericks entered the game in ninth place with the same record as the 10th-place Los Angeles Lakers and a game ahead of the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans.

Dwight Powell and Jaden Hardy had 22 points each and Josh Green added 21 points for Dallas, which snapped a three-game skid.

Johnson had 27 points to lead the short-handed Spurs.

Playing the second game of a back-to-back, the Spurs were without starters Devin Vassell Jeremy Sochan and Zach Collins along with Keita Bates-Diop and Charles Bassey. But as they did in setting a franchise record with 22 3-pointers in a rousing victory over Orlando on Tuesday night, San Antonio responded with a balanced scoring effort.

Branham had 20 points, Romeo Langford had 17 points and four others scored in double figures.


Mavericks: Dallas has won six straight against San Antonio. The Mavericks’ previous loss to the Spurs was April 11, 2021, in San Antonio. … Doncic and Irving were both in attendance, sitting at the end of the Mavericks bench. … Jaden Hardy has scored 20 points in all three of his career starts for the Mavericks. In a back-to-back set against Memphis, Hardy had 22 points on March 11 and 28 points on March 13.

Spurs: San Antonio confirmed that C Charles Bassey suffered a non-displace fracture in his left patella. The injury occurred at the close of the first quarter of Tuesday’s victory over Orlando. Bassey will miss the remainder of the season. …. San Antonio is 2-1 during its six-game homestand. … Of the 13 games the Spurs have remaining, 10 are against a team in the playoffs or play-in tournament if the season ended today. … Johnson made his 200th career start in 219 career games with the Spurs. Only Tim Duncan, David Robinson, Tony Parker, Willie Anderson and Sean Elliott have 200 starts in fewer games for the Spurs.


Mavericks: At Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

Spurs: Host Memphis on Friday night.

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