Luka Doncic had 22 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists in his 33rd triple-double as the Dallas Mavericks used a late run to pull away and beat the San Antonio Spurs 115-104 in Wednesday’s NBA action.
Kristaps Porzingis also posted 28 points and 14 rebounds as Dallas finished with a 17-4 run against a Spurs team that will no longer have seven-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge in the lineup.
Before the game, coach Gregg Popovich announced Aldridge, 35, in his sixth season in San Antonio, would no longer be with the team by mutual agreement.
“He’s been a great teammate,” said Popovich, who added Aldridge is healthy. “We just think this is a win-win for both LaMarcus and for the club.”
Spurs’ veteran Australian guard Patty Mills also played with Aldridge in Portland.
“He might be the longest teammate that I’ve had,” Mills said. “He’s obviously well respected by this group particularly and every team that he’s played for. As a teammate, you just wish the best for him.”
DeMar DeRozan had 30 points, 11 assists and four steals for the Spurs. Mills added 14 points and Rudy Gay 13 for San Antonio, who were outrebounded 51-30 and outscored 21-2 on second-chance points.
“We lost the game on the boards,” Popovich said. “Porzingis was great on the boards. I thought we did a good job on Doncic. Played hard, played well, but too many mental mistakes and a little bit uneven flow and uneven performance offensively.”
During the Mavericks’ late spurt, the Spurs missed 11 straight shots over a period of almost eight minutes.
Porzingis, who had offseason knee surgery, has double-doubles in three straight and seven of his last 12 games.
“I feel like I’m getting there,” Porzingis said. “I still have to keep working on it. After surgery, the leg, it’s not feeling the same.”
Dallas coach Rick Carlisle called Porzingis “tremendous.”
“He was great on defence. He passed the ball. He cut. He moved. He did virtually everything,” Carlisle said.
Doncic is tied with Bob Cousy for 11th place in career triple-doubles.
In Memphis, Jonas Valanciunas recorded a season-high 29 points and 20 rebounds to lift the Memphis Grizzlies to a 127-112 win over the Washington Wizards.
Valanciunas highlighted his 21st double-double of the season by making 12 of 21 shots from the floor.
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.
It was Memphis’ third win in four games.