NBA Heat Check: Mavericks-Spurs

John Scriffiny

With one team on the upswing and one slowing more and more, this game was a good example of the shifting power in the West.

After a great month of January for the Mavericks, a month in which they handily beat the Golden State Warriors (albeit without Steph Curry), the Mavs are coming back to earth, falling to 4-6 in January after a beating at the hands of perhaps the hottest team in the NBA in the San Antonio Spurs.

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Big ticket free agent Lamarcus Aldridge poured in 23 points, and the team that many think will be the Warriors biggest challenge defeated the Mavericks 112-83. The Mavs, whose leading scorer was Dwight Powell, were bested in every facet. The machine that is the Spurs grinded possessions to a halt, while their whirring, pass-happy offense dominated. In a battle between contender and pretender, it’s pretty clear which team is which.

Collegian NBA Blogger John Scriffiny can be reached online at blogs@collegian.com or on Twitter at @JScriff.