Spurs hand Mavs largest halftime deficit in 116-90 blowout
DALLAS (AP) -- Kawhi Leonard scored 16 of his 23 points in the first half and the San Antonio Spurs handed Dallas its largest halftime deficit in franchise history in a 116-90 blowout of the Mavericks on Friday night.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 14 points and 10 rebounds in his first game in his hometown since signing a four-year, $80 million contract with the Spurs. San Antonio (42-8) matched its best 50-game start with its 14th win in 16 games against its Texas rival.
Patty Mills added 10 of his 16 points before halftime, when the Spurs led by 36 at 62-26 to top Dallas' biggest previous deficit by a point from Dec. 29, 1992, at Sacramento. That 58-point loss to the Kings (139-81) was the worst in Dallas history.
The Spurs had little trouble ending a rare two-game road skid - losses to Golden State and Cleveland - in the first game since Manu Ginobili underwent surgery for a testicular injury that will sideline him at least a month. Tim Duncan missed his sixth straight game with right knee soreness.
Dirk Nowitzki was the only Dallas starter in double figures with 10 points. All the starters were on the bench by late in the third quarter with both teams traveling for the second game of a back-to-back on Saturday night.
Charlie Villanueva and rookie Justin Anderson had 13 points apiece to lead the Mavericks, who easily fell short of their previous season low for a half of 34 points in the second half at Indiana in December.
Dallas dropped to 2-10 against winning teams since beating Golden State without Stephen Curry.
Leonard gave the Spurs their first 10-point lead at 20-10 on a 3-pointer, and the margin reached 20 at 34-14 on a jumper by Mills early in the second quarter.
Aldridge's putback on a missed 3-pointer by Tony Parker made it 52-22 before San Antonio scored the final six points of the half. The Spurs shot 55 percent to 35 percent for Dallas before halftime while making 6 of 12 from 3-point range and all 10 of their free throws.
The blowout didn't sit well with Dallas center Zaza Pachulia, who got a flagrant foul for hitting David West in the face with an elbow before both were given technicals in the subsequent scuffle. After hitting Leonard in the neck with an elbow on a drive, Pachulia later was ejected for a second technical after arguing that he was fouled on a layup.
Spurs: The other 42-8 start for San Antonio was in 2010-11, when Dallas won the title. ... The Spurs are 3-0 against Dallas after sweeping both games at home. The second win was by 29 points.
Mavericks: G Devin Harris said he has a nerve problem in the left big toe that was surgically repaired in 2013. He missed his seventh straight game, with no timetable for a return. ... The Mavericks had 11 turnovers in the first half, more than their combined total (10) from the previous two games.
Spurs: Host the Lakers on Saturday night.
Mavericks: At Memphis on Saturday night.