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Barea, Mavs spoil Leonard's return with 95-89 win over Spurs

DALLAS (AP) Kawhi Leonard strolled to the locker room late in third quarter, just as J.J. Barea was starting a Dallas rally that spoiled the season debut of San Antonio's star forward.

The minutes restriction was up for Leonard after he missed the first 27 games with a right quadriceps injury, so there wasn't anything he could do in the fourth quarter about Barea and the last-place Mavericks ending another four-game winning streak for the Spurs.

Barea scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and alley-oop dunk partner Dwight Powell had 12 points and 12 rebounds in the Mavericks' 95-89 win on Tuesday night.

''I understand the situation that I'm in and we're thinking about down the road,'' said Leonard, who had 13 points in 16 minutes - roughly the first 5 minutes in each of the first three quarters.

Leonard, who has been recovering from a quadriceps condition that causes pain and weakness in the knee, made his first three shots and scored six of San Antonio's first eight points.

It was his first action since Game 1 of the Western Conference finals last season, when he injured his left ankle in what was eventually a sweep for Golden State on its way to the NBA title.

Leonard finished with a flourish as well, tipping a loose ball a couple of times to keep an offensive rebound alive and hitting a short jumper. But soon after that play in the third quarter, Leonard looked winded as he headed to the bench following a timeout. His night was over.

''I'm just happy to be out there, just to play the game and enjoy the things I missed - missing shots, losing games, making mistakes, just everything,'' said Leonard, who had six rebounds, an assist and a block. ''I missed everything on the court.''

Harrison Barnes scored 17 points while Yogi Ferrell and Wesley Mathews had 16 apiece as the Mavericks ended a five-game losing streak at home to the Spurs.

Barea led the Mavericks with six assists, including two alley-oop passes to Powell. The second one put them ahead for good at 71-69 and was part of a 10-0 run bridging the third and fourth quarters. Barea started and finished the run with layups.

''We have been waiting for a game like this where we go out and play a full 48-minute game,'' said Ferrell, who had a career-high eight rebounds. ''We've had some good games this season, but we put it all together tonight.''

LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points and 13 rebounds and Rudy Gay scored 21 for the Spurs, who shot 29 percent while getting outscored 28-20 in the fourth quarter.

TIP-INS

Spurs: Bryn Forbes banked in a 3-pointer over 7-footer Dirk Nowitzki at the first-half buzzer to get the Spurs within 46-44. ... Aldridge, Gay and Leonard were the only Spurs in double figures. Patty Mills was next with eight. ... C Pau Gasol went scoreless on just two shots with nine rebounds.

Mavericks: Rookie PG Dennis Smith Jr. missed his third straight game with a left hip strain and won't play on the upcoming two-game trip. ... Nowitzki was 1 of 8 from the field and finished with six points. ... Barnes matched a season high with three steals.

PARKER PLAN 2.0?

San Antonio's minutes plan for Leonard appears similar to that of guard Tony Parker, who played more than 20 minutes for the first time in seven games since returning from surgery for a ruptured quadriceps tendon.

The 35-year-old Parker had six points on 3-of-9 shooting as the Spurs lost for the first time with him in the lineup. Parker has skipped two games since returning. Parker didn't play in the fourth quarter of his first four games.

''I'm not going to say how I'm going to play him,'' coach Gregg Popovich said of Leonard. ''But he can only have so many minutes, so that's the way it is.''

POWELL POWER

Powell had his first double-double of the season and sixth of his career. He's scored in double figures six of the past nine games. ''He always gives us amazing energy, toughness and just gives us that team toughness,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. ''Guys like him, you just can't get enough of.''

UP NEXT

Spurs: At Houston on Friday before the final matchup with Dallas this season on Saturday.

Mavericks: At Golden State on Thursday.

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Key Players
L. Aldridge
12 PF
H. Barnes
40 SF
35.1 Min. Per Game 35.1
18.5 Pts. Per Game 18.5
2.1 Ast. Per Game 2.1
7.4 Reb. Per Game 7.4
49.6 Field Goal % 44.3
50.0 Three Point % 44.1
85.1 Free Throw % 84.1
  Defensive rebound by Maxi Kleber 0:01
  Dejounte Murray missed finger-roll layup 0:03
  Offensive rebound by LaMarcus Aldridge 0:07
  Patty Mills missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:10
  Defensive rebound by Rudy Gay 0:12
  J.J. Barea missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:16
+ 3 Rudy Gay made 3-pt. jump shot 0:35
  Defensive rebound by Patty Mills 0:41
  Maxi Kleber missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:43
  Bad pass turnover on Patty Mills, stolen by Harrison Barnes 1:06
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 1:16
Team Stats
Points 89 95
Field Goals 35-87 (40.2%) 38-89 (42.7%)
3-Pointers 7-28 (25.0%) 9-24 (37.5%)
Free Throws 12-19 (63.2%) 10-12 (83.3%)
Total Rebounds 56 56
Offensive 10 8
Defensive 39 41
Team 7 7
Assists 20 17
Steals 4 8
Blocks 5 2
Turnovers 10 6
Fouls 11 19
Technicals 1 1
23 PTS, 13 REB, 2 AST
16 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Spurs 19-9 2321252089
home team logo Mavericks 8-20 3016212895
Team Stats
away team logo Spurs 19-9 110.3 PPG 44.3 RPG 23.8 APG
home team logo Mavericks 8-20 110.5 PPG 45.4 RPG 22.8 APG
Key Players
L. Aldridge PF 18.2 PPG 9.9 RPG 2.3 APG 45.8 FG%
H. Barnes SF 17.7 PPG 4.5 RPG 1.3 APG 41.3 FG%
Top Scorers
L. Aldridge PF 23 PTS 13 REB 2 AST
H. Barnes SF 17 PTS 6 REB 0 AST
40.2 FG% 42.7
25.0 3PT FG% 37.5
63.2 FT% 83.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Aldridge 38 23 13 2 0 0 3 0 9/23 0/1 5/6 4 9 37 +5
K. Leonard 15 13 6 1 1 1 0 0 6/12 1/4 0/0 1 5 23 +8
T. Parker 23 6 5 3 1 0 1 1 3/9 0/2 0/1 0 5 17 +1
D. Green 23 3 3 1 0 2 2 2 1/6 1/4 0/0 0 3 8 +1
P. Gasol 22 0 9 2 0 0 1 2 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 8 12 -1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Aldridge 38 23 13 2 0 0 3 0 9/23 0/1 5/6 4 9 37 +5
K. Leonard 15 13 6 1 1 1 0 0 6/12 1/4 0/0 1 5 23 +8
T. Parker 23 6 5 3 1 0 1 1 3/9 0/2 0/1 0 5 17 +1
D. Green 23 3 3 1 0 2 2 2 1/6 1/4 0/0 0 3 8 +1
P. Gasol 22 0 9 2 0 0 1 2 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 8 12 -1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Gay 26 21 5 1 1 2 0 1 8/11 2/2 3/4 2 3 31 -16
P. Mills 24 8 3 3 1 0 2 0 3/8 2/5 0/0 1 2 16 -7
B. Forbes 21 6 1 4 0 0 0 0 2/8 1/5 1/2 0 1 15 -11
M. Ginobili 26 5 1 3 0 0 0 2 1/5 0/4 3/4 0 1 12 -6
J. Lauvergne 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 0 5 -3
D. Bertans 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -2
D. Murray 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 2 +3
B. Paul 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/2 0 0 -1 -2
D. Hilliard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Costello - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 89 49 20 4 5 10 11 35/87 7/28 12/19 10 39 177 -30
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
H. Barnes 34 17 6 0 3 0 1 0 8/17 1/3 0/0 0 6 25 +1
W. Matthews 35 16 5 4 0 0 1 4 7/15 2/5 0/0 0 5 28 -3
Y. Ferrell 35 16 8 2 1 0 0 0 7/14 2/3 0/0 0 8 29 +9
D. Nowitzki 26 6 2 2 0 0 0 1 1/8 0/1 4/4 1 1 12 0
M. Kleber 30 5 4 0 0 0 0 2 2/5 1/3 0/0 1 3 9 +1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
H. Barnes 34 17 6 0 3 0 1 0 8/17 1/3 0/0 0 6 25 +1
W. Matthews 35 16 5 4 0 0 1 4 7/15 2/5 0/0 0 5 28 -3
Y. Ferrell 35 16 8 2 1 0 0 0 7/14 2/3 0/0 0 8 29 +9
D. Nowitzki 26 6 2 2 0 0 0 1 1/8 0/1 4/4 1 1 12 0
M. Kleber 30 5 4 0 0 0 0 2 2/5 1/3 0/0 1 3 9 +1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Barea 24 16 6 6 0 0 1 2 6/11 2/5 2/2 0 6 33 +8
D. Powell 17 12 12 0 1 0 1 5 5/7 0/0 2/4 4 8 24 +8
D. Harris 19 5 3 3 2 1 1 3 1/9 1/3 2/2 1 2 16 +6
S. Mejri 9 2 3 0 0 0 0 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 2 5 +1
A. Cleveland 7 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 0 1 -1
J. McRoberts - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Noel - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Withey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Curry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Motley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Finney-Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Smith Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 95 49 17 8 2 6 19 38/89 9/24 10/12 8 41 182 +30