Spurs, Mavs renew I-35 rivalry at AT&T Center tonight

(AP Photo/Darren Abate)
(AP Photo/Darren Abate)

The San Antonio Spurs host their I-35 rivals tonight for the second time this season, the Dallas Mavericks.

The last time they met the Mavs they got a big night from Kawhi Leonard. He led all scorers with 26 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.

The Spurs come into tonight's contest on a 10-game winning streak. They will be looking for their 24th win in row at home to start the season after Thursday's big home win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, 99-95.

The Mavs have lost two out of their last three, but they are still the Mavs.

"A tough team, a lot of talent, a lot of guys that can score on any given night," said Manu Ginobili.

Maybe hard to imagine, but in his 18th year Dirk Nowitzki is leading the Mavericks in scoring. He is averaging 17.8 points a game and nearly 7 rebounds. Just one of the reasons why this rivalry continues to have legs.

"It's a good team they have a bunch of guys that can make plays," said LaMarcus Aldridge. " A good game for us for sure."

The rivalry continues and so does another streak. When Ginobili takes the floor for the Spurs tonight, it will be his 901st regular season game in the silver and black.

"It's a lot of games," Ginobili said.

One of things that makes it such an impressive run for him, he didn't show up until he was 25-years-old and has been with the same team ever since, playing his 14th season in San Antonio.

"It's been incredible, the fact that all of those games have been played with the same team," Ginobili said. "Some of the same teammates, same coach, same front office basically is remarkable, very proud being part of all this."

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