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DeMar DeRozan’s double-double was the bright spot in the Spurs loss to the Mavericks

The Spurs are still adjusting to this whole addition by subtraction thing.

NBA: San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

In their first game back from the All-Star break and their first game without LaMarcus Aldridge “with the team”, the Spurs played the best they could amid the obvious distractions. DeMar Derozan led all players with 30 points while the team managed to have 6 different players in double-digits, but the good guys just could not outscore or manage to hold the Mavericks on offense.

DeMar DeRozan’s efficiency certainly didn’t take a break during the All-Star hiatus. Number 10 added 11 assists to his 30-point night and even captured 4 steals for good measure:

Here, DeRozan managed to squeeze in some football in the middle of a basketball game by finding Dejounte Murray deep on a dig route toward the basket:

This might be the only known confirmed bank shot in existence in the NBA this season:

DeMar DeRozan’s combination of fleet-footed footwork and toughness in the paint is truly a thing of beauty:

Lonnie Walker IV spent so much time hanging in the air on this shot that he managed to file his taxes too:

Lonnie Walker’s the type of guy who would attempt (and make) this shot in a game of H O R S E when his opponent has H O R S and he has H:

And of course, the full game highlights:

Finally, it wouldn’t be a highlights article without highlighting the (just now) former Spurs great, LaMarcus Aldridge.

Thank you, LaMarcus Aldridge for keeping the Spurs relevant and keeping the seat warm for their future successes. I for one, wish you the best and hope your next adventure is just as great, if not better (and with a ring, no less!).

What a better way to celebrate his time with the Silver and Black than that career-high, 56-point explosion against the Oklahoma Thunder “way” back in 2019:

Next up, the Spurs head back to the AT&T Center for a quick one-game home-stand against the Orlando Magic on Friday, March 12, 2021.