With all the other options on the Spurs, Jaren Jackson is just an afterthought to opposing defenses. But he made the Dallas Mavericks pay on Saturday.
"Hopefully, they'll continue to double down," Jackson said after his career-high seven 3-pointers helped San Antonio to a 106-90 rout of the Mavericks. "(Opponents) are doing their best to cut down our No. 1 option, which is going to Tim (Duncan)."
Jackson, who finished with 23 points, gave the Spurs their 18th straight regular-season victory, a span that began last season.
The Spurs won despite making a franchise-low two of five foul shots.
San Antonio led 35-32 with 4:09 left in the first half before Jackson scored eight straight points, including a pair of 3-pointers. The Spurs led 48-36 at the break and Dallas never got within double digits in the second half.
Jackson, averaging five points a game, took 16 shots from 3-point range and hit a career-high seven.
"Our team is all about the big picture, when the playoffs come around," said Spurs guard Avery Johnson. "We paid a little more attention to detail and our concentration was there."
The Spurs, concerned about perimeter defense following recent losses to Utah and Milwaukee, held the Mavericks to only 3-for-8 from the 3-point line and 37 of 92 (40.2 percent) overall.
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