Mavs gets back to winning in some new threads
Dallas 119, Washington 100
In a game that the Mavericks desperately needed to get back on track, they finally held on to their lead to beat the Wizards for the 16th time in their last 17 meetings.
Behind five 3-pointers from Wesley Matthews, the steady scoring of Luka Doncic, and the incredible, all-around performance from Dennis Smith Jr., Dallas outlasted the Wizards at home on the first night of a back-to-back.
Stat of the Game: The Mavs made 26 of their 27 free throws on the night.
Mavs Box: Luka Doncic led the way with 23 points while Wesley Matthews followed right behind with 22 points. Harrison Barnes recorded his first double-double of the season with 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Dennis Smith Jr. finished with 19 points and seven assists.
Dallas 102 Utah 117
After beating the Wizards in Dallas on Tuesday night, the Mavericks flew immediately to Utah for the second game of a back-to-back with the Jazz on Wednesday night. Behind Donovan Mitchell’s 23 points and a total of 48 bench points, the Jazz never let the Mavs get a grip on the game.
Stat of the Game: The Jazz scored 31 points off 25 turnovers from the Mavs.
Mavs Box: It was Luka Doncic leading the way scoring again with 24 points while DeAndre Jordan added another double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Jalen Brunson played some big minutes off the bench and finished with 11 points in 15 minutes of play.
Oklahoma City 96 Dallas 111
Without Russell Westbrook due to injury, the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled into Dallas winners of seven straight games. This night, the Westbrook absence was more than they could overcome. It was the debut of the Mavericks new City Edition jerseys and the Mavs didn’t disappoint for the fans.
The Mavs bench once again proved their importance as J.J. Barea, Maxi Kleber and Dwight Powell all recorded a plus/minus of +17 or above.
Stat of the Game: Dallas held Oklahoma City to 39 percent shooting from the field.
Mavs Box: J.J. Barea was the player of the game as the Mavs legend scored 21 points off the bench in 21 minutes of play. Luka Doncic led the team in scoring again by recording 22 points, eight assists, and six rebounds. Finney-Smith and Barnes finished with 11 points each.