Griffin’s Reverse WindmillDallas' Eric Griffin continues his dunk-a-thon at Las Vegas Summer League with this reverse windmill slam against Minnesota.
LAS VEGAS — After coming up short Friday in their first outing and falling to a 76-64 defeat at the hands of the New York Knicks, the Dallas Mavericks’ summer-league squad looked to catch a convenient case of amnesia.
Hoping to bounce back one day later, the Mavericks tried to quickly forget about Friday’s loss. The Mavs then returned to the court against the Minnesota Timberwolves and quickly made amends for their previous performance following a 93-85 victory.
“We want to get better every game, and I thought we did that on both ends tonight,” Mavs summer-league head coach Kaleb Canales said while summing up the win.
Rolling out the starting lineup of point guard Gal Mekel, swingmen Chris Goulding and Ricky Ledo, power forward Ivan Johnson and center Bernard James for the second straight game, the Mavericks (1-1) hoped to rebound quickly from Friday’s loss. Ledo did his best to ensure that the Mavs got off to a fast start, finding an early rhythm with his outside jumper.
Still, the Mavericks faced a 25-24 deficit after one quarter of play.
With the high-flying Eric Griffin once again showing his athletic ability, the Mavs quickly surged in front early in the second quarter. James then began to assert his will inside, following up his 15 points and 10 rebounds in Friday’s loss. But it would be Griffin’s triple from behind the three-point arc at the buzzer that would send the Mavs into the halftime intermission with a 51-41 advantage.
Griffin Beats the BuzzerDallas' Eric Griffin hits the 3-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer against Minnesota.
Using 36 combined points from the trio of James, Griffin and Ledo in the first half, the Mavericks continued to share the wealth as the third quarter got underway. But, after boosting their lead to as many as 22, the Mavs would slide into the fourth with a 72-56 margin under their belt.
Carrying the momentum of the end of the third into the early stage of the fourth period, the Timberwolves (0-1) would continue to claw their way back into the game. James then intervened, converting a three-point play to put the Mavs up 82-70 with 5:00 remaining.
Ledo followed suit, draining another shot from behind the arc a short time later as the Mavericks cruised to the win.
Scoring 21 points on 6-of-9 shooting, James led the Mavs to the victory while also pulling down seven rebounds.
“I’m just showing I can play in the post,” James modestly said. “My goal is to actually get some catches down there and show that I have some post moves.”
Ledo added 21 points on 7-of-19 from the field. Griffin was the only other Mav in double figures with 17 points off the bench.
Shabazz Muhammad led the Timberwolves with 27 points on 10-of-24 shooting. However, the Mavericks also outshot the Timberwolves for the game, 45.7 percent to 40.6 percent, overcoming a 43-37 rebounding disadvantage by forcing 18 Minnesota turnovers and scoring 27 points off the miscues at the other end of the floor.
“I just think we’re getting a better feel for each other,” Canales said after the Mavs cut their own giveaways down from 18 to 14. “I just think the first game you kind of have goosebumps and you’re kind of nervous, the way you should be, and you’re kind of a little bit hesitant with your teammates, even though you’ve had a training camp with them. But I just think today we watched film and we made some corrections this morning, and the guys did a great job of executing it tonight.”
The Mavs will now take Sunday off before returning to action against the Toronto Raptors on Monday at 5 p.m. CT and will air locally at 7 p.m. CT on TXA 21.
|Chris Goulding, F||15||6||1||0||0||2||2||0||1||2||15||2-3||1-2||1-3|
|Ivan Johnson, F||19||6||1||0||0||6||4||2||1||5||7||2-8||0-5||2-4|
|Bernard James, C||26||21||0||3||1||7||4||3||1||5||9||6-9||0-0||9-11|
|Ricky Ledo, G||30||21||3||1||0||3||3||0||3||5||11||7-19||5-8||2-4|
|Gal Mekel, G||27||8||2||0||0||4||3||1||1||1||3||4-9||0-1||0-0|
|Shabazz Muhammad, F||31||27||0||0||0||11||4||7||2||4||0||10-24||2-3||5-9|
|Glenn Robinson III, F||28||7||0||3||0||5||3||2||0||1||-7||2-5||0-1||3-4|
|Gorgui Dieng, C||29||12||1||2||2||10||7||3||1||4||-5||4-6||0-0||4-6|
|Zach LaVine, G||32||13||2||2||0||3||2||1||5||5||-9||5-12||1-4||2-2|
|Alexey Shved, G||26||14||3||0||0||3||2||1||3||2||-4||4-11||0-2||6-9|