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Game 30: Mavs at Bulls presented-by-bbva-2 Subscribe via RSS

CHICAGO — Hopeful that they could break out of a rough patch in the schedule Saturday night while beginning a three-game road trip, the Dallas Mavericks stepped into the United Center eager to take on the Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls.

Dropping three of their previous four outings and looking to bounce back following Thursday’s 116-107 home loss to San Antonio, the visiting Dallas team began its voyage away from home in need of a victory. The Mavericks (17-13) then proceeded to leave little doubt that they’d seize the win, holding the Bulls (11-17) to a season-low scoring output for a Dallas opponent in the first half en route to a 105-83 victory.

“For us to go for our goal I think we have to get more road wins,” starting 2-guard Monta Ellis said after the Mavs captured their largest margin of victory this season. “We know we can play good at home, because we have our home crowd behind us. But we have to come out with an edge, like we did tonight, when we go on the road. Tonight, we did and hopefully we can build on it.”

One game after opting to use big man DeJuan Blair in the first unit, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle made another change to his starting lineup while reinserting Samuel Dalembert to match up with Bulls center Joakim Noah. However, Dalembert would quickly be forced to take a seat after picking up his second foul with 8:04 left in the opening quarter.

Meanwhile, the Bulls took the court minus forward Luol Deng as he continued to battle an Achilles injury. And with backup big man Brandan Wright returning to the lineup after missing a game while he battled through an illness, the Mavs surged into the second stanza with a 30-19 advantage behind a combined 16 points from Ellis and sixth man Vince Carter.

“We were locked in. I think we were locked in from the jump,” Carter said of the hot start. “We didn’t have to play catch-up, and I think that’s good for our team. I mean, we had to bring more energy from the beginning and we had to hit those guys first.”

After starting the night missing his first four shots, 11-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki quickly broke into the scoring with a four-point play over Bulls big man Taj Gibson early in the second quarter. Rookie point guard Shane Larkin followed suit, draining a 3-pointer of his own to force Chicago into a timeout with 8:58 left in the half as the Mavs seized a 39-21 lead.

But the timeout wouldn’t quiet the momentum as the Mavericks again collected a four-point possession on second-year standout Jae Crowder’s corner trey and foul on Mike Dunleavy. Carter the took matters back into his own hands, widening the separation on the scoreboard to as much as 29 before taking a 61-34 advantage into the halftime break.

Led by Carter’s 14 first-half points on 4-of-5 shooting and 3 of 3 from behind the arc, the Mavericks grabbed the lopsided lead entering the intermission after scoring 15 points off Chicago’s 13 turnovers and committing just four giveaways of their own. The Mavs also outshot the Bulls through two quarters, 48.9 percent to 38.9 percent, holding Chicago to a season-low scoring output for a Dallas opponent this season in any half.

With Ellis and Nowitzki assuming the scoring responsibilities out of the locker room, the Mavs continued to control the game early in the third quarter. Nowitzki then became just the 19th player in NBA history with at least 9,000 career made field goals, helping the Mavericks push the lead to as much as 32 before entering the final period with an 86-56 margin under their belt.

Following 11 straight Chicago points to open the fourth, Carlisle was forced to burn a timeout with the lead down to 86-67 and 8:08 remaining on the game clock. But the run would eventually hit 16-0 before back-to-back scores by Carter and Ellis restored order.

“We knew they were going to keep fighting. We knew they were going to make a run and be more aggressive. … We just had to weather the storm,” Carter explained.

The Bulls wouldn’t go away from their home floor quietly, however, coming within 14 before Wright’s score inside with 3:27 left. Ellis and Nowitzki then took turns closing the Bulls out down the stretch before Carlisle pulled his top contributors with the final verdict no longer in doubt and 1:03 remaining to close out the win.

Finishing with 22 points on 9-of-19 shooting to lead five Mavericks in double figures was Ellis, who added five assists.

“Monta was the guy that answered just about every one of their runs with either a drive or a pull-up, mid-range shot or three,” Carlisle said with high praise for Ellis’ play. “Dirk hit the one big three towards the end, but during the game Monta hit about three or four of those when they were starting to get a little momentum going offensively. That really helped us, and he did a really good job defensively tonight.”

Nowitzki and Carter pitched in 18 points apiece and four-time All-Star Shawn Marion registered a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

“They’re a tough-playing and physical team. I think we just went out and made our presence felt like we were going to be there,” Marion said of the win. “They’re a relentless team. They believe in playing physical the whole game and they made a couple of runs at us, but we were able to sustain it and come out with a good victory.”

Leading five Bulls in double figures was Noah, who finished off an 8-of-11 shooting performance with 20 points and 10 rebounds. However, the Mavs scored 22 points off the Bulls’ 18 turnovers, allowing 22 points as well off their own 16 (12 in the second half) giveaways in the win.

The Mavs’ 52.6 percent shooting also bettered the Bulls’ 43.2 percent, knocking down 13 of 26 from behind the arc and adding a 39-34 rebounding edge.

“When we defend and rebound like that we’re a formidable team,” Carlisle concluded while summing up the night. “We’re just going to keep pushing in those two areas and keep getting better with it.

“It’s a great win for us,” he added. “Now, we have to move on to the next one and we can’t have a letup.”

Note: The Mavericks will now end 2013 in Minneapolis, taking on the Minnesota Timberwolves Monday night at the Target Center. The Timeberwolves lead the season series 2-0. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 7 p.m. CT.

The Mavs return to American Airlines Center Jan. 3, playing host to the Los Angeles Clippers. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 7:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting Mavs.com.

Dallas Mavericks
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Shawn Marion, F 33 7-11 0-0 0-0 5 8 13 2 1 0 0 2 21 14
Dirk Nowitzki, F 30 6-15 4-4 2-2 0 3 3 5 1 3 3 4 9 18
Samuel Dalembert, C 24 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 5 5 0 1 1 3 4 7 2
Monta Ellis, G 36 9-19 2-6 2-2 0 2 2 5 0 0 4 4 19 22
Jose Calderon, G 35 4-11 1-6 0-0 2 2 4 7 2 0 1 0 14 9
DeJuan Blair 11 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 1 7 4
Vince Carter 21 6-9 3-5 3-3 0 4 4 3 1 1 2 1 14 18
Jae Crowder 15 2-2 2-2 3-3 0 2 2 1 0 1 1 0 5 9
Brandan Wright 15 3-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 1 0 2 7 6
Shane Larkin 12 1-3 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 2 5 3
Bernard James 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Gal Mekel 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Wayne Ellington 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Devin Harris 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ricky Ledo 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF   PTS
    41-78 13-26 10-11 7 32 39 26 8 7 16 20   105
    52.6% 50.0% 90.9%                    
Chicago Bulls
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Mike Dunleavy, F 18 3-9 0-2 0-0 1 2 3 4 1 0 0 3 -9 6
Carlos Boozer, F 29 6-15 0-0 1-2 0 4 4 1 1 0 0 3 -18 13
Joakim Noah, C 36 8-11 0-0 4-5 3 7 10 3 1 1 2 2 -4 20
Jimmy Butler, G 45 2-10 1-7 6-6 1 5 6 5 1 0 7 1 -16 11
Kirk Hinrich, G 25 2-4 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 0 0 1 -13 5
D.J. Augustin 31 5-8 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 3 3 0 3 3 -18 11
Taj Gibson 26 5-7 0-1 3-4 1 4 5 2 0 1 3 3 -14 13
Tony Snell 22 0-8 0-5 2-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 -9 2
Nazr Mohammed 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 -8 0
Erik Murphy 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 2
Luol Deng 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Derrick Rose 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Marquis Teague 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF   PTS
    32-74 3-17 16-19 7 27 34 22 9 3 15 17   83
    43.2% 17.6% 84.2%                    

CHICAGO — After playing the first 23 games of the season without him and missing his services again during Thursday night’s 116-107 home loss to San Antonio, the Dallas Mavericks know exactly what 26-year-old big man Brandan Wright means to the team.

Forced to sit out Thursday’s loss due to an illness that seems to be circulating throughout the Mavericks’ locker room, Wright is expected to make his return to the lineup Saturday as the team begins a three-game road trip in Chicago. And with Wright averaging 12.2 points on 25-of-34 shooting in the five games he’s played thus far, the Mavericks (16-13) figure to have a boost in the middle of the lineup against a physical Bulls squad.

“You know, he went through everything,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said of Wright’s participation in the team’s Saturday morning shootaround. “I don’t know if he has the strength 100 percent back, but I expect him to suit up tonight and that’s good.”

“My stomach feels a little funny, but I should be good enough to play,” Wright added. “We’ve got something going on around here, we’re just trying to stay healthy. You’ve just got to be careful. We come in contact with so many people, so you can easily get sick. It’s all a part of the game.”

Facing a Chicago defense that ranks second in points allowed per game at 92.7 an outing, the Mavericks will need all of the offensive firepower they can get while trying to bounce back from Thursday’s loss. With that said, the Mavericks are well aware that they’ll have to step up their level of aggression in order to get the better of the Bulls (11-16) on their home floor.

“You know, they have a true identity in the way they play,” Wright said with respect to the Bulls’ attack. “They play hard and they play physical every possession, especially at home. They have an identity and they’re a great team at home. They can pretty much beat anybody at home, so we’ve got to be ready to play tonight and lift our level of competition up.”

“We’ve got to play our game, but we’ve got to play it with a level of heightened force,” Carlisle echoed. “We’ve got to screen hard, we’ve got to move decisively and aggressively, and when we have shots we’ve got to aggressively step into them. They’re a hard team to score on but they’re a hard team to get shots against.”

Note: The Mavericks venture back out away from home, beginning a three-game road trip in Chicago with Saturday’s showdown against the Bulls. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 7 p.m. CT.

The Mavs return to American Airlines Center Jan. 3, playing host to the Los Angeles Clippers. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 7:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting Mavs.com.

 

 

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CHICAGO — Despite losses in three of their last four outings, the Dallas Mavericks embark on a three-game road trip still confident that they can compete with any team in the NBA.

Falling behind by as much as 15 before staging a furious rally down the stretch Thursday night against the reigning Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs, the Mavericks (16-13) would come up just short on their home floor while suffering a 116-107 defeat. Now, as they head into the United Center for Saturday’s showdown with the Chicago Bulls, the Mavs hope to put together a full 48 minutes as they try to begin their road trip on a high note.

“Well, we got off to a poor start,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said of Thursday’s loss. “We made a lot of errors early in the game, and San Antonio is a team that makes you pay for those. It’s a situation where you’ve got to play for 48 (minutes) and every possession is meaningful. Like San Antonio, Chicago is a team that cashes in on mental mistakes, so we’re going to have to do a better job making sure we keep our concentration for the full shot clock.”

“We played a bad game (Thursday night) and we were right there, so we’ve just got to get better and try to play for 48,” starting point guard Jose Calderon echoed. “Every possession counts for us. We’re close to being a really good team, but we’ve got to start getting it all together.”

The Mavericks will try to get back on track against the Derrick Rose-less Bulls (11-16), hoping to also have big man Brandan Wright in the lineup after he missed Thursday’s outing due to an illness. And with the Bulls coming off back-to-back wins over Cleveland and Brooklyn in which they held their opponents to a combined 162 points, the Mavs fully expect to be in for a dogfight.

Practice Report: Rick Carlisle

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle talks to the media about correcting mistakes following Thursday's loss to the Spurs, getting ready for the upcoming road trip and more.

“Their DNA is to be a smash-mouth team, to be very physical and to always compete,” Carlisle said with a great amount of respect for the Bulls. “We know that, and our level of competitiveness is going to have to be there for the full 48. And they’re a great rebounding team, so we’re going to have to rebound with five guys all night on defense and on offense we’re going to have to really work to have a presence with our big guys and at the same time be able to get back in transition.”

“It’s a big road trip for us. It’s three teams and they’re all fighting for different things, but we should be winning those games. We’ve got to go out there and play better than we’ve been doing the last three and a half quarters, and hopefully it’s better,” Calderon concluded.

Note: The Mavericks venture back out away from home, beginning a three-game road trip in Chicago with Saturday’s showdown against the Bulls. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 7 p.m. CT.

The Mavs return to American Airlines Center Jan. 3, playing host to the Los Angeles Clippers. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 7:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting Mavs.com.