2017 Preseason Game 4: Mavs vs. Magic

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GAME RECAP: Mavericks 99, Magic 96

Rookie, Dennis Smith Jr. leads the Mavericks to a win over the Magic, 99-96.

DALLAS — Hoping to bounce back after suffering a 112-89 loss Thursday in Orlando for their first defeat of the preseason, the Dallas Mavericks tried to return the favor Monday night at American Airlines Center.

Welcoming in the Magic for their fourth exhibition outing, the Mavericks hoped the return of the team’s veterans would lead to a win after playing without a bevy of their leaders in the previous game. The Mavs also tried to treat their fans to a show in the last preseason outing at home before the regular-season opener against Atlanta on Oct. 18. And behind an all-around performance from rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr., the Mavericks (3-1) dazzled their hometown crowd en route to a 99-96 victory.

“Statistically and just overall period, I think that is my best overall game. We came out with the win and I got guys involved, and that’s very important for me to do. So, I think I did a pretty good job of that tonight,” Smith said while summing up his performance.

Taking the court for the first time without combo guard Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia), Mavs coach Rick Carlisle sent out a starting lineup of Smith, second-year guard Yogi Ferrell, swingman Wesley Matthews, leading scorer Harrison Barnes and 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki. But despite a three-pointer by Nowitzki to get the Mavericks on the board, the home team quickly found itself playing from behind in the early minutes of the opening quarter.

Nowitzki continued to stroke the long ball after he and Ferrell switched back-to-back triples to tie the score at 11-all. And after a laser pass from backup big man Nerlens Noel to a cutting Barnes for a slam to highlight the period, 15 combined points from the duo of Nowitzki and Matthews sent the Mavericks into the second stanza with a 30-26 edge.

Opening up the second quarter with a driving score by backup point guard J.J. Barea, the Mavericks tried to keep their foot on the gas. Second-year standout Dorian Finney-Smith also returned to the lineup after missing the two previous games duo to left knee soreness. And with veteran reserve Devin Harris upping his aggression, the Mavs opened up a double-digit lead.

Nowitzki jumped back into the scoring from there, draining a patented shot to move into double figures. The Magic (2-2) countered with the perimeter shooting of big man Marreese Speights and point guard D.J. Augustin to stay within an arm’s reach. Still, after Smith’s thunderous slam brought the crowd out of its seats, the Mavericks took a 55-48 advantage into the halftime intermission.

Led by Nowitzki’s 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting, the Mavericks outshot the Magic through two quarters, 53.3 percent to 40.4 percent. The Mavs also overcame a 22-20 rebounding disadvantage, converting Orlando’s nine turnovers into 11 points in the first half.

Sticking with the same starting lineup to open the second half, the Mavericks got going in the right direction after Barnes’ two-handed slam to begin the third quarter. Smith quickly followed suit, swishing a three-pointer to become the third Mav in double figures.

However, the Magic refused to go away quietly behind Augustin and prized offseason signing Johnathon Simmons. Augustin’s triple put the Magic on top from there as Orlando assumed a 62-61 edge with 7:40 left in the third. Smith returned fire from long range to help the Mavericks keep pace. The Dallas reserves took matters from there, taking a 71-68 lead after Barea connected with Noel on an alley-oop with 3:57 remaining in the quarter. The two connected again a short time later for another above-the-rim finish. And with the second unit protecting the lead, the Mavericks escaped into the fourth period up by four, 76-72.

Trying to secure the win in the final 12 minutes of play, Carlisle continued to entrust his second-stringers in the early minutes of the fourth quarter. A three-pointer from Finney-Smith gave the Mavs some breathing room, lifting the Dallas team to an 81-72 lead.

Smith returned to the floor from there, driving to the basket for a score to keep the Magic at a safe distance. But after another triple from Speights, the Magic closed the gap to 83-80 before Finney-Smith’s trey settled the Mavs down. Ferrell padded the lead to 89-82 with another three off Smith’s seventh assist of the night. And after another three from Finney-Smith, Carlisle cleared the bench and finished off the win as the roster hopefuls connected on clutch free throws down the stretch.

Scoring 16 points on 7-of-15 shooting, Smith filled up the stat sheet while grabbing six rebounds and dishing seven assists in the win. Barnes added 14 points in the first unit, and Nowitzki made it three Mavs in double figures with 10 points and six rebounds during his 20 minutes of action.

“Look, [Smith] is getting more comfortable out there. He’s attacking better. I want to see him putting more pressure on the defense and not settling so often for the jump shot. You know, he’s virtually impossible to stay in front of. I didn’t see anybody take a charge on him in the college film. Nobody has taken a charge on him in Summer League, and nobody has taken a charge on him in the four games (in preseason), so he needs to keep pressure on the defense. And he did some things better tonight. Look, he’s going to be adjusting to things. There’s no two ways about it,” Carlisle said of Smith’s performance.

Augustin led four Orlando scorers in double figures with 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting and 6 of 10 from three-point range. However, the Mavericks outshot the Magic for the game, 43.8 percent to 41.4 percent. The Mavs also ended the night with a 48-44 rebounding edge, converting the Magic’s 18 turnovers into 15 points.

“You know, a few shots didn’t go early, but I felt like we battled and we competed,” Barnes confessed. “I was proud of the rest of the guys. Our second unit and third unit went out and finished the game for us.”

Note: The Mavericks will now travel to Atlanta for Thursday’s matchup against the Hawks. The game will tip off at 6:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest Plus and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270.

The Mavs return to American Airlines Center on Oct. 18 for the regular-season opener against the Atlanta Hawks. That game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

Injury updates:

Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out

Magic

All Stats

PLAYER MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
A. Afflalo, SF 30 3-6 0-2 0-0 0 3 3 7 2 0 1 0 1 6
J. Isaac, PF 24 2-5 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 2 0 3 6 5
N. Vucevic, C 25 4-13 1-3 0-0 2 12 14 4 0 2 3 2 -2 9
J. Simmons, SG 28 6-14 2-5 5-7 0 4 4 1 0 0 1 1 -2 19
D. Augustin, PG 24 9-14 6-10 0-0 0 1 1 5 0 0 1 3 3 24
S. Mack 22 0-4 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 3 0 0 0 2 -12 0
M. Hezonja 25 4-9 2-4 0-0 3 4 7 1 1 0 4 1 -10 10
W. Iwundu 29 1-7 0-3 1-3 0 7 7 2 0 0 1 2 -7 3
M. Speights 18 5-10 4-7 1-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 6 5 -5 15
K. Birch 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 1 1 1 4 2
K. Lucas 4 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 3
D. Rudez 3 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
B. Biyombo 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Caupain 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
E. Fournier 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Gordon 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Payne 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
E. Payton 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
R. Purvis 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Ross 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   36-87 17-42 7-12 5 39 44 26 4 5 0 21   96
    41.4% 40.5%                      

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Mavericks

All Stats

PLAYER MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
W. Matthews, SF 24 3-7 1-5 0-0 0 4 4 2 1 2 0 2 -4 7
H. Barnes, PF 24 6-13 1-2 1-4 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 1 -4 14
D. Nowitzki, C 20 4-7 2-4 0-0 0 6 6 1 0 1 1 1 2 10
Y. Ferrell, SG 24 3-10 2-5 1-2 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 3 -8 9
D. Smith Jr., PG 26 7-15 2-6 0-0 1 5 6 7 1 1 3 1 -9 16
N. Noel 16 3-4 0-0 0-0 1 6 7 1 0 1 2 3 5 6
J. Barea 18 4-7 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 9 2 0 1 1 15 8
D. Harris 16 3-6 0-2 1-2 0 3 3 1 2 0 0 1 16 7
D. Powell 18 1-5 0-2 4-4 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 2 11 6
D. Finney-Smith 18 3-4 3-4 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 0 1 1 11 9
S. Mejri 9 0-2 0-0 1-2 3 6 9 0 1 0 0 1 -3 1
M. Kleber 6 1-2 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 -4 2
G. Clavell 4 0-1 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -4 2
P. Dozier 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 -4 0
M. Wayns 4 1-4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 -4 2
B. Ashley 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0
S. Curry 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. McRoberts 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Motley 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Withey 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   39-89 11-33 10-16 7 41 48 24 9 6 1 18   99
    43.8% 33.3%                      

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Noel With The Rejection

Nerlens Noel gets the block from behind on the Magic's jump shot.

Smith Jr. With The One-Handed Slam

Dennis Smith Jr. flies down the open lane to throw down the one-handed slam.

Noel Throw Down The Alley-Oop

J.J. Barea throws it up to Nerlens Noel for the alley-oop dunk.

Postgame: Dirk Nowitzki

Mavs F Dirk Nowitzki dishes on Monday's 99-96 win over the Magic.

Postgame: Dennis Smith Jr.

Mavs G Dennis Smith Jr. dishes on Monday's 99-96 win over the Magic.

Postgame: Harrison Barnes

Mavs F Harrison Barnes dishes on Monday's 99-96 win over the Magic.

One-on-one with Yogi Ferrell

Earl K. Sneed goes one-on-one with Mavs G Yogi Ferrell prior to tonight's game against the Magic.


Shootaround: Dennis Smith Jr.

Mavs PG Dennis Smith Jr. dishes on getting acclimated to Dallas, pushing the pace on offense and more.


Shootaround: Rick Carlisle

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle weighs in on the team's health, tonight's game against Orlando and more.

DALLAS — Although he says the Dallas Mavericks didn’t execute as well as they hoped to Thursday night against the Orlando Magic during a 112-89 road loss, rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. believes the team can correct its miscues as the two squads match up again Monday at American Airlines Center.

Playing without head coach coach Rick Carlisle (illness), 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki (rest), leading scorer Harrison Barnes (rest), backup guard J.J. Barea (rest), veteran Devin Harris (rest), starting swingman Wesley Matthews (rest), big man Josh McRoberts (rest), second-year standout Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee soreness) and center Nerlens Noel (rest), the Mavericks (2-1) weren’t at full strength while suffering their first loss of the preseason. The Mavs’ offense also suffered without the full complement of players in the lineup, shooting just 33 percent from the field. And despite taking the court nearly at full strength Monday, Smith says the team will have to learn from its mistakes in order to bounce back at home.

“The focal point for our talks after the game where ball movement, communication on defense and some of the non-negotiables on defense. We didn’t execute, and we’re looking to do that tonight,” Smith matter-of-factly said after the Mavs’ Monday morning shootaround.

Scoring 13 points on 4-of-13 shooting in 19 minutes of work to finish as the Mavericks’ high-point man, the 19-year-old Smith also grabbed three rebounds and dished out an assist in Thursday’s loss. He accepted the play-calling responsibilities in just his third exhibition outing as well, which is something Carlisle sees Smith continuing to do this upcoming season. However, after going through a cash course on the fly without the team’s veteran players, Smith says he will have to do better engineering a Dallas offense that dished just nine assists as a team and committed 17 turnovers. That said, the first-year floor general looks forward to redeeming himself Monday night in front of the Dallas crowd.

“I think the main thing with me being able to call the plays on my own was learning the plays,” Smith explained. “I have to tell everybody where to be. And if they’re not in that spot, then I’ll know the play isn’t right. So, that was great for me learning all of them.

“Actually, I’m trying to get into a mode where I can push it up every single time. So far I’ve been reading the defense. If they’ve got a lot of guys back, then I’m going to push it and vice versa. I’m working on keeping my tempo up every single possession.”

Note: The Mavericks will now return to American Airlines Center on Monday night against the Orlando Magic. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

Injury updates:

Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee soreness) — questionable
Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out

DALLAS — After falling to a 112-89 exhibition loss on the road Thursday night in Orlando without their head coach and several key contributors, the Dallas Mavericks will seek retribution Monday at American Airlines Center as the two teams square off yet again in preseason play.

Traveling to Orlando without coach Rick Carlisle (illness), 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki (rest), leading scorer Harrison Barnes (rest), backup guard J.J. Barea (rest), veteran Devin Harris (rest), starting swingman Wesley Matthews (rest), big man Josh McRoberts (rest), second-year standout Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee soreness) and center Nerlens Noel (rest), the Mavericks (2-1) didn’t have enough firepower to keep up with the Magic (2-1) on its home floor. The Mavs also struggled through an off-shooting night while suffering their first loss of the exhibition schedule, connecting on just 33 percent from the field to Orlando’s 47.7 percent to nullify Dallas’ 55-49 rebounding edge. And after committing 17 turnovers in the loss, Carlisle hopes to see better execution at both ends of the floor from his team Monday night.

“We had a lot of things to get done and to get in with some defensive things along with some offensive things, and we needed to compete (in practice). We accomplished those things pretty well, and the game (Monday) is an important one for us,” Carlisle explained following Sunday’s team practice. “Orlando is going to be an improved team. They kicked our (tails) the other night, so we’ll go hard and then see where we are.”

However, if the Mavericks are to avenge Thursday’s loss, they will have to do so without starting shooting guard Seth Curry after tests revealed that the 27-year-old suffered a stress reaction of his left tibia. The combo guard is now expected to be out at least a week before being reevaluated. And with Curry sidelined for the foreseeable future, second-year guard Yogi Ferrell is expected to slide into the first unit.

“I mean, I’m just always ready. Whatever coach (Carlisle) needs or whatever position, I’m just going to go in to the best of my ability, play to my strengths, and just try to give the team energy,” Ferrell said. “The guard rotation is probably going to stay the same with just me replacing Seth, and we’re just going to do the things we’ve been doing — running the court, looking up ahead, playing in flow, playing with pace and looking for the open shot.”

Note: The Mavericks will now return to American Airlines Center on Monday night against the Orlando Magic. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

Injury updates:

Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee soreness) — questionable
Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out