Game 33: Mavs at Heat

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Smith Jr. Deep Three

Dennis Smith Jr. bails out the Mavericks with a deep 3-pointer just before the shot clock expires.

MIAMI — Attempting to collect their second straight win after sprinting to a 110-93 runaway victory Wednesday at home over Detroit, the Dallas Mavericks ventured out on the road with plenty of confidence before Friday’s matchup in Miami.

Taking on the upstart Heat for the first time this season, the Mavericks tried to build on Wednesday’s dominant victory. The Mavs also attempted to begin their daunting back-to-back on the road with a win before Saturday’s rematch against the Atlanta Hawks. But with the Heat (17-15) staging 12-0 runs to begin both halves, the Mavericks (9-24) would fight valiantly before suffering a 113-101 defeat.

“You know, we talked about it. They’re a hard-charging team. They’re athletic and they just compete. That’s their DNA down here. They come at you hard, and both times we weren’t quite ready for it,” 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki admitted after the loss.

After returning to the court from a six-game layoff with a left hip strain to score 15 points, grab five and dish five assists during Wednesday’s win, rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. tried to get the Mavericks off to a fast start. Instead, the Mavs would find themselves in an early 12-0 hole while missing their first five shots from the field.

The Mavs then turned to their ageless superstar, looking to stage a rally after Nowitzki’s trey from the top of the key to pass Chauncey Billups (1,830) for 12th on the league’s all-time three-pointers made list. Leading scorer Harrison Barnes also stepped up his aggression after the Mavericks trailed by as many as 13, leading a 9-0 Dallas run. Second-year standout Yogi Ferrell took matters from there, catching fire from the perimeter in the opening period. Still, despite Ferrell’s 10 points in the quarter, the Mavs trailed 32-23 after 12 minutes of play.

Surrendering 13-of-17 shooting to the Heat in the first period, the Mavericks tried to lock in defensively in the second stanza. However, despite seeing guard Dion Waiters go down with a sprained left ankle, the Heat kept its foot on the gas while opening up a double-digit lead.

The Mavs then turned to the backup duo of veteran point guard J.J. Barea and big man Dwight Powell, forcing a Miami timeout with 6:44 left in the first half after pulling to within eight at 43-35. Ferrell and Barnes also continued to step up, bringing the Mavericks to within four at 48-44. Veteran swingman Wesley Matthews’ score made the margin three, leading to Nowitzki’s triple to tie the game at 51-all. The two teams then battled to a 53-all stalemate entering the halftime intermission.

Led by Barnes’ 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting, the Mavericks overcame a 13-point deficit while being outshot through two quarters, 60 percent to 56.4 percent. Miami also held a 15-11 rebounding advantage, overcoming eight turnovers in the half with 8-of-13 shooting from three-point range.

“Letting a team get going like that is just something that’s hard to overcome,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle matter-of-factly said of the first half.

With reserve guard Devin Harris (illness) ruled out for the second half, the Mavericks tried to collectively come together in the third period. Instead, the Heat came out aggressively to begin the quarter, forcing a timeout by Carlisle with his team down 58-53 and 10:19 left in the third. The stoppage didn’t slow the Heat down, however, after a three from sharpshooter Wayne Ellington made it a 12-0 Miami run and put the Mavericks in a 65-53 hole with 8:42 remaining in the quarter.

“Twelve-nothing to start the game, and 12-nothing to start the second half, if you combine it, it’s ridiculous. And it’s not a very long period of time, either, so their level of force was greater from start to finish. We made runs, but when you’re swimming against the current the whole game, it’s very difficult to get over the hump. So, we put ourselves in a hole,” Carlisle confessed.

Ferrell again attempted to intervene with a much-needed trey to end the run. Matthews followed suit with a three of his own a short time later. Smith and Tunisian big man Salah Mejri then ran the pick-and-roll to perfection, bringing the Mavs to within five at 67-62. Back-to-back threes from Nowitzki then brought the Mavericks to within four at 77-73. Miami closed the quarter strong from there to take an 82-73 advantage into the final period.

Starting the fourth-quarter scoring with Smith’s drive-and-kick assist to Nowitzki for a three from the top of the arc, the Mavericks began to make another comeback attempt. Smith then turned from facilitator to scorer, connecting on a three of his own to bring the Mavs within one at 82-81.

The Heat went back to Ellington, and he gladly obliged with back-to-back threes at the other end, forcing Carlisle to signal for timeout with the Mavericks in a 90-82 hole and 7:36 left to play. The deficit surged back to double digits soon after that as Heat guard Tyler Johnson tried to close the Mavs out, forcing Carlisle to burn another timeout with his team down 96-86 and 4:56 remaining on the game clock.

Nowitzki then answered Ellington’s seventh triple of the night with his sixth three at the other end after the Mavs went down by 11, making the disadvantage 99-91 with 3:45 left to play. A three from Ferrell brought the Mavericks to within seven a short time later. But after two free throws by Matthews cut the Miami lead to five, Josh Richardson’s three put the home team up 106-98. Ellington then continued to torch the Dallas defense with his eighth triple of the night to put the Heat up 109-98, forcing Carlisle into a timeout with 1:17 remaining. And despite Ferrell’s best efforts, the Mavericks wouldn’t recover down the stretch.

Scoring a season-high 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting and 5 of 7 from three, Ferrell led the Mavericks in a losing effort. Nowitzki added a season-high 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting and 6 of 15 from three, and Barnes pitched in 20 points as well.

“It’s tough for us to try to come back and win every single time when we have the starts that we had, like 12-0 runs in the first and third quarter. Those are the two most important quarters of the game,” Ferrell said. “They just made everything. We were trying our best. We were fighting and talking out there. You know, they just happened to be hot.”

Ellington led five Heat scorers in double figures with 28 points off the bench on 10-of-16 shooting and 8 of 12 from three-point range. The Heat also outshot the Mavericks for the game, 63.9 percent to 50.7 percent, adding a 35-22 rebounding advantage to overcome their 12 turnovers.

“When their confidence gets going they make shots,” Nowitzki concluded. “They make tough shots. They made tough threes at times. Every time we’d make a run they kept making big plays. If you let them shoot 64 (percent) from two and three, that’s going to be tough to win the game.”

Note: The Mavericks will now conclude their two-game road trip Saturday night, traveling to Atlanta for a matchup against the Hawks. Atlanta leads the season series 1-0 after a 117-111 win in Dallas on Oct. 18. The game will tip off at 6:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on TXA 21 and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270.

The Mavs return to their home floor on Tuesday night at American Airlines Center against the Toronto Raptors. The game will tip off at 6 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 quadriceps tendinitis) — out
Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out
Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) — out
Nerlens Noel (left thumb surgery) — not with the team

Mavericks

All Stats

PLAYER MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
H. Barnes, SF 32 8-15 1-3 3-5 1 1 2 2 0 0 1 1 -15 20
M. Kleber, PF 8 0-1 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 -22 0
D. Nowitzki, C 32 7-17 6-15 0-0 0 4 4 3 0 0 2 0 -14 20
W. Matthews, SG 33 2-6 1-3 4-4 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 2 -13 9
D. Smith Jr., PG 26 2-7 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 7 0 0 2 2 -15 6
Y. Ferrell 32 9-13 5-7 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 1 2 5 23
S. Mejri 14 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 4 5 0 0 1 0 1 3 4
J. Barea 25 3-8 2-3 0-0 0 3 3 8 0 0 0 3 7 8
D. Powell 16 4-4 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 1 0 0 2 8
D. Harris 8 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 -1 2
K. Collinsworth 8 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 1
S. Curry 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Finney-Smith 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
N. Noel 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   38-75 17-35 8-11 3 19 22 28 5 2 8 12   101
    50.7% 48.6%                      

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Heat

All Stats

PLAYER MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
J. Richardson, SF 36 11-14 2-3 0-0 0 4 4 5 1 2 2 3 13 24
K. Olynyk, PF 25 4-7 3-4 0-0 0 6 6 2 0 1 3 2 3 11
B. Adebayo, C 37 6-9 0-0 2-2 1 7 8 5 1 0 1 3 28 14
D. Waiters, SG 8 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 1 9 4
T. Johnson, PG 38 8-12 2-3 1-2 0 7 7 4 0 0 3 0 16 19
W. Ellington 39 10-16 8-12 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 2 10 28
J. Mickey 21 3-9 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 0 1 4 -4 6
U. Haslem 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Walton Jr. 23 2-3 1-2 2-2 0 2 2 5 0 0 0 0 -15 7
G. Dragic 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Johnson 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
M. Williams Jr. 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Winslow 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Hammons 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
R. McGruder 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
O. White 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
H. Whiteside 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   46-72 16-25 5-6 2 33 35 25 3 3 11 15   113
    63.9% 64.0%                      

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Ferrell Steal, Barnes Dunk

Yogi Ferrell gets the steal and tosses up a pass to Harrison Barnes for the dunk.


Nowitzki Three

Wesley Matthews drives and finds Dirk Nowitzki all by himself at the top of the key who drains the 3-pointer.


Powell Alley-Oop From Barea

Dwight Powell emerges in the air for a pass from J. J. Barea for an alley-oop.


Nowitzki Transition Three

Dirk Nowitzki trails back on offense in transition, collects the pass from J. J. Barea, and drops the 3-point jumper.


Shootaround: Rick Carlisle

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle previews Friday's road game against the Miami Heat!

MIAMI — Despite facing a likely shorthanded Miami Heat squad Friday night to begin a back-to-back on the road, the Dallas Mavericks expect to have their hands full as they attempt to build on Wednesday’s 110-93 home win over Detroit.

The Heat (16-15) will be without point guard Goran Dragić (elbow) and forward Justise Winslow (knee) Friday in the first meeting of the season between the teams. Miami has also played the last 11 games without center Hassan Whiteside (left knee bone bruise), leaving a void in the middle. Still, after seeing the Heat capture a 90-89 win in Boston on Wednesday, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle knows his team can’t afford to look ahead to Saturday’s matchup in Atlanta.

“Well, they play the same style,” Carlisle said of the shorthanded Heat following the Mavericks’ Friday morning shootaround. “There’s more driving of the ball a little more, and they’ve got different kinds of rollers out there. They’re playing just as well. The win in Boston was really an impressive win. … I don’t know who is or isn’t playing for them, but the guys that they had playing two nights ago in Boston are throwing a heliaius game out every night. It’s a paint-attacking nightmare, and they’re shooting threes well. They just beat you with hard play, and that’s where we’re going to have to be really good tonight.”

Looking to replicate the success of Wednesday’s win, the Mavericks (9-23) hope to continue clicking on the offensive end of the floor. Bolstered by a season-best 43-point second quarter, the Mavericks produced a season-high scoring output in the first half of Wednesday’s game to take a 65-53 advantage into the midway mark. The Mavs also outshot the Pistons for the game, 53.3 percent to 42.9 percent, overcoming a 38-37 rebounding disadvantage and their own 12 giveaways by scoring 12 points off Detroit’s 13 turnovers. However, it’s the defensive end of the floor that Carlisle credits for the win. That said, the Mavs will need to be locked in once again at the defensive end in order to capture a second straight victory.

“Well, I thought our defense led to a lot of it, and then you’ve got to get hot and get in a shot-making groove. But that’s over with, and we’ve got to focus on this. This is a 48-minute game,” Carlisle explained. “Last year, we came in here and played a good first half, and we got bombed in the second. And then the game at home, we played a very good all-around game and won a tight game. With these guys, you’ve got to compete with them at a high level.”

Note: The Mavericks will now hit the road for a two-game trip, traveling to Miami for Friday’s matchup against the Heat. The game will tip off at 7 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.

The Mavs return to their home floor on Tuesday night at American Airlines Center against the Toronto Raptors. The game will tip off at 6 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 quadriceps tendinitis) — out
Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out
Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) — out
Nerlens Noel (left thumb surgery) — not with the team

MIAMI — Leading by as many as 23 during Wednesday’s 110-93 win over Detroit, the Dallas Mavericks now hope to be just as dominant away from home Friday night as they square off with the Miami Heat.

Traveling to Miami to begin a daunting back-to-back and hoping to carry over the success of Wedneday’s win, the Mavericks (9-23) will collectively attempt to band together on the road. The Mavs will also look to take advantage of center Hassan Whiteside’s absence with a left knee bone bruise, attempting to add another loss to the Heat’s 6-7 record at home. And after a dominant performance in front of the Dallas fans, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle expects for his team to sustain its level of success two nights later against the up-and-down Heat (16-15).

“I thought we put together a terrific effort, and we’ve just got to sustain this. That’s been our challenge,” Carlisle matter-of-factly said after Wednesday’s victory.

One reason for the dominant performance was the return to the Dallas lineup of rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. after he missed the previous six games with a left hip strain. Smith tallied 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting, five rebounds and five assists during 21 minutes in his return. He now hopes to continue giving the Mavs a boost as his conditioning improves. That said, Friday night’s matchup will serve as another opportunity for the first-year floor general to develop chemistry with his teammates after studying where he can be effective during his lengthy layoff.

“I was just coming out and trying to do what I do. My legs were heavy at first, and I had to get my second wind,” Smith explained while summing up Wednesday’s win. “Second quarter, we closed it out strong. I started pressuring the ball some more, and we picked up the intensity as a whole defensively. We hit some shots, and that’s probably what changed it.

“I feel good. I feel real good. It’s going to take some time, but really I feel real good today on my wind. Like I said, my legs were heavy at first, but as soon as I came back in I felt great. You know, I learned a lot about how Yogi (Ferrell) could be effective in the game, and I can do some of the same things. J.J. (Barea) and Devin (Harris), it’s the same with them. And I learned some of the personnel, like Maxi (Kleber), [Dwight Powell] and Dirk. You know, it’s a different perspective whenever you just sit from the first quarter to the fourth and watch.”

Note: The Mavericks will now hit the road for a two-game trip, traveling to Miami for Friday’s matchup against the Heat. The game will tip off at 7 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.

The Mavs return to their home floor on Tuesday night at American Airlines Center against the Toronto Raptors. The game will tip off at 6 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 quadriceps tendinitis) — out
Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out
Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) — out
Nerlens Noel (left thumb surgery) — not with the team