Game 54: Mavs vs. Magic

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Highlights: Mavs vs. Magic

Check out all the top plays from Saturday's 112-80 win over the Orlando Magic!

DALLAS — After playing the previous eight games without their starting floor general, the Dallas Mavericks hoped to receive a boost by the return of three-time All-Star Deron Williams on Saturday night.

Welcoming in the Orlando Magic, the Mavericks tried to carry over the momentum of Thursday’s come-from-behind 112-105 overtime win over Utah. The Mavs also tried to avenge a 95-87 loss in Orlando on Nov. 19, looking to return the favor as the scene shifted to American Airlines Center. And with Williams back in the lineup after missing eight straight games due to a left great toe sprain, the Mavericks (22-32) easily moved to 2-1 on their current four-game homestand following a runaway 112-80 victory.

“I felt really good,” Williams said after scoring seven points while dishing out four assists in his return to the lineup during one half of play. “It’s only been a couple of weeks, but I felt really good. My legs felt good, my wind felt good, and I wish I could have played a little bit in the second half.”

Sliding Williams back into the starting lineup in place of undrafted rookie Yogi Ferrell, the Mavericks tried to come out of the gate fast in front of their home crowd. Instead, the Magic (20-36) built an early advantage with an 8-2 start.

The Mavericks would quickly claw their way back, climbing to within two at 14-12 midway through the quarter after swingman Wesley Matthews’ three-pointer. Ferrell’s three a short time later then gave the Mavs a 20-18 edge. Matthews’ 12 first-quarter points then sent the Mavericks into the second stanza with a 29-23 advantage.

Continuing to get a lift from Ferrell off the bench, the Mavericks opened up a double-digit lead early in the second period. The Mavs then turned to 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki, taking a 37-23 lead after the 7-footer’s trey from the wing with 9:43 in the half.

The lead continued to balloon as sharpshooter Seth Curry took over the scoring duties, giving the Mavs a 46-31 advantage with 5:42 before the intermission. Williams’ triple then pushed the lead to 16, 49-33. And after Matthews connected with backup big man Salah Mejri with an alley-oop to highlight the quarter, the Mavericks led by as many 26 before taking a 61-35 advantage into the break.

Led by Matthews’ 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting and 4 for 4 from three-point range, the Mavericks outshot the Magic through two quarters, 52.1 percent to 38.1 percent. The Mavs also held a 27-20 rebounding edge while converting Orlando’s nine turnovers into 10 points.

“Once our defense started going, we’ve always been like that all season long. Once we take care of the defensive end, the offensive end just flows and will be easy. Teammates were finding me, and I was shooting it with rhythm and with confidence. And it was dropping,” Matthews said of his hot-shooting first half.

After seeing Williams meet his minute restriction with nearly 16 minutes in the first half, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle slid Ferrell back into the first unit to start the third quarter. Meanwhile, Matthews picked up where he left off at in the first half, swishing his fifth and sixth three of the night to put the Mavericks up 75-42 with 7:17 left in the period.

The Dallas reserves took matters from there, opening up a 37-point lead later in the quarter before sliding into the fourth with an 84-52 advantage. The Mavericks finished off the win with their young contributors the rest of the way, resting the veterans during the final 12 minutes.

Scoring 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting and 6 of 8 from three-point range, Matthews led the Mavs to the win while grabbing four rebounds and dishing six assists. Curry and Nowitzki added 14 points apiece in the first unit, and Argentine rookie Nicolas Brussino finished with 10 points in a reserve role. Ferrell also pitched in 10 points off the bench as the Mavericks dished out a season-high 32 assists.

Bismack Biyombo led the Magic with 15 points on 5 of 7 from the field, grabbing seven rebounds to boot. But the Mavs outshot the Magic for the game, 49.5 percent to 39 percent, adding a 51-40 rebounding advantage and converting Orlando’s 15 turnovers into 13 points.

“We were doing a lot of things well tonight,” Carlisle said after the Mavs hit 17 of 35 from behind the three-point arc. “We caught them on an off-shooting night, ’cause they did have some shots that they missed. But look, we did what we had to do. They came out with energy, we were able to build an early lead and just keep building it.”

“It’s a long season, and it’s a season of runs. We’re on a decent one now. We’re never going to stop fighting, and hopefully [fans] will never stop fighting with us. Their support is huge,” Matthews added after the Mavericks secured their second straight win.

Note: The Mavericks will now continue their current homestand on Monday night, hosting the Boston Celtics. Boston leads the season series 1-0 after a 90-83 home win on Nov. 16. 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:

Andrew Bogut (right hamstring strain) — out

J.J. Barea (left calf strain) — out

Magic

All Stats

PLAYER MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
M. Hezonja, F 34 3-11 1-6 0-0 0 6 6 2 2 1 3 1 -10 7
S. Ibaka, F 25 4-10 0-1 0-0 1 3 4 2 1 2 2 0 -25 8
N. Vucevic, C 27 1-5 0-0 1-2 2 8 10 1 0 1 1 1 -21 3
E. Fournier, G 29 6-14 0-4 2-4 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 4 -27 14
C. Watson, G 29 3-7 1-2 3-4 0 2 2 5 2 0 3 1 -10 10
E. Payton 20 4-9 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 4 -25 8
J. Green 14 3-8 0-2 1-1 1 2 3 1 0 0 0 1 -15 7
D. Augustin 25 1-5 0-3 1-2 1 3 4 1 1 0 1 2 -16 3
B. Biyombo 20 5-7 0-0 5-5 5 2 7 2 1 1 2 1 -11 15
D. Rudez 12 2-6 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 5
A. Gordon 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Wilcox 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Meeks 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Zimmerman 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   32-82 3-23 13-18 11 29 40 16 8 5 14 16   80
    39.0% 13.0%                      

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Mavericks

All Stats

PLAYER MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
W. Matthews, F 24 7-10 6-8 0-0 0 4 4 6 1 0 1 3 24 20
H. Barnes, F 30 4-13 0-1 0-0 3 1 4 2 0 0 1 2 19 8
D. Nowitzki, C 17 6-12 2-3 0-0 0 7 7 1 2 0 0 1 15 14
S. Curry, G 27 6-12 2-5 0-0 1 2 3 4 0 0 1 0 22 14
D. Williams, G 15 3-6 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 4 3 0 1 1 10 7
S. Mejri 19 2-3 0-0 0-0 4 11 15 1 1 2 1 5 21 4
Y. Ferrell 31 4-8 2-3 0-0 0 3 3 6 0 0 3 3 21 10
D. Harris 12 1-5 1-3 2-2 1 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 12 5
D. Powell 16 4-6 1-1 0-0 2 1 3 2 1 0 0 1 9 9
D. Finney-Smith 15 1-5 0-3 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 0 2 0 8 2
J. Anderson 16 3-5 0-2 3-4 0 3 3 1 1 0 3 0 -1 9
N. Brussino 12 4-6 2-3 0-0 0 3 3 3 1 1 0 1 0 10
J. Barea 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Bogut 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
TEAM   45-91 17-35 5-6 12 39 51 32 10 3 14 17   112
    49.5% 48.6%                      

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Postgame: Seth Curry

Mavs G Seth Curry dishes on Saturday night's win over the Orlando Magic.

Harris Pulls Up for Three

Devin Harris pulls up from three on the break and buries it.

Postgame: Wesley Matthews

Mavs G Wesley Matthews weighs in on his team-high 20-point performance in Saturday's win over the Magic.

Ferrell Corner Three

Yogi Ferrell spots up from the corner and knocks down the open three.

Nowitzki Jumper

Dirk Nowitzki gets the ball tapped out to him off the missed shot and he buries the jumper from the wing.

Postgame: Deron Williams

Mavs G Deron Williams dishes on Saturday night's win, his first-game back from injury and more.

One-on-one with Justin Anderson

Earl K. Sneed goes one-on-one with Justin Anderson prior to tonight's game against the Orlando Magic.

Shootaround: Harrison Barnes

Mavs F Harrison Barnes dishes on his performance down the stretch against Utah, tonight's game against the Magic and more.

Shootaround: Rick Carlisle

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle looks ahead to tonight's matchup against the Magic.

DALLAS — Although the Dallas Mavericks know that they aren’t the same team they were earlier in the season while falling to a 95-87 loss in Orlando on Nov. 19, they admittedly can’t simply rely on their recent improved play to avenge that defeat Saturday night at home.

Playing without their full complement of players, the Mavericks (21-32) struggled to generate offense with a shorthanded squad in that November matchup. The Mavs were without 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki, point guard Deron Williams, sixth man Devin Harris and fellow reserve guard J.J. Barea in that game, putting up a valiant fight before eventually falling. But despite seeing their health situation improve since that outing, the Mavericks know they could once again find themselves in a dogfight Saturday night.

“I watched that game again, and we did some good things,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said after his team’s Saturday morning shootaround. “We were without a lot of our guys, and so they won. So, we obviously want to even the series. That’s the biggest thing.”

Led by reserve guard D.J. Augustin’s 18 points off the bench on 6-of-11 shooting, the Magic (20-35) outshot the Mavericks for four quarters in that game, 43.6 percent to 33.8 percent. The Magic added a 50-34 rebounding advantage as well, overcoming the 17 Dallas points scored off 20 Orlando turnovers. But after rallying back from a 21-point deficit Thursday night during a 112-105 overtime win, the Mavs hope to see more offensive success 48 hours later while looking to move to 2-1 on their current four-game homestand.

“Well, I feel like we’ve grown a little bit as a team since that point,” Mavs leading scorer Harrison Barnes said while looking back to that previous loss to the Magic. “But the biggest thing is they’re athletic and they’re long, so we’ve just got to move the ball like we’ve been doing. You know, I think we can create shots that way. And as long as we can get in the paint and create, we’ll be all right.”

Note: The Mavericks will now continue their current homestand on Saturday night, hosting the Orlando Magic. Orlando leads the season series 1-0 after a 95-87 home win on Nov. 19. The game will tip off at 8 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:

Deron Williams (left great toe sprain) — game-time decision

Andrew Bogut (right hamstring strain) — out

J.J. Barea (left calf strain) — out

DALLAS — Hoping to carry over the success of their largest come-from-behind victory this season, the Dallas Mavericks will now attempt to build on Thursday’s 112-105 overtime win over Utah.

Trailing by as many as 21, the Mavericks (21-32) rallied in the second half and during the extra period to capture the win. In the process, the Mavs claimed their largest comeback win since rally from down 23 in Denver on Feb. 26, 2016. The Mavericks also saw leading scorer Harrison Barnes continue to put the team on his broad shoulders in clutch moments, scoring eight of his team-high 31 points in overtime. And after leading the Mavs to 1-1 on their current homestand, Barnes will again look to assert his will Saturday night against the Orlando Magic.

“We just had to not let go of the rope, and just keep battling,” Barnes said after a 12-of-20 shooting night during Thursday’s comeback victory. “You know, we’ve been in this situation so many times this season where we got down, we battled back close and it comes down to some late-game execution. So, we just knew if we stuck with the process, we’d have a shot to get back into it.”

Suffering a hard-fought 95-87 defeat in Orlando back on Nov. 19, the Mavericks will now attempt to return the favor as the scene shifts to American Airlines Center. The Mavs will also try to learn from their miscues in the first meeting between the teams, hoping to make the proper adjustments the second time around.

Reserve guard D.J. Augustin led five Magic scorers in double figures with 18 points off the bench, hitting 6 of 11 from the field in that game. The Magic (20-35) also outshot the Mavericks for four quarters, 43.6 percent to 33.8 percent. And after the Magic added a 50-34 rebounding advantage to overcome the 17 Dallas points scored off 20 Orlando turnovers, swingman Wesley Matthews admits that the Mavs will have several adjustments to make.

“A lot of their success was coming at the expense of what we didn’t do,” Matthews matter-of-factly said following that November loss. “We knew they were a good offensive rebounding team, and we blew blockouts and didn’t take care of the ball. Even with those added possessions, they only had 95 points. We held them under 100, and that’s a winnable game. So, we don’t have to play perfect, but we have to not beat ourselves when we’re already struggling.”

Note: The Mavericks will now continue their current homestand on Saturday night, hosting the Orlando Magic. Orlando leads the season series 1-0 after a 95-87 home win on Nov. 19. The game will tip off at 8 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:

Deron Williams (left great toe sprain) — doubtful

Andrew Bogut (right hamstring strain) — out

J.J. Barea (left calf strain) — out