Game 64: Mavs vs. Nets

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Highlights: Mavs vs. Nets

Check out all the top plays from Friday night's 105-96 win over the Brooklyn Nets.

DALLAS — Riding a three-game winning streak and looking to notch their fourth victory in a row Friday night in front of the hometown crowd, the Dallas Mavericks welcomed the team with the worst record in the NBA to American Airlines Center.

Entering Friday night’s matchup against the last-place Brooklyn Nets with a 3-0 mark on their current five-game homestand, the Mavericks tried to continue surging up the standings. The Mavs also attempted to begin a rare back-to-back on their own hardwood with a victory before concluding the homestand Saturday night against Phoenix. And despite having to scratch and claw for the better part of 48 minutes, the Mavericks (28-36) continued to remain unbeaten on their homestand with a 105-96 victory.

“You know, we feel like we’re playing well,” Mavs leading scorer Harrison Barnes said after the win. “In the first half, we had to pick up our intensity a little bit and match what they were doing. But once we got into our groove, we were playing well.”

One game after eclipsing the 30,000-point plateau for his career with 25 first-half points during the Mavericks’ 122-111 win Tuesday over the Los Angeles Lakers, 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki tried to get his team off to a fast start. Instead, the Mavs would fall into an early hole after back-to-back triples by big man Quincy Acy and point guard Jeremy Lin gave the Nets (11-53) the slight edge.

Sharpshooter Seth Curry would then try to ignite his team after Dallas’ 1-of-7 start from the field, swishing a three-pointer from the wing to cut Brooklyn’s 10-4 edge in half. Barnes took matters from there, drilling a three of his own to tie the game at 12-all as the Mavs made up for the absence of 22-year-old big man Nerlens Noel (left knee soreness). But despite seeing veteran guard J.J. Barea return to the court following a 20-game hiatus with a left calf strain to nail another three in the quarter, the Mavericks faced a 26-23 deficit after 12 minutes of play.

Opening the second stanza with a pair of three-pointers by Isaiah Whitehead and Andrew Nicholson, the Nets continued to keep their foot on the gas with an 8-2 run. The Mavs returned fire with an 8-0 run of their own to pull within one, 36-35, highlighted by a pair of threes from Nowitzki and undrafted rookie Dorian Finney-Smith.

The Mavericks then took their first lead of the night a short time later, surging to a 44-43 edge on rookie point guard Yogi Ferrell’s step-back jumper. But behind Lin’s 12-point first half, the Nets regained control and slid into the intermission with a 49-46 edge under their belt.

Led by Barnes’ 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting, the Mavericks stayed in the game in the first half while being outshot from the field as a team, 41.9 percent to 37.8 percent. The Nets also overcame Dallas’ 25-20 rebounding edge without starting center Brook Lopez (sprained right ankle) in the lineup, converting the Mavs’ eight turnovers into 10 points.

“This team plays similar to Miami in a sense that they’re going to put it on the ground, get in the paint and kick it out for shots. So, you just have to bear down and keep your man in front. And in the first half we didn’t really do a good job containing penetration,” Barnes admitted.

Hoping to stage a rally in the second half, the Mavs would instead come out sluggishly during the third period. Meanwhile, the Nets continued to take advantage of the Mavericks’ lackluster offense, opening up a 56-48 lead to force a Dallas timeout with 9:03 left in the third period.

A two-handed slam by Barnes would then get the Dallas fans out of their seats, hoping to spark a comeback in the process. The thunderous finish led to back-to-back triples by Ferrell and Curry, tying the game at 56-all with 7:11 left in the quarter. Curry’s four-point play with 3:47 left in the third gave the Mavs a 64-61 edge from there as Dallas tried to feed off its home crowd. The duo of Curry and Barea then took turns handling the scoring, sending the Mavericks into the fourth with a 74-73 lead.

Surrendering the lead early in the fourth period, the Mavs gladly welcomed back-to-back timely three-pointers by Nowitzki to go back in front. Ferrell followed suit a short time later with a three of his own, giving the Mavericks an 83-77 lead with 8:49 left to play. But after Whitehead returned fire with a triple at the other end, the Mavs held just a three-point lead with 8:15 still on the game clock.

The Mavericks began to gain some traction later in the period, however, opening up an 89-80 lead on Barnes’ lefty finish midway through the fourth. Barnes continued to close the Nets out from there, swishing a three from the wing to put the Mavs ahead 92-81. And after a 13-1 Dallas run to go up 96-81, the Mavericks closed the Nets out with frequent trips to the free-throw line down the stretch.

Scoring 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting, Barnes led the Mavericks to the win while pulling down seven rebounds. Curry added 18 points in the first unit, grabbing five rebounds and dishing four assists to boot. Ferrell pitched in 17 points in the starting lineup, and Nowitzki finished with 13 points inside. Meanwhile, Barea scored nine points and dished out three assists in 14 minutes of reserve action during his return.

“We had a good rhythm, especially during the second half when I came in,” Barea said. “I was able give a little plus for the team. We were a little down, but it was good to be out there having fun again and helping the team out.”

Whitehead led four Nets in double figures with 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting off the bench. The Nets also outshot the Mavericks for the game, 43.6 percent to 42.3 percent. However, the Mavs finished with a 47-35 rebounding advantage, overcoming their 16 turnovers by forcing 12 giveaways.

“Well, we struggled because they were playing well and they were playing harder than us, I thought,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle confessed. “At halftime, we talked about it, and I thought we had a better second half. I thought that Barea, in the second half, gave us some good direction on offense, and he played smart on defense. We were playing zone, which was something that helped us, so it was good to have him back.

“It was a good win,” he added. “It was a hard game, and tomorrow is going to be another hard game.”

Note: The Mavericks will now return to their home floor on Saturday night to complete a back-to-back, hosting the Phoenix Suns. The season series is tied at 1-1. 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, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

Injury updates:

J.J. Barea (left calf strain) — questionable

Nerlens Noel (left knee soreness) — out


All Stats

C. LeVert, F 21 1-5 0-2 0-0 1 2 3 2 0 0 0 1 -9 2
R. Hollis-Jefferson, F 18 2-5 0-0 0-0 0 5 5 0 1 1 3 3 0 4
Q. Acy, C 23 5-7 2-2 0-0 0 4 4 1 1 0 1 1 -12 12
R. Foye, G 23 0-6 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 1 2 0
J. Lin, G 26 4-9 1-3 9-10 1 4 5 3 2 0 2 3 -9 18
I. Whitehead 25 8-12 3-6 5-5 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 4 0 24
S. Dinwiddie 21 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 3 2 1 0 5 0 2
J. Hamilton 14 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 4
T. Booker 26 6-14 1-2 2-5 2 5 7 3 0 0 0 2 -15 15
S. Kilpatrick 23 3-11 1-8 2-2 0 2 2 5 2 0 3 4 -18 9
A. Nicholson 12 1-4 1-3 0-0 0 6 6 0 1 0 0 4 5 3
K. McDaniels 1 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 3
B. Lopez 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Harris 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   34-78 9-31 19-23 4 31 35 23 9 2 12 28   96
    43.6% 29.0%                      

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All Stats

W. Matthews, F 33 2-11 1-6 4-4 0 7 7 3 2 0 3 3 10 9
H. Barnes, F 37 7-15 2-3 5-5 1 5 6 0 0 0 3 1 9 21
D. Nowitzki, C 22 5-12 3-8 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 3 0 13
S. Curry, G 31 6-11 3-4 3-3 1 5 6 4 0 0 2 0 14 18
Y. Ferrell, G 34 5-12 3-5 4-4 1 1 2 2 1 0 1 3 2 17
S. Mejri 14 1-1 0-0 1-2 1 8 9 0 1 0 1 2 10 3
J. Barea 13 3-6 1-3 2-2 0 1 1 3 0 0 3 1 7 9
D. Harris 14 2-3 0-1 1-2 0 1 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 5
D. Powell 20 1-2 0-0 5-6 1 7 8 1 0 0 1 3 4 7
D. Finney-Smith 14 1-3 1-2 0-0 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 -1 3
J. Uthoff 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 -5 0
M. Harris 1 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -5 0
N. Brussino 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
N. Noel 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   33-78 14-33 25-28 7 40 47 16 5 0 15 18   105
    42.3% 42.4%                      

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Barnes And-One

Yogi Ferrell delivers a bounce pass to Harrison Barnes for the layup, plus the foul.

Barnes Slams It Down

Harrison Barnes backs down, turns the corner and rises up for the flush.

Curry Drains the Triple

Wesley Mathews drives a delivers a bounce pass to Seth Curry for the triple.

Nowitzki Buries the Long Ball

Dwight Powell picks up the loose ball and fires it out to Dirk Nowitzki for the triple.

Postgame: Yogi Ferrell

Mavs PG Yogi Ferrell dishes on Friday night's 105-96 win over the Brooklyn Nets.

Postgame: Harrison Barnes

Mavs F Harrison Barnes weighs in on Friday night's 105-96 win over the Nets.

Postgame: J.J. Barea

J.J. Barea on his return from injury to help the Mavs beat the Nets, 105-96.

One-on-one with Manny Harris

Earl K. Sneed goes one-on-one with Mavs G Manny Harris prior to tonight's game against the Nets.

Shootaround: Rick Carlisle

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

DALLAS — Despite welcoming veteran reserve guard J.J. Barea back into the lineup after playing the previous 20 games minus the cat-quick floor general due to a left calf strain, the Dallas Mavericks still won’t be at full strength Friday night against the Brooklyn Nets.

Welcoming the (11-52) Nets for the fourth matchup of their current five-game homestand and the first outing of a back-to-back on their own floor, the Mavericks (27-36) will try to run their winning streak to four victories in a row. The Mavs will also slide Barea back into the second unit after playing without the energetic spark plug since he aggravate the injury during a 112-107 loss in Utah on Jan. 20. But with prized midseason addition Nerlens Noel ruled out of Friday’s game and listed as day-to-day after suffering a sore left knee, the Mavericks will attempt to make up for the 22-year-old’s contributions inside.

“Noel is going to be out tonight. He’s got a sore left knee that’s not considered serious. He’s day-to-day, but we’re going to hold him out tonight and see where we are tomorrow,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said while giving an update on the young big man’s availability.

Noel is averaging 10.0, 8.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game in six outings since joining the Mavericks via a trade-deadline deal with Philadelphia. He’s also helped to solidify the Mavs’ second unit, clocking 24.2 minutes an outing in a mostly reserve role. But with the Nets also down a big man due to the absence of leading scorer Brook Lopez (sprained right ankle), the Mavericks won’t rush Noel back into action too soon. That said, Carlisle fully expects the Nets to speed up the tempo during Friday’s matchup without the two big bodies inside.

“You know, they’re No. 1 in the league in pace to start with. If you take a 7-2 guy out of there that doesn’t move real fast and put another athlete out there, it’s going to be even faster,” Carlisle explained. “You know, it’s going to be a big transition defense and protecting the paint game defensively. And then offensively, we’ve got to move it and get good shots.”

Note: The Mavericks will now return to their home floor on Friday night, hosting the Brooklyn Nets. 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, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

Injury updates:

J.J. Barea (left calf strain) — questionable

Nerlens Noel (left knee soreness) — out


DALLAS — After posting a 25-point first half Tuesday night to become only the sixth player in NBA history to reach the 30,000-point plateau for his illustrious career, 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki will try to keep the momentum going Friday for the Dallas Mavericks in the first game of a home-home back-to-back.

Entering Tuesday’s matchup against the Los Angles Lakers needing just 20 points to reach the historic feat, Nowitzki eclipsed the milestone with his highest-scoring half since January 11, 2014. In the process, Nowitzki became the newest member of an exclusive fraternity that had featured only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain. He also became just the third player in league history to amass 30,000 points with one franchise, joining Malone with the Utah Jazz and Bryant with the Lakers. But after seeing the Mavericks (27-36) capture a 122-111 victory for their third straight win to begin a five-game homestand, the 7-footer was more pleased that his team remained afloat in the heated Western Conference playoff race entering Friday’s matchup against the Brooklyn Nets.

“I’m happy we’re winning games. That’s the No. 1 thing for me right now,” Nowitzki said after lifting the Mavs to 3-0 on their current homestand while reaching the milestone. “We’re still trying to make this playoff push and we’re playing well, so the main thing is we won the game and it happened early. Leading up to it, it hasn’t been a lot of great scoring nights. It was a couple of off-shooting nights, and it’s been a little slow there. But this was perfect. Everything was kind of planned out perfect, so I’m happy it worked out that way.”

Welcoming in the last-place Nets (11-52), Nowitzki and the Mavericks will now try to continue their winning ways Friday night. The Mavs also expect to benefit from the return of veteran guard J.J. Barea following his 20-game hiatus with a left calf strain. But despite the Nets’ lackluster record, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle says his team can’t afford to look past its opponent and ahead to Saturday’s showdown against the Phoenix Suns.

Entering Friday’s matchup, the Mavericks sit just 1 1/2 games behind Denver in the race for the Western Conference’s eighth and final playoff position. Meanwhile, the Nets are just 4-28 away from home this season, hoping to pull an upset after seizing four of their last five visits to Dallas. That said, Carlisle confesses that his team can’t afford to take the Nets lightly in order to remain in the ever-changing playoff picture.

“We’ve got to understand this is a high-scoring outfit,” Carlisle said of the Nets’ potent attack. “They invert the game a little bit. They’ve got (Brook) Lopez shooting a lot of threes, like (Marc) Gasol is doing now, and they’ve got a lot of guys that can drive and kick it. When they have big three-point shooting nights, you know, they win games. And so a lot of their record is early in the year they had some guys out. They were shifting their roster around, and (Jeremy) Lin has missed a lot of games. They struggled without him, ’cause he’s a very good player, and now he’s back. … We’ve got to keep our eye on the ball and really work at defending and rebounding against these guys. They really drive it well, and we gave up a lot of paint penetration against the Lakers. We’ve got to tighten the screws there.”

Note: The Mavericks will now return to their home floor on Friday night, hosting the Brooklyn Nets. 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, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

Injury updates:

J.J. Barea (left calf strain) — questionable

Nerlens Noel (left knee soreness) — out