Game 67: Mavs at Wizards

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GAME RECAP: Mavericks 112, Wizards 107

Harrison Barnes scores 22 points, Dirk Nowitzki adds 20 as the Mavericks rally to beat the Wizards 112-107.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Continuing their current four-game road trip and looking to bounce back after Monday’s 100-78 loss in Toronto, the Dallas Mavericks tried to extend a seven-game winning streak in the nation’s capital.

Capturing their previous seven visits to the Verizon Center, the Mavericks tried to continue their recent dominance over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. The Mavs also attempted to duplicate a 113-105 win at home over the Wizards back on Jan. 3, hoping for similar success on the road. And behind a gritty second-half performance, the Mavericks (29-38) scratched and clawed their way to a 112-107 victory to run their string of wins on the Wizards’ home floor to eight.

“You know, we’ve struggled on the road this season, but the way we lost in Toronto was just really frustrating. We didn’t shoot it well, but we just didn’t put up much force defensively and kind of let them get whatever they wanted. In the first half, it was kind of looking like that again. And we just beared down defensively in the second half and were able to get some stops,” Mavs leading scorer Harrison Barnes said after the come-from-behind win.

Taking the court minus swingman Wesley Matthews after seeing him exit Monday’s loss late in the first half due to a right calf strain, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle inserted undrafted rookie Dorian Finney-Smith into the first unit at small forward. The Mavericks would then find themselves fighting out of an early hole as Washington opened the game on a 10-2 spurt.

Barnes then attempted to ignite his team, handling the early offensive responsibilities before a thunderous tip-dunk by Finney-Smith. Dirk Nowitzki joined the scoring a short time later, swishing a jumper to bring the Mavericks within two at 15-13. But despite welcoming back 22-year-old big man Nerlens Noel in the opening period after his three-game hiatus with left knee soreness, the Mavs trailed 39-32 after 12 minutes of play.

Allowing a season-high scoring output for a quarter in the first period, the Dallas defense tried to stiffen in the second stanza. Meanwhile, the Mavericks began to make a dent in their deficit while pulling to within three at 41-38 behind an aggressive Devin Harris off the bench.

Mavs point guard Yogi Ferrell then kept the Wizards (41-26) from pulling away, swishing a three of his own to bring the visiting team within four. Sharpshooter Seth Curry inched the Mavericks even closer after scoring with ease on a drive to the basket. But before the Mavs charged within an arm’s reach at 57-53 entering the intermission, the Wizards saw All-Star point guard John Wall head to the locker room early with an apparent foot injury.

Led by Nowitzki’s 10 first-half points on 3-of-4 shooting and veteran reserve guard J.J. Barea’s 10 assists, the Mavericks outshot the Wizards through two quarters, 51.3 percent to 48.9 percent. However, the Mavs couldn’t overcome Washington’s 23-18 rebounding edge as both teams committed three turnovers in the half.

“We desperately needed this game with what has transpired the last two games to get ourselves back in the mix. Our guys knew it, and it’s tough when you don’t have Matthews to throw out there against (Bradley) Beal and Wall and guys like (Bojan) Bogdanovic and (Otto) Porter. But we played tough,” Carlisle confessed while addressing the first half.

With Wall battling through a left foot sprain, the Mavericks tried to stage a rally in the second half. The Mavs also attempted to contain the Beal better after surrendering 17 points to the sharpshooter in the first half.

Barnes again upped his aggression, trying to will his team in front during the third quarter. But with the rest of the Mavericks’ offensive attack growing stagnant, the Wizards started to separate the squads on the scoreboard. The Wizards’ lead then peaked at 12 before Barnes’ corner three sliced the home team’s advantage to 80-73 entering the fourth quarter.

After two free throws by Curry brought the Mavs closer to begin the fourth, the ball continued to swing the combo guard’s way. Back-to-back threes by Curry and Nowitzki would quickly follow to bring the Mavericks within one, 82-81, leading to a Washington timeout as 10:30 remained on the game clock. Ferrell followed suit a short time later, connecting on a three from the top of the key to tie the game at 84-all.

Beal immediately put his team back in front at the other end, swishing a trey in retaliation to force a timeout by Carlisle with 8:33 left to play. Not to be outdone, Curry collected a steal and found nothing but the bottom of the net with a corner three at the other end of the court. Nowitzki then gave the Mavericks their first lead of the night at 89-87, drilling a vintage jumper in the process. And after another corner three by Argentine forward Nicolas Brussino, the Mavs held a 92-87 edge midway through the fourth.

Brussino continued to find success from behind the arc a short time later, drilling another three in the quarter. The Dallas advantage ballooned to 10 from there after Noel collected an offensive rebound and converted it into a two-handed slam to put the Mavericks up 97-87 with 4:46 left. But after a three by Bogdanovic, the Wizards continued to have life later in the period.

Brussino then tried to close the Wizards out with a put-back score inside to lift the Mavs to a 99-90 lead. Still, after Nowitzki delivered an apparent dagger with a three to put the Mavericks up 104-95, the Wizards charged back to within two behind Wall with 6.0 ticks left. Noel then closed the door down the stretch, swishes a pair of clutch free throws with 1.7 seconds remaining to secure the win.

Scoring 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting, Barnes also grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Mavericks to the win. Nowitzki added 20 points in the first unit, and Curry finished with 19 points of his own in the starting lineup. Noel pitched in 12 points in reserve role, and Brussino tallied 11 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Harris made it six Mavs in double figures with 10 points in the second unit.

“I thought Seth got hot there and got us going. [Barnes] was a worker all night for us and there in the third when our shots weren’t going. We kept posting him up, and he kept making plays for us to stay within striking distance. And we just made some big shots. Brussino came up big for us and hit some big shots. He was fired up, and it was good to see,” Nowitzki said.

Wall led four Wizards in double figures with 26 points on 10-of-20 shooting, dishing out 11 assists to boot. But the Mavericks outshot the Wizards for the game, 50.6 percent to 48.8  percent, overcoming a 42-40 rebounding disadvantage by converting Washington’s 12 turnovers into 16 points.

“It was huge. You know, I thought we came out here and played well, especially in the second half,” Barnes concluded. “I thought Nicolas Brussino gave us a great boost off the bench tonight. He was phenomenal. He kept us in the game, and it was a great win.”

“It’s an NBA game. It’s 48 minutes, and you’ve got to keep playing,” Carlisle added. “You know, Washington is a team that’s explosive. But if you keep playing against any team in this league, you’ll give yourself a chance. You know, our guys showed a lot of resilience tonight doing that — hanging in, getting to the fourth quarter and giving ourselves a chance.”

Note: The Mavericks will now continue their East Coast road trip Friday night against the Philadelphia 76ers. Dallas leads the season series 1-0 after a 113-95 home win on Feb. 1. 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.

The Mavs return to their home floor on March 21, hosting the Golden State Warriors. Golden State leads the season series 2-0. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. That 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:

Wesley Matthews (right calf strain) — out

Dallas Mavericks

PLAYER MIN PTS AST STL BLK REB DREB OREB TO PF +/- FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A
Dorian Finney-Smith, F 19 2 1 0 0 8 7 1 1 2 -13 1-4 0-2 0-0
Harrison Barnes, F 39 22 2 0 0 9 9 0 3 1 2 10-16 1-2 1-2
Dirk Nowitzki, C 32 20 2 0 1 4 4 0 2 0 4 7-15 3-7 3-5
Seth Curry, G 33 19 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 5 11 6-10 3-7 4-6
Yogi Ferrell, G 24 9 3 0 0 1 1 0 1 5 11 2-7 2-4 3-4
J.J. Barea 20 6 13 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 -7 3-8 0-4 0-0
Nerlens Noel 22 12 1 0 0 3 2 1 1 2 7 4-8 0-0 4-4
Nicolas Brussino 23 11 0 2 0 9 7 2 0 3 12 4-5 3-4 0-0
Devin Harris 18 10 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 2 -10 3-5 2-2 2-2
Salah Mejri 5 1 0 0 0 3 2 1 0 1 3 0-1 0-0 1-2
Manny Harris 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Dwight Powell 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Jarrod Uthoff 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
AJ Hammons 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Wesley Matthews 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
TOTALS PTS AST STL BLK REB DREB OREB TO PF   FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A
    112 24 5 1 40 35 5 10 22   40-79 14-32 18-25
                        50.6% 43.8% 72.0%

Washington Wizards

PLAYER MIN PTS AST STL BLK REB DREB OREB TO PF +/- FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A
Otto Porter, F 37 14 5 0 0 10 9 1 0 2 8 6-9 2-4 0-0
Markieff Morris, F 31 5 3 1 0 7 6 1 2 6 3 2-6 0-2 1-2
Marcin Gortat, C 24 8 0 0 0 10 7 3 1 2 2 4-10 0-0 0-2
Bradley Beal, G 37 24 5 0 0 2 2 0 2 1 4 9-20 4-12 2-2
John Wall, G 36 26 11 3 0 1 1 0 3 1 6 10-20 2-5 4-6
Bojan Bogdanovic 24 19 1 0 0 3 3 0 4 4 -6 4-5 3-4 8-9
Ian Mahinmi 18 6 0 0 1 5 5 0 0 3 -13 3-6 0-0 0-0
Brandon Jennings 16 3 4 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 -7 1-3 1-3 0-0
Jason Smith 7 0 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 -8 0-2 0-0 0-0
Tomas Satoransky 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 -9 1-1 0-0 0-0
Trey Burke 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Daniel Ochefu 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Kelly Oubre 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Sheldon McClellan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Chris McCullough 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
TOTALS PTS AST STL BLK REB DREB OREB TO PF   FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A
    107 30 4 1 42 37 5 12 23   40-82 12-30 15-21
                        48.8% 40.0% 71.4%
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Postgame: Harrison Barnes

Mavs F Harrison Barnes comments on Wednesday's win over the Wizards.

Finney-Smith Putback Dunk

Yogi Ferrell drives to the rim and misses the lay-up but Dorian Finney-Smith is there for the putback dunk.

Noel With The Jam

Off the Harrison Barnes miss, Nerlens Noel is there for the huge dunk.

Postgame: Nico Brussino

Mavs F Nicolas Brussino dishes on his performance in Wednesday's big win over the Wizards.

Postgame: Dirk Nowitzki

Mavs F Dirk Nowitzki looks back on Wednesday night's 112-107 win over Washington.

Postgame: Rick Carlisle

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle weighs in on Wednesday night's win over Washington.

Shootaround: Nerlens Noel

Mavs C Nerlens Noel says he's ready to get back on the court tonight against the Wizards!

Shootaround: Wesley Matthews

Wesley Matthews dishes on his health, tonight's game against the Wizards, getting Nerlens back and more!

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Looking for their eighth win a row when visiting the Verizon Center, the Dallas Mavericks could have their full complement of players available Wednesday night in the nation’s capital.

Trying to bounce back from consecutive losses, the Mavericks (28-38) will attempt to move to 1-1 on their current four-game road trip. The Mavs will also attempt to duplicate a 113-105 home win over the Washington  Wizards back on Jan. 3, looking for similar success in the second showdown. Meanwhile, the Mavericks are expected to have midseason addition Nerlens Noel available after he missed the previous three games with left knee soreness. And with swingman Wesley Matthews also upgraded to a game-time decision for Wednesday’s matchup after exiting late in the first half during Monday’s 100-78 loss in Toronto due to a right calf strain, the Mavs will try to secure a signature road win.

“I expect Noel to play, and Matthews will be a game-time decision,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said while giving an update on the status of both players following the team’s Wednesday morning shootaround. “I’m not as optimistic (on Matthews), but we’ll see. Nothing has been determined.”

Noel has averaged 10 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in six games since joining the Mavericks in a trade-deadline deal with Philadelphia. But without the 22-year-old big man inside, the Mavs have registered just a 1-2 record in the last three games. The Mavericks have also gone just 2-3 in five games without Matthews in the lineup this season, hoping the defensive specialist and veteran sharpshooter can suit out Wednesday night. That said, the Mavs could use both in the lineup against the high-octane Wizards Wizards (41-25), who are currently sitting in the No. 3 spot of the Eastern Conference standings.

“You know, I think I’m good now,” Noel said. “I think we were definitely smart about it. I think we were cautious so I could get right, and now I’m feeling great. And we’re getting right back to work.”

“It’s a game-time decision,” Matthews added. “You know, it’s a game we’ve got to get. Washington is playing well and one of the hottest teams in the league right now. Obviously, John Wall and Bradley Beal are problems, and they’ve got a good team. Since the trade deadline they’ve made some moves to make them a very tough opponent, but we’ve got to play better than we did in Toronto. And we know that we will.”

Note: The Mavericks will now travel to the nation’s capital for Wednesday’s matchup against the Washington Wizards. Dallas leads the season series 1-0 after a 113-105 home win on Jan. 3. 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.

The Mavs return to their home floor on March 21, hosting the Golden State Warriors. Golden State leads the season series 2-0. 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:

Nerlens Noel (left knee soreness) — expected to play

Wesley Matthews (right calf strain) — game-time decision

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Coupling Saturday’s last-second 100-98 defeat at home against Phoenix with a lopsided loss two days later in Toronto, the Dallas Mavericks will now attempt to avoid a three-game skid Wednesday in the nation’s capital.

Looking to bounce back from Monday’s 100-78 loss in Toronto to begin their current four-game road trip, the Mavericks (28-38) will now try to get the better of the Washington Wizards for a second time on Wednesday. The Mavs will also try to replicate a 113-105 home win on Jan. 3 over the Wizards (41-25) the first time the two teams matched up this season. But with the Wizards eager to bounce back from their own 119-104 loss Monday at Minnesota to conclude a 4-1 road trip, the Mavs admit that they will have their hands full the second time around.

“It’s a lot tougher to play on the road,” sharpshooter Seth Curry said after Monday’s loss. “You have to play with a little more energy on the road, find ways to get to the free-throw line and things like that. We have to figure out how to get better. We play well at home, and we just have to transfer that to the road and get off to good starts.”

Scoring 26 points on 8-of-18 shooting, Mavs leading scorer Harrison Barnes filled up the stat sheet with seven rebounds and a career high-tying five assists to boot back in the first outing against the Wizards. Meanwhile, John Wall led five Wizards in double figures with 27 points on 10-of-19 shooting, dishing out eight assists as well.

However, the Mavericks connected on 17 of 32 from three-point range and outshot the Wizards from the field in that game, 47.4 percent to 44.6 percent. The Mavs also added a 44-38 rebounding advantage, overcoming 24 Washington points off their 15 turnovers. But with swingman Wesley Matthews (right calf strain) and backup big man Nerlens Noel (left knee soreness) both listed as questionable for Wednesday’s matchup, the Mavericks could take the floor shorthanded. That said, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle knows his team will face a far different challenge as the scene shifts to the Wizards’ home hardwood.

“You know, we’ll build on the positives and take a look at the negatives,” Carlisle said after Monday’s loss. “And we’re playing arguable the hottest team in basketball in Washington. … We’ll have our hands full there, but we just have to keep doing the good things we’re doing and make little corrections.”

Note: The Mavericks will now travel to the nation’s capital for Wednesday’s matchup against the Washington Wizards. Dallas leads the season series 1-0 after a 113-105 home win on Jan. 3. 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.

The Mavs return to their home floor on March 21, hosting the Golden State Warriors. Golden State leads the season series 2-0. 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:

Nerlens Noel (left knee soreness) — questionable

Wesley Matthews (right calf strain) — questionable