Game 68: Mavs at Knicks

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GAME RECAP: Mavericks 110, Knicks 97

The Mavericks pull away with a 110-97 win over the Knicks behind 30 points and four rebounds from Harrison Barnes.

NEW YORK – With Harrison Barnes playing one of the best games of his career , the Dallas Mavericks silenced the New York Knicks in the second half Tuesday night and got out of Madison Square Garden with a convincing 110-97 victory.

Barnes finished with 30 points – four off his career-high – and the Mavs outscored the Knicks 53-37 in the second half en route to opening this four-game road trip on a winning note. The win snapped the Mavs’ six-game road losing streak and was their first win away from home since they won at Sacramento on Feb. 3.

And this victory came compliments of some lock-down defense that would have brought a smile to the face of guard Wesley Matthews, who discovered Monday that his season in all likelihood is over due to a fracture to his right proximal fibula.

The Knicks scored 31 points in the first quarter and led 60-57 at the half. From there, the Mavs stole the keys to the Knicks’ offense and tossed them in the Hudson River.

“I think it was too easy (for the Knicks),” said forward Dirk Nowitzki, alluding to the first half. “They kind of lit us up there in the first quarter and I thought after that we adjusted pretty well and we made it a little harder.

“We had a lot of things working there in the second half for us.”

On the offensive end in the second half, what the Mavs had working for them was a lot of Barnes, who tallied 14 of his points after intermission. The Knicks (24-44) had no answer for Barnes, who flourished so well that he wound up making 10-of-19 shots and converting all nine of his free throw attempts.

“Harrison was great from start to finish,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “He had a good rhythm.

“We were going to him, teammates were finding him. He did a little bit of everything. I love the way he attacked and got to the free-throw line, made threes, really great all around offensive game. He was real solid defensively as well.”

Meanwhile, rookie Dennis Smith Jr. didn’t exactly have a solid shooting performance – he was 6-of-19 from the field. But the North Carolina State product came up with the monster dunk of the night when he strolled in uncontested for a breakaway tomahawk windmill dunk that registered very high on the Richter scale.

That was the exclamation point the Mavs used to bolt ahead 108-96 with just 57.7 seconds remaining in the game.

“I just think it was about time I got a fastbreak (dunk), and like a clean one,” said Smith, who finished with 17 points. “I had one all year, but it’s rare to get them.”

Elsewhere, this was the second NBA game for rookie forward Jameel Warney, who grew up in the New York area and played college ball at nearby Stony Brook University. And with family members and friends in the stands, Warney didn’t disappoint as he collected eight points and three rebounds in 12 minutes.

“I definitely got the nerves out from the last game (this past Sunday against Houston),” Warney said. “Today was just do what I do, play hard and hope for the best and that’s what happened.

“I’m proud of how I performed, I’m happy we got the win. It doesn’t matter if I played zero minutes or 48 minutes. I just wanted to contribute by being a good teammate and just help the team out.”

In stretching their record to 22-46, the Mavs are now 4-4 in their last eight games and are playing their best ball since they won four in row from Dec. 26-31.

“It’s just nice to get a win,” Barnes said. “I was proud of the guys that we were able to pull together and get this win tonight.”

Notes: The Mavs continue their four-game road trip Friday night at 6:30 CT in Toronto. Shortly after that game, the Mavs will fly back to New York where they’ll play the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday. The trip concludes Mar. 20 in New Orleans before the Mavs return home to host the Utah Jazz on Mar. 22. . .When he arrived at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, Mavs rookie forward Jameel Warney practically reached rock star status. A local kid who attended college at nearby Stony Brook University, Warney performed so many interviews with the New York media that he practically lost his voice. “I’m thrilled for him,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “You can tell that he really appreciates the opportunity to be here. It’s got to be a pretty big deal coming home and putting on a Mavericks uniform and going out at Madison Square Garden. He’s a resourceful guy and he’s got a great nose for the ball and he really knows how to play.” . . Former NBA referee Monty McCutchen spoke to the Mavs during their Tuesday morning meeting at their swanky New York hotel. McCutchen is now the NBA’s vice-president and head of referee development and training. Rick Carlisle said: “Monte made a tough decision to leave the court (this season). You could argue he was the top official in the game. But the job that he has taken on is a very important one because now he has a chance to impact so many other officials. And the other reason that he is a great person for this position is he’s a great communicator – always has been. He can carry the message to officials, he can help convey the message to players and coaches of the importance of constructive communication and how to diffuse the emotions in difficult situations. He’ll be a great ambassador to get that message across to everyone and he’ll be a great teacher of the mechanics of officiating as well.” Doug McDermott, who played 55 games for the Knicks this season before they traded him to the Mavs on Feb. 8, treasured his time with the Knicks. “Now I come here and I’m like, ‘Dang, this place is the real deal.’ You definitely take it for granted when you’re playing for the Knicks, because you’re so used to it. But coming here as a visitor, it’s a special place. Walking up that tunnel (from the bus). It’s the most famous arena in the world for a reason.”


All Stats

H. Barnes, SF 33 10-19 1-3 9-9 2 2 4 4 0 0 2 0 17 30
D. Nowitzki, PF 21 5-10 3-7 0-0 0 6 6 1 1 0 2 2 1 13
D. Finney-Smith, C 20 1-4 0-2 1-2 3 6 9 2 1 0 1 3 9 3
Y. Ferrell, SG 28 4-8 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 1 7 10
D. Smith Jr., PG 31 6-19 3-8 2-2 2 1 3 2 2 1 2 3 18 17
N. Noel 20 1-5 0-0 0-0 1 5 6 1 2 0 0 1 10 2
J. Barea 20 5-10 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 7 0 0 4 0 -2 12
D. Powell 8 1-1 1-1 4-4 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 -2 7
K. Collinsworth 22 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 3 2 0 0 3 5 0
D. McDermott 21 3-6 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 2 8
J. Warney 11 4-7 0-0 0-1 1 2 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 8
M. Kleber 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
S. Curry 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Jones 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
W. Matthews 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Mejri 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   40-89 14-35 16-18 12 28 40 22 11 1 12 15   110
    44.9% 40.0%                      

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All Stats

T. Hardaway Jr., SF 38 8-17 1-6 2-2 0 3 3 1 0 0 4 2 -18 19
L. Thomas, PF 22 1-5 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 4 -3 3
E. Kanter, C 20 1-4 0-0 1-2 4 11 15 1 0 0 3 2 -6 3
C. Lee, SG 15 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 -3 0
E. Mudiay, PG 25 4-9 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 3 1 -11 10
M. Beasley 32 10-13 0-0 1-1 2 2 4 1 0 0 1 1 -10 21
K. O'Quinn 21 3-5 0-0 2-2 1 5 6 4 2 1 1 3 -5 8
F. Ntilikina 16 2-8 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 6 0 0 0 2 -5 4
T. Williams 22 3-8 0-2 1-2 3 5 8 1 2 0 3 1 -8 7
D. Dotson 9 2-3 1-2 1-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 6
T. Burke 14 6-9 3-4 1-1 0 3 3 0 1 0 2 1 -1 16
J. Jack 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
L. Kornet 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
R. Baker 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
I. Hicks 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Noah 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Porzingis 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   40-82 8-25 9-12 10 34 44 19 9 1 19 18   97
    48.8% 32.0%                      

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Harrison Barnes Scores 30 vs. Knicks | March 13, 2018

Harrison Barnes puts up 30 points and four assists in the Mavericks win against the Knicks.

Postgame: Dirk Nowitzki

Mavs F Dirk Nowitzki talks about playing in The Garden & more after the 110-97 win over the New York Knicks.

Postgame: Coach Carlisle

Mavs Head Coach Rick Carlisle speaks to the media following the 110-97 win over the New York Knicks.

Postgame: JJ Barea

Mavs G JJ Barea talks about Dennis Smith Jr.'s growth, Jameel Warney's homecoming and more after the 110-97 win over the New York Knicks.

Postgame: Harrison Barnes

After scoring 30 points, Mavs F Harrison Barnes talks about the 110-97 win over the New York Knicks.

Postgame: Dennis Smith Jr.

After a highlight reel worthy dunk in The Garden, Mavs PG Dennis Smith Jr. talks to the media after the 110-97 win over the New York Knicks.

Nowitzki At The Top Of The Key

Dirk Nowitzki drains the three at the top of the key.

Finney-Smith Putback Dunk

Dennis Smith Jr. misses the jumper and Dorian Finney-Smith reaches up with one hand to slam the putback dunk.

NEW YORK – Wesley Matthews may be lost for the duration of this season due to a fracture to his right proximal fibula. But the Dallas Mavericks’ veteran guard apparently hasn’t lost his sense of humor.

As Matthews was back in Dallas pondering the dreadful news he received on Monday, he got a phone call from New York from one of his teammates.

“I reached out to him yesterday and I said, ‘Hey, sorry to hear, man, keep your head up,’ ” forward Dirk Nowitzki said. “But he said, ‘I still move better than you.’

“I guess he didn’t lose his spirits.”

Coach Rick Carlisle described Matthews’ injury as a “very unlucky” set of circumstances, and added that he’ll likely miss the remaining 15 games this season.

“It’s tough for Wes, because he’s a competitor and he wants to be with the team and out here,” Carlisle said after this morning’s shootaround at Madison Square Garden. “I’m glad we caught it, it’s not serious, it’s just going to take time.

“It’s probably going to be the end of the season before he would be ready to play, so he’s likely done for the year. I talked to him last night. He’s in good spirits.”

Carlisle believes by the time training camp starts next fall, Matthews will be just fine.

“He’s not even in a brace or a cast or anything,” Carlisle said. “It’s just something where he can’t play.

“As fractures go, it’s a pretty minor one, but it’s a fracture on your leg, so you can’t play.”

Dorian Finney-Smith, Doug McDermott and Jalen Jones are the players who may get more minutes due to Matthews’ absence.

The Mavs (21-46) start a four-game road trip tonight at 6:30 CT against the New York Knicks (24-43) at Madison Square Garden. The trip also includes games against Toronto and Brooklyn, while Carlisle said there’s a chance Matthews will join the Mavs on the final game of this trip on Mar. 20 in New Orleans just for support.

“He’s a top player, he’s a top perimeter defender, experienced,” Carlisle said. “He’s one of our best shooters, best competitors, so we’re missing a lot.”

Matthews suffered his injury in the first quarter of this past Saturday’s 114-80 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, but still played on. However, on Sunday, while in the layup line prior to the game against the Houston Rockets, something was amiss with Matthews.

“He said, ‘Something’s not feeling right, something’s not feeling right,’ and he obviously got the bad news right in the layup line,” Nowitzki said. “We feel bad for him, we think about him, but like I said, he’s a warrior. He’ll be back next season for sure.”

The Mavs pulled Matthews from Sunday’s pre-game layup line as a precaution. It turned out to be the correct thing to do.

“I think the most interesting thing about him was he was ready to play in the game against Houston,” Carlisle said. “Our doctors said, ‘Hey, we should make 100 percent sure, take an X-ray,’ and the X-ray revealed a very small shadow and then they confirmed it yesterday on an MRI.”

Known as an Iron Man, Matthews played 250 straight games before missing one during his fourth season. He dreads missing games like people dread having a root canal.

“The guy is just an unbelievably tough guy,” Carlisle said. “There’s a reason they call him the Iron Man.”

Matthews, 31, averaged 12.7 points in 33.8 minutes per game this season and has made a career on being a bulldog of a defender.

“Wes is a huge part our team, he’s a huge part of being a leader for us and we’re definitely going to miss him,” forward Harrison Barnes said. “Hopefully he heals quickly and makes a full recovery.

“He’s got a high threshold for pain, he’s always going to go out there and battle through injuries. Even to the point where the training staff got to be like, ‘Hey man, you got to have a seat.’ That speaks to his toughness.”

And speaks to Matthews’ value to the Mavs.

“We all know he’s the Iron Man,” Nowitzki said. “He always plays through everything, so it’s a little disappointed for him, but I think he’ll be OK.

“I think he’s a little unlucky, but it’s a situation where it’s kind of the end of the season and it’s not too bad. I don’t think he’ll need surgery.”

With so many young players on the Mavs’ roster who needs developing, Carlisle believes that’s another area where Matthews will be sorely missed.

“With a developing team you miss a guy like him on the floor to help nurture guys along,” Carlisle said. “Hey, it makes him a little younger for next is the way I look at it.”

Injury updates
Seth Curry (left leg surgery) – out
Wesley Matthews (right leg injury) – out
Salah Mejri (right hamstring strain) — out

NEW YORK – Playing in the National Basketball Association was like a dream come true for Dallas Mavericks forward Jameel Warney. Now the rookie free agent gets the unique opportunity to realize that dream in his hometown and in front of a few of his adoring family members and friends.

A graduate of Roselle (N.J.) Catholic High School, Warney will be in uniform Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. CT when the Mavs (21-46) face the New York Knicks (24-43) at Madison Square Garden. It will be Warney’s second NBA game after he signed a 10-day contract with the Mavs on Sunday morning and made his impressive NBA debut later that night by scoring five points and grabbing four rebounds in only eight minutes when the Houston Rockets defeated Dallas, 105-82.

Needless to say, Warney, 24, is thrilled at the chance of playing in New York.

“I’ll have all my friends and family come out to that game,” Warney said. “It’s going to be a real fun experience for me.

“I’m going to try and enjoy that, but I have business to take care of.”

Of course, Warney will get two chances in New York this week to impress his family and friends since the Mavs play at Brooklyn on Saturday.

After getting undrafted in 2016 out of Stony Brook University – Stony Brook, N.Y., is located 65 miles east of New York City — Warney has spent the past two seasons playing for the Texas Legends, which is the Mavs’ G-League affiliate. And although Warney averaged 19.8 points and 9.5 rebounds this season for the Legends, the rap on him is that at 6-8 and 260 pounds he is generally regarded as an undersized power forward.

It’s a tag Warney has had difficulties shaking and one that Texas Legends coach Bob MacKinnon insists isn’t fair.

“I think that a lot of people in the NBA look at what he isn’t instead of what he is,” MacKinnon said. “Just like it took one general manager to take a chance on PJ Tucker and Draymond Green and guys who were supposedly undersized for their position and once they proved they’re productive players they’ve stuck, if Jameel gets that opportunity he’s got a chance to stick as well.”

Warney was with the Legends when the Knicks came to Dallas and beat the Mavs, 100-96, back on Jan. 7 behind 29 points and eight rebounds from Kristaps Porzingis and 13 points and 18 rebounds from Enes Kanter. Harrison Barnes topped all Mavs scorers with 25 points.

Overall, the Mavs are 25-7 against the Knicks in their past 32 meetings. Meanwhile, Warney admitted to being a bundle of nerves against the Rockets, but doesn’t anticipate experiencing such discomfort against the Knicks.

“But it’s playing at Madison Square Garden,” Warney said. “That’s one of the meccas of basketball, but I’m going to be ready to play.

“Hopefully, I’ll check in, but I’m going to do what I do, be a good teammate and try to help the team.”

Warney played at Madison Square Garden as a sophomore against LaSalle and as a junior against Long Island. Yet he acknowledged that playing there as a college player and as an NBA player are totally different.

“I scored my 1,000th point there when I was in college,” Warney said. “That was fun.

“So it’s going to be fun to finally get back there and see a packed house, I guess, in New York.”

Coach Rick Carlisle certainly liked what he saw from Warney during his brief playing time against Houston.

“I like Warney — Warney’s a winner,” Carlisle said. “The guy goes into the game and just immediately is in the right place every time.

“He kept the ball alive a couple of times. He’s a very underrated player.”

The Most Valuable Player last year while leading the U.S. National Team to a gold medal at the FIBA Americup, Warney knows he could have gone to Europe and likely enjoyed a prosperous pro career. Especially since last year he was named as the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year.

But one of Warney’s life-long dreams was to one day play in an NBA game.

“I knew with the Texas Legends, the opportunities (to play in the NBA) were great because Bob MacKinnon just helps everybody improve,” Warney said. “He has the most NBA call-ups — he’s doing something right.”

Warney joins Kyle Collinsworth, Johnathan Motley and Jalen Jones as three other Legends players who are currently on the Mavs’ roster. The last of that quartet to make it to the NBA is Warney.

“I think he’s an NBA player,” said MacKinnon, who has been singing Warney’s praises all season. “That’s my assessment and I hope he proves me right.

“I just think it’s a great opportunity for him and it’s great that the Mavericks look to the Legends for call-up candidates. We’re thrilled as an organization and we’re just rooting for him.”

Notes: The Mavs announced Monday that guard Wesley Matthews sustained a fracture to his right proximal fibula in the first quarter of this past Saturday’s 114-80 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. The Mavs said at this time there is no timetable for Matthews’ return. . .The Mavs open a four-game, nine-day, two-country road trip Tuesday in New York against the Knicks. They also play at Toronto on Friday, at the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday and at New Orleans on Mar. 20 before returning home to host the Utah Jazz on Nov. 22. On the grueling road trip, coach Rick Carlisle said: “It’s on the schedule, so there it is. It’s a challenging trip, but we have things to figure out with this roster and I’m looking forward to it. It’s supposed to be tough. It’s not a bunch of guys playing pickup at the premier club. This is NBA basketball. It’s tough. We’re flying around in a $40 million airplane. I think we’ll be OK.”. . .As part of a three-team trade that shipped guard Devin Harris to Denver, the Mavs acquired forward Doug McDermott from the Knicks on Feb. 8. In 12 games with the Mavs, McDermott is averaging 9.9 points in 24.1 minutes and shooting 47.1 percent from the field (40-of-85) and a sizzling 53.8 percent from 3-point range (21-of-39). McDermott played 55 games for the Knicks this season and averaged 7.2 points in 21.3 minutes per game.

Injury updates

Seth Curry (left leg surgery) – out
Dorian Finney-Smith (return from injury management) – probable
Wesley Matthews (fractured right proximal fibula) – out
Salah Mejri (right hamstring strain) — questionable