Game 7: Mavs vs. 76ers

Game Recap
  • Game Recap
  • Box Score
  • Videos
  • Shootaround Report
  • Game Preview
View:

Highlights: Harrison Barnes

Harrison Barnes scores 25 points and four rebounds in the Mavericks loss to the Sixers.

DALLAS — Looking to redeem themselves after seeing a valiant comeback effort end with a 96-91 defeat Thursday in Memphis, the Dallas Mavericks returned to their home floor and tried to quickly atone for their sluggish start to the season.

Welcoming in the Philadelphia 76ers, the Mavericks tried to collect their second win of the season Saturday night at American Airlines Center. The Mavs also attempted to get off to a fast start after trailing by as many as 22 during Thursday’s loss. But after another slow start, the Mavericks (1-6) would fall short again to a narrow defeat, suffering a 112-110 loss on their home floor.

“It’s our starting unit. At the beginning of the first quarter and at the beginning of the third quarter we’re getting off to slow starts, and it puts the whole team in a deficit,” Mavs forward Harrison Barnes said after the loss. “I mean, look at the way the second unit was playing with just the plus-minus. All of those guys were contributing and getting us back in the game. But as starters, we can’t put ourselves in that deficit.”

Sticking with a starting lineup of rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr., swingman Wesley Matthews, Barnes, 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki and 23-year-old center Nerlens Noel, the Mavericks tried to come out as the aggressors in the opening quarter. Matthews did his part in the early minutes, swishing a pair of three-pointers as the Mavs tried to keep pace with the Sixers’ high-octane attack.

Smith and Barnes took matters from there with their own three-point makes in the early stage of the quarter. However, with Sixers center Joel Embiid having his way on the offensive end, the visiting Philadelphia squad surged ahead on the scoreboard. The 76ers (2-4) opened up a double-digit lead from there at 25-14, forcing a timeout by Mavs coach Rick Carlisle with 4:29 left in the first period. And despite a spark off the bench from veteran backup point guard J.J. Barea, the Mavericks trailed by as many as 13 before entering the second stanza in a 32-23 hole.

“It’s such a first-quarter league. At the beginning of the game, the first six or eight minutes really set the tone. And getting up against it really at the beginning of both halves is a tough way to go,” Carlisle confessed.

Continuing to get a boost from Barea off the bench, the Mavericks tried to charge back into the game during the second quarter. But after the Mavs inched within five, Sixers forward Dario Saric immediately answered with a three-pointer to keep the home team at bay.

However, the 76ers would take a blow after rookie standout Ben Simmons was forced to sit with three fouls at the 8:14 mark of the second quarter. Meanwhile, the Mavericks charged within two behind Barnes’ perimeter shooting. Matthews took matters from there while putting the Mavericks on top at 54-53. Still, despite 29 combined points from Matthews and Barnes, the Mavericks trailed 57-56 entering the halftime intermission.

Led by Matthews’ 16 first-half points on 5-of-7 shooting, the Mavericks outshot the Sixers in the first half, 53.8 percent to 50 percent. However, the 76ers owned a 20-17 rebounding edge, converting Dallas’ 10 turnovers into 13 points at the other end.

Starting the second half with a pair of threes from Nowitzki, the Mavericks continued to find themselves in a dogfight as the Sixers countered with their own long-range assault. Barnes and Embiid then exchanged three-point bombs as the two teams remained closely knitted.

Reserve guard Yogi Ferrell then began to go to work on the offensive end, joining Barnes and Matthews in double figures in the process. But after former Mav Justin Anderson’s three-pointer from the wing, the 76ers held an 86-76 advantage. The Mavericks then looked up to see an 89-78 disadvantage entering the final period.

Striking first to start the fourth quarter with back-to-back threes from Barea and Nowitzki, the Mavericks drew to within five, 89-84, with 11:06 still on the game clock. Meanwhile, Nowitzki moved up the NBA’s all-time three-pointers made list, passing Kobe Bryant (1,827) for 12th place on the historic chart.

Barea took matters from there, swishing a fadeaway in the lane to bring the Mavericks within two, 89-87. The undersized Barea again stepped up after Smith’s seven assist of the night, drilling a three from the top of the key to bring the Mavs within one. Smith stepped up his aggression a short time later, connecting on back-to-back scores to keep the Mavericks within one at 97-96. But after an 8-0 response by the 76ers, Carlisle was forced to burn a timeout with his team down 105-96 and 4:19 left to play.

A thunderous putback slam by Simmons kept the momentum in Philadelphia’s favor later in the quarter. The Mavericks refused to go quietly, however, after three free throws by Ferrell and a trey from Barnes made the margin 107-102. Barnes then tried to keep the Mavs’ heartbeat ticking with a pair of three-pointers to sandwich a basket inside from Embiid, making the score 111-110 in Philly’s favor with 8.9 seconds left. But after Jerryd Bayless split a pair of free throws with 6.6 seconds remaining, Ferrell raced down the floor and earned a trip to the foul line himself, missing both shots from the charity stripe with .2 ticks left to seal the Mavericks’ fate.

“It felt good. Just strong and on the back of the rim,” Ferrell later said. “They say normally that’s a good miss when it’s the back of the rim, but I went out there with confidence. I wanted to shoot those free throws, and I felt like I could have made them. I just didn’t.”

Scoring 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting and a career-best 7 of 12 from three-point range, Barnes led the Mavericks in a losing effort. Matthews pitched in 19 points and six rebounds in the first unit, and Ferrell added 17 points in a reserve role. Barea finished with 15 points off the bench, and Smith ended the game with 12 points and eight assists. Nowitzki made it six Mavericks in double figures with 11 points and five rebounds.

“It was nice to make some shots. But at the same time, I didn’t get to the free-throw line, so there has to be a balance. As a team, we shot a lot of jumpers, and that could be just how they were playing us. But collectively we have to continue to move the ball and continue to great shots, especially in the paint,” Barnes concluded.

Simmons and Embiid scored 23 points apiece to lead five Sixers in double figures. Meanwhile, the Mavericks outshot the 76ers for the game, 51.4 percent to 49.4 percent, failing to overcome Philly’s 42-33 rebounding advantage and 17 points off Dallas’ 18 turnovers.

“We’ve just got to do better really over the course of 48 minutes,” Carlisle admitted. “That’s really the biggest thing. We talked about the turnover game being extremely important tonight. You know, we had 18 for 17 points, and they only had 14. That’s a big difference, and then we struggled again on the boards. It’s a difference of nine, and those are possessions. We lost the possession game on turnovers and rebounding, and that’s going to make it tough. Both teams shot the ball well tonight. So, if both teams are shooting the ball well and you lose the possession game, then you’re putting yourselves in harm’s way.”

Note: The Mavericks will now travel to Salt Lake City for Monday’s matchup against the Utah Jazz. 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.

The Mavs return to American Airlines Center on Friday against the New Orleans Pelicans. That 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:

Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out
Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) — out

76ers

All Stats

PLAYER MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
D. Saric, SF 29 4-12 4-7 0-0 1 0 1 3 1 0 1 1 -7 12
R. Covington, PF 34 4-10 3-6 0-0 1 4 5 1 1 0 1 3 14 11
J. Embiid, C 29 8-19 3-7 4-6 3 6 9 4 0 0 7 4 -4 23
J. Bayless, SG 32 3-7 2-6 1-2 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 2 -13 9
B. Simmons, PG 33 10-15 0-0 3-4 2 5 7 8 3 1 1 3 -1 23
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot 10 2-3 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 4 20 6
T. McConnell 31 7-10 1-2 0-0 0 4 4 8 1 0 3 0 11 15
A. Johnson 18 3-5 0-2 0-0 1 5 6 0 1 0 0 2 6 6
J. Anderson 14 1-5 1-2 0-0 2 3 5 1 1 0 0 1 -12 3
N. Stauskas 5 1-1 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 -4 4
F. Korkmaz 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. McAdoo 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Redick 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
M. Fultz 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
R. Holmes 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Okafor 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Pullen 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   43-87 16-35 10-14 11 31 42 25 10 1 13 21   112
    49.4% 45.7%                      

Show Bench Hide Bench

Mavericks

All Stats

PLAYER MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
H. Barnes, SF 37 9-17 7-12 0-0 0 4 4 0 1 0 2 0 -18 25
D. Nowitzki, PF 27 4-7 3-5 0-0 0 0 0 5 0 2 1 2 24 11
N. Noel, C 19 1-1 0-0 2-2 1 3 4 0 0 0 2 2 -10 4
W. Matthews, SG 33 5-9 3-5 6-7 0 6 6 2 3 0 3 3 -17 19
D. Smith Jr., PG 30 5-12 1-5 1-1 0 2 2 8 1 0 6 1 -13 12
Y. Ferrell 32 6-8 2-4 3-5 0 2 2 2 2 0 1 2 5 17
D. Powell 18 2-5 0-1 1-2 1 5 6 2 0 0 1 2 4 5
J. Barea 23 6-12 3-6 0-0 0 3 3 2 0 0 1 0 8 15
D. Harris 16 0-3 0-2 2-2 1 5 6 1 0 0 0 3 7 2
S. Mejri 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
M. Kleber 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Withey 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
G. Clavell 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. 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
TEAM   38-74 19-40 15-19 3 30 33 22 7 2 17 15   110
    51.4% 47.5%                      

Show Bench Hide Bench

Ferrell With The Triple

Yogi Ferrell pulls up and knocks down the triple after it dances around the rim.


Barnes Spin Layup

Harrison Barnes drives to get under the basket and hits the spin layup.


Smith Jr. And-One

Dennis Smith Jr. gets through traffic to bank in the and-one.


DMD Halloween Halftime Routine!

Happy Halloween!


One-on-one with Nerlens Noel

Earl K. Sneed goes one-on-one with Nerlens Noel prior to tonight's tilt against the Sixers.


Shootaround: Rick Carlisle

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle weighs in on tonight's game against Philadelphia.

DALLAS — After joining the Dallas Mavericks via a mid-season trade from Philadelphia during the 2016-17 campaign, 23-year-old center Nerlens Noel admits that he’s excited to face his former team yet again.

Sent to Dallas in a trade-deadline deal on Feb. 23, Noel averaged 8.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.1 blocks while clocking 21.9 minutes per outing during his 22 appearances last season. He’s now picked up where he left off at this season, posting averages of 8.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 1.2 steals in 19.0 minutes per outing during the Mavericks’ first six games. But after seeing the Mavericks (1-5) fall to a 116-74 rout against the 76ers (1-4) in his return to Philadelphia on March 17 last season, the 6-foot-11 big man couldn’t contain his excitement to face his former team for a second time Saturday night at American Airlines Center.

“My mindset is to come out here and be aggressive, try to set the tone early for my team, anchor the defense, start off to a good start and make sure the team is meshing,” Noel said following the Mavericks’ Saturday morning walkthrough.

“This is a lot more at ease,” he added. “It’s not fresh off a trade and just fresh with a new team, so I think I’ve came into this season very steadily with this team. Everything has felt great. I’m more comfortable with this system, so it feels more at ease.”

Matching up against Sixers big man Joel Embiid, Noel will admittedly face a daunting task inside. Meanwhile, the Mavericks will attempt to contain 6-foot-10 rookie point guard Ben Simmons, hoping to keep the first-year standout from controlling the pace during Saturday’s game. And with the 76ers possessing both size, improved shooting and athleticism, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle admits that his team will have its hands full for 48 minutes.

“Well, they’re extremely athletic,” Carlisle said with a great amount of respect for the Sixers’ lineup. “We haven’t seen Embiid yet in person, so tonight will be the first time. He’s a hard guy to describe to people. You know, he’s so athletic and so skilled. Their shooting is way better, so their drive game is a lot more emphatic. Simmons is one of the top-three guys in the league in getting the ball in the paint, and then they have (J.J.) Redick and (Jerryd) Bayless and (Robert) Covington making shots. And they’ve got the big guy inside, so it’s a really tough guard. They’re an aggressive team. They’re going to try to be into you on defense, try to turn you over and get you into their kind of chaotic game, and we’ve got to work to play our game.”

Note: The Mavericks will now return to American Airlines Center on Saturday against the Philadelphia 76ers. 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:

Devin Harris (personal reasons) — expected to play
Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out
Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) — out

DALLAS — Coming up short on the road Thursday night in Memphis and suffering a 96-91 loss after rallying back from down by 22 points, the Dallas Mavericks now hope to play from in front early as they return to their home floor.

Completing a home-and-home series after capturing a 103-94 victory over the Grizzlies on Wednesday, the Mavericks (1-5) faced a 20-point halftime deficit before staging an epic comeback and running out of steam late in the fourth quarter. The Mavs will now attempt to atone for Thursday’s loss with a better effort for four quarters at home, welcoming in the upstart Philadelphia 76ers. And after claiming their first win of the season Wednesday at home, the Mavericks will look for similar success in front of their own fans Saturday night.

“I thought in the second half we did a great job of battling back, but it was the first half that helped put us in that deficit,” versatile forward Harrison Barnes said after scoring a team-high 22 points and grabbing 11 rebounds during Thursday’s loss. “I mean, it’s tough. Any time you’re trying to play hero ball or catch-up ball, and going on these huge runs to try to win a game, it’s going to be difficult. And I think our success (Wednesday night) was because we started off even. We started off on even ground. And when you’re battling and competing, you’re in a much better position.”

The Mavericks hope to find themselves in a better position Saturday night. Meanwhile, after making a trade with the 76ers (1-4) that reshaped the roster last season, the Mavs believe they’ll have a motivated Nerlens Noel in the lineup while facing his former team.

The Mavericks acquired the 23-year-old Noel from Philadelphia during a trade-deadline deal on Feb. 23, sending back veteran center Andrew Bogut, swingman Justin Anderson and a protected first-round draft pick in exchange. The Mavs then saw the young and athletic center immediately contribute to the team after his migration to Dallas, averaging 8.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.1 blocks while clocking 21.9 minutes per outing during his 22 appearances last season following the trade. Noel has continued to fill up the stat sheet this season after signing a reported one-year qualifying offer worth $4.1 million during the summer in free agency. But according to the young and athletic big man, he still has plenty left to show against his former team Saturday night.

“You know, I learned a lot,” Noel said while summing up his time with the team last season. “I met a lot of great people and I started a lot of great relationships. And being around all the vets they have around here, it’s definitely something I took in with all the knowledge and all the small habits that help you succeed in this league for the duration of time that you’re in it. It’s been great. I love Dallas. You know, in my short time here, I’ve really enjoyed it. I think it’s been a great time. And with the pieces that we have and the opportunities that will be seen in the near future, I think there’s a lot to be excited for.”

Note: The Mavericks will now return to American Airlines Center on Saturday against the Philadelphia 76ers. 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:

Devin Harris (personal reasons) — questionable
Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out
Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) — out