Dallas 103, Chicago 98

Coming off their big win over the Oklahoma City Thunder over the weekend, the Mavs traveled to Chicago for their second matchup of the season with the Bulls. It wasn’t the prettiest of wins for the Mavs, but the bench unit came through once again.

The reserves, led by J.J. Barea, outscored the Bulls bench by 18 points and the Bulls couldn’t get over their poor outside shooting.

Stat of the Game: The Mavs bench outscored the Bulls bench by 18 points.

Mavs Box: Harrison Barnes led the way with 23 points while J.J. Barea followed behind with 14 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Doncic, Smith, and Powell all scored 11 points.

Out: Dirk Nowitzki, Wesley Matthews

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Dallas 118, Utah 68

What an incredible night all around. On the night of their 14th annual Seat for Soldiers night, the Mavs won by 50 points for just the third time in franchise history. The Jazz would shoot just 30 percent from the field and 17 percent from the 3-point line.

Five players for the Mavs would score in between 11-19 points. A late shot by Luka Doncic at the end of the first half set the stage for the blowout in the second half.

Stat of the Game: The Utah Jazz scored just 22 points in the second half.

Mavs Box: Barnes, Doncic, Barea, Powell, and Finney-Smith all scored in double digits with Barnes leading the way with 19. All 13 active players scored in the game, and all played at least five minutes. The Mavs also shot 42 percent from the field.

Out: Dirk Nowitzki

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Dallas 112, Golden State 109

Riding a three game winning streak, the Mavericks welcomed a short-handed Warriors team to town. Without Stephen Curry and Draymond Green due to injury, the Warriors still had a deadly combination of Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.

Luka Doncic didn’t back down from the spotlight and the Mavericks never folded as they were down by three points with under three minutes to go. After late defensive stops on Durant and clutch baskets from Doncic, the Mavs finished the game on a 9-3 run.

Stat of the Game: Used to bad starts, the Mavs started off the game on a 12-6 run that set the table for the rest of the game.

Mavs Box: It was a two-headed attack from the Mavs on the scoring end as Luka Doncic led the way with 24 points and Harrison Barnes with 23 points. All five starters finished in double figures while J.J. Barea finished with 13 points off the bench.

Out: Dirk Nowitzki, Wesley Matthews

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Play of the Week

The 19 year old Doncic wants the ball in his hands in the big moments and he didn’t disappoint at the end of the first half against the Utah Jazz. Up by nine points, Doncic went one-on-one with Joe Ingles for the biggest moment of the game.

Dallas would ride this momentum into the second half and beat the Jazz by 50 points.

Player of the Week

Harrison Barnes

You could make the argument for Luka Doncic for the third straight week, but as far as consistency goes, Harrison Barnes had an incredible week of basketball.

On a night when Doncic and Smith Jr. would combine for 8-of-23 shooting from the field, Barnes took the scoring load upon himself against Chicago and led the way. He would score 23 points and help edge out a Bulls team in Chicago with family in attendance.

The second game of the week was the 50-point demolishing of the Jazz in which Barnes was the Mavs leading scorer with 19 points on 3-of-5 shooting from behind the arc.

His best performance of the week came against his former team and NBA champion Golden State Warriors. Barnes took on the main defensive assignment of guarding Kevin Durant and made some big defensive stops late in the fourth. He was also second on the team in scoring with 23 points and eight rebounds.

Barnes is just getting back to his groove after missing the first four games of the season. He has now scored 19 or more points in five of the last eight games.

Quote of the Week

“I can’t remember a better defensive performance by any Mavericks team in the last 11 years.” -Rick Carlisle

After the first few weeks of the season, the Mavericks ranked near the bottom in almost every defensive statistic. But over the past couple of weeks, Dallas has turned things around. After their 50-point rout of the Jazz on Wednesday, Carlisle praised their defense after the game. It was their third game in a row holding their opponent under 100 points with Utah scoring just 68 points on the night.

Moment of the Week

Seats for Soldiers

This was an easy one. In what is my favorite night of the year in the American Airlines Center, the Dallas Mavericks hosted their 14th annual Seats for Soldiers night. Season ticket holders surrounding the court give up their seats for over 100 wounded service members from San Antonio and other reserve troops in the Dallas area.

There was an energy in the building from the very start and the Mavs delivered a 50-point win. Many of the players and coaches stuck around after the game for pictures and autographs with the veterans.

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Must Read

The 14th Annual Seats for Soldiers Night by Brad Townsend from the Dallas Morning News

“There were many goosebump moments on Wednesday night, as the Mavericks hosted their 14th annual Seats for Soldiers night at American Airlines Center.

For instance, during a late-first quarter timeout, when the crowd of 19,000 gave the 120 wounded soldiers who were seated court-side a standing ovation…”

Read the full story here.


Last Week: 3-0

Overall: 7-8

Looking Forward

11/19 Dallas @ Memphis

The Grizzlies, led by the Conley/Gasol duo once again, are coming off a win against the Timberwolves on Sunday.

11/21 Brooklyn @ Dallas

No Caris LeVert for the Nets, but Brooklyn will look to make things scrappy in the final game before Thanksgiving.

11/24 Boston @ Dallas

One of the deepest team in the league with Kyrie Irving at the helm, Dallas will once again have their work cut out for them on a Saturday night.

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