Dallas 115, Chicago 109

Still without Harrison Barnes, Dirk Nowitzki and the recently injured Devin Harris, the Mavs welcomed a winless Bulls team to town led by Zach LaVine. Another monster double-double from DeAndre Jordan help set the tone for the game, but it was the backup big man combo of Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber that helped seal the win in the fourth.

This gave the Mavericks their first winning record since the 2015-16 season.

Stat of the Game: Dallas attempted 47 three pointers…24 more than Chicago

Mavs Box: DeAndre Jordan impressed again by finishing with 18 points and 16 rebounds while Wesley Matthews led the way with 20 points on 6-of-15 shooting. Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell and J.J. Barea combined for 33 points off the bench. Luka Doncic, in his third regular season game, finished with 19 points, six assists and three rebounds.

Out: Dirk Nowitzki, Devin Harris, Harrison Barnes

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Atlanta 111, Dallas 104

It looked like the Mavs would cruise to an easy victory after going up by 26 points in the first half, but the young Hawks squad never threw in the towel. DeAndre Jordan’s fourth straight double-double wouldn’t be enough as Kent Bazemore led the Hawks over the Mavs in the final minutes.

Stat of the Game: The Mavs went 5 of 22 in the second quarter and allowed the Hawks to come back from a 26-point lead.

Mavs Box: Wesley Matthews led the way with 23 points while Luka Doncic finished with 21 points and nine rebounds. Dennis Smith Jr. totaled 16 points, seven rebounds, and six assists.

Out: Dirk Nowitzki, Devin Harris, Harrison Barnes

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Toronto 116, Dallas 107

The debut of Harrison Barnes was overshadowed on Friday night as the Mavs traveled to Toronto to play the undefeated Raptors. Dallas would go down 18-2 early, but would rally back to within five points. Without Dennis Smith Jr. due to injury, Dallas could never get over the hump in the second half.

Stat of the Game: The Toronto Raptors had seven players score in double figures with both Leonard and Lowry scoring over 20 points each.

Mavs Box: Luka Doncic led the way with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists while Wesley Matthews followed right behind with 21 points of his own. DeAndre Jordan racked up another double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds.

Out: Dirk Nowitzki, Devin Harris, Dennis Smith Jr.

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Utah 113, Dallas 104

In what would be the first time this season that the Mavericks would have their starting unit intact, Dallas once again got off to a slow start. The Mavericks would come back to lead the game in the third quarter behind a near triple-double from DeAndre Jordan, but the pick and roll of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert was too much in the second half.

Stat of the Game: DeAndre Jordan set a career-high in assists by recording nine on Sunday night. He also had 12 points and 19 rebounds.

Mavs Box: Dennis Smith Jr. bounced back with an incredible game scoring 27 points and three assists. Wesley Matthews finished with 22 points while Luka Doncic and Jordan combined for 24 points. Maxi Kleber was the only player off the bench to score in double-figures with 11 points. The Mavericks as a team shot 9 of 28 from behind the arc.

Out: Dirk Nowitzki, Devin Harris

Read the full game recap at The Fast Break.

Play of the Week

With under five minutes to go in the first quarter, Luka Doncic drives to the basket and comes to a stop. He then pulls off a fake pass that fakes out two defenders and enables Luka to dump the ball off to DeAndre Jordan for the easy basket.

Player of the Week

Maxi Kleber

The award for player of the week could go to DeAndre Jordan again for his double-double streak, but I’m going with the consistency of Maxi Kleber off the bench this past week. Kleber is quickly proving that no matter how healthy the team is, his minutes shouldn’t go anywhere.

Over the course of the past week, Kleber has recorded a combined 42 points, 20 rebounds and eight blocks. He also shot 7 of 15 from behind the arc. Even though the Mavericks went 1-3 over the past week, Kleber played in a total of 84 minutes (an average of 21 minutes a game) and finished with a +9 in plus/minus.

In the Hawks game in particular, Kleber finished with 11 points, four rebounds and three blocks while shooting 3 of 3 from three.

Quote of the Week

“It is tough. It is definitely tough. I don’t think it is our offense. We have guys that are capable of scoring. Like I said, there are going to be times we miss shots and our offense isn’t going. But defensively, we have to have that energy and effort.” – DeAndre Jordan on team defense, in particular the start of games

The Mavericks scored over 100 points for their six consecutive game on Sunday vs. the Jazz, but once again, their defense was the focal point. Heading into Sunday’s matchup, the Mavericks ranked 30th in opponent 3-point percentage, 26th in opponent field goal percentage and 22nd in 3-pointers made. The Mavericks have also allowed at least 110 points in four of their six games. Defense is their biggest weakness at the moment and they must figure things out quickly before falling into a hole in the standings.

Moment of the Week

Breast Cancer Awareness Night

As you walked in American Airlines Center on Sunday afternoon, the overwhelming presence of the color pink dominated the atmosphere. Every single person sitting in the lower bowl was gifted with a free breast cancer awareness Mavs shirt and much of the staff working the game had some sort of pink attire on.

The pink all throughout the arena was a symbol of honor, past and present, to the brave people fighting breast cancer. Dwight Powell addressed the crowd before the game and thanked all of the breast cancer survivors for their unbelievable fight.

You can also read about the awareness and events Dwight Powell is creating by clicking here.

Social Check In

Must Read

Dallas’ Love Affair With Luka Doncic Has Already Begun by Jonathan Tjarks

“There’s a buzz inside Dallas’s American Airlines Center that hasn’t been there in years. The media contingent in the locker room after Saturday’s Mavs home opener, a 140-136 victory over the Timberwolves, was three times as large as it was at any point last season. Three security guards kept autograph seekers away from Luka Doncic, the no. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft, before the game…”

The Ringer’s Jonathan Tjarks spends some time around the Mavericks fully inhaling the hysteria around the arrival of Luka Doncic in Dallas. Tjarks talks about the fans, Doncic’s fits in Dallas and how the Mavs are already building around him.

You can read the full piece here.


Last Week: 1-3

Overall: 2-4

Fast Forward

10/29 Dallas Mavericks @ San Antonio Spurs

The Mavs head to San Antonio on a second night of a back-to-back after losing to the Jazz on Sunday. With the newly added DeMar DeRozan, the Spurs vs. Mavs rivalry will continue on Monday night.

10/31 Dallas Mavericks @ Los Angeles Lakers

Halloween night in Los Angeles, the Mavs walk into the Staples Center to play the new-look Lakers. In what will be Luka Doncic’s first matchup with LeBron James, the Mavericks must contain James and his cast of youthfulness to head home with a win.

11/2 New York Knicks @ Dallas Mavericks

With David Fizdale at the helm, the Knicks come to Dallas to face a Mavs team coming off a four day road trip.

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