Game 43: Mavs at Hornets

GAME RECAP: Mavericks 115, Hornets 111

Harrison Barnes scores 25 points with 11 rebounds to top Kemba Walker's 41-point output, as the Mavericks edge Charlotte, 115-111.

2017 Preseason Game 6: Mavs at Hornets

The Fast Break: Mavs at Hornets

Final: Hornets 97, Mavs 87

Box Score | Highlights

Behind the Box Score

Despite shooting only 39 percent in the second quarter, the Mavericks offense scored a solid 1.038 points per possession in the frame, outscoring Charlotte 27-21 during that time. Dallas did it by hitting 3s but, more importantly, shooting seven free throws and only turning the ball over three times. The Mavs also earned three second chances via offensive rebounds in the second. I can’t stress enough how beneficial avoiding turnovers and getting to the stripe can be for an offense, especially one missing this much firepower.

Notebook

  • Once again, the Mavericks hung in there, despite the injuries and fatigue, both physical and emotional. The Mavs might be outplayed talent-wise some nights, but they’re never going to lay down. That was Wesley Matthews’ message after the game last night, but it would hold true tonight, as well.

  • Deron Williams has been working himself back into a full-time rotation spot after missing some time due to injury. He had a strong third quarter last night against San Antonio before unfortunately reaching his minutes limit and having to sit for the entirety of the fourth. Tonight, however, that wasn’t the case, as the club managed his minutes a little tighter in the early goings to ensure he’d be able to at least play in the fourth quarter, though his minutes were again cut short early, up to 29 from 26. Williams finished with 14 points and eight assists, in what was one of his best performances of the season. The Mavs have been severely shorthanded at point guard all season long, but with the return of Williams and the debut of Devin Harris, who’s played 11 minutes in consecutive games, the depth is quickly growing stronger.

  • Justin Anderson put together another terrific individual performance, finishing with 15 points and three rebounds off the bench. The second-year pro has now reached double-figures in four of his last five games. This is perhaps his best stretch as a pro. We looked at why that might be the case the other day on Mavs Facebook Live, so check it out if you get the chance, but essentially what we focused on is Anderson’s energy level and decisiveness in this recent run of games. He’s making an impact on games with his physicality and explosiveness, and that’s what the Mavs hoped to see from him when they drafted him last summer.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (3-15) play the Chicago Bulls (10-7) on Saturday at American Airlines Center at 7:30 p.m. Central.

  • Game 18: Mavs at Hornets

    Highlights: Mavs vs. Hornets

    Check out the top plays from Thursday night's action against the Charlotte Hornets!

    Preseason 2016 Game 2: Mavs vs. Hornets

    Highlights: Mavs vs. Hornets

    Seth Curry led the way with 20 points on 5-of-6 from three as the Mavs defeat the Hornets, 95-88.

    The Fast Break: Mavs at Hornets

    Mavericks vs. Hornets

    Chandler Parsons led the way with 24 points and Dirk chipped in 23 as the Mavs took care of business on the road against Charlotte, 107-96.

    Final: Mavs 107, Hornets 96

    Box Score | Highlights

    Behind the Box Score

    Dallas scored 1.500 points per possession in the fourth quarter. How about that for closing strong?

    The Mavs allowed only 33 points in the first half, taking a 19-point lead at the break. It doesn’t take a crazy stat to tell you how good the defense was, but here’s one anyway: Coming into this game, Charlotte had been averaging — averaging — 61.4 points in the first half in its last seven games, all wins. Dallas in essence cut the Hornets’ offense in half in the first half, which no doubt made a huge impact in this game.

    There was an immediate pace impact with the small-ball unit, as well. Dallas got the ball across halfcourt in three seconds or less on 20 of its 23 possessions in the first quarter alone. That is a huge number. For the season, the Mavs score nearly 0.1 more points per possession when they get the ball across by the 21-second mark than when they do not, demonstrating the importance of forcing the defense off-balance by racing it up the floor and running action before the opponent is ready to play.

    Notebook

  • This was a gutsy, gutsy, huge, huge win. Charlotte had won seven in a row and the Mavs had lost five in a row, and with a very tough stretch of schedule ahead for Dallas, this game meant a heck of a lot. Dallas responded the way we hoped it would, and the Mavs held on even as the Hornets went supernova in the second half and took the lead. Thanks in large part to Deron Williams, Raymond Felton, and Chandler Parsons, the Mavs went into fourth quarter mode and never looked back, closing out what has to be the biggest win of the season.

  • The Mavs changed up the starting lineup tonight, replacing center Zaza Pachulia with combo-guard Raymond Felton. It might only be a temporary thing, as Charlotte plays smaller than most other clubs. Or, it could be a harbinger of things to come for the Mavs, who have played more and more small-ball lately, particularly with the Parsons-Dirk Nowitzki combo at the 4 and 5, respectively. The Dallas offense typically sizzles with those two playing together next to three guards, but defense and rebounding have been issues. However, the longer they play that style, presumably the better they’ll become as they see increased reps in both practice and game situations. It’s a small-ball league these days, so it makes sense that the Mavs would look to this as an option. Depending on its success in the next few games, it might become the typical lineup moving forward. Or it might not. Time will tell, but it’s still a noteworthy change for now.

  • Dirk had his third 20/10 game since the All-Star break and his fifth consecutive game with at least 22 points, matching his longest streak since the 2011-12 season. He’s been playing at an otherworldly level lately, especially for a player at his age. He’s a special guy, no doubt about it.

  • If the first half was a party, the second half was a test. Charlotte really ramped up the pressure, forcing six Mavs turnovers in the third quarter and playing with a relentless aggression the team did not assume in either of the first two. The Hornets have won seven straight and are in position to win homecourt in the East, so clearly Charlotte is a good team, particularly at home. You had to expect a run was coming, and before all was said and done the Hornets got to as close as four points in the third and took the lead early in the fourth, hitting a ton of three-pointers and scoring some easy fast break points. But the Mavs maintained their composure in the face of adversity, a hallmark of any good veteran team.

  • Justin Anderson saw plenty of playing time in the first half, taking the floor for eight minutes as the Mavs shifted the rotation and Deron Williams battled foul trouble. He scored only one point in that time, but he also recorded three rebounds, an assist, a steal, and a massive block on Nic Batum on the fast break. He grabbed the board after his own swat, ran the length of the floor, and drew a foul while attacking the rim. He was very dynamic, providing the energy and athleticism Dallas was searching for when it selected Anderson in last summer’s draft. Now we’re left to wonder if he might play extended minutes moving forward this season, or if this perhaps was a matchup-based decision.

  • Both teams had a bit of an edge in this one. Early in the second half, Justin Anderson was whistled for a technical foul after a hard foul on Cody Zeller. Later in that same frame, David Lee was hit with a flagrant-1 after another hard foul on Zeller. Meanwhile, Hornets coach Steve Clifford, point guard Kemba Walker, and forward Nic Batum picked up Ts for arguing calls and Batum popped Parsons in the face with his off hand during one possession. I don’t know that these teams liked each other too much in this game, so the officials had plenty of work to do. But hey: That’s what time of year it is. The Mavs have said themselves they’re at a crossroads, and the Hornets are tying to climb into the top half of the East playoff bracket. Both teams wanted this game and they played like it.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (34-33) play the Cleveland Cavaliers (47-18) Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena. Tip-off is at 6 p.m. Central.

  • Game 58: Mavs vs. Hornets

    Highlights: Mavs vs. Hornets – 2/22/15

    Amar’e Stoudemire scored 14 points in his Dallas Mavericks debut and Monta Ellis added 14 points in the fourth quarter to finish with 23 as the Mavericks beat Charlotte 92-81.