Game 54: Mavs vs. Magic

Highlights: Mavs vs. Magic

Check out all the top plays from Saturday's 112-80 win over the Orlando Magic!

Game 53: Mavs vs. Jazz

Highlights: Mavs vs. Jazz

Check out all the top plays from Thursday's 112-107 OT win over the Utah Jazz!

Game 52: Mavs vs. Trail Blazers

Highlights: Mavs vs. Trail Blazers

Check out all the top plays from Tuesday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Game 51: Mavs at Nuggets

Highlights: Mavs vs. Nuggets

Check out all the top plays in Monday night's game against the Denver Nuggets.

Rick Carlisle has given Yogi Ferrell opportunity, freedom to play his game

PORTLAND — While Friday night’s breakout performance by 10-day contract signee Yogi Ferrell featured plenty of statistical significance during the Dallas Mavericks’ 108-104 road win in Portland, according to coach Rick Carlisle, it was just the latest installment of the 23-year-old guard taking advantage of his opportunity with the team.

Scoring 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting, Ferrell tied Rodrigue Beaubois’ rookie franchise record for made three-pointers in a game by knocking down nine of 11 from deep. He also became just the third undrafted player in NBA history to score at least 30 points within his first 15 career games during the win, joining the likes of Phoenix’s Connie Hawkins and Golden State’s Anthony Morrow. More importantly, Ferrell continued to keep the Mavericks (20-30) trending in the right direction by leading the team to a season-best four-game winning streak. And with veterans Deron Williams (left great toe sprain) and J.J. Barea (left calf strain) still on the mend, Ferrell once again stepped up as the team’s starting point guard.

“I love the way he’s playing,” Carlisle said after capturing his 400th win with the Mavs thanks to Ferrell’s stellar performance Friday night. “He’s got a great team vibe to him, he’s got great energy, and he’s taking advantage of the way that they’re playing him, Dirk (Nowitzki) and others in pick-and-rolls. He’s an opportunistic guy, and it’s pretty clear that he’s out to prove a point.”

Matching up against three of the NBA’s top point guards in San Antonio’s Tony Parker, Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving and Portland’s Damian Lillard during his first four games, Ferrell has more than held his own as the Mavericks have gone 4-0 during that stretch. The former Indiana standout’s play has also led the Mavs back into postseason contention, inching just 2 1/2 games behind Denver and 1 1/2 games back of Portland in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference standings.

Since joining the Mavericks, Ferrell is averaging 17.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game, clocking 37.5 minutes an outing in the first unit. He’s also shooting 44.4 percent from the field and a staggering 52 percent from beyond the three-point arc, committing just 1.5 turnovers a game. That said, Ferrell is seeing plenty of personal success within Carlisle’s offensive system. And with the coach giving him plenty of freedom, Ferrell says he’s simply playing within himself and trying to help the team as best he can.

“It was a groove where every shot I took felt like it was going in,” Ferrell said after Friday’s win. “You know, I was just being aggressive just like coach [Carlisle] wants. I work, and it just showed tonight.

“I’m just trying to play with no fear right now, go out and give it my all for my teammates,” he added. “You know, I’m not trying to worry if I miss or make, or if I get a turnover. I’m just letting all the chips fall. [Carlisle] let’s me play free-flowingly, and I don’t have to go out there and think about the offense. I just go out there and just make the right play. That’s it.”

Note: The Mavericks will now head to Denver to conclude their two-game road trip Monday night against the Nuggets. The season series is tied at 1-1. 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 Tuesday, hosting the Trail Blazers at home. 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:

Deron Williams (left great toe sprain) — out

Devin Harris (illness) — out

Andrew Bogut (right hamstring strain) — out

J.J. Barea (left calf strain) — out

Game 50: Mavs at Trail Blazers

Highlights: Mavs vs. Trail Blazers

Check out all the top plays from Friday night's 108-104 win in Portland!

Game 49: Mavs vs. 76ers

Highlights: Mavs vs. 76ers

Check out all the top plays from Wednesday's win over the Philadelphia 76ers!