Final: Warriors 121, Mavs 103
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Behind the Box Score
Dennis Smith Jr. scored 22 points tonight, securing his 19th consecutive game scoring in double-figures. It was also his 10th game this season with at least 20 points, which moves him past Jim Jackson and Jason Kidd and into sixth place all-time for most games with 20+ points by a Mavs rookie.
Dirk Nowitzki notched his fourth double-double of the season, scoring 16 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. He also recorded five steals, which ties for the third-most in a game in his career. It’s the most he’s swiped since stealing nine in a game against the Rockets on March 7, 2004, per Basketball-Reference.
Dennis Smith Jr. is fearless. Sometimes that means he’ll try something ambitious.
Sometimes it’s too ambitious. But hey, we know by now that Smith is extremely confident in his own abilities. Once his experience and hoops savvy catch up to his extraordinary athleticism, he’s got the chance to be a ridiculously good (and equally entertaining) player. Keep dunking.
Dirk Nowitzki is 39 years old, but he’s still out here making youngsters look silly.
That’s no schmuck that he’s faking out twice. That’s Draymond Green, who might be the best defender in the NBA. Dirk forever.
With Harrison Barnes out tonight, J.J. Barea got the start. The veteran still managed to have the second-best plus-minus on the team (behind only Nowitzki) despite playing with the starting group and spending less time with the bench unit than normal. Yogi Ferrell and the newly signed Kyle Collinsworth were the only guards available off the bench in the wake of the club trading Devin Harris to Denver. As long as Barnes is ready to go on Saturday, Barea will likely return to his role off the bench in relief of Smith. Tonight he was pulling strings with the starters, though, handing out a team-high eight assists in 28 minutes.
Forward Doug McDermott came to Dallas in exchange for Harris. The small forward is a terrific spot-up 3-point shooter and is improving in other areas offensively, including making plays off the dribble. McDermott dominated the Iowa high school basketball scene with his new teammate Harrison Barnes; the pair of wings won back-to-back state titles at Ames High School before parting ways in college. Now they’re reunited in the big leagues after all these years. (Somewhere out there, there’s got to be a crazy highlight reel of those two dominating. Maybe it’ll pop up one day. For now, though, we have this picture.)
The Mavs (17-38) will play the Los Angeles Lakers (22-31) on Saturday at American Airlines Center at 7:30 p.m. Central.