The Fast Break: Mavs vs. Kings

Final: Kings 114, Mavs 109

Box Score | Highlights

Behind the Box Score

Dennis Smith Jr. extended his streak of consecutive games scoring in double-figures to 22 games, which is third place on the list of longest such runs by a rookie in franchise history. Next up is Jamal Mashburn at 23 games.

Tonight, Wesley Matthews knocked down his 500th 3-pointer as a Maverick. He’s the seventh Mav ever to reach that milestone for the franchise.

Notebook

  • Let’s be real: This wasn’t the prettiest game. You don’t need me to tell you all the details. I’m going to focus on a concept instead. It’s an undeniable truth of Mavs basketball that the offense is better when the ball gets into the paint. The shot doesn’t need to come from there, but the ball has got to make its way into the lane at some point during a possession to unlock a higher level of efficiency. What’s even better is getting into the paint multiple times. Pay close attention to the following play.

    When Dirk Nowitzki makes the catch, the entire defense collapses into the paint. From there, his job is easy: Find the open player, who in this case was Wesley Matthews in the opposite corner. The Mavs then swing it all the way back around the horn. This is where things get better. Smith attacks the paint and collapses the defense for a second time. By now, the entire Kings defense is completely out of whack, and the only way they can stop the Mavs is by rotating perfectly and desperately closing out on every shooter. Eventually, someone will either miss a rotation or the dribble will beat them; it’s a numbers game. Matthews ends up with an open 3-pointer in the corner. It was the Mavs’ best possession of the night and gave the offense a sorely needed jump-start in the second half after what was a rough first.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (18-40) will play the Los Angeles Lakers (23-32) on Feb. 23 at Staples Center at 9:30 p.m. Central.