Final: Kings 114, Mavs 109
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.
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.
The Mavs (18-40) will play the Los Angeles Lakers (23-32) on Feb. 23 at Staples Center at 9:30 p.m. Central.