Final: Mavs 109, Pacers 103
Behind the Box Score
Wesley Matthews made the 1,400th 3-pointer of his career tonight. He’s the sixth-fastest player in NBA history to reach 14,000 treys, doing so in his 652nd game. Former Mav Peja Stojakovic is one place ahead of him on that list at 640.
Dirk Nowitzki scored seven points tonight, moving him to within seven points of 31,000 for his career. He’ll be the sixth player ever to reach that milestone. Should be a pretty cool moment on Wednesday night.
Dwight Powell grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds.
I mean, when you’re on, you’re on. That bunch is playing with such confidence that they make nice plays look beautiful and difficult plays look easy. It’s been a lot of fun to watch. McDermott, by the way, has now scored in double-figures in three straight games and has scored at least eight points in five of his six games since joining the Mavericks. He’s fit in very smoothly in his short time here.
Barnes has made a concerted effort to get to the rim as much as possible this season, and his drive numbers have reflected his efforts. He’s shown off a nice spin move many times, and he’s mixing in some other one-on-one moves as his time in Dallas has gone on. Plays like this dunk, though, could turn him into a greater threat in defense’s eyes. If opposing teams know he’s capable of throwing down on guys like this, they might be more likely to send double-teams when he’s isolated on the block against a similarly sized player, which could open up things for his teammates on the perimeter. Barnes has established himself as a very strong isolation player and is now becoming more adept in the post, as well. He’s adding nice dimension to his game.
The Mavs (19-42) will play the Oklahoma City Thunder (34-27) on Monday at American Airlines Center at 7:30 p.m. Central.