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After a 4-game home stand to begin the regular season’s final stretch, the Dallas Mavericks entered last week with a switch-around: a 4-game road trip with some various competition against playoff pushers as well as some draft-stock combatants.
@ Knicks (3/13)
The Mavericks started their week by visiting Madison Square Garden, facing a trudging New York Knicks squad that’s at a crawl trying to get to the end of the season without superstar Kristaps Porzingis, who fell to a devastating season-ending ACL injury last month. Dallas easily handled the shorthanded team in their cruise to a 13-point win. Harrison Barnes shined in his role as perennial scorer with an essential 30 points in his team-high minutes played. Another big contributor was rookie Dennis Smith Jr. with 17 points, continuing to build on his extremely promising rookie season.
FINAL: Dallas 110, New York 97
@ Raptors (3/16)
On Friday night the Mavs visited Jurassic Park for a surprisingly heated battle against Eastern Conference titan Toronto, who’ve been rolling on their way to a current number one seed in the conference standings. They continued their momentum on their push to the playoffs by edging out the Mavericks in overtime. In this high scoring affair, Dallas was outscored 16-9 in the extra period in a close game where stars shined. The Raptors were led by star DeMar DeRozan’s 29-point, 6 assist performance. DeRozan, whose recently been making a strong late push for the Most Improved Player award, has even made it in some MVP candidate conversations as Toronto has been proving to everyone they could possibly be the league’s best overall squad with their vast improvements to their play. The Mavs were led by Barnes’ 27 points and 5 rebounds, as well as DSJ’s 19 points.
FINAL(OT): Toronto 122, Dallas 115
@ Nets (3/17)
An easy win, and a bumming, but well-fought loss later, on Saturday in a game against a lower tier team (around the same place as Dallas at this point, in fact) in the Brooklyn Nets, while it’d be expected the Mavs could bring the previous night’s intensity to try for another win, coach Carlisle decided to rest team’s current offensive focal point in Barnes for this game. Nerlens Noel was also rested, a common occurence in a very odd season for the young player, whose future with the team has no clear sight. In the 8-point loss, Dallas was led by DSJ’s 21 points, as well as Dwight Powell’s 18 points. Newer addition to the organization Doug McDermott really struggled during his playing time in this game, with only 6 points on 3-9 shooting in his team-high 42 minutes. Brooklyn was led by Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s 23 points, and D’Angelo Russell’s 22 points and 6 assists.
FINAL: Brooklyn 114, Dallas 106
This week, the Mavericks finish their road trip with another matchup against an recently surging MVP candidate, as well as some fellow fighter for Rookie of the Year for Dennis Smith Jr. to show off his stuff against in Utah’s young stud Donovan Mitchell.
Tue. 3/20 @ Pelicans
Thu. 3/22 vs Jazz
Sat. 3/24 vs Hornets