Dallas Mavericks: Pretty Good First Month

 

By Joel Montgomery

After wrapping up the previous week on a 4-game winning streak, the Mavericks looked to follow up in a week including being hosted by an interconference threat, as well as some home cooking against some Eastern conference foes. Here’s how the week went…
 
@ Memphis Grizzlies (11/19)
Monday night the Mavs faced the Grizzlies, who so far have been off to a great start this season, currently sitting at 2nd place in the Western Conference standings. Having a healthy Mike Conley back in action has shown to be a catalyst in making his team be able to tango with playoff-bound teams. Things were no different against Dallas, as Conley went on a tear with his 28 points and 7 assists. Marc Gasol dominated the paint with his 17 points and 15 rebounds.
 
The Mavericks got big minutes and some good output out of their starters, but it wasn’t enough to maintain what was a close game until the end. Dennis Smith Jr had a team-high 19 points. Luka Doncic finished with a 15-point, 10 rebound double-double. He seemed to be limping after landing on Garrett Temple’s foot. Fortunately, he seemed to shake it off afterwards. Finally, DeAndre Jordan had a ball of his own in the paint with 17 points and 20 rebounds. After many lead changes and ties throughout, Memphis finally broke it open late to win, thus ending Dallas’ win streak.
 
FINAL: Memphis 98 (11-5), Dallas 88 (7-9)
  
vs Brooklyn Nets (11/21)
The Mavericks traveled back home for a Wednesday night contest against the Nets, who despite showing clear improvement, have had to recollect themselves following a Caris LaVert injury that will keep him out for the season. Brooklyn really got use out of their roster depth in this game, with all 10 participating players clocking in at least 17 minutes. Despite 3 quarters of over 30 points, an 18-point 2nd quarter did Brooklyn in at the end. They were led by Allen Crabbe’s 27 points.
 
The Mavs showed out at home yet again, winning their fifth straight game at the AA Center. Despite DSJ struggling with only 4 points in his 19 minutes, Luka picked things up with his 21 points and 9 rebounds. Both Devin Harris and J.J. Barea stepped up off the bench, as each racked up 18 points.
 
FINAL: Dallas 119 (8-9), Brooklyn 113 (8-11)
 
vs Boston Celtics (11/24)
After a brief break for the holiday, Dallas got right back to work hosting the Celtics on Saturday night. Boston did their usual thing in being able to spread the ball around, getting good output out of all thier key players. They were led by Jayson Tatum’s team-high 21 points, and Kyrie Irving had 19 points and 6 assists. Boston fell behind early and couldn’t make up the ground throughout.
 
Dallas also spread the ball around themselves, with 5 players scoring 14 or more points. Barnes and Barea both notched 20. The Mavs used their momentum built from their early lead and home field advantage to hold off the Celtics until the end. That marks the 6th straight home win for Dallas, making them one of the best home teams so far this season in the NBA with thanks to their dedicated fans and electric playing environment.
 
FINAL: Dallas 113 (9-9), Boston 104 (10-10)
 
The Mavericks now find themselves at a .500 record after a month of basketball, something that was a pipe dream for this franchise a mere year ago. The fans stuck through a rough patch but things are starting to really look up as they in return give the team a home-court boost that so far seems unrivaled this season. Dallas looks to keep their momentum going as they have a long stretch of interconference showdowns coming up.
 
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11/28 @ Rockets    7:00 p.m.
11/30 @ Lakers      9:30 p.m.
12/2 vs Clippers     6:00 p.m.