Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes posted his second double-double of the season (15th career) with team highs of 23 points and 11 rebounds in 39 minutes. The 11 boards tied his season-high (he had 22 points and 11 boards at Memphis on 10/26 – his other double-double in 2017-18). Barnes scored 20-plus points for the fifth time in his last eight games (sixth time this season). Mavericks rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. totaled 21 points, five rebounds, a game-high seven assists, a career-high-tying two steals and a career-high (game-high) two blocks in 30 minutes. He scored 20-plus points for the second straight game (career-high 22 points at Washington 11/7), after he failed to reach 20 in each of his first nine career games. Smith also scored 18-plus points for the fourth time in his last five games.
Cavaliers big man Kevin Love registered his ninth double-double of the season (379th career) with game highs of 29 points and 15 rebounds in 36 minutes. He posted his second-highest point and rebound totals of the season (32 points and 16 boards vs. Milwaukee 11/7).
Cavaliers forward LeBron James, who entered the night averaging 29.3 points per game (fourth in the NBA), recorded his eighth double-double of the season (367th career) with 19 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, one block and a game-high six turnovers in 42 minutes.
Dallas began the game on a 16-6 run. Cleveland responded with a 13-0 spurt to go up by three (19-16) with a little under 4 minutes remaining in the first quarter. The Cavaliers led by three (29-23) after one.
The Mavericks outshot the Cavaliers 50 percent (12-of-24) to 31.2 percent (5-of-16) from the floor in the second period and outscored Cleveland 29-20 in the frame.
The Cavaliers used a 15-2 run in the third quarter to turn a two-point deficit (64-62) into an 11-point advantage (77-66). Cleveland outscored Dallas 34-22 in the third period and took a nine-point lead (83-74) into the fourth.
Dallas used a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter to trim an 11-point deficit (91-80) down to one (91-90) with over 6 minutes left in the game. Cleveland never relinquished the lead in the fourth however.
Devin Harris left tonight’s game late in the third quarter with bruised ribs and did not return. Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) and Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) remained out for Dallas. Gian Clavell and Johnathan Motley (G League) were not with the team. Derrick Rose (left ankle sprain/soreness), Isaiah Thomas (right hip) and Tristan Thompson (left calf strain) all missed tonight’s game for Cleveland due to injury.
The attendance for the game was 20,378. The Mavericks have now sold out 644 consecutive regular-season home games, which is an NBA-best sellout streak. The streak began on 12/15/01 and Dallas has sold out an additional 67 playoff games during that same stretch.
The Mavericks’ next game is at Oklahoma City on Nov. 12 at 6:00 p.m.