Mavs Beat Wizards
The Mavericks defeated the Wizards by 23 (98-75). It was Dallas’ seventh win this season by at least 15 points. The Mavericks had six wins by 15-or-more points all of last season and only four such victories in 2015-16. Dallas outscored Washington 42-20 in the paint and 16-12 in second-chance points. With the victory, the Mavericks have now won four straight, 15 of the last 16, and 30 of the last 38 meetings with the Wizards. Dallas swept the season series with Washington for the second straight year.
Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes posted his team-high eighth double-double of the season (21st career) with a game-high 20 points (9- 16 FGs, 1-4 3FGs, 1-1 FTs), including 10 in the second quarter, to go along with a game-high-tying 10 rebounds in 31 minutes. Prior to this year, the most double-doubles he tallied in any one season with six in 2014-15 with Golden State. Barnes registered his sixth 20-point, 10- rebound effort of the year (eighth career). It was his 19th 20-point outing of the season (75th career). He pulled down 10-plus boards for the 10th time this season (25th time in his career). Prior to this season, the most double-digit rebounding games he recorded in any one year was also six in 2014-15. Barnes led Dallas in scoring for the team-high 22nd time this season. He also led the Mavericks on the glass for the team-high 22nd time this year.
Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. produced 17 points, three rebounds, a game-high six assists and a game-high-tying two steals in 31 minutes. He totaled at least 17 points for the fifth time in his last six games. It was also his sixth consecutive game with 15-plus points. Smith is averaging 20.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game over his last six games. He is shooting 46 percent (46- of-100) from the field and 87.5 percent (21-of-24) from the free-throw line in that span (1/9-1/22).
Dallas held Washington to just 75 points on 30.6 percent shooting (.219 3FG). The Mavericks recorded new opponent season lows for both points (was: 79 vs. Milwaukee 11/18) and field goal percentage (was: 337, 30-of-89, vs. Toronto 12/26). Twelve of the Mavericks’ 16 wins this season have come when they’ve held their opponent to under 100 points. Dallas improved to 5-0 this year when it holds it opponent under 40 percent shooting.
Dallas outrebounded Washington, 52-45. The Mavericks improved to 4-1 this season when they grab 50-plus boards.
Bradley Beal (18 points on 4-of-14 shooting) and John Wall (11 points on 4-of-15 shooting) were the only players in double figures for Washington.
With the score tied at 24 early in the second quarter, Dallas used a 13-2 run to open up an 11-point advantage (37-26). The Mavericks outscored the Wizards 31-15 in the second period and took a 53-37 advantage into the locker room at the half.
The Wizards got to within nine (63-54) with just over 3 minutes remaining in the third quarter, but the Mavericks closed the period on an 8-0 run (capped off by a Yogi Ferrell step-back buzzer-beating 3-pointer) and took a 17-point lead (71-54) into the fourth quarter.
Devin Harris (head injury), Nerlens Noel (left thumb surgery), Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee quadriceps tendinitis) and Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) all missed the game for Dallas due to injury. Johnathan Motley (G League) was not with the team. Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. left the game in the second half with a right hip strain and did not return. Sheldon Mac (left Achilles surgery) was out for Washington.
The attendance for today’s game was 19,328. The Mavericks have now sold out 662 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.