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Barnes, Barea lead Mavs to first win, 86-75 over Bucks

Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

 

Though Dirk Nowitzki remains sidelined with a sore Achilles, there is small joy inside Dallas once again as the Mavericks are no longer winless after snapping their five-game losing skid in overtime against the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.

 

Playing without Nowitzki, Devin Harris and Deron Williams, the Mavs rallied behind a youthful cast of characters which included big-time minutes for players like rookie Dorian Finney-Smith. His defensive performance forced three steals and a block along with key defensive stops in the fourth quarter and overtime, drawing attention from head coach Rick Carlisle.

 

 

Finney-Smith logged 32 minutes off the bench in the victory, taking primary duties from Justin Anderson early in the second quarter. J.J. Barea, Wes Matthews (shot 3-for-17, 3-for-14 from three) and Harrison Barnes each logged at least 40 minutes in the overtime victory, with different results in terms of productivity. Barnes, a key offseason acquisition for Dallas, led all scorers with a career-high 34 points along with 8 rebounds. His performance marks the second time in six games the forward has totaled a new career-high in scoring. J.J. Barea added 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, including a pair of baskets during a 12-1 run in overtime that helped the Mavs put Milwaukee away for good.

 

 

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A west coast trip is on the horizon for Barnes and Co. as the Mavs are preparing to travel to California. First up, they’ll square off at 9:30 p.m. CST on Tuesday against a young, energetic Los Angeles Lakers bunch that is discovering an identity under new head coach Luke Walton. 

Podcast host and credentialed media member covering Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Wings | Roamed the rapidly growing area of Arlington Texas for the last 25 years. I graduated Texas Tech in 2014 with my Bachelor's degree in Media and Communications and currently obsess over basketball full-time. In my free time, I'm a substitute teacher and also an Uber driver. I've been following the Mavs since Jason, Jimmy and Jamal were young up-and-comers. If you need their last names, please don't ask me.

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