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Dallas’ rally falls short, 127-124, against Chicago

Dallas’ rally falls short, 127-124, against Chicago


In a battle of two young, potentially franchise-changing point guards, Chicago’s Kris Dunn (career high 32 points) carried the Bulls to a 127-124 win over Dennis Smith Jr. and the Mavericks on Friday night.

For the second game in a row, Dallas trailed by double digits in the waning minutes, but put together a furious rally that ultimately fell short. Yogi Ferrell’s potentially game-tying three at the buzzer clanged off the rim.

Chicago scored 47 points in the final quarter. It was the most the Mavericks had allowed in a quarter this season.

The loss was the Dallas’ second in a row and dropped the Mavericks to 13-27 while Chicago (14-25) picked up its 11th win in its last 16 games.

The Bulls used a 17-6 run to start the fourth quarter to take a 97-94 lead, but Dirk Nowitzki tied the game with a 3 at the 7:02 mark. From there, Dunn picked apart Dallas from deep and everywhere else.

The Bulls started hot, hitting their first eight shots including three from deep en route to a 20-7 lead.

Dallas kept pace and trailed by four at halftime, 57-53. Dennis Smith Jr. struggled early, but closed with a 10-point fourth quarter to help Dallas stage its final rally. He finished 1-of-5 from the free throw line but was able to continually find Wesley Matthews for open 3s as well as other teammates in the early going. He finished with 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting.

Matthews entered the game shooting better than 46% on threes on which he received a pass from Smith. The trend continued, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Chicago’s hot shooting. The Bulls finished shooting 56.4% from the floor to Dallas’ 53.3%. He led the Mavericks in scoring for the second straight and finished with 24 points.

The Mavericks took the lead in the third quarter and extended the advantage to 83-76 on a pretty drive from Devin Harris. A Barea three stretched the advantage to 88-80 heading into the final quarter.

Dallas faces the New York Knicks at 6 p.m. Sunday at home and will retire Derek Harper’s No. 12 jersey at halftime.

I'm Zack Cunningham, a broadcast journalism major from Abilene Christian University's class of 2008. I've lived in Texas for 28 of my 31 years on this Earth and I've followed the Mavericks since 1998. My first memory of them was the 2001 playoffs and being extremely happy when they beat the Jazz, but sad when they lost to the Spurs in five games in the conference semifinals. However, seeing Dirk drop 42 stands out to me, punctuated by his dunk in garbage time. I covered high school sports for the Cleburne Times-Review from 2008-12 before moving into the tech industry. Most recently, in 2015 covered the Mavericks for the Fanatic briefly before moving to work with Mike Fisher at I am married to my beautiful wife, Jessica, and have been for just over five years now. We live in Carrollton with our dog, Zara, and cat, Drake. I'm looking forward to covering them again this season with the Fanatic!

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