The Dallas Mavericks have been road warriors this season with a 17-7 record going into Friday night’s game against the Washington Wizards. Their road acumen was put to the test and ultimately failed in the closing seconds of the game.
Bradley Beal made the game winner with half a second left off of an inbound pass. The buzzer beater gave the Wizards a 119-118 lead and sealed it. The Mavs let the Wizards hang around all game and then missed a free throw in the closing seconds that would have iced it. The loss moved the Mavs record to 2-7 in games within three points this year.
Lights Out Shooting
The Mavs finished the game shooting 46% from the field. They shot 40% from three with 16 made shots. Dallas had a solid game from the charity stripe too, going 18 of 21 for 86%. Despite their good free throw shooting, they lost in part because Tim Hardaway Jr. missed a free throw in the last few seconds.
The Wizards had an even better game shooting. Washington shot 50% from the field and 50% from three against Dallas. They made 19 three pointers on 38 attempts. Their shooting kept them close to the Mavs with multiple big threes in the fourth quarter from Shabazz Napier and Davis Bertans.
Seth Curry PnR
Seth Curry finished the game with 20 points, three assists, and three rebounds. He shot a little under 50% from three with four makes. More importantly, he had multiple pick-and-roll situations in the game that he capitalized on. Curry and Maxi Kleber ran the PnR to success more than once on Friday. Curry was able to get himself open for multiple threes and some easy assists to Maxi when he would dive to the rim. Check out Curry getting an easy three in the pick-and-roll with help from Maxi below. If Curry can continue to build his pick-and-roll game, it will add an easy option for the bench to score quick points going forward.
— MavsHighlights (@MavsHighlights) February 8, 2020
Most Valuable Players
Seth Curry was the leading scorer and most valuable player for the Mavs on Friday. Tim Hardaway Jr. continued his stellar play as he chipped in 19 points, 4 rebounds, and 7 assists. Jalen Brunson started again at PG in Luka’s absence and finished with 15 points, four rebounds, and four assists. He had a no-look pass in the corner to Dorian Finney-Smith that gave the Mavs a five point lead late in the fourth quarter.
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) February 8, 2020
Up Next: The 31-21 Mavs finish out their road back-to-back set tomorrow night as they visit the 16-35 Charlotte Hornets.
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