Looking to avoid a four-game losing streak, the Mavs went toe-to-toe with the Denver Nuggets tonight. Devin Harris must’ve given the Nuggets the wrong blueprint because the game went the Mavericks way.
Prior to the game, the Mavericks announced a partnership with 5miles. 5miles is a local marketplace app where users can buy and sell items in their community. It’s a three-year deal as the 5miles logo will be found on the left shoulder of the Dallas jerseys, making the Mavericks the 21st team to come to a sponsorship jersey patch deal.
Tonight’s game was a bit special as Devin Harris was welcomed back to the AAC for the first time since being traded to Denver. As an all-time Dallas favorite, DH was welcomed with loud cheers from the crowd as his tribute video played after the first quarter.
Dallas started the game hot, as Dirk shot 3/3 from downtown in the first quarter, giving the Mavs an early lead. Will Barton and Wilson Chandler picked up steam in the second quarter, giving the Nuggets a 62-58 halftime lead.
Rick must’ve had quite the halftime speech because it looked like a new Mavs team in the third quarter. DSJ took charge in third with several elite finishes at the basket. Noel also began to make his presence felt inside off the bench, helping give the Mavs a 94-83 lead.
Though the Nuggets fought to stay in the game, the Mavericks hot shooting continued as Yogi Ferrell and Dirk refused to miss, leading the Mavs to a 118-107 victory.
Dallas had six players in double-figures with Yogi leading the way with 24 points on 6/7 from downtown. DSJ dominated the third quarter, finishing with 18 points, five rebounds, and 11 dimes.
Dirk scored 17 on five made threes. McBuckets and Nerlens made a huge impact off the bench. Doug knocked in 15 points and Noel scored eight points while grabbing 15 rebounds.
“One of the best of the year, flat out,” Carlisle said about Dennis Smith Jr.’s game tonight. “Super impressed at how he kept the ball moving. He kept himself a threat to score. That’s what great point guards do. 18 and 11 is a winning number.”
In his first game back in Dallas since being traded, Devin Harris logged seven points, five rebounds, three assists, and two blocks, including one on his old buddy Dirk.
“It’s not something that didn’t happen all the time in practice. Happens all the time,” Harris joked about blocking Dirk. “Had to let him know about it.”
Dallas will have a few days off before the Grizzlies come to town on Saturday.
Whether in a win or loss, Carlisle’s sense of humor is never absent. “It’s nice to win a game every once in a while.”
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