August 10, 2020

Mavs stop the bleeding in Dallas, continue Wizards road woes 107-98

On the second game of their Texas road swing the Wizards faced a sliding Mavericks’ squad that had just been blown out in Oakland by 24 points, and was a very unimpressive 2-8 in their last ten games.

The defending champs were able to get back on track at home, eventually pulling away from the Wizards down the stretch 107-98. The Wizards fell to 9-32 on the season.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points on 10-for-14 shooting and was +19 on the night, while Jason Terry chipped in 24 points to get Dallas over the century mark for only the second time in the past 14 games. It was also only the fourth time this season they notched 60 first half points.

Perhaps the biggest pick-me-up for the Mavs, however, was Rodrigue Beaubois, the Dallas fan favorite, who tallied 19 points while also notching six boards, four assists, two steals and several acrobatic plays.

Trevor Booker paced the Wizards with 20 points and 12 rebounds, becoming a focal point for the Wizards low post offense. John Wall bounced back after a subpar outing, scoring 18 points on 6-for-14 shooting and dishing out 10 assists to his one turnover.

Jordan Crawford and Nick Young chipped in 15 points each, while JaVale McGee had 12 points and 3 blocks, while sporting the team’s best plus/minus on the night (+7).

The Wizards were able to take a lead 24-20 after a 18-8 run in the middle of the first quarter, but after trading leads in the game’s first 18 minutes, John Wall missed a free throw that would have tied it at 42 and the Wizards never regained the lead.

Dallas shot 82 percent (14 of 17 from the field) in the decisive second quarter, and ended the half with a 10-3 run to take a 60-51 advantage.

Midway through the third quarter provided a snapshot of why the Wizards weren’t quite able to get back into it in the second half. After cutting the lead to eight and getting two stops on defense to close in further the Wizards fouled Nowitzki on a made 14-foot jumper. Crawford was hit with a technical foul for disputing the call, and Nowitzki was able to convert on both ensuing freebies to give the Mavs a 68-56 lead.

The Wizards eventually closed the gap to 70-68, but the Mavs went on a 13-5 run over a four minute stretch that gave them some breathing room.

Wall felt the team played hard but fell short on the defensive end. “We competed; we just gave up too many easy baskets. We’ve got to figure out how to close.”

The Wizards continue their road trip Thursday in New Orleans, where they take on another NBA bottom feeder in the 10-32 Hornets.

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