The Dallas Mavericks defeated their ninth home win on Sunday night and defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 114-110. Harrison Barnes scored a season high of 30, while DeAndre Jordan scored 23 offensive rebounds for the Mavericks. Montrezl Harrell led the Clippers with 23 points from the bench.
In the first quarter, the fans in the American Airlines Center were in a completely failed stage, as neither team had a lot of misses or defensive deficiencies. Although the Clippers took an early lead, Harrison Barnes added 15 points in that time, including a pair of threes at the end of the time. JJ Barea again led the Mavericks off the bench with a few tight buckets as both teams did not last long. Los Angeles led to one, 35-34. Although Dallas took the lead of a Devin Harris and started the second quarter, the Clipper Bank struck early against Dallas. The Mavericks simply could not catch a glimpse and Los Angeles built a nine-point advantage. Then, suddenly, Dallas started quickly. Over a three-minute stretch in the second half of the quarter, Dallas took a 1
Game to start the third quarter, but a methodical approach by Dallas won the quarter. An active attack fueled by a full team effort led Dallas to extend his halftime lead from four points to eight. The most memorable part of the neighborhood came when Dennis Smith Jr. picked up a distressed elbow from Patrick Beverly and lost a tooth. Smith briefly went into the locker room, but returned to finish the game. The Mavericks led 88-80 into the final quarter.
Dallas resisted the Clippers' furious efforts throughout the fourth quarter. After a jump ball situation, Patrick Beverly passed a ball towards a Maverick fan along the sideline and was immediately ejected. After repeated first leg on the Maverick leadership, a Harrell Dunk built at 1:15 the game to 107 points. DeAndre Jordan put Dallas in the lead with a tip from Harrison Barnes. Lou Williams briefly gave the Clippers the lead, squeezing three with 45 seconds ahead. Los Angeles had the lead just 14 seconds when Dorian Finney-Smith missed another Barnes miss and Dallas did not give in. DeAndre Jordan hit one of two free throws and Dennis Smith blocked an attempt to tie Tobias Harris. Smith then buried the next two free throws and the Mavericks went away with a 114-110 win.
Now some thoughts
DeAndre Jordan, with sentiment
After a performance that left much to be desired against the Lakers, Jordan played his most active game lately on both sides of the ball. All my criticism from Friday was answered with improvements. His hands were defensively erected, he had at least secured some screens and actually made block attempts. The activity and effort were in the details and it was important for Dallas in a tight game.
The Mavericks need Jordan, so it was great to see him respond kindly after a hard loss.
Dennis Smith Has Courage
Losing a tooth in the middle of a game must be a shocking experience. Nevertheless, Smith put an elbow in the face and later another game and continued to play extremely hard. His game sealing block by Tobias Harris was just outstanding, considering both Smith's face and how much bigger Harris is.
It was an interesting second year campaign for Smith, but he's playing hard and constantly trying to improve. Can not ask for much more.
No Luka, no problem
Harrison Barnes scored 30 points and J.J. Barea poured 24 for himself. Finney-Smith and Jordan scored double-digit, while Dennis Smith and Dwight Powell were only one basket away from the double-digit mark. It was an impressive performance when the team missed a key player against a very competitive Clipper squad.
The Mavericks should still shoot three, but a win is a win. I think everyone would like it if Barnes had shot less than 28 times, but all but two of his attempts were either threes or in the Resticted Area. He should have received more disgusting phone calls, but if he does as he has in recent weeks, those calls could come. Dallas must also find a way to give Dennis Smith more glares.