<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth Sports News - Mavs Central]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/sportsen-usSun, 23 Apr 2017 00:45:06 -0500Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:45:06 -0500NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki Talks Basketball Future]]>Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:15:37 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIRK_FOR_WEB_1200x675_920792643841.jpg

At the last presser of the season, Dirk Nowitzki discusses his basketball future and his future with the Dallas Mavericks.

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<![CDATA[Fans 'Eat Up' Romo as Mav for Day: Newy]]>Wed, 12 Apr 2017 07:34:44 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs_newy_romo_take_1200x675_919274051867.jpg

After experiencing Tony Romo's Maverick for a Day game, NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs says he was wrong about it being a bad idea.]]>
<![CDATA[Fans React to Tony Romo's Mavs Debut]]>Wed, 12 Apr 2017 07:42:53 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs_romo_fans_reaction_1200x675_919274563685.jpg

Fans of the Dallas Cowboys and Mavericks show up to Tuesday night's Mavericks-Nuggets game to support former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo in his Mavs debut.]]>
<![CDATA[Mavs Honor Tony Romo as Honorary Player in Home Finale]]>Tue, 11 Apr 2017 23:06:47 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ROMO_ARRIVES_FOR_WEB_1200x675_919073859849.jpg

Tony Romo couldn't say no when Dirk Nowitzki asked the retiring Dallas Cowboys quarterback to join the Mavericks as an honorary teammate for a day.]]>
<![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks Dancers, 2015-2016]]>Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:44:14 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/513700850.jpgPhotos of the Dallas Mavericks Dancers during the 2015-2016 season.

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<![CDATA[Nuggets Spoil Romo Day for Mavericks, Top Dallas 109-91]]>Wed, 12 Apr 2017 04:10:53 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/romo-mavs-podium.jpg

Coach Rick Carlisle draped his arm around Tony Romo as the crowd roared in the final minutes of the Dallas Mavericks' honorary game for the retiring Cowboys quarterback.

Fans desperately wanted to see the career passing leader for the storied Cowboys franchise get in for at least a few seconds in a meaningless 109-91 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night, and he was acting like he might actually play.

It just wasn't going to happen because Romo wasn't on the roster and didn't sign a contract. He showed his football No. 9 with a white "Dallas" across the front of the jersey just once — when he was introduced with the starters before the game.

"Obviously we knew we couldn't check him in," said star Dirk Nowitzki, who helped hatch the plan to honor Romo. "We were faking it and the crowd was loving it. And they wanted to see him out there so bad. We just couldn't pull it off."

Gary Harris scored 20 points in the first game for the Nuggets (39-42) since getting eliminated from the playoffs. Nowitzki led Dallas with 21 points.

With nothing at stake in a lost season that will be the worst for Dallas (32-49) since going 20-62 in 1997-98, the Mavericks followed through with an idea that Nowitzki and owner Mark Cuban discussed weeks ago at a party after the 19-year veteran reached 30,000 career points.

Even then, it was clear Romo wasn't returning to the Cowboys. Ultimately, he decided not to play for another team after losing the starting job he held for 10 years to rookie Dak Prescott following a back injury in the preseason last year.

Romo, who turns 37 this month, had his honorary day with the Mavericks exactly a week after he announced he was leaving football to become the No. 1 NFL analyst at CBS.

After going through the morning shootaround , pregame warmups and the pretend starter introduction, Romo took the floor to address fans at the end of a brief ceremony in which Carlisle and Nowitzki also spoke.

"This is an honor that I could never dream of," said Romo, who rose to fame as an undrafted player out of lower-division Eastern Illinois in 2003. "It's a little embarrassing, but I'll tell you what, I'm a very lucky guy. Thank you, Dallas. I love you."

Wearing a dark blue warmup top, Romo sat next to Cuban, who tried to persuade Commissioner Adam Silver to let Romo play. Instead, Cuban was the one pulling Romo back to his seat with the crowd roaring and chanting his name in the final minutes.

"I told him what I was going to do and said, 'Fine me if you don't like it,"' Cuban said of his conversation with Silver. "But once he said the contract wasn't getting approved, then he kind of killed that."

The sidelines were packed with fans taking pictures and videos while Romo went through pregame warmups. He drew the biggest cheer when he hit a jumper over Devin Harris, and he hit a 3-pointer as well. But he couldn't match Harris' swish from midcourt, and shook his head over an airball on a 3-pointer.

"I feel like they're all 7 feet tall," Romo said after participating in the morning shootaround. "And they'll all long and lean. I look like a turtle out there next to these guys."

For Carlisle, the Romo plan was never about the former high school basketball standout in Wisconsin actually playing. He wanted to recognize a frequent front-row fan who always has a seat right behind where Carlisle roams the sidelines.

"There is a circus surrounding this because everybody wants to get a glimpse," Carlisle said. "We understand that. This is how we feel about a special guy who's been a very special competitor in really a very special sports market."

Mavericks: Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews both were sidelined for rest, and Carlisle said Nowitzki wouldn't play the finale. Other regulars are likely to sit as well. ... The roster spot Dallas hoped would go to Romo ended up being DeAndre Liggins on a waiver claim from Cleveland. Carlisle said Liggins would play in the finale. ... J.J. Barea had 13 points and nine assists.

Nuggets: Coach Michael Malone said four regulars wouldn't play in the final two games: Kenneth Faried (low back pain), Jameer Nelson (right calf strain), and Danilo Gallinari and Will Barton (rest). ... Mason Plumlee and Malik Beasley scored 16 apiece and Juan Hernangomez had 14.

Cowboys Party
At least a dozen of Romo's former teammates attended, including Ezekiel Elliott, the standout rookie running back who never got to play with Romo because of the 14-year veteran's injury. The NFL rushing leader for the NFC East champs was there in Romo's No. 9 football jersey.

Longtime friend and tight end Jason Witten had a seat in the first half behind the Dallas bench near Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and Romo's last offensive coordinator in Dallas, Scott Linehan.

Up Next
Mavericks: Finale at Memphis on Wednesday.

Nuggets: Finale at Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Romo's Honorary Mavs Day Turns Spectacle for Final Home Game]]>Wed, 12 Apr 2017 04:20:00 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-667405536.jpg

Tony Romo couldn't say no when Dirk Nowitzki asked the retiring Dallas Cowboys quarterback to join the Mavericks as an honorary teammate for a day.

Now it's turned into a scene, with dozens of media members showing up for a morning shootaround before a meaningless final Dallas home against Denver on Tuesday night, with both teams eliminated from the playoffs.

Romo's "Mav for a day" experience came exactly a week after it was announced that he was leaving the Cowboys and joining CBS as the No. 1 NFL analyst. He lost his job as the Dallas starter to Dak Prescott last season and chose TV over pursuing a starting job with another team with his 37th birthday approaching next week.

"At first, I was just feeling like I didn't deserve any of that," Romo said of his initial first reaction to the offer. "Standing here today, I feel a little embarrassed to be honest in the sense that you're lucky enough to be in position, that someone cares enough to do something to honor you."

But Romo said it was a "no-brainer" to accept the offer of a tribute from Nowitzki and Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle. He was in uniform in his football No. 9 and went through pregame warmups and introductions. Carlisle said Monday that Romo wouldn't play.

When the shootaround was over, a member of the Mavericks staff whistled a circus theme song while walking past reporters. On the court, Romo was playing with his youngest son, Rivers.

A long line of media members followed Romo off the court, then filled the room where Carlisle does his game-day interviews.

"I had close to 600 text messages that I'm still working on," said Romo, the all-time leader in yards passing and touchdowns for the storied Cowboys franchise but lacking a Super Bowl title. "And 100-some calls and a bunch of other stuff.

"I guess it just makes you feel that you accomplished something in some ways," he added. "I feel like I left something out there that I always wanted to accomplish. I've got to live with that and that's part of playing sports."

Carlisle said Romo would be in the group text that sends pregame shooting times to all the players, and the plan was to include Romo in at least one team photo since his honorary day was also the team's picture day. He also has a locker.

"He has stood for all of the things that great Dallas athletes stand for," Carlisle said. "Great competitor, winner, plays hurt, the whole thing. And he's been a great supporter of the Mavericks and a good friend. We wanted to see if he would be willing to do this."

Romo was a high school basketball standout in Wisconsin and played against Caron Butler, who spent 14 years in the NBA through last season. Butler was on the Dallas roster but injured when the Mavericks won their only championship in 2011.

"I'm gonna score 20," Romo joked.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Newy Scruggs: Mavs Fans Deserve Wins Not Romo Sideshow Act]]>Mon, 10 Apr 2017 21:26:40 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Mark-Cuban1.jpg

Tony Romo being a Maverick for a day is a distraction.

Hey MFFL don't look at this dumpster fire of a season...look at Tony Romo in the layup line.

Buy tickets to this last Mavericks home game of the season folks...even if we have a 32-48 record...come see Tony Romo dress in a Mavericks uniform and sit on the bench. Head coach Rick Carlisle says he will not play.

This is the politics of distraction, hold up that bring shiny object (ex Dallas Cowboys quarterback) and not look the Mavs race to the bottom of the standings.  Dallas has only won two of their last ten games.  They have just one 50-win season since blowing up their 2011 NBA Championship team. 

Mark Cuban is a darn good owner and I make no bones about being a fan of what he has brought to the city of Dallas since taking over ownership in 2000. I was a Mavericks season ticket owner for ten seasons. I don't own tickets anymore. I don't like everything Cuban does as the head honcho. 

The last thing fans should be rewarded for a 32-win season is watching Romo in a layup line. Give out some airline tickets again. Now THAT was a heck of a promotion fan appreciation night in 2006 when Cuban gave 20,000 fans airline tickets.

Romo as a sideshow act doesn't cut it.

Cuban is using him to sell some tickets. It's Romo's right to play along with it. This is a minor league like promotion. I hate I have to cover this thing but hey, I have bosses. They want me out there doing live shots on Tuesday.

Since I have to be there I might as well tell it like it is: This stunt is rubbish. Winning clubs don't do this. 

The Mavericks have honored many DFW sports stars without making it look like a P.T. Barnum event. 

Dallas native Jordan Spieth has won two majors in golf. The Mavs recognized him. The Mavs honored former Texas Rangers and World Series champion Pudge Rodriguez, he will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer. The club has celebrated Matt Kenseth (he's from Wisconsin) after he won the Daytona 500. They didn't suit any of these athletes who achieved milestone victories in their sport.

I'll just quote one Mavericks insider who called Cuban's Romo sideshow, "a freaking embarrassment."

Yep. That's sums it up.

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<![CDATA[Spurs Top Mavs in Game with Mostly Backups, 102-89]]>Fri, 07 Apr 2017 22:09:56 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/505180868.jpg

Bryn Forbes scored a career-high 27 points with San Antonio resting most of its starters, and the Spurs ran past Dallas 102-89 after the Mavericks pulled most of their key veterans in the second half Friday night.

Dewayne Dedmon, the only San Antonio starter to play, had 10 points and 13 rebounds. Tony Parker made the trip but didn't leave the bench, while Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol and Danny Green stayed home with the Spurs locked in to the No. 2 seed behind Golden State in the Western Conference.

The Mavericks, playing their fourth game since getting eliminated from the playoffs, pulled Dirk Nowitzki and other veterans in the second half, when the Spurs outscored Dallas 52-28 after trailing by 16 points in the first half.

Forbes, who had 64 points with a game high of eight in his only NBA season coming in, went 4 of 9 from 3-point range. Davis Bertans, a 24-year-old rookie from Latvia, made 5 of 9 from long range and scored 19 points.

David Lee, who spent part of last season with the Mavericks, had 16 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.

Dwight Powell led Dallas with 12 points, and rookie starting point guard Yogi Ferrell had 11. Nowitzki and fellow starters Harrison Barnes and Nerlens Noel scored eight points apiece.

The Spurs outscored the Mavericks 21-2 in a run that continued early in the fourth quarter, turning a 67-58 deficit into a 79-69 lead. Forbes and Bertans had five apiece on the run.


Spurs: Manu Ginobili, who also stayed home, is listed with a right quad contusion, and Green has a left quad contusion. Dejounte Murray (left groin) also was out. ... Jonathon Simmons scored 12 points, and Kyle Anderson had nine points and 10 rebounds. ... The Spurs had a 16-6 edge on offensive rebounds.

Mavericks: G Wesley Matthews limped to the locker room in the first half after a knee-to-knee collision with Joel Anthony. He returned before halftime. ... Nowitzki passed Jason Kidd, his point guard on the championship team, and tied Duncan for seventh on the career list with his 1,392nd game.


Spurs: Final home game and the fourth game in five nights Saturday against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Mavericks: At Phoenix on Sunday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Clippers Beat Mavs 112-101 Behind Griffin's 32 Points]]>Thu, 06 Apr 2017 04:29:24 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/495384084.jpg

Blake Griffin is rounding into form just in time to bolster the Los Angeles Clippers in the playoffs.

He scored 32 points — his third straight game of at least 31 — and the Clippers led all the way in beating the Dallas Mavericks 112-101 on Wednesday night. Los Angeles moved within a half-game of idle Utah for the No. 4 playoff seed in the West.

"We keep forgetting he missed a huge part of the season," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "He's getting ready."

Griffin returned Jan. 23 after missing 20 games while recovering from a procedure on his right knee.

"He's mixing it up and scoring every way," Rivers said. "He's shooting, driving and passing. When he faces up and goes, it is either a bucket or a foul. He feels healthy enough to do that more."

J.J. Redick added 25 points and DeAndre Jordan had 20 rebounds in the Clippers' fourth straight victory and eighth in 10 games. Chris Paul had 22 points and 11 assists.

Harrison Barnes led the Mavs with 15 points despite five fouls. They've lost six of seven with four games left in their season. Dirk Nowitzki was held to nine points — under his 14.4 average — a night after the 38-year-old forward sat out the Mavs' loss at Sacramento with a sore Achilles tendon.

The Clippers made their first nine shots of the game, with Luc Mbah a Moute narrowly missing a finger roll to end the stretch leading 22-6. They shot 61 percent in the first quarter and eventually led by 17.

"We made some jumpers, but we didn't break their rhythm or anything," Nowitzki said. "We just had some bad stretches there where we couldn't score. We had some bad miscommunication with defense, and they made us pay."

Dallas got within seven in the second before the Clippers extended their lead to 18 and went into halftime ahead 62-49.

Yogi Ferrell scored nine of the Mavs' first 18 points to open the third, cutting their deficit to six. The rookie guard played defense, too, stripping Paul of the ball on the baseline for a layup to complete back-to-back baskets.

"They just kept fighting," Rivers said. "They had a lot of reasons to say 'game over' and that made us keep playing."

Ferrell finished with 14 points, matching JJ Barea.

The Clippers regrouped and closed on a 17-6 run, including eight by Griffin, for a 90-73 lead going into the fourth. The spurt featured Jordan making two straight free throws, something he hadn't done all game, and Paul hitting a step back jumper in the right corner with the shot clock winding down.

Marreese Speights opened the fourth with a 3-pointer that pushed the Clippers' lead to 20, their largest of the game.

But the Mavs weren't done yet.

Nicolas Brussino rallied them within 10 on a 3-pointer from the left corner as the shot clock expired. Griffin answered with a 3 of his own before Brussino made another 3 and the Mavs were down nine.

"He's just been crazy aggressive, crazy efficient," Paul said of Griffin. "He's just been our beast, that's what we call him and stuff like that, so we are going to keep feeding him."

They got no closer, with the Clippers making all six of their free throws over the final 2½ minutes.

Mavericks: Nowitzki tied former Mav Jason Kidd for eighth on the NBA's all-time games played list with his 1,391st. ... Rookie Ferrell made his 25th start of the season. He replaced Seth Curry, who missed his third straight game because of a left shoulder strain.

Clippers: Redick is six 3-pointers (194) from tying his career high and single-season franchise record of 200 made. He set the mark in each of the last two seasons. ... Coach Doc Rivers is two wins from passing Mike Dunleavy (215) for most regular-season victories in franchise history. ... They split the season series 2-2.

He Said It
"We could take care of business in the next four and still not have it."
— Rivers on possibility of his team moving up to the No. 4 playoff seed.

Up Next
Mavericks: Host San Antonio on Friday. The Mavs have lost two of three to the Spurs in the season series.

Clippers: Visit San Antonio on Saturday. The Clippers have won two of three so far.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[McLemore's Big Second Half Lifts Kings Past Mavs 98-87]]>Wed, 05 Apr 2017 04:43:35 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-509282256.jpg

With the Kings' bench depleted by injuries and coach Dave Joerger's decision to rest most of his starters, Ben McLemore thought his team might have a tough time finding a good rhythm.

After his own slow start, McLemore made it a non-issue for himself and Sacramento.

McLemore scored 21 of his 22 points in the second half to lead six players in double figures, and the Kings beat the Dallas Mavericks 98-87 on Tuesday night.

"Playing with eight guys, it's tough," said McLemore, who shot 8 of 13. "Before we went out there Garrett [Temple] made the emphasis that, 'Hey, we're all we got. We just have to go out there, play hard, play together and get the results.' Tonight we got the results and we came out with a win."

Limited to one free throw in the first half, McLemore scored 11 straight points to end the third quarter, then helped the Kings pull away in the fourth. McLemore made a pair of driving layups as part of a 13-4 run and hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the final two minutes to help Sacramento win the season series between the teams.

"I just stayed with it, stayed aggressive," McLemore said. "My teammates kept looking for me and I started making shots. I got a real good easy one to the basket when I got a dunk [in the third] and that's when my rhythm started coming along."

Willie Cauley-Stein added 12 points and 16 rebounds, while Buddy Hield scored 16 points and Georgios Papagiannis had 13.

Nicolas Brussino had a season-high 13 points along with seven rebounds and five assists for Dallas, which played without Dirk Nowitzki. The Mavericks have lost five straight.

The 38-year-old Nowitzki has been nursing a sore Achilles tendon and sat out with the Mavericks playing the front end of a back-to-back. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle is hopeful Nowitzki will play Wednesday in Los Angeles.

"He is feeling better," Carlisle said. "Could be most likely a game-time decision. The signs are good at this point."

Nowitzki wasn't the only one getting the night off.

Both teams rested many of their starters, giving the game the feel — and sometimes look — of the preseason.

Sacramento started two backups and three players who weren't even with the team at the beginning of the season. Dallas was also missing regulars Wes Matthews and Seth Curry.

Predictably, it wasn't pretty at times.

The Kings shot 39 percent in the first quarter while the Mavericks were only slightly worse and went just 2 of 10 beyond the arc to open the game.

Dallas broke out of its shooting slump in the third quarter with seven 3-pointers but faded late in the fourth and was held to six points over the final 3:40, when McLemore scored six points and Cauley-Stein had four.

"I thought our guys played with their whole heart as they have done most of the season," Joerger said. "We're playing really young guys. It's a great experience for them. To play to win, compete . that's what it's about."

Mavericks: Curry missed his second straight game because of a left shoulder strain. Matthews was rested.

Kings: Aaron Afflalo (lower back strain) and Anthony Tolliver (hip strain) were held out while Collison, Lawson and Kosta Koufos were rested.

Backcourt Shuffle
With guards Darren Collison and Ty Lawson sitting out, the Kings went with a starting backcourt of Hield and Langston Galloway. Predictably, Sacramento had problems taking care of the ball. Joerger's club committed 18 turnovers, including 11 in the first half when it made only 13 shots.

"We knew tonight we were going to make some turnovers, not having DC and Ty out there on the floor," McLemore said. "We just had to continue going onto the next play and continue to be aggressive, and that's what we did."

Up Next
Mavericks: Go to Los Angeles to play the Clippers on Wednesday. Dallas has won the last two games between the teams.

Kings: Travel south to face the Lakers in Los Angeles on Friday and can take the season series with a win.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Barnes Scores 31, Mavs Beat Bucks 109-105]]>Wed, 05 Apr 2017 04:52:56 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/barnes-harrison-dallas-face.jpg

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle had nothing but praise for his scrappy team.

Harrison Barnes scored 15 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Mavericks to a 109-105 victory over the listless Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.

"We have a high-character group, just look at our entire season," Carlisle said. "Guys have continued to play hard and play together the entire time."

Barnes made 10 free throws, a 3-pointer and a fade-away jumper in the decisive fourth quarter. He came in for Dirk Nowitzki with 10:12 left and carried the team, especially at the foul line.

"The biggest reason (for the win) was we got to the bonus early," he said. "That gave us some room to be aggressive, force them to call the whistle and try to get to the free throw line."

The Mavericks made a season-high 19 consecutive free throws, including 15 straight down the stretch, and finished the game 19 for 20.

Greg Monroe said the Bucks did what the Mavericks wanted them to, and it cost Milwaukee.

"We played their game," Monroe said. "We played at the pace they wanted to play at. Down the stretch, they got a lot of points at the free throw line. We've got to be better at not giving them easy points."

Bucks coach Jason Kidd agreed with Monroe's assessment.

"We were working into our game, and they were already into the game," Kidd said.

Barnes played more minutes than Carlisle wanted because Nowitzki was experiencing some mild pain in his right Achilles tendon.

"We didn't want him to mess around," Carlisle said of Nowitzki.

The Mavericks fought as if they still had a chance at the playoffs, while the Bucks frittered away an opportunity to cement their hold on the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference.

"At this point, we're playing with pride and trying to build for next season," Barnes said. "Slow starts have plagued us all season long. Tonight was a great opportunity for us to start off the game the right way."

Dallas capitalized on 15 turnovers, turning them into 19 points, and Nicolas Brussino's uncontested layup gave the Mavericks a 91-82 lead with 7:12 left to play.

The Bucks found some late energy and pulled to 106-103 on Matthew Dellavedova's 3-pointer with 1:24 to play, but got no closer.

Nowitzki and J.J. Barea each had 17 points as the Mavericks snapped a four-game losing streak. Yogi Ferrell had 13 filling in for the ailing Seth Curry.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 15 rebounds for the Bucks, fresh off a 14-4 record in March. That was the franchise's third-most wins in a month and best mark since the 1970-71 NBA championship team went 16-2 in February.

"I think it wasn't who we are today," Antetokounmpo said. "We didn't play hard enough. We didn't do what we usually do. That's the game, and we move on."

Gary Payton II, signed to a multiyear contract before the game, entered the game with 5:18 left in the third. He hit his first shot, a wide-open 3, and followed that up with a dunk that gave the Bucks a 74-68 lead.


Mavericks: Curry aggravated his injured left shoulder Friday night at Memphis. Carlisle is hopeful that Curry, who continues receiving treatment, could play Tuesday in Sacramento.

Bucks: Rookie G Malcolm Brogdon missed his second consecutive game with back tightness. He sat out Friday's win over Detroit and missed two games earlier in March with the same problem. Kidd said that Brogdon would make the road trip, if he felt better. ... C John Henson (sprained left thumb) missed his seventh consecutive game.


Dallas has won nine of the last 11 meetings with the Bucks, including an 86-75 overtime victory earlier this season. Barnes scored a career-high 34 points and grabbed eight rebounds in that game.


Mavericks: Dallas continues its season-high, five-game road trip Tuesday against the Sacramento Kings.

Bucks: Begin a three-game road trip Tuesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Grizzlies Clinch Playoff Spot with 99-90 Win Over Mavericks]]>Fri, 31 Mar 2017 22:17:13 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-614766146.jpg

Mike Conley scored 28 points, Zach Randolph added 22 points and 12 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies clinched a playoff spot with a 99-90 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

Memphis' win, coupled with Denver's 122-114 loss at Charlotte earlier Friday night, earned the Grizzlies their seventh straight postseason berth.

But Memphis had to weather a 3-point shooting rally in the closing minutes. Dallas made six of its first nine 3-point attempts in the final frame, a jumper by Wesley Matthews cutting Memphis' advantage to 94-90 with just over a minute left.

But Dallas could get no closer, dropping its fourth straight.

Troy Daniels finished with 21 points for Memphis, shooting 7 of 12 from outside the arc.

Six Mavericks finished in double figures, led by 13 points each from Dirk Nowitzki, Matthews and J.J. Barea. Matthews also had seven assists, and Nowitzki grabbed 12 rebounds.

Dallas trailed by 15 with about 8 minutes left when Barea and Matthews converted consecutive 3-pointers. Another 3 from Yogi Ferrell - his only points of the game - brought the Mavericks' deficit to single-digits.

Nowitzki, Barea and Matthews would add a trio of 3-pointers over a 1-minute span late to pull Dallas close, but not close enough.

The Mavericks dealt with poor shooting to open both of the first two quarters, missing five of six shots to start the game and six straight to open the second quarter.

The second set of misfires contributed to a 16-2 run and an eventual 21-point Memphis lead. Dallas was at 22 percent shooting in the half, including hitting 2 of 16 shots outside the arc.

That led to Memphis carrying a 55-34 lead into the break, Conley collecting 14 points, while Daniels and Randolph scored 12 each.

No Mavericks were in double figures at that point.

After halftime, it was Memphis struggling to hit shots, setting off a 16-4 rally by Dallas to bring the deficit to single digits - 59-50. But the Grizzlies countered with eight straight points to take the lead back to 17.

That allowed Memphis to hold a 74-62 lead entering the fourth.


Mavericks: The NBA announced Friday that G Devin Harris was fined $25,000 for his actions after ejection from Wednesday's game at New Orleans. ... The Mavericks recorded 15 assists, breaking a string of nine straight games of at least 20 assists.

Grizzlies: With its seventh straight playoff berth, Memphis has the third-longest streak of postseason appearances behind Atlanta and San Antonio. ... The win assured Memphis (42-34) of its seventh consecutive winning season. ... The Grizzlies' sixth 3-pointer of the game, converted in the second quarter, gave Memphis 700 on the season - a mark not previously reached in franchise history.


Grizzlies coach David Fizdale said the timetable for the return of center Marc Gasol, who missed his fourth game with a sore left foot, remains unclear. "He did work out (Friday), which was good," Fizdale said. "He moved on it. There's still some soreness there."


With the Mavericks virtually eliminated from the last Western Conference playoff spot, coach Rick Carlisle seems to be turning to younger players down the stretch. "This is an important time for us to look at these guys," Carlisle said. "I'd rather look at them playing against guys like (Mike) Conley or (Zach) Randolph instead of undrafted free agents in the summertime."


One Mavericks rookie -- Jarrod Uthoff from Iowa -- scored two points in the loss Wednesday to New Orleans, his first points in the NBA. "That's a pretty big deal for a guy who has the NBA dream like all of us did growing up," Carlisle said. Uthoff didn't play Friday night.


MAVERICKS: Dallas is in the midst of a five-game road trip and plays at Milwaukee on Sunday.

GRIZZLIES: Memphis heads out on its final road trip of the season, playing the Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Davis, Cousins Lead Pelicans Past Mavericks 121-118]]>Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:10:17 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lakers-Pelicans_Anthony-Davis.jpg

Anthony Davis had 30 points and 13 rebounds, DeMarcus Cousins added 29 points and 16 rebounds in his return from a two-game absence, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Dallas Mavericks 121-118 on Wednesday night.

Back from a right ankle sprain, Cousins played 40 minutes. His baskets included a 29-foot 3-pointer at the end of the first half and he was 10 of 12 at the free-throw line. Davis' highlights included an offensive rebound and dunk with 1:50 left as New Orleans won for the seventh time in 10 games.

Jordan Crawford's 15-point performance included a 22-foot jumper that put the Pelicans up 121-116 with 47 seconds left.

Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points for Dallas, which lost its third straight. Harrison Barnes scored 19 and Seth Curry 18 for the Mavericks.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki Meets Super Fan in Dallas]]>Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:18:08 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/Dirk+Nowitzki+and+super+fan.JPG

Dirk Nowitzki recently met a super-fan that just reached a 30,000 milestone of his own.

Shen Xu lives in Beijing, China and has been following Nowitzki's quest for the 30,000 mark since 2004.

To pay tribute to Nowitzki, Xu took on a mission to shoot 300 points, every day, for 100 days straight.

To mark the occasion, Xu traveled to Dallas and met with Nowitzki.  The two met on the main court at the American Airlines Center while Xu reached his 30,000 point before Monday night's game.

Nowitzki reached the 30,000 point milestone earlier this month.

<![CDATA[Thunder Top Mavs 92-91 with Westbrook Finishing Flurry]]>Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:43:29 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-614766146.jpg

Russell Westbrook rescued Oklahoma City with a stunning rally and guaranteed the first losing record for Dallas in 17 full seasons under owner Mark Cuban.

Westbrook hit a pull-up jumper with seven seconds left and the Thunder erased a 13-point deficit in the final four minutes for a 92-91 victory over the Mavericks on Monday night.

The six-time All-Star and current NBA scoring leader, whom Cuban steadfastly claims isn't a superstar, had his third straight triple-double with 37 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Westbrook scored 12 in a 14-0 run by Oklahoma City to finish it, but said he wasn't trying to convince Cuban, who was in the first row of seats just a few feet from the winning shot.

"Nah, man," said Westbrook, who has 37 triple-doubles and needs four in the final nine games to tie Oscar Robertson's NBA record set during the 1961-62 season. "I play every night the same way. Whatever he says doesn't even matter to me. He's going to do his job, and I'm going to do mine."

The Thunder gained possession on a replay reversal with 13 seconds to go and Westbrook hit the decisive shot from just beyond the free throw line over Wesley Matthews.

Dallas was out of timeouts, and Harrison Barnes missed a long 3-pointer before the buzzer. The Mavericks (31-42) last had a losing season in 1999-2000, Dirk Nowitzki's second year. Cuban bought the team in January that season, when Dallas finished 40-42.

"It just happened so fast," said Nerlens Noel, who scored 15 points along with Matthews to lead Dallas. "They were just playing more aggressive than we were late in the game."

The Thunder (42-31) won for the seventh time in nine games since a four-game losing streak that matched a season high. They are a game behind the fifth-place Clippers in the Western Conference and 2 1/2 in front of Memphis for the No. 6 seed.

Mavericks rookie Yogi Ferrell scored 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, capped by a 3-pointer for a 91-78 lead with 3:31 remaining. Dallas didn't score again.

Westbrook started the stunning run with a breakaway dunk, followed by a 3. After Steven Adams tipped in Westbrook's missed 3, the star guard hit a floater on a three-point play to get the Thunder to 91-88.

The Mavericks had possession with the shot clock off after Westbrook missed a jumper, but Dallas got stuck in the backcourt and called its final timeout. With just three seconds to get the ball past midcourt, an inbounds pass for J.J. Barea was tipped by Westbrook, who immediately signaled Oklahoma City ball even though the initial call went Dallas' way.

There were plenty of celebrating Westbrook fans when he pulled up on a backpedaling Matthews.

"That's about as good a shot as you're going to get," Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said. "You're trying to take away something at the rim."

Mavericks: G Seth Curry was a late scratch with a left shoulder injury. He had started 34 straight games, and Dallas was 20-14 in those games after a horrid start for an injury-plagued team. ... Dallas went on a 31-9 run over more than a quarter in the first half.

Thunder: Went scoreless for the first 5:25 of the second and finished with 10 points in the period, their lowest total for any quarter this season. ... Victor Oladipo scored 15 points, and Taj Gibson had 13. ... Westbrook scored at least 30 points for the 39th time this season.

Taking Over
The Thunder closed a game with at least a 14-0 run for the second time this season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. They had a 15-0 spurt in a 114-102 win at home against Memphis on Feb. 3. The rest of the NBA has combined for one such game-ending run this season, Elias said.

Zipping the Lip
Rick Carlisle was visibly upset after Westbrook wasn't called for traveling while taking a long step and pulling the ball in after changing his mind on a dribble. The Dallas coach wasn't in the mood to address it after the game.

"I didn't look at it so I don't have a real opinion on it," he said. "And if I did, it would cost me a lot of money, so I will pass."

Game of Droughts
The Thunder won despite a six-minute scoring drought in the first half. They managed just two points in the last six minutes of the third quarter after nearly wiping out a 15-point halftime deficit in the first six minutes of the period.

Up Next
Mavericks: At the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday to start season-ending stretch that features seven of nine on the road.

Thunder: At the Orlando Magic on Wednesday to finish a three-game trip in four nights.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Raptors beat Mavericks, Raptors Clinch Playoff Spot ]]>Sat, 25 Mar 2017 23:29:58 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630277806.jpg

DeMar DeRozan and Serge Ibaka scored 18 points apiece and the Toronto Raptors clinched a playoff berth after their fifth straight victory, 94-86 over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.

The Raptors, who came back from 15-point deficits to win each of their last two games, made it a little easier on themselves Saturday. Toronto scored the game's first seven points and never trailed in dealing the Mavericks' playoff hopes a damaging blow.

Harrison Barnes scored 23 points for Dallas, which missed 18 of its first 22 3-pointers and finished just 7 of 28 from behind the arc.

Patrick Patterson added 14 points for Toronto, including a perfect 4 for 4 on 3-pointers.

The Mavericks fell four games behind Denver for the final playoff spot in the West.

Toronto led by as many as 16 points in the first half and by 15 early in the fourth quarter before a 10-0 Dallas run made things more interesting.

Dorian Finney-Smith's free throws with 7:57 to go brought the Mavs within 79-74, the closest they had been since 7-2 early in the game. But Ibaka made consecutive jumpers to restore a nine-point lead, and Dallas got no closer than six after that.

The Raptors had their biggest lead at 42-26 in the first half. Barnes scored Dallas' last 11 points of the half to help cut into the lead, but Toronto led 54-44 at the break.

J.J. Barea's long 3 at the third-quarter buzzer again brought Dallas within 10 at 74-64.


Raptors: Coach Dwane Casey said he was hopeful that guard Kyle Lowry would return from wrist surgery before the end of the regular season. "I know he's doing a lot of conditioning, a lot of work to keep his body in shape," Casey said. "Just let him rehab, let him do his thing and trust our medical people." Lowry has missed the last 16 games. . Toronto was also without starting forward DeMarre Carroll due to a sore lower back. P.J. Tucker started in his place.

Mavericks: Seth Curry with 11 points and Yogi Ferrell with 10 were the only other Mavs in double figures. . Nerlens Noel started his second game in a row at center for the Mavericks, who have gone to a big lineup. They've moved Dirk Nowitzki to power forward, Barnes to small forward and Curry to point guard.


The Mavericks took their 41st loss of the season. Their next loss will end the NBA's second-longest streak of .500 or better seasons -- currently at 16 seasons. Their last sub-.500 season was 1999-00, when they finished 40-42 and Mark Cuban became owner of the team in January 2000.

San Antonio has the longest streak of .500 or better seasons with 20, including this season.


Cuban couldn't resist giving his opinion on Barea's ejection from the Mavericks' victory over the Clippers on Thursday night. Barea was called for a flagrant 2 foul for pushing Blake Griffin, a player with a 10-inch height advantage over Barea.

"I just feel bad for Blake," Cuban said. "It's hard to come back from a knockout like that. We sent flowers to his family, condolences. I can only guess that he's going to be drinking through a straw for a long, long time."


Raptors: Host Orlando on Monday. The Magic have beaten the Raptors in two of three meetings this season.

Mavericks: Host Oklahoma City on Monday to end a four-game homestand. Dallas plays seven of its final nine on the road.

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<![CDATA[Mavs' Barea Ejected for Knocking Down Clippers' Griffin]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:02:53 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-464340498.jpg

Diminutive Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea was ejected from Thursday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers after he knocked down the much larger Blake Griffin.

Barea — generously listed at 6 feet, 185 pounds — was ejected with 5:29 to play in the third quarter after pushing the 6-foot-10, 251-pound Griffin to the floor.

Crew chief Bill Spooner explained the call.

"The contact, in our judgment, was deemed unnecessary and excessive," he said. "The contact was to the shoulders and above to the throat. That is deemed as a flagrant penalty two."

Barea laughed at the ruling as he walked off the court to a standing ovation from the American Airlines Center crowd.

The Mavericks went on to beat the Clippers 97-95.

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<![CDATA[Barnes' Late Basket, Steal Put Mavs Past Clippers, 97-95]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:29:23 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630277806.jpg

Harrison Barnes thrived in a new position on Thursday night, and so did the Mavericks.

Barnes made the go-ahead basket, then stole the ball from Blake Griffin with 3.9 seconds left as Dallas beat the Los Angeles Clippers 97-95.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle started a big lineup, with Barnes moving from power forward to small forward.

"I have a little bit more energy from not banging with as many bigs," Barnes said.

Barnes made a 14-foot jumper with 1:06 remaining for the game's 11th lead change, making it 96-95. After he stripped Griffin, Wesley Matthews made a free throw with 0.9 seconds to play before J.J. Redick missed a 3-point attempt that would have won it at the buzzer. His shot bounced off the far side of the rim.

"We had a great shot on the last play," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "That was great execution, and it was a 3, would have been a game-winner. Make, miss, we will live with that."

Griffin scored 21 points, including nine in a row in the fourth quarter, but he missed his last three shots and turned the ball over four times in the game.

"I got to take care of the ball on the last play of the game," Griffin said, "if you trust me with the last play of the game."

Dallas expected Griffin to have the ball.

"I have to give credit to our coaching staff," Barnes said. "They scouted that play well before the game. We knew it was coming to Blake. I just tried to play good defense, and I was in the right spot and the right time."

The Clippers had their three-game winning streak snapped. Dallas, battling from behind for a playoff berth, had lost four of six.

"I don't care about the race," Rivers said. "I care about how we play."

Seth Curry led Dallas with 23 points. Barnes finished with 21 and Dirk Nowitzki had 14.

The new lineup had Nerlens Noel starting at center and point guard Yogi Ferrell on the bench.

Curry started at point guard and had four assists.

"We're going to give this a look," Carlisle said. "It may be the rest of the year, it may not."

Noel finished with 12 rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals, including one in the final minute.

DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 18 rebounds for the Clippers. Chris Paul scored 15 points and Austin Rivers had 13.

The Mavericks led by as many as 12 points in the second quarter. But after trailing 44-32, Los Angeles finished the first half on a 22-4 run for a 54-48 halftime lead.

Paul had 13 points in the first half, and Jordan already had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Nowitzki and Curry each had 10 points for the Mavericks.

Dallas started the third quarter with a 13-2 run to regain the lead at 61-56. The Mavericks took a 79-77 lead into the fourth quarter.

Mavericks: Barnes has scored 20-plus points 35 times this season. He totaled 19 games of 20-plus in his first four NBA seasons with Golden State. ... Dallas scored 21 points off 17 turnovers, nine in the second half. The Mavericks committed only nine turnovers for eight points.

Clippers: Redick's four-point play in the second quarter was the 31st of his career. ... The Clippers outrebounded Dallas 25-15 in the first half, but only 20-19 in the second.

The Lineup
Carlisle seemed pleased with the lineup change.

"We got to look at Curry at point with a really conventional team out there. We got a look at Noel with Dirk and Barnes. We got to see how things would shake out with Barnes at 3."

The Mighty Fall
Dallas' J.J. Barea — listed at 6 feet, 185 pounds — was ejected with 5:29 to play in the third quarter after pushing the 6-10, 251-pound Griffin to the floor.

Crew chief Bill Spooner explained the call.

"The contact, in our judgment, was deemed unnecessary and excessive. The contact was to the shoulders and above to the throat. That is deemed as a flagrant penalty two."

Up Next
Mavericks: Play the third game of a four-game homestand vs. Toronto on Saturday.

Clippers: Begin a three-game homestand on Saturday afternoon against Utah.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Warriors Get 28th Road Win with 112-87 Victory Over Mavs]]>Wed, 22 Mar 2017 05:53:23 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/507467420.jpg

A double dose of Curry, with big brother coming out on top again.

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors picked up their 28th road victory over the season with a 112-87 win over younger brother Seth and the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.

"It was a fun moment until the game started beating up on us," Seth Curry said. "It's the kind of stuff you dream about as a kid, both of us playing in the NBA and starting."

Klay Thompson had 23 points with five 3-pointers for the defending NBA champions and the first team ever to win at least 28 road games in three consecutive seasons. The Warriors have a record 90 wins away from home during that span.

"It just means we have a good team. It means our guys are talented and they play together," coach Steve Kerr said. "When you're out on the road you have to defend. ... If we can defend at a high level, we feel like we're always going to find points and give ourselves a chance to win."

Stephen Curry, a two-time MVP, had 17 points and nine assists. Seth Curry, who was undrafted in 2013 and just this year became a regular starter with the Mavericks, had 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting.

"My Pops still thinks he's the better shooter," Stephen Curry said of his father, Dell, who played 10 NBA seasons.

In six NBA games against each other, Stephen has won all six — half of those as part of Golden State's sweep of the Mavericks this season.

"Just knowing that we were going to be out there for extended minutes playing against each other is a surreal kind of feeling," Stephen Curry said. "Seeing your brother, who you've been battling with since you can remember, out on the NBA floor. It's amazing to see what he has done here in Dallas."

Golden State went ahead to stay after Ian Clark, who finished with 18 points, had bookend baskets in a 9-0 run in the second quarter. A 3 by Thompson tied the game before Shaun Livingston drove for the go-ahead layup.

"These guys, if you have any slippage, they really take advantage and make you look bad," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "We started out OK, and things eroded pretty quickly."

Little Goes First
Seth was the first Curry to score, making a 3-pointer for the first basket 1:45 into the game. Stephen had consecutive baskets less than 2 minutes later.

Back to Back
Golden State, which won at Oklahoma City on Monday night, is 11-4 in the second game of back-to-backs this season. The Warriors are 45-9 in such games since 2014-15.

Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki had 16 points, Nerlens Noel scored 14 and Yogi Ferrell finished with 12. ... Since winning four in a row to match their longest winning streak of the season, the Mavericks (30-40) have gone 2-4. ... The Mavs shot 36 percent (33 of 92) from the field, only two days after shooting 54 percent at Brooklyn.

Warriors: Golden State (57-14) has a five-game winning streak since a three-game losing streak that was its longest of the season. ... The Warriors, who entered averaging an NBA-best 30.3 assists per game, had 34 helpers on 43 baskets. ... They have won six in a row, and 13 of the last 14, against Dallas. This was their only trip to Dallas this season.

Getting Tired?
Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes, who averages 18 points a game, had only five points on 2-of-10 shooting. And that was two games after scoring four points.

"Barnes has played every single game this year, including all the exhibitions," Carlisle said. "I'm afraid a night like tonight is a combination of them being ... a great defensive team, and him being a little out of gas."

When asked if he was tired, Barnes responded, "No, not at all. You've got to give them credit."

Up Next
Mavericks: Home against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.

Warriors: Home to play the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks Introduce 'Dirkwurst']]>Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:09:10 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/17-3-21-17_Dirk_Wurst.jpg

When you're one of only six NBA players to score 30,000 career points, you need more than just a burger named after you.

To celebrate Dirk Nowtizki joining the 30,000 point club, the Dallas Mavericks and Senior Executive Chef Mark Mabry of Levy will introduce the "Dirkwurst" before the game against the Golden State Warriors Tuesday.

The Dirkwurst is a foot-long bratwurst topped with German mustard and pickled red cabbage on a Bavarian pretzel bun. It will be sold for $14.50 at the Dallas Chopping Block Concession stand across from section 120 on the main concourse.

Only 30 Dirkwursts will be available for purchase during each game at the American Airlines Center until the end of the regular season.

The Dirkburger is also available until the end of the regular season at Grill Zone concession stands 106, 114 and 118. It comes with a Dirk 30K commemorative cup.

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<![CDATA[Nowitzki Scores 23, Leads Mavericks to Win Over Nets]]>Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:14:21 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-649527250-1.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points and nine rebounds, J.J. Barea scored 20 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Brooklyn Nets 111-104 Sunday.

Harrison Barnes added 19 points for the Mavericks.

Brook Lopez scored 27 points and Spencer Dinwiddie had 18 for the Nets. Randy Foye and Quincy Acy each had 11.

The Mavericks led 94-92 with more than five minutes left before Barea scored nine straight Dallas points. Barnes followed with two layups that made it 107-101 with 26.5 seconds remaining.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

<![CDATA[76ers Rout Mavericks in Noel's Return to Philadelphia]]>Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:06:08 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-645405336.jpg

Justin Anderson tied his career high with 19 points and Robert Covington scored 12 of his 18 points in Philadelphia's dominant third quarter, helping the 76ers rout the Dallas Mavericks 116-74 on Friday night.

Richaun Holmes added 17 points for the 76ers, who snapped an eight-game losing streak to Dallas while spoiling Nerlens Noel's return to Philadelphia.

Noel had nine points and five rebounds in his first game against his former team since being traded on Feb. 23. Dwight Powell led the Mavericks with 14 points.

Philadelphia got its largest margin of victory of the season while handing Dallas its worst defeat, topping the Mavericks' 128-90 setback at Cleveland on Nov. 25. The loss also hurt the playoff chances of the Mavericks, who began the day 3 1/2 games behind Denver for the final spot in the Western Conference.

Philadelphia has no such postseason hopes, particularly since top rookie Joel Embiid was lost for the season.

The 76ers had hoped to build around Noel when they acquired him on draft day in 2013 after he was picked No. 6 by New Orleans. Noel experienced mostly losing during his 2 1/2 seasons in Philadelphia as part of former general manager Sam Hinkie's rebuilding plan, dubbed "The Process."

It must have felt like old times for Noel in the third quarter when Philadelphia outscored the Mavericks 36-16 to enter the fourth ahead 87-56.

Dallas shot 5 for 21 from the field while the 76ers seemed to do whatever they wanted offensively.

Anderson, acquired from Dallas in the Noel trade, had two highlight-reel dunks in the period, both of which drew "oohs" and "ahhs" from the home crowd.

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle went deep to his bench late in the quarter to try anything that might work, but the Mavericks had no answers for the 76ers, who led by as many as 43 points.

Noel entered to strong applause from Philadelphia's fans with 6:45 left in the first quarter. Prior to his entry, the team showed a video tribute to Noel on the scoreboard.

Noel thanked Philadelphia's fans on Thursday night by offering free cheesesteaks at a popular Philadelphia restaurant to anyone attending. Later on Thursday, Noel hung out with former teammate Holmes.

Bryan Colangelo -- who replaced Hinkie following last season -- traded Noel to break up a logjam at center with him, Jahlil Okafor and Embiid.

Noel made his presence felt in the first half against Philadelphia, blocking Anderson with 1:08 left in the first quarter and throwing down a left-handed dunk over Holmes with 7:03 left in the second quarter.

But the Mavericks struggled mightily in the second quarter, missing 15 of 23 field goals while being outscored 30-17 in the period to enter the locker room trailing Philadelphia 51-40.


Mavericks: G Wesley Matthews returned to the lineup after sitting out Wednesday's win over Washington with a right calf strain. He had three points in 24 minutes. ... The Mavericks took the only other meeting of the season between the teams, 113-95 on Feb. 1 in Dallas.

76ers: Rapper Biz Markie performed at halftime. ... Philadelphia improved to 16-19 at home. ... The 76ers' previous largest margin of victory was a 97-79 win at Detroit on Dec. 11.


Mavericks: Cap four-game trip at Brooklyn on Sunday.

76ers: Host Boston on Sunday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Nowitzki, Barnes Help Mavericks Beat Wizards 112-107]]>Thu, 16 Mar 2017 04:19:51 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-502960638.jpg

If the Dallas Mavericks make an unlikely run to the playoffs, their final quarter on Wednesday night might turn out to be the start of it.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 10 of his 20 points and Seth Curry added 10 of his 19 in the fourth, and the Mavericks used their highest-scoring period of the season to complete a 112-107 victory over the Washington Wizards that boosted their slim playoff hopes.

"We desperately needed this game," said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle, whose team outscored Washington 39-27 in the fourth quarter. "Our guys knew it."

Harrison Barnes had 22 points for the Mavericks, who began the night tied for 10th place in the Western Conference, 3½ games behind Denver for the eighth and final playoff spot.

Nicolas Brussino scored eight of his 11 points off the bench in the fourth as Dallas snapped a two-game skid, two days after an ugly 100-77 loss in Toronto.

"We're still trying to chase the eighth seed even though it doesn't look good after the last two losses," Nowitzki said. "We're going to keep plugging."

Wizards guard John Wall had 26 points and 11 assists despite briefly leaving the game in the second quarter with a sprained left foot.

He scored Washington's final nine points and played more than 36 minutes, but admitted he did not feel 100 percent.

"I just gutted it out, but it's pretty sore," said Wall, who isn't sure if he will play in his team's next game on Friday.

"I have no idea right now, to be honest," he said.

Bradley Beal added 24 points, and Otto Porter had 14 points and 10 rebounds as Washington dropped back-to-back games for the second time since its previous loss to Dallas on Jan. 3.

Fresh off a 4-1 road trip, the third-place Wizards never trailed in the opening three quarters. They led by as many as 12 in the third and by seven at the end of it.

Dallas responded by opening the fourth on a 24-7 run. Yogi Ferrell's 3-pointer tied it at 84, and Nowitzki's jumper made it 89-87 with 7:25 left.

Brussino hit a pair of 3-pointers to stretch the lead to eight, and Nerlens Noel's follow-up dunk made it 97-87 and convinced Wizards coach Scott Brooks to call a second timeout in 72 seconds.

"We were one or two plays away from making this a game," Nowitzki said. "With the amount of shooters we have . we can always make two 3s and make a quick run. So that's what happened."

A Silent Answer
Brussino's 11 points and nine rebounds set career highs for the 24-year-old rookie from Argentina.

With a translator by his side, the Spanish speaker flashed a silent smile when asked if he knew how close he was to his first NBA double-double.

"He just answered that for you," the translator joked.

Nerlens' Night Back
Noel scored 12 points and played 22 minutes after missing three games with a sore right knee. His two free throws with 1.7 seconds left sealed the win.

"The two free throws were huge. The dunk he had when we shot an airball was an enormous momentum play," Carlisle said. "We need him."

Scary Moment for Washington
Wall left briefly late in the second quarter after an awkward fall on a transition layup attempt. Defended by Noel, the four-time All-Star remained on the ground after his shot hit the underside of the rim, until Washington called a timeout 13 seconds later.

Wall was helped to his feet before limping to the locker room under his own power. He started the second half.

"I'm just going to listen to whatever the doctors and trainers tell me to do," Wall said. "They'll probably have a discussion and I'll find out later on tonight."

Mavericks: Trailed 28-27 after making 11 of their first 15 shots (73.3 percent). ... G J.J. Barea had a season-high 13 assists. ... G Wesley Matthews sat out with a right calf strain.

Wizards: Led after the first quarter for the first time in four games. ... Scored 39 first-quarter points, one short of their most in a period this season. ... Did not commit a turnover until the second quarter, but finished with 12.

Up Next
Mavericks: At the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night in Noel's first game against his former team.

Wizards: Welcome another team on the fringe of the playoff picture when the Chicago Bulls visit on Friday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Mark Cuban Not Ruling Out a 2020 White House Run]]>Thu, 16 Mar 2017 03:55:17 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mark-cuban-axios.jpg

Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban said Wednesday he would consider a run at the White House in 2020 if he thought he could help.

In February, President Donald Trump tweeted Cuban isn’t smart enough to be president.

The two traded barbs during the campaign and it didn't stop after the election.

“If you have been spam-trolled on the Internet, particularly by the president, you are like, 'How I am going to reply?' I went through like five different things and kind of settled on 'LOL,' which I found was brief and to the point,” Cuban said at a Washington, D.C. event on the future of communication.

Speaking at the Axios Event, the "Shark Tank" investor shared his thoughts on Trump.

“He is oblivious to everything. He reminds me of the coddled athlete, that the athlete just worked their way up without really having to go to school. They are one and done. They kind of faked it 'til they made it to get through. They just ask a lot of questions, because they don’t have answers to anything. That is our president," said Cuban.

Cuban said he doesn't necessarily want to be in politics, but if he thought he could help he'd be up to the challenge.

“I don’t have an aspiration to be a politician. I don’t have this government service gene, so it's not a compelling part of me. It would have to be something where I thought I could fix something in a manner that other people couldn’t. If it was broken. If it’s not broken ... you know what, I’ll get out the way. I’m not going to run for President just to make a point,” he said. 

When asked if he was "clearly thinking about" running for president, Cuban said, “Yea, because I’m an American citizen. I care about this country and I want to do right by it. Look, no one has been more blessed by the opportunities this country creates than me. And so I feel an obligation that if I can contribute I will.”

He also added he hopes the President does well, and is not thinking about a time frame.

"I don’t know. We will find out. There is no rush. Again, its only 60 days in and there is still the opportunity that he'll do a great job.  Again, sometimes being oblivious, sometimes the best deals are the ones you don’t do, right, and being oblivious allows other people to do their jobs, and maybe it will turn out great.  You know, I want him to succeed.  I want to be very clear on that. I want him to succeed.  If he succeeds, if his programs succeed, we all succeed," he added.

Cuban seemed most concerned about technology and where it may be headed with Trump in the White House.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think we’d have a president who not only has never sent an email, but thinks it’s too hard to learn how to Google," Cuban said. "I was willing to send my 7-year-old to help him but (laughs), that’s scary to me."

"You know when I talk about the AI (artificial intelligence) stuff, deep learning, machine learning, I’m not saying there’s a chance. Ya know, this isn’t a Jim Carrey movie. I’m saying this is real. It’s going to happen. There’s no doubt," Cuban said. "So if you have somebody in office who doesn’t understand technology at all and we miss these things, we could have real problems. So if he lasts four years, the question is what type of situation are we in? And if you don’t account for disruption and the change of nature in work, I think there’s a lot of potential problems that we’re going to have to address.”

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<![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki Receives Bizarre Gift in the Mail]]>Thu, 16 Mar 2017 03:56:47 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-649527250.jpg

What a month Dallas Mavs superstar Dirk Nowitzki is having!

Last week against the Los Angeles Lakers, he became the sixth NBA player and first international player to score 30,000 points - a major milestone.

Now, Nowitzki is celebrating after someone sent him a special, perhaps bizarre, gift in the mail.

It's potato with his picture on it. Yes. A potato.

There's a fairly new company called Potato Parcel started by two guys last year. People pay them to send personalized messages on potatoes to whomever they choose.

Judging by the excitement Nowitzki showed in his tweet, looks like he loves the gesture!

No word on who sent the personalized potato.

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<![CDATA[DeRozan Scores 25 as Raptors Beat Mavericks 100-78]]>Tue, 14 Mar 2017 05:17:17 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavericks+Rick+Carlisle.jpg

DeMar DeRozan isn't about to start projecting playoff matchups.

Toronto is fourth in the Eastern Conference with 15 games remaining and moving past Boston or Washington for second or third would likely mean avoiding a second-round matchup with defending champion Cleveland.

But DeRozan was having none of it, particularly after his team lost four of its previous six games before a 100-78 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.

"You look at top four, everybody right there," DeRozan said after his 25-point outing. "Somebody have a great week and somebody have a bad week and it can switch quick. It's a lot of games left, and we've got to treat every single one like it's our last."

Norman Powell added 19 points in the victory, Toronto's third straight over Dallas, while Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and 12 rebounds for his 25th double-double of the season.

The Raptors led by 13 entering the fourth quarter, then opened the period with a 10-2 run that extended the lead to 21 in the opener of the Mavericks' four-game road swing.

Toronto held Dallas to just 36.5 percent shooting from the floor and outrebounded the Mavericks 46-27 on the defensive glass.

"It's always the defense," Powell said. "That's where we've got to make our stand, at the defensive end. We can't play an offensive game. Offensive games are not going to win us basketball. You've got to be able to get stops."

The Mavericks, fighting for a playoff spot but sitting in 11th place in the Western Conference with 16 games to play, lost starting forward Wesley Matthews with a right calf strain with 1:07 to play in the first half.

"I believe it's a mild strain. Didn't want to risk bringing him back," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "See how he's doing tomorrow and then on Wednesday. I think he'll be listed day-to-day, but we'll see."

Dallas fell to 8-23 on the road and has lost its last five away from American Airlines Center. Harrison Barnes scored 18 points for the Mavericks, with Dirk Nowitzki chipping in 17.

"On both ends we didn't get it done," Nowitzki said. "We didn't really shoot the ball well enough; we only shot 36 percent from the field and (28 percent) from 3, it's going to be tough. It puts a lot of strain on the defense and our defense just wasn't good enough."

Mavericks: C Nerlens Noel (left knee) sat out his third straight game. ... Seth Curry went scoreless in the first half, before eventually finishing with five points. ... Dallas was outrebounded 34-55 and tied a Toronto opponent season low in points.

Raptors: F DeMarre Carroll (left ankle) missed his second consecutive game. ... Toronto is now 7-4 this season without All-Star G Kyle Lowry, likely out for the remainder of the regular season following surgery on his right wrist. . Toronto plays Dallas again on March 25 at American Airlines Center. ... With a block in the first quarter, Serge Ibaka has recorded at least one block in each of his 10 games with the Raptors since coming over in a trade from Orlando on Feb. 14th. ... After missing on all four 3-point attempts they took in the first quarter, Toronto went 9 of 21 the rest of the way.

Running in the Family
"He's probably shooting better than his brother right now and that's one trait, and Dell, I coached against their dad when I was at Western Kentucky and he was at Virginia Tech, and so all of them could shoot it and not sure their mom did either, but the whole family, it seemed like they could shoot the basketball."

Raptors coach Dwane Casey on Seth Curry, currently shooting 48.2 percent from the floor before Monday's game, better than brother Stephen's 46.1 percent.

Channelling Ernie
With the Raptors' D-League team also playing at the Air Canada Centre earlier in the day, in front of a D-League record crowd of 18,099, Toronto's Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam played a doubleheader. Casey didn't let the opportunity escape to educate the rookies, who hail from Austria and Cameroon respectively, on one of the most famous sayings in sports.

"I told 'em, what'd Ernie Banks say? Let's play two," he said.

Up Next
Mavericks: Visit Washington on Wednesday, looking for an eighth consecutive victory in the nation's capital.

Raptors: Host Oklahoma City on Thursday, aiming to wrap up a season sweep of the Thunder.

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<![CDATA[Devin Booker Hits Winning Shot, Suns Beat Mavericks]]>Sun, 12 Mar 2017 10:26:53 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/505180868.jpg

Devin Booker figured he'd have a better chance to win the game one-on-one than with help.

"Coach asked me did I want a screen," the Phoenix guard said. "I said no because I figured they'd double-team it, so I just went with isolation. With Wesley (Matthews) being one of the better defenders, I knew it was going to be a tough shot, so I shot a little fadeaway and it went."

Booker's 19-foot jumper over Matthews with 1.4 seconds left gave the Suns a 100-98 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.

Booker scored 25 of his 36 points in the second half. He scored the Suns' final eight points, twice making tying baskets. After Matthews missed a 3-point attempt, Booker hit the winner.

The Mavericks failed to get off a shot before time expired.

Booker made 12 of 20 field goal attempts, and all 10 free throws.

"A dominant performance tonight, especially down the stretch," Phoenix coach Earl Watson said. "Devin played on another level. He's 20 years old, two game winners so far this year. He wanted to take the last shot and he's confident that it'll go in. The kid is going to be pretty special."

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said the loss was his fault.

"Clearly, we should have gone and double-teamed the guy the whole fourth quarter," Carlisle said. "I'm taking full responsibility for this whole thing. Next year when we play these guys again, we'll have to consider double-teaming him earlier."

The Suns have won four of six. They ended Dallas' four-game winning streak.

Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points -- 19 in the first half -- and added 11 rebounds for Dallas. Harrison Barnes also scored 23 points for the Mavericks, making a career-high 13 free throws in 14 attempts.

T.J. Warren scored 16 points for Phoenix, Eric Bledsoe had 12, and Alan Williams 10.

Devin Harris had 14 points for Dallas, and Yogi Ferrell added 13 for the Mavericks.

Dallas led 96-92 with 2:04 to play before Booker scored on two straight trips down the floor to tie it. After Harrison Barnes made two free throws, Booker scored again for a 98-98 tie.


Suns: Alex Len did not play after injuring a hip in the pre-game warmup. ... Rookie Tyler Ulis has averaged 11 minutes per game this season, but that has increased to 23 over the last five games. "Tyler's playing well," Watson said." At the same time, (Bledsoe) kind of has been limping with a knee injury recently, so we're going to make sure we keep track of that." Bledsoe leads Phoenix with 21 points and six assists per game.

Mavericks: Nerlens Noel missed both games of Dallas' weekend back-to-back because of a sore left knee. "We're hoping he can play Monday," Carlisle said. ... Dallas stayed in the game by making a season-high 33 of 36 free throw attempts. ... Nowitzki's double-double was the 404th of his career.


In the first quarter, Nowitzki made five of six field goal attempts. His teammates were 1 for 10. Neither team missed a free throw (Dallas 11 for 11, Phoenix five for five). Neither team had an offensive rebound.


Suns rookie Derrick Jones Jr., who made his first start, extended his streak of field goals made to 10 in a row with a first-quarter jump shot. He missed a layup in the third quarter to end the streak. He also missed his first NBA 3-point attempt. He's 24 for 3 (77 percent) for the season.


Mavericks F Dorian Finney-Smith thought his jersey was a bit tight when he put it on before the game. Then it was pointed out to the 6-8 Finney-Smith that he was wearing the No. 11 jersey of 6-0 G Yogi Ferrell. At the adjacent locker, Ferrell checked and saw that he had Finney-Smith's No. 11 jersey.


Suns: Begin a three-game homestand on Sunday vs. Portland.

Mavericks: Start a four-game trip on Monday at Toronto.

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<![CDATA[Nowitzki, Sluggish Mavs Put Away Nets 105-96]]>Fri, 10 Mar 2017 23:47:29 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-649527250.jpg

Harrison Barnes scored 21 points, Dirk Nowitzki had 13 after a slow start in his first game since reaching 30,000 points and the sluggish Dallas Mavericks beat the lowly Brooklyn Nets 105-96 on Friday night.

The Mavericks, appearing flat three nights after a raucous celebration of Nowitzki's milestone, trailed in the fourth quarter with the NBA's worst team missing leading scorer Brook Lopez because of an ankle injury. But they pulled away and matched a season best with a fourth straight win.

Nowitzki, who missed his first four shots after making the first six on his historic night, had a pair of 3-pointers early in the fourth to help get Dallas going.

Isaiah Whitehead scored 24 points for the Nets (11-53), who have dropped 36 of their past 40 games.

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<![CDATA[Newy on Dirk's 30K-Point Milestone]]>Wed, 08 Mar 2017 05:59:15 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_ON_DIRK_FOR_WEB_1200x675_892682819817.jpg

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki has become the sixth NBA player and first international player to score 30,000 points.]]>
<![CDATA[Mavs Roll Past Lakers, 122-111, on Nowitzki's Historic Night]]>Tue, 07 Mar 2017 23:48:28 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-649374776.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki scored the 20 points he needed for 30,000 in his career in barely more than a quarter, and the Dallas Mavericks celebrated with their second straight easy home win over the Los Angeles Lakers, a 122-111 victory Tuesday night.

The 7-foot German became the sixth NBA player and the first international one to reach the milestone, joining four Hall of Famers and a future one in Kobe Bryant. Nowitzki is one of three to score all 30,000-plus with one team. The others are Karl Malone (Utah) and Bryant (Lakers).

The 38-year-old Nowitzki matched the best first quarter in his 19 seasons by scoring 18 points, and reached the hallowed mark on a 15-foot fadeaway jumper from the baseline over Larry Nance Jr. with 10:58 remaining in the second quarter.

Nowitzki scored all of his 25 points -- one shy of his season high -- in the first half to send the Mavericks to a 31-point lead in the third quarter. This was the Lakers' first visit to Dallas since setting a franchise record with a 49-point loss, a 122-73 blowout on Jan. 22.

"It's been a crazy ride with a lot of ups and a lot of downs but you guys stuck with me and we hung in there," Nowitzki told the crowd shortly after the final buzzer. "Hopefully a lot more to come."

Dallas extended a franchise record with its 14th straight win over the Lakers, who got a triple-double from Julius Randle with 13 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists in their eighth straight loss.

After the signature shot for 30,000, Nowitzki added a 3-pointer for 23 points in the first 14 minutes before the game was stopped as teammates mobbed the wide-smiling star near midcourt.

Nowitzki waded through the huddle to get to the bench for more hugs and hand slaps, including one from owner Mark Cuban, then returned to the court to acknowledge the standing ovation.

"Dirk has been a model player and terrific ambassador for our game. This latest accomplishment further establishes his legacy as one of the NBA's greatest players," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.

Nowitzki finished the night at 30,005 and has said he plans to play a 20th season. If so, the 2007 MVP could have a shot at fifth-place Wilt Chamberlain, who has 31,419. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the career leader at 38,387.

With his ABA career included, Julius Erving is the seventh player to reach the mark.

Fans arrived with T-shirts draped over their seats that read "30K" behind a silhouette of Nowitzki's signature one-legged fadeaway jumper.

Nowitzki got them going right away, scoring the first eight Dallas points on a long 2-pointer and a pair of 3s in the first 2:15. He was 9 of 12 from the field, 3 of 3 from beyond the arc and 4 of 4 on free throws before halftime. He missed his only shot of the second half.

A short video tribute was played when the game was stopped, followed by testimonials from former teammates and fans, even some Germans, during subsequent breaks in the game.

Jason Kidd, the point guard with Nowitzki on Dallas' only championship team in 2011 and second in the NBA in career assists, joked that he should have passed more. Steve Nash, his best friend from the early years of his career, wondered what "ball hog" was in German.

The only glitch was Nowitzki's first attempt at 30,000, an airball on another fadeaway jumper 10 seconds into the second quarter.


Lakers: D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson scored 22 points apiece. Brandon Ingram and Nick Young joined Randle with 13 apiece. ... Outscored Mavericks 37-19 in the fourth quarter.

Mavericks: Nowitzki had his 20th career half with at least 25 points. It was his first 25-point half since Nov. 16, 2008. The 18-point quarter was his highest since scoring 20 in the third quarter against New Orleans on Jan. 11, 2014. ... The Mavericks led 70-52 at the half. It was their first 70-point half since scoring 72 in the first half of a 130-128 loss to Houston in Game 3 of a first-round playoff series in 2015.


Lakers: At Phoenix on Thursday.

Mavericks: Home against Brooklyn on Friday.

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<![CDATA[Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki Reaches 30,000-Point Milestone]]>Wed, 08 Mar 2017 05:59:30 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-649374888%281%29.jpg

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki has become the sixth NBA player and first international player to score 30,000 points.

The Mavs' superstar got 18 of the 20 points he needed in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night, and hit the milestone on a fadeaway jumper with 10:58 left in the second quarter. He added a 3-pointer for 23 points in the first 14 minutes before the game was stopped as teammates mobbed the wide-smiling 38-year-old near midcourt. After going to the bench for more hugs and hand slaps, including one from owner Mark Cuban, Nowitzki returned to the court to acknowledge the standing ovation.

The 7-foot German, in his 19th season, is the third to score at least 30,000 points with one team. The others are Karl Malone (Utah) and Kobe Bryant (Lakers).

"Dirk has been a model player and terrific ambassador for our game. This latest accomplishment further establishes his legacy as one of the NBA's greatest players," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.

The 30,000 list includes four Hall of Famers in career leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Malone, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain, and a future one in Bryant, who is third. Julius Erving also reached the milestone with his ABA career included.

Fans arrived with T-shirts draped over their seats that read "30K" behind a silhouette of Nowitzki's signature one-footed fadeaway jumper.

Nowitzki hit his first six shots and finished the first half with 25 points, just one shy of his season high. He was 9 of 12 from the field, 3 of 3 from beyond the arc and 4 of 4 on free throws before halftime.

A short video tribute was played when the game was stopped, followed by testimonials from former teammates and fans, even some Germans, during subsequent breaks in the game.

His 18-point first quarter was the highest-scoring period for a Dallas player this season, topping Harrison Barnes' 14 in the second quarter of an 86-75 victory over Milwaukee in early November.

While the Lakers did little to stop Nowitzki's pursuit of the milestone, they made sure it didn't happen in the first quarter. With the final seconds winding down, a defender jumped out on him at the 3-point line, forcing Devin Harris to make an open 3 when he wanted to pass to Nowitzki.

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<![CDATA[Mavericks Playing Well And So Is Seth Curry]]>Mon, 06 Mar 2017 23:32:30 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SETH_CURRY_FOR_WEB_1200x675_891681859548.jpg

Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry talks about keeping the Mavs' momentum going, how he’s been able to stay in the groove and how the rest of the team will help Dirk Nowitzki reach the 30,000 point milestone.]]>
<![CDATA[Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki Reaches Cusp of NBA's 30,000-Point Club]]>Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:19:17 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632409830.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki chuckled at the memory of he and Steve Nash trying to sneak in a few shots between YMCA games inside the closest thing the Dallas Mavericks had to a practice facility nearly 20 years ago.

He also recalled a trying rookie season with the Mavericks that was compressed by a lockout, playing on three consecutive nights as a teenager and sometimes sitting out the entire game even when healthy for one of the worst franchises in pro sports.

The 38-year-old German can smile about it all now because he sits on the cusp of an exclusive club , needing 20 points Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Lakers to join four Hall of Famers and a future one, Kobe Bryant, as the only NBA players with 30,000 points. Julius Erving reached that milestone with his ABA career included, while Nowitzki will be the first international player in the group.

"There was some doubt creeping in," said the bearded father of three, recalling the baby-faced version with floppy bangs. "I'm glad I stuck with it and tried to get better. I'm glad we grinded it, barely took any time off in the summer, always trying to add something."

Nash retired three years ago, forced out by back issues that limited him to 15 games his final season. Nowitzki looks better every day in his 19th season after being slowed early by a sore Achilles tendon. He's already said he plans to make it 20.

Together, the best friends revitalized the Mavericks after a decade of losing. So it stands to reason that if Nowitzki were to take a moment to reminisce, his playmaking point guard would come to mind as he prepares to join a list that includes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain.

Not only did the Mavericks lack a practice facility that was theirs exclusively in the late 1990s, Nowitzki said they didn't have catering after games or even food after practice. That's why he and Nash had their favorite hangout -- the Loon.

"We had to go to Chipotle after practice every other day," he said. "And after games, everything was closed so we'd hit the Loon for a chicken sandwich or a burger and a beer for recovery. You can get away with a lot of things when you're young."

Nowitzki and Nash separated before achieving their greatest successes. Nash went to Phoenix as a free agent and won consecutive MVPs in 2005-06. Nowitzki took it the next year after beating Nash and the Suns the previous season for his first trip to the NBA Finals.

Dallas lost to Miami in that 2006 series, but beat LeBron James and the Heat five years later for the franchise's only title. That's the first thing Miami coach Erik Spoelstra thinks of when asked about Nowitzki and the looming milestone.

"What else do you need to accomplish in this league?" Spoelstra asked. "In the toughest, most pressured moments, he played his best. His game is timeless. When he's playing anybody but us, I like throwing the game on and seeing Nowitzki play."

Once former Mavericks coach Don Nelson moved Nowitzki to power forward, the smooth-shooting 7-footer redefined what's known as the "stretch four" position, forcing teams to guard him at the 3-point line. But it was more than that to owner Mark Cuban.

"Put the ball on the ground, spin moves, finished at the rim, rebound and took it coast to coast, rebound and took it for a pull-up 3," Cuban said. "There were big guys that could shoot 3s but they weren't putting it on the ground and leading a fast break."

Nowitzki won his championship by adding a one-legged fadeaway jumper that TV analyst Charles Barkley called unguardable and four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant worked to mimic.

These days, Nowitzki defers to Harrison Barnes in the Dallas offense. The Mavericks gave Barnes a max contract when Durant went to Golden State in free agency.

Barnes, who has a chance to be Dallas' first 20-point scorer since Nowitzki in 2013-14, has enjoyed the closer view of his neighbor in the home locker room.

"You look at his body, his athleticism, you're like, `OK, there's no way this guy has 30,000 points,"' Barnes said with a smile. "It just speaks to his consistency, year in, year out, Hall of Fame players next to him, not Hall of Fame players next to him, going out and doing what he does all the time."

The Mavericks haven't won a playoff series since taking the title almost six years ago, cycling through dozens of roster moves to try to give Nowitzki another shot at a title. Cuban watched all those players come and go.

"When you get a new guy on the team, you've seen Dirk but never really watched Dirk," said Cuban, who bought the team during Nowitzki's second season in January 2000. "And that jumper, you see how smooth it is and you see it go through the net. And you start to see guys really start to appreciate them and realize just how incredible he is or the competitive streak he has. There's just no way to put into words."

There's about to be another way to put it into numbers.

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<![CDATA[Curry, Nowitzki Lead Mavericks Past Thunder 104-89]]>Mon, 06 Mar 2017 07:03:56 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk-game-winner-Lakers.jpg

It seems so long ago when Dirk Nowitzki was sidelined with a sore Achilles and the Dallas Mavericks were at the bottom of the Western Conference.

Things sure have changed in just a few months.

Nowitzki is now closing in on another milestone and the Mavs are making a serious run at the playoffs.

Nowitzki had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Seth Curry scored 22 as Dallas beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-89 on Sunday night. Nowitzki tied his season high for rebounds and is 20 points away from becoming the sixth player to score 30,000. He'll likely set the mark at home, where Dallas plays its next three games.

Meanwhile, the Mavericks are 26-36 and just two games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, having won 12 of 19 overall and 10 of 12 at home.

"I want to play within the system," Nowitzki said. "I don't want to just hoist shots to get (the milestone). I want to help the team win. We're still chasing a playoff spot, and I think wins right now are more important. Whenever it happens, it happens."

Russell Westbrook scored 29 points after scoring more than 40 in each of his last four games. He had six rebounds and five assists, but the Mavericks frustrated him into both a technical foul and a flagrant-one foul. Both came in the midst of a 21-4 third-quarter run that allowed Dallas to blow the game open.

Westbrook picked up the technical with 8:15 to go in the third quarter when he bounced the ball angrily in referee Marat Kogut's direction after being called for an offensive foul. Then he got his flagrant with 4:27 to go in the quarter for shoving Harrison Barnes and sending him sprawling to the court.

Westbrook wouldn't discuss either play after the game, saying, "It happened. It's over with."

"He's a smart guy. He understands he'll have to do a good job there," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. "I think he understands what's in front of him and what we need to do. I know the team is important to him and the win is important to him."

Barnes, who finished with 17 points, made the flagrant free throws and then another to give the Mavericks their biggest lead at 81-57.

"I probably won't be getting that invite to the NFL Combine," Barnes said of Westbrook's shove.

Steven Adams scored 19 for Oklahoma City, and Enes Kanter had 16.

Mavericks: Wesley Matthews was back in the starting lineup after missing two games with a hip injury, scoring nine points and taking the charge that led to Westbrook's technical foul. ... Nerlens Noel had his second straight game in double figures, scoring 13. ... Dallas beat the Thunder for the first time in the teams' past six regular-season meetings.

Thunder: Westbrook's combination of a technical and flagrant-one does not result in an ejection, and he stayed in the game and scored 15 of his team's 21 points in the third quarter. He had 14 in the first quarter and was held scoreless in the second and fourth quarters. ... Victor Oladipo missed his sixth straight game with back spasms.

Curry on Fire
Curry, who has scored more than 20 points in five of the team's last six games, scored eight of Dallas' last 10 in the second quarter to give the Mavs a 60-50 halftime lead. The Mavericks shot 14 for 20 in the second quarter.

"I just try to exceed expectations and play well," Curry said. "And most importantly turn the season around and help the team win. As long as I'm helping the team win, then I'm doing my job."

Not My MVP
It's a good thing for Westbrook that Mavericks owner Mark Cuban doesn't have a vote in the MVP race.

Cuban said Sunday night that he would vote for either James Harden or LeBron James, and that Westbrook wasn't in the mix despite averaging a triple-double through 62 games.

"You look at what Harden is doing on a team that was 41-41 last year," Cuban said. "Look what they're doing now. The Rockets have a top-three record after everybody wrote them off — because of James Harden. That's the difference."

Cuban said last year that Westbrook wasn't a superstar because he hadn't led an otherwise average team to a 50-win season and a playoff series victory, and he's sticking to his classification.

"It's impressive; don't get me wrong," Cuban said. "He's incredible in his own way. But the criteria is the criteria." Cuban later added: "It'd be no fun if I changed my mind."

Up Next
Mavericks: Host the Lakers on Tuesday, the start of a three-game stretch — all at home — against the three teams with the NBA's three worst records.

Thunder: Host Portland on Tuesday. The Trail Blazers have won two of the teams' previous three meetings this year, including a 114-109 win Thursday in Portland.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

<![CDATA[Curry, Noel Lead Retooled Mavericks Past Grizzlies]]>Fri, 03 Mar 2017 23:20:22 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-647665482.jpg

Seth Curry scored 24 points, Nerlens Noel had 15 points and tied a career high with 17 rebounds in his first start since coming to Dallas in a trade, and the Mavericks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 104-100 on Friday night.

The Mavericks held on despite going scoreless for more than five minutes in the last half of the fourth quarter. The drought ended when Dirk Nowitzki made a free throw after Memphis coach David Fizdale was called for a technical with Dallas leading 94-90 with 46 seconds left.

Mike Conley scored 30 points for Memphis, and Zach Randolph had 24 points and 10 rebounds. Marc Gasol scored 13, but was just 6 of 18 from the field.

Noel, who was supposed to get his first start in Atlanta but was late for the team plane and came off the bench instead, almost had his second double-double of the season by halftime with 13 points and nine boards. His other double-double was with Philadelphia before the deadline deal.

Harrison Barnes had 18 points on just 6-of-15 shooting and Yogi Ferrell scored 17 as all five starters were in double figures for the Mavericks, who flirted with a franchise low in points in an 80-64 loss in their other meeting with Memphis in November.

Dallas was without Nowitzki and three key guards because of injuries in the earlier loss to the Grizzlies. Curry started that game and was just 4 of 14 from the field as the Mavericks nearly had the worst shooting night in franchise history at 29 percent.

The Mavericks have since moved on without starting point guard Deron Williams, committing to Ferrell after adding the rookie on a 10-day contract while Curry gets more comfortable as one of the catalysts for the offense.

Curry was 8 of 15 from the field and Ferrell was 6 of 12 with another guard out as Dallas shot 48 percent. Wesley Matthews missed his second game with a hip injury.


Grizzlies: Chandler Parsons had seven points and four rebounds in 24 minutes in his second game against his former team. He's still on a minutes restriction and didn't return after coming out in the third quarter. ... Conley had a four-point play in the first half when he threw up the 3 as he was getting fouled and it banked in.

Mavericks: Nowitzki scored 10 points and needs 38 to become the sixth NBA player with 30,000 points. ... Devin Harris had a game-high six assists. ... Noel's other 17-rebound game was in March 2015 with the 76ers against Atlanta.


Grizzlies: Memphis takes a 10-3 record on the second night of back-to-backs into a visit to Houston. The Grizzlies won their first eight.

Mavericks: The second of five straight at home against Oklahoma City on Sunday.

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<![CDATA['Dirk Burger' Returns to AAC Through March]]>Fri, 03 Mar 2017 11:23:27 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirkburger.jpg

The Dirk Burger is back on the menu at the American Airlines Center.

The AAC's most popular burger-of-the-month returns in honor of Dirk Nowitzki’s quest for 30,000 career points and will be available through March.

Nowitzki and AAC Executive Chef Mark Mabry collaborated in 2016 to create the ⅓-pound hamburger on Bavarian pretzel bun topped with jalapeno beer cheese, bacon onion marmalade, arugula and mustard horseradish aioli.

The 2017 Dirk Burger will come with a souvenir DIRK 30K cup for $18.


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<![CDATA[Hawks Hold Off Rallying Mavericks 100-95]]>Wed, 01 Mar 2017 23:28:07 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavericks+Rick+Carlisle.jpg

Paul Millsap scored on a drive with 30.5 seconds remaining and the Atlanta Hawks held off the rallying Dallas Mavericks for a 100-95 victory Wednesday night.

After Millsap's basket put the Hawks ahead 96-95, Harrison Barnes missed a chance to put the Mavericks back in front. His jumper was off the mark with Kent Bazemore right in his face.

Ersan Ilyasova was fouled going for the rebound and knocked down both free throws to extend Atlanta's lead with 11.1 seconds left.

Dallas still had a chance to force overtime, but Seth Curry slipped on the inbounds pass and Bazemore scooped up the loose ball, taking off the other way for a dunk that clinched the victory.

Millsap had 18 points and just missed a triple-double, dishing out 10 assists to go with eight rebounds. Ilyasova also finished with 18 points.

Barnes led the Mavericks with 25 points.

The Hawks were up nearly the entire game, but the Mavericks fought back in the final quarter. Barnes knocked down a 3-pointer with 4:05 remaining to put Dallas ahead 90-87 -- its first lead since the opening minutes.

Curry, who finished with 21 points, extended the margin to 93-89 with another 3 -- his fifth of the game.

But the Hawks finished with an 11-2 spurt of their own.


Ben Bentil made his NBA debut for the Mavericks.

The Ghana native was a second-round pick by the Boston Celtics, but didn't make the team. He had played in the D-League and even did a stint in China before signing a 10-day contract with the Mavericks.

Bentil entered the game in the second quarter, but didn't score in a 4 1/2 minutes of playing time.


After being ejected from Atlanta's last game, Dwight Howard made it all the way through this time.

He had 14 points and 12 rebounds, his 39th double-double of the season.

Howard entered the night tied for sixth in the league in double-doubles.


Dirk Nowitzki moved a step closer to becoming just the sixth player in NBA history to score 30,000 points.

He had 11 points to push his career total to 29,952, leaving him just 48 shy of joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain in the exclusive club.


Mavericks: Return to Dallas on Friday to face the Memphis Grizzlies, beginning a five-game homestand.

Hawks: Host LeBron James and the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, the second of six straight home games for Atlanta.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Hand Heat 3rd Loss in 19 Games with 96-89 Win]]>Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:15:08 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632409832.jpg

Seth Curry signaled for a three-point play when he was knocked down after making a jumper to give Dallas its first lead.

The younger sibling of Golden State's Stephen Curry didn't need any gestures — but still provided them along with some shouts to the crowd — on two long 3-pointers in the second half, the latter putting the Mavericks ahead for good in the final two minutes.

Curry scored 29 points, Harrison Barnes added 24 and the Mavericks handed the Heat just their third loss in 19 games with a 96-89 victory Monday night.

Two games after scoring a career-high 31 points in a loss at Minnesota, Curry was 5 of 7 from long range on the same night his more famous brother was a career-worst 0 for 11 from deep in the Warriors' win at Philadelphia.

"I haven't played this many minutes in my career, so it was good for me to get some rest and come back with a new, fresh mindset and just try to play to win," said Curry, whose go-ahead 3 gave Dallas a 90-89 lead.

Goran Dragic scored 24 points for the Heat, who were outscored 12-0 over the final 4:37 as a three-game winning streak ended along with a franchise-best run of 16 games with at least 100 points.

Hassan Whiteside, a free agent target for Dallas last summer, had 19 points and 19 rebounds. Now the Mavericks are preparing for a future with 22-year-old Nerlens Noel, who came from Philadelphia before the trade deadline.

The rangy 6-foot-11 forward-center had a crowd-energizing block from behind on Whiteside and finished with six points and six rebounds. Dallas is 2-0 with him in the lineup.

"I want to win these guys over and let them know that I'm playing for them," Noel said. "Any way possible."

Dragic completed a 9-0 Heat run with a 3-pointer for an 89-84 lead. But Miami missed its last seven shots, and the Mavericks scored the final six points on free throws after Curry put them in front.

Curry scored 11 points in the second quarter, including the three-point play that gave Dallas its first lead at 48-46.

Mavericks: Coach Rick Carlisle said G J.J. Barea is at least a week away from returning from a left calf strain that has sidelined him the past 16 games and for 33 of the 41 games he has missed this season.

Heat: C Willie Reed won't need a boot or crutches to treat bursitis in his right ankle. Coach Erik Spoelstra said Reed was day to day. ... The visit to Dallas was the Miami's last road game against the West this season. ... Whiteside had his 38th double-double this season and the 101st of his career.

Top-Heavy Scoring
Curry and Barnes were the only Dallas scorers in double figures, but Dirk Nowitzki had a season-high 12 rebounds to go with eight points.

Delay of Game Penalty
The Heat were given a technical for delay of game coming out of a timeout when they had the ball with an 89-86 lead with 3:26 remaining. Curry made the free throw, then hit the go-ahead shot after the teams traded turnovers.

"A little bit of communication of who was taking the ball out, but it's not as if we were in the huddle," Spoelstra said. "That's not why we lost the game."

Up Next
Mavericks: At Atlanta on Wednesday before a season-long five-game homestand starting with Memphis on Friday.

Heat: Home against Philadelphia on Wednesday in the third game of a six-game stretch alternating between home and road. That stretch ends at defending champion Cleveland on the second night of a back-to-back Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Breaking Down The Mavericks Recent Roster Moves ]]>Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:59:35 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/newy_sefko_mavs_talk_1200x675_886119491805.jpg

NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs and Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News discuss the new look Mavericks roster and the team's playoff chances this season.]]>
<![CDATA[Towns, Wiggins Help Wolves Beat Mavericks 97-84]]>Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:05:26 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-614766146.jpg

Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points and 18 rebounds and Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points to help the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Dallas Mavericks 97-84 on Friday night.

Ricky Rubio added 13 points and 14 assists a day after the Timberwolves declined an opportunity to trade him to the New York Knicks for Derrick Rose. The Wolves shot 52.6 percent to pull within 2 1/2 games of Denver for the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

Towns had seven turnovers, but scored 14 of his points in the fourth quarter to turn back the Mavericks.

Seth Curry scored a career-high 31 points and Harrison Barnes added 20 points and six rebounds for Dallas. Dirk Nowitzki was just 4 for 14 and Wes Matthews was 2 for 9 as the Mavs dropped three games back of the Nuggets.

The Mavericks acquired Nerlens Noel from Philadelphia on Thursday, but he wasn't able to join the team in time for the game. They sure could have used him.

Minnesota outscored Dallas 48-30 in the paint, with Wiggins and Towns attacking the rim all game long. Wiggins scored 16 points in the first quarter and Towns exploited the undersized Mavericks in the second half. Even Rubio got into the act, going behind his back on a dribble and scoring with the right hand to give the Wolves a 90-80 lead with three minutes to play.

Curry tried to keep Dallas in it with his shooting, but he didn't have much help. Nowitzki air-balled a wide open 3 and clanked another great look in the fourth quarter. He missed all four of his shots from long range and finished with eight points.


Mavericks: Curry's previous career-high was 24 points against San Antonio on Jan. 29. ... Devin Harris had eight points off the bench, and his 3 tied it at 75 with eight minutes to go.

Timberwolves: Wiggins topped 20 points for the 16th straight game, which ties a franchise record. Kevin Garnett did it twice in his Wolves career. ... PF Adreian Payne was back with the team for the first time since Feb. 1. Payne had been at home after being diagnosed with a blood disorder that hindered clotting. He still has not been cleared for contact but did participate in the morning shootaround.


Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Dallas has been talking with Philadelphia for most of the season about acquiring Noel to bolster the team's athleticism and rim protection in the frontcourt. The deal was completed on Thursday, a few hours before the deadline. But Noel wasn't in Minneapolis. He flew to Dallas to get acclimated and Carlisle said he would likely make his Mavericks debut on Saturday at home against the Pelicans.

Carlisle said the team will try to ease Noel in and that it was no guarantee that he would be in the starting lineup, though it would seem inevitable that the 22-year-old former No. 6 overall pick will slide in at center and allow Nowitzki to move back to power forward.


Mavericks: Dallas heads back home to host New Orleans on Saturday in the Pelicans' second game since acquiring DeMarcus Cousins.

Timberwolves: Minnesota heads to Houston on Saturday to start a four-game trip.

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<![CDATA[Mavs G.M. Nelson on he Process Behind the Noel Trade]]>Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:06:43 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavs_Donnie_Nelson_Trade_1200x675_884407875867.jpg

Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson discusses the process behind the trade that brought forward Nerlens Noel to Dallas and makes a comparison to a former Mavericks player.]]>
<![CDATA[Sixers Fans, Media Rip Team for Trading Noel to Dallas]]>Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:18:54 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/untitled_sequence.02.jpg

The word across the NBA is the Mavericks clearly won the trade they made with the Sixers to land their new starting center Nerlens Noel.

In Philly, the media is all over their NBA club for getting a disappointing former first rounder Justin Anderson, a health-challenged center Andrew Bogut who isn’t going to be around and two second round draft picks.

Comcast Sports Net Sixers Insider Dei Lynam is down on the trade.

Corey Seidman fo CSNPhilly.com bashed the Sixers for moving on from Noel:

So, given the return, the only explanation for Thursday's deadline trade of Noel to the Mavericks was that the Sixers definitively concluded they did not want to match a high salary for Noel.

Either that or they just really, really love Justin Anderson.

The trade was initially sold as Noel to Dallas for Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson and a protected first-round pick.

In reality, the trade is Noel for Anderson and two second-round picks.

Bogut wants to be a free agent and will either be traded or bought out, according to multiple reports. So, forget about him.

The 2017 first-round pick? It's top-18 protected, meaning the Sixers would get it only if the Mavericks pick 19 to 30. The Mavs currently own the NBA's seventh-worst record, so it would take a miracle for them to win enough games to decrease their draft stock that much.

If the pick does not convey in 2017 -- and again, it's not happening -- the Sixers instead get Dallas' second-round picks in 2017 and 2018.

So, yeah, it's Noel for Anderson and a pair of second rounders.

Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo is getting shredded on Twitter by his fan base.

So Mavs fans, feel good. The club got younger and after the season they will have to deal with Noel’s restricted contract status.

I think after watching Tyson Chandler leave twice in free agency the Mavericks will lock up Noel.

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<![CDATA[Mavericks Trade Bogut, Anderson to 76ers for Nerlens Noel]]>Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:50:49 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-504402880.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks have agreed to a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers for Nerlens Noel ahead of the NBA's 2 p.m. trade deadline Thursday, according to a report.

TheVertical's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted Thursday morning that the Mavericks acquired the 6-foot-10 Noel in exchange for center Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson and a top 18-protected first-round draft pick.

The Mavericks will work to sign Noel to an extension, according to Wojnarowski.

Noel, a power forward and center, is averaging 8.9 points, 5 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 19.4 minutes per game this season. For his career, he's averaging 10.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 28.3 minutes per game.

The 22-year-old Noel was selected No. 6 overall by the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2013 NBA Draft out of Kentucky and traded to Philadelphia later that day. He was named to the NBA's first-team All-Rookie team during the 2014-15 season.

Bogut, whom the Mavericks acquired from the Golden State Warriors in 2016, was averaging 3 points and 8.3 rebounds in 22.4 minutes per game this season.

Anderson, the Mavericks' first-round pick in 2015, has averaged 5.1 points and 2.7 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game for his career.

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<![CDATA[Jackson, Leuer Lead Pistons to 98-91 Win Over Mavericks]]>Thu, 16 Feb 2017 05:33:31 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-509282256.jpg

Reggie Jackson snapped out of his scoring slump and helped the Detroit Pistons head into the All-Star break with a win.

Jackson scored 22 points, Jon Leuer added 20 and the Pistons beat the Dallas Mavericks 98-91 Wednesday night.

"Shots just went in, and coach kept calling my number," Jackson said after shooting 8 for 12 from the field, including 3 for 4 on 3-pointers. "(Dallas) just kept having coverages where they really didn't come off our wings, nor did they want to leave Andre (Drummond). I was just a recipient of the coverage they played."

It was Jackson's first 20-point game since he had 24 at Miami on Jan. 28. He reached double digits just four times in nine games since, averaging 8.9 points during that stretch.

"I thought he played well tonight, and we needed it," Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said.

Jackson had 12 of his points in the first half, when the Pistons roared out to a 62-35 lead.

"We had no energy," Dallas center Dirk Nowitzki said, "no bounce about ourselves. It was one of the worst halves we've played all season, and you could tell in the second we had a lot more bounce."

Nowitzki led the way in the third quarter, scoring 13 of his game-high 24 points, to help the Mavericks rally.

"We burned the first half at halftime," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "The second half has got to be the norm for us. The first half was an embarrassment, and we all know it and we all own it. It cost us the game, it's pretty clear."

Dallas pulled within eight midway through the fourth quarter, but the Pistons held them off the rest of the way until Deron Williams hit s 3-pointer in the final seconds to provide the final score. Nowitzki also had 10 rebounds. Harrison Barnes added 16 points, Seth Curry had 13 and Williams 12.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 16 points, Tobias Harris 13 and Ish Smith 10 for the Pistons. Detroit outrebounded Dallas 57-38, led by Marcus Morris' 14, Drummond's 11 and Aron Baynes' 11.

The Pistons never trailed, taking a 10-0 lead to start the game, making 52.1 percent of their shots in the first half. However, Dallas outscored Detroit 56-36 in the second half.

Mavericks:  It was the final appearance at the Palace for coach Rick Carlisle, who coached the Pistons from 2001-03 and was the Indiana Pacers' coach the night of the infamous brawl at the arena in 2004. "It's going to be hard to imagine coming here and not coming to Auburn Hills to play," he said before the game. "But it sounds like the new arena (in downtown Detroit) is going to be very nice." The Pistons move to Little Caesars Arena next season. ... Nowitzki's double-double was his third of the season and the 400th of his career.

Pistons: Leuer now has 2,000 points for his career. ... Drummond had nine points in 19 minutes, ending his streak of five straight double-doubles. ... The Pistons won while scoring less than 100 points for only the third time this season. They're 3-20 in that situation. ... It was Detroit's home win over the Mavericks since Jan. 17, 2011, and the first season sweep by the Pistons of the Mavericks since the 1997-98 season

Up Next
Mavericks: Host Minnesota on Feb. 24.

Pistons: Host Charlotte on Feb. 23.

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<![CDATA[Marcus Smart Glad to Play in Front of Family and Friends]]>Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:32:13 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MARCUS_SMART_FOR_WEB_1200x675_876581955980.jpg

Former Flower Mound Marcus High School star Marcus Smart returns home to face the Mavs. He talks about playing in front of family and friends, the Dallas Cowboys, and his time in Boston with the Celtics.]]>
<![CDATA[J.J. Barea Gives Update on His Calf Injury]]>Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:29:58 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JJ_BAREA_SOUND_FOR_WEB_1200x675_876577347505.jpg

J.J. Barea talks about his calf injury and gives an update on when he will return to action.]]>
<![CDATA[Smart Helps Celtics Stay Hot in 111-98 Win over Mavs]]>Tue, 14 Feb 2017 06:40:50 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-635189660.jpg

Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics had little trouble with a batch of Western Conference opponents — save for a hiccup in Sacramento.

Now they're gaining fast in the East.

Thomas had 29 points and eight assists, backcourt mate Marcus Smart added 19 points against his hometown team and the Celtics beat the Dallas Mavericks 111-98 on Monday night.

Kelly Olynyk scored seven of his 15 points during a 12-2 run that started with the Celtics leading by one in the fourth quarter as the Atlantic Division leaders won for the 10th time in 11 games.

Boston pulled within two games of defending NBA champion Cleveland atop the East by finishing a 5-1 stretch against the West with three straight road wins, following what now looks like a puzzling 16-point loss in Sacramento.

"We would love to go 4-0, but things happened," said Smart, who starred at a high school in a suburb near Dallas. "But we bounced back. That's what good teams do. We're becoming a very, very great team."

Rookie Yogi Ferrell had 20 points for the Mavericks, who came in with three wins over division leaders in the past two weeks after spending the first three months at or near the bottom of the West.

Olynyk started the decisive surge with a pair of layups, followed by a high-arching layup on a drive by Thomas, the NBA's second-leading scorer. After Olynyk hit a 3-pointer, Thomas made one for a 100-89 Boston lead.

"They've got a legitimate shot to get to the Finals with that team out of the East," said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle, who played for the Celtics. "It's a very good basketball team, so when you're playing a team on that level, you've just gotta be on it from the very beginning."

Mavericks guard Deron Williams was ejected late in the second quarter after getting two quick technical fouls for arguing a foul call, part of an 8-0 Boston run over the final 58 seconds for the Celtics' 61-50 lead at the break.

Williams, who was in his second game back after missing eight games with a right big toe sprain, was called for pushing off while driving for a layup. He intercepted a pass intended for official Justin VanDuyne, who made the call, and began arguing with him.

Dallas' point guard pounded the ball on the floor with two hands while turning away as the first was technical was called, and VanDuyne quickly called the second tech.

Thomas and Smart combined for 23 points in the first quarter, but Ferrell had 13 at halftime to help Dallas get within three before Boston's late surge.

Harrison Barnes scored 19 for Dallas, and Dirk Nowitzki and Wesley Matthews had 18 apiece.

Mavericks: Nowitzki's 26-point average against Boston coming into the game was the highest against any opponent for the 19th-year player. ... Despite the ejection, Williams got the assist he needed to pass Muggsy Bogues for 19th on the NBA's career list. Williams now has 6,727 assists.

Celtics: Gerald Green played despite an illness, scoring 10 points in 13 minutes. ... The Celtics swept the two-game season series after having dropped seven straight against the Mavericks. ... Jae Crowder had 10 points, including a 3 to help put the game away against his former team.

Cuban Amused
Mark Cuban says President Donald Trump's tweet suggesting that the outspoken owner of the Mavericks wasn't smart enough to be commander in chief "gave me a little giggles."

A vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton during the campaign, Cuban said Monday that he woke up a day earlier to Trump's tweet, which read "I know Mark Cuban well. He backed me big-time but I wasn't interested in taking all of his calls. He's not smart enough to run for president!"

Cuban retweeted it with an "Lol." Speaking to reporters before the game, Cuban said he woke up thinking "there must be peace and harmony throughout the entire world because the president of the United States has chosen to wake up and tweet to me."

Up Next
Mavericks: At Detroit in the last game before the break.

Celtics: A back-to-back before the All-Star break, at home against Philadelphia on Wednesday and at Chicago on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Barnes Leads Mavericks' Rally to Beat Jazz 112-105 in OT]]>Fri, 10 Feb 2017 06:37:00 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-611022802.jpg

Harrison Barnes and his Dallas teammates looked up and saw they trailed by 21 points midway through the third quarter on Thursday night.

Barnes picked up the pace to finish with 31 points, including eight in overtime, and the Mavericks rallied to beat the Utah Jazz 112-105.

"This is a great victory for us," Barnes said. "We've put ourselves in tough situations, some of which we've battled out of and some which we haven't."

When Utah last visited Dallas on Jan. 20, the Jazz won 112-107 in overtime.

A big difference was that Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who had career highs of 27 points and 25 rebounds that night, fouled out with 22 seconds left in regulation and the Jazz leading 100-96.

"[Derrick] Favors is a good rim protector, too, but Gobert is probably the best in the game." Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "[Barnes] was quicker than some of the guys his size, and he was certainly quicker than the bigger guys. He went by Favors once or twice. He got by [Boris] Diaw."

The Mavericks scored the final four points of regulation, on a dunk by Barnes and a rebound basket from the edge of the foul line by Dirk Nowitzki with 3 seconds remaining.

"That's what [Nowitzki] does," Dallas' Wesley Matthews said. "That's why he's one of the greatest of all time."

In overtime, Barnes' drive for a three-point play ended an 11-0 run that began late in regulation and put Dallas ahead 107-100. Devin Harris scored the first four points of OT.

Utah's Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 36 points, but missed a 3-point attempt from the left corner as regulation ended.

Nowitzki finished with 20 points.

Gobert scored 15 points and added 15 rebounds.

Dallas won for the first time in four games against the Jazz this season, and ended the Northwest Division leader's four-game winning streak. The Mavericks had lost two in a row.

Seth Curry scored 16, Matthews added 15 and Harris had 13 for Dallas.

Joe Ingles scored 16 for Utah, which won at New Orleans on Wednesday and seemed headed to another victory when it stretched a 12-point halftime lead to 74-53.

"I feel like we played well to a point tonight, then we just didn't," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. "We just weren't smart and we didn't maintain our focus. They're a tough matchup with Dirk. Barnes is a tough matchup for our bigs."

Mavericks: C Andrew Bogut missed his sixth straight game since aggravating a strained right hamstring, and G Deron Williams (sprained left big toe) missed his eighth in a row. ... Matthews left the game briefly in the first quarter, but returned after changing his shoes.

Jazz: G George Hill did not dress because of a sprained left big toe. He did not play in 12 other games this season because of the injury, and has missed 25 altogether. Dante Exum started in Hill's place. ... Ingles made all four 3-point attempts in the first half, but missed three in the second to fall short of tying his career high of five. ... Gobert's double-double was his 36th this season.

Scoring 30
Barnes had one 30-point game during his four seasons with Golden State, but has had six in his first season for the Mavericks, including a career-high 34 on Nov. 6. He has been the leading scorer in 28 of their 53 games. They're 3-3 when he has scored 30-plus.

Hayward has scored 30-plus points in three of the last four games. The Jazz are 6-2 in the eight games when he has scored 30. His career high is 37.

Cuban in Celebrity Game
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will represent the Western Conference again this year in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Feb. 17 in New Orleans.

Cuban said he scored two points in last year's game in Toronto, and doesn't expect much more this year.

"The only double-double I'm going to get is run down 10 times and run back 10 times."

Up Next
Mavericks: Host Orlando on Saturday night in the third game of a four-game homestand.

Jazz: Meet Boston on Saturday to begin a three-game homestand.

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<![CDATA[One-on-One with New Dallas Mavs Player Yogi Ferrell]]>Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:31:29 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/real_doney_yogi_ferrell_interview_for_web_1200x675_873718851529.jpg

Two weeks ago, Yogi Ferrell was in the NBA D-League. Now he's the starting point guard for the Dallas Mavericks. NBC 5's Pat Doney spoke with Ferrell one-on-one about his wild journey to the NBA.]]>
<![CDATA[McCollum's Winner Sends Blazers Past Mavs 114-113]]>Wed, 08 Feb 2017 05:36:11 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-614766146.jpg

On a night when Dirk Nowitzki turned back the clock for the Dallas Mavericks, C.J. McCollum had the final answer.

McCollum scored 32 points, the last two on a runner from the top of the lane with 0.9 seconds left to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 114-113 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.

Nowitzki finished with 25 points that included two clutch 3-pointers, the second a potential game-winner with 3.9 seconds left.

Portland and Dallas — fighting for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference — battled through a tense fourth quarter that saw the teams trade 13-0 runs at one point, then exchange leads six times in the final minute.

McCollum scored Portland's last seven points. On the final sequence, he took Mason Plumlee's inbounds pass and split a double-team of Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews to break into the clear.

"Once I caught it, I knew I was going to attack right away," McCollum said. "I tried to split (the double team), and get to the free-throw line and get to my sweet spot."

McCollum released his runner at the free-throw line and it swished through. Dallas, which was without a time-out, managed only Devin Harris' long heave from three-quarter court that wasn't close.

Damian Lillard added 29 points for the Blazers, who tied their season series with the Mavericks at 2-2 — each team winning twice on the others' home floor.

Barnes led the Mavericks with 26 points and Matthews added 23.

Portland led 101-89 with 7:19 to go before the Mavericks answered the Blazers' 13-0 run with one of their own. Neither team led by more than two points in the final five minutes.

Nowitzki's 3 with 38.9 seconds left gave Dallas a 108-107 lead and prompted a fist pump from the veteran, who was coming off four games of below double figures for only the second time since his rookie season.

"The shot-making at the end was just vintage," coach Rick Carlisle said. "It was breathtaking."

But McCollum was just getting started. He hit a short jumper, then answered a Devin Harris counter with a three-point play to make it 112-110 with 12.3 seconds to play before Nowitzki hit another long ball.

"You're just hoping that's `Game'." said Nowitzki of his last 3. "But three seconds in this league is a long time. I've obviously seen a lot of stuff happen. McCollum made a heck of a play."

Bad Break
Forward Evan Turner suffering a broken right hand in the third quarter after scoring 11 points. He left with 5:08 to play and did not return.

Turner was diagnosed with a broken third metacarpal bone. Neither he nor coach Terry Stotts could gauge how long he would be out, but Turner was told after the game he likely would not need surgery.

"All I saw was I ran into Harrison Barnes," Turner said. "It didn't feel like crazy pain, more like numbing a little bit. I just went back out there and I caught the ball. I couldn't feel any type of grip or anything like that. That was pretty much it."

With Turner out and Allen Crabbe in foul trouble, it was left to Lillard and McCollum to carry the Blazers' offense.

"We'll miss him," Lillard said of Turner. "I think what he brings to the table is why we signed him. It's something that it'll be hard to get from one other person, but it'll have to be a collective effort from guys having to step up in his shoes."

Mavericks: Seth Curry injured his left shoulder in a collision with Portland's Mason Plumlee with 8:49 left in the third quarter. He went to the locker room but returned to the game four minutes later and finished with four points. . Nowitzki's two blocked shots gave him 1,200 for this career, the 55th player in NBA history to reach that figure.

Trail Blazers: Turner had 11 points but left the game with 5:08 remaining in the third quarter and did not return. . During their big 16-2 run in the second quarter, both McCollum and Plumlee scored on alley-oop dunks. McCollum's came directly off an inbounds pass from the right wing. ... Lillard shot just 4-for-20 in the Blazers' loss to the Mavericks on Friday. He made four field goals on his first six shots in the first quarter Tuesday.

Making it Official
After helping the Mavericks to a 4-1 record on a 10-day contract, Ferrell signed his two-year contract Tuesday, calling it "one of the happiest days of my life."

Dallas owner Mark Cuban said the team didn't want to risk having to bid for Ferrell's services after the contract or a subsequent 10-day expired.

"I wasn't going to find out (if other teams were interested)," Cuban said. "There's just no reason to find out."

Ferrell averaged 17 points and five assists in his first five games with the Mavericks, numbers that earned the endorsement of his fellow Indiana graduate Cuban.

"It's a mockery within a travesty within a transmogrification that he wasn't NBA Player of the Week," Cuban said.

Up Next
Mavericks: Continue their four-game homestand Thursday against Utah, whom they have not beaten in three tries this season.

Trail Blazers: Home on Thursday against the Celtics, whom they have beaten in six of the teams' last eight meetings.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Barton Scores 31 in Nuggets' 110-87 Win Over Mavericks]]>Tue, 07 Feb 2017 07:22:20 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavericks+Rick+Carlisle.jpg

Will Barton turned a spot start into his biggest game of the season.

Barton scored a season-high 31 points, connecting on five 3-pointers, and the Denver Nuggets overcame the absence of three starters to beat the Dallas Mavericks 110-87 on Monday night.

Gary Harris added 20 points and Wilson Chandler had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets, who were without forward Danilo Gallinari because of a left groin strain and guard Emmanuel Mudiay due to a recurrence of a lower back injury. Also missing the game was forward Kenneth Faried, who was excused to tend to personal matters.

"Tonight, I was given a bigger opportunity and a bigger role and, you know, just rose to the moment," Barton said. "We had some guys down. I just wanted to come out and make plays for my teammates."

Harris said he and the rest of the Nuggets fed off Barton's aggressive play on both ends of the floor.

"He just gives us energy and we all started playing with energy," Harris said.

Dallas, which was also short-handed, was led by Seth Curry and Yogi Ferrell. They had 15 points apiece, but the loss ended a four-game winning streak for the Mavericks.

"Credit them but we weren't as aggressive as we needed to be on the defensive end," Wesley Matthews said. "We didn't attack this game as we should have."

Trailing by as many as 27 early in the third quarter, the Mavericks closed the period with an 18-6 spurt and pulled to 82-67 going into the fourth. Matthews and Curry both hit 3-pointers in the run.

The Mavericks cut the deficit to 13 with just under six minutes remaining, but Denver responded with a 7-0 burst capped by Chandler's reverse layup with 3:30 left to rebuild a 20-point cushion. The Mavericks did not threaten again.

Dallas had plenty of ground to make up after being outscored 30-13 in the second quarter as Denver opened a 59-37 halftime lead. Barton was at the center of the Nuggets' strong early showing, scoring 19 points in the first half, including a trio of 3-pointers.

"We didn't have anyone to stop him," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "We did a decent job at the beginning of the game and then he just started to get going. He got going on our bench guys. He had a good night and we didn't do anything to stop him."

Mavericks: G Deron Williams missed a sixth consecutive game since injuring his left big toe but could be getting closer to a return. Carlisle said he is hopeful Williams could return "sometime soon. He has a thing with his toe that is an unusual injury because you can play with it, but it's extremely painful. So it's going to be managing comfort and trying to work through it." ... C Andrew Bogut remains sidelined because of a right hamstring strain.

Nuggets: Gallinari missed his third straight game since injuring his groin. ... Mudiay has missed three of the past six games due to lower back issues. ... Barton scored a career-high 32 points against on New Orleans on Dec. 20, 2015.

Up Next
Mavericks: Return home to host Portland on Tuesday.

Nuggets: Embark on a three-game road trip, making their first stop Wednesday night in Atlanta.

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<![CDATA[Who is Yogi Ferrell?]]>Sat, 04 Feb 2017 18:58:08 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doney_who_is_yogi_ferrell_1200x675_870299715795.jpg"Yogi-mania" has overtaken the Mavericks, as the guard on a ten-day contract has averaged 18 points per game for Dallas. NBC 5's Pat Doney has more on the former Indiana Hoosiers star.]]><![CDATA[Matthews Set to Compete at NBA All-Star Weekend]]>Thu, 02 Feb 2017 23:24:53 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/519283208.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks will be represented at NBA All-Star weekend.

The league announced that Mavs guard Wesley Matthews will compete in the 2017 JBL Three-Point Contest at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 18. 

Matthews is one of eight players in the contest that will include defending champion Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors. 

This is Matthews' second time participating in the event. He finished fourth in 2015 when he was a member of the Portland Trail Blazers. 

He's the ninth Maverick to take part in the contest. Dirk Nowitzki is the only Maverick to win, and that was back in 2006. 

Matthews has 129 three pointers this season, which is 10th most in the NBA.

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<![CDATA[Curry, Mejri Lead Mavericks to 113-95 Win Over 76ers]]>Wed, 01 Feb 2017 23:12:40 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-6307066161.jpg

Seth Curry scored 22 points, Salah Mejri had 16 points and a career-high 17 rebounds and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 113-95 on Wednesday night for their fifth win in six games.

Mejri played 21 minutes at center with Andrew Bogut out of action and helped Dallas -- the NBA's worst-rebounding team -- set a season high for boards and outrebound the Sixers 51-39.

He scored 10 points, all on dunks, early in the fourth quarter to help the Mavericks lead by 22.

Harrison Barnes added 16 points for Dallas, and Devin Harris had 14.

Jahlil Okafor led the 76ers with 16 points, and Ersan Ilyasova added 13. Philadelphia played without starters Robert Covington (bruised right hand) and Joel Embiid (left knee contusion).

The Mavericks led by just four points with three minutes left in the third quarter, but Harris hit back-to-back 3s to start a 13-5 run that gave the Mavericks an 81-69 lead.

Mejri then scored 10 of Dallas' first 12 points in the fourth, opening the lead to 93-74.

The Mavericks used a 26-8 run to turn a nine-point, second-quarter deficit into a 50-41 lead before the Sixers scored the last six points of the half. Barnes and Curry combined to score the last 13 points of the run.


76ers: Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot made his first start of the season in place of Covington and scored seven points. ... Philadelphia won 10 games in January, its most in a month since January 2012. The Sixers won 10 games all of last season.

Mavericks: Yogi Ferrell, who scored a career-high 19 points against Cleveland on Monday, had 11 on Wednesday. He also brought the crowd to its feet late in the third quarter when he knocked the ball away from Philadelphia's Sergio Rodriguez on a fast break and his momentum carried him headfirst into the first row of spectators. ... Mejri reached his season high in rebounds in the first half alone, with 12 boards in just 11 minutes.


A credible starting five could have been constructed from the regulars who missed Wednesday's game with injuries. With swingman Covington and power forward Embiid out for Philadelphia, Mavericks guards J.J. Barea (left calf strain) and Deron Williams (left big toe sprain) and center Bogut (right hamstring strain) continued to miss time.

Embiid will miss at least the next two games for Philadelphia, while Covington was not ruled out to play Thursday at San Antonio.

Williams could travel on the Mavericks' upcoming two-game road trip, but Bogut and Barea will likely be out longer.


76ers: Stay in Texas with a visit to the Spurs on Thursday, the second game in a four-game trip.

Mavericks: Visit Portland on Friday, their first of two matchups in five days with the Trail Blazers.

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<![CDATA[Mavs' Cuban Questions 'Hypocrisy' of Trump's Order]]>Thu, 02 Feb 2017 09:04:51 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mark-cuban-donald-trump.jpg

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban questioned the effectiveness of President Donald Trump's executive order restricting immigration from seven countries, citing the "hypocrisy" of limiting immigration from some countries while not including others.

"I understand safety," Cuban said. "We all want to be safer. No one wants to be unsafe. But the hypocrisy of it all — only seven countries. Now, if it had been all terrorist-hosting countries, but seven countries? That's like locking your door with the best security ever invented and leaving all your windows open. It just makes no sense."

Cuban spoke of the struggles of his grandparents coming to America to escape persecution in Nazi-occupied Austria and in Stalinist Russia, and the challenges they initially faced as immigrants here.

"You don't condemn an entire country based on the mistakes of a few," Cuban said. "We're a country of hopes and dreams and the American Way. The wider we take that, the safer I believe we'll be. It's not that I don't understand. We're all terrified of terrorism. We're all terrified the next event could be near us or someone close to us. But it's the old sports analogy: Character isn't revealed when things are going well. Character is revealed when you're under stress and being challenged. We'll see what the character of this country is."

Cuban also said he was proud of the response from some of the NBA's top players and coaches, including Toronto guard Kyle Lowry and coaches Gregg Popovich and Steve Kerr, who criticized the order. He cited the league's work in developing nations through Basketball Without Borders and its players' willingness to take stands on social issues.

"That's who we are," Cuban said. "We've always tried to help those who were less fortunate. We're community driven. Our players take big steps in community organizations. We take big steps as a league. And of course we're going to have fans to say stay out of politics.

"And, for 16 years, I did, but we all have our own reasons and as American citizens, we can never forget its country first, basketball second."

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<![CDATA[LeBron Unleashes on Barkley After Loss to Mavs]]>Tue, 31 Jan 2017 11:11:18 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/176*120/GettyImages-633128062.jpg

LeBron James is done bowing to Sir Charles.

After he was criticized by Charles Barkley for questioning Cleveland's front office, James tore into the former NBA star and opinionated TV commentator on Monday night following a loss in Dallas. James not only countered what was said about him but he also attacked Barkley's character for some off-the-court missteps.

"I'm not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that," James told ESPN after the Cavs lost 104-97 to Dallas, dropping the defending champions to 7-8 in January. "I'm not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said, `I'm not a role model.' I never showed up to All-Star Weekend on Sunday because I was in Vegas all weekend partying.

"All I've done for my entire career is represent the NBA the right way. Fourteen years, never got in trouble. Respected the game. Print that."

Barkley has never been one to hold back his opinion on James or any other player, but the 11-time All-Star was particularly critical of James last week after Cleveland's star complained about Cleveland's roster being "top-heavy" and questioning whether the team's front office was satisfied with one title.

Barkley said James was "whiny" and "inappropriate" and wondered about his motives. Barkley called James "the best player in the world" but wondered if he really wanted to compete. James initially dismissed Barkley, saying he was only trying to boost TV ratings. Barkley works as an in-studio host for TNT.

However, James decided he couldn't let those comments go and turned on Barkley, who never won an NBA title.

"He's a hater. What makes what he says credible? Because he's on TV?" James said. "I know he wanted to retire a long time ago, but he can't. He's stuck up on that stage every week."

James also said if Barkley wants to continue any discussion, he knows where to find him.

"If this makes him want to talk to me, the schedule's out there," James said. "He knows every road arena I'll be in. Don't just come up to me at All-Star and shake my hand and smile."

This isn't the first time James has fired back this season at detractors. He was upset when New York Knicks president Phil Jackson referred to his close friends and business partners as his "posse."

James hasn't forgotten Jackson's words, firing back at him to ESPN as well.

"I went to see (Carmelo Anthony) at the Garden two years ago when we were in New York," James said. "They played Portland. I went up to a suite at halftime, and Phil Jackson didn't say one word to me."

James and the Cavs have been struggling lately as they try to defend their title. All-Star forward Kevin Love has been dealing with back spasms and missed Monday's game and starting guard J.R. Smith remains sidelined with a broken thumb.

James insists the Cavs just need to play better and in the interim he vowed not to let anyone criticize him.

"I'm tired of biting my tongue," James said. "There's a new sheriff in town."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Last-Place Mavs Topple LeBron James, Cavs 104-97]]>Tue, 31 Jan 2017 06:41:23 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-633128092.jpg

Yogi Ferrell was hours away from playing in an NBA Development League game when he got a call that Dallas wanted to sign him.

Three days, two games and about 1,500 miles later, Cleveland stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, along with the defending champion Cavaliers, know a little more about the rookie guard from Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's alma mater.

Ferrell scored a career-high 19 points while helping cool off Irving, and the last-place Mavericks knocked off a title contender for the second straight night in a 104-97 win Monday over the Cavaliers, who were missing Kevin Love because of recurring back spasms .

Ferrell, the former Indiana player with the given first name of Kevin, outscored Irving in the second game of a 10-day contract, a night after hitting clinching free throws in the final seconds of a win at San Antonio.

"Was it in Erie or Buffalo?" Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle asked while trying to remember where the Long Island Ducks were playing when Ferrell got the call because of Dallas' injury issues at point guard. "I don't know. Nobody knows. Nobody knows where he came from."

It was Erie, and Ferrell helped limit Irving to 7-of-21 shooting to end a six-game streak of at least 20 points during which the Cavs All-Star averaged 30 points.

"I am living the dream right now," said the 23-year-old Ferrell, who spent four seasons with the Hoosiers, went undrafted and played 10 games for the Brooklyn Nets before getting waived in December.

James led the Cavaliers with 23 points, but combined with Irving for just one point in the fourth quarter, 2-of-14 shooting from 3-point range and 11 of their team's 17 turnovers. Dallas had just nine turnovers.

Cleveland was showing signs of settling down, winning two straight after a tumultuous eight-game stretch that included six losses and James questioning whether the front office was satisfied with one title.

But the Cavaliers finished 7-8 in January by falling behind for good early in the second quarter against a team that was 0-9 on the second night of back-to-backs and lost by 38 in Cleveland in November.

That was the largest winning margin of the season for the Cavaliers and the most lopsided loss for Dallas.

"I don't even remember November," said James, who had nine rebounds and nine assists. "Play every game. It doesn't matter what you did in the game before."

Harrison Barnes led Dallas with 24 points and a season-high 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. Wesley Matthews scored 21 points.

Ferrell hit a 3-pointer and a driving layup to give the Mavericks their biggest lead at 102-85 with 3:52 remaining. At the next timeout, with the Cavaliers down by 15, coach Tyronn Lue pulled James and Irving after they had each missed their only two shots of the fourth quarter.

"For me, it's one of those games where they were faster than us," Lue said. "They were attacking the basket. They just ran faster and harder than us."

Mavericks: Seth Curry scored 16 points, and Dwight Powell had 14 points and eight rebounds. ... C Andrew Bogut was out again with a right hamstring strain after playing just eight minutes a night earlier in San Antonio. He had played the past three games after missing the previous six.

Cavaliers: The Cavaliers dropped to 3-6 on the second night of back-to-backs and 3-3 without Love. ... Channing Frye scored 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, with three 3-pointers. ... Cleveland's biggest lead was eight in the first quarter after a 22-5 run.

Love Update
An MRI revealed no structural damage in the All-Star reserve forward's back, but he will miss Wednesday's game at home against Minnesota. He could be out longer.

A Little Tonic
Injuries played a big role in Dallas getting off to a 3-15 start, the worst for the franchise in the past two decades. But the Mavericks are 7-3 in their last 10, and beat the defending champs to follow their first regular-season win in San Antonio since 2010.

"With the things that we've gone through this year, to win two games like this gives you energy," Carlisle said.

Up Next
Mavericks: At home against Philadelphia on Wednesday, the first of four straight against teams with losing records, including a home-and-home with Portland four days apart.

Cavaliers: After hosting the Timberwolves, four straight on the road, capped by a visit to Oklahoma City 11 days after a 16-point home win over Russell Westbrook's crew.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Find Bright Spot in Yogi Ferrell]]>Tue, 31 Jan 2017 06:40:56 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavs_Newy_Yogi_1200x675_866383939997.jpgThe Dallas Mavericks get a boost from former Indiana Hoosier Yogi Ferrell, who outscored the Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving Monday night.]]><![CDATA[Curry's 24 Points Help Mavs Hold off Spurs, 105-101]]>Mon, 30 Jan 2017 07:42:58 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630706616.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks took advantage of uncommon mental mistakes by the veteran Spurs to snap a 12-game losing streak in San Antonio.

Seth Curry had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Dallas beat San Antonio 105-101 on Sunday night to hand the Spurs consecutive losses for just the second time this season.

The Mavericks rallied from a 15-point deficit in the first half to win at the AT&T Center for the first time since Nov. 26, 2010.

"Six years since we got a win here, so sounds good," Curry said. "But we played them a couple of times early in the year and came in here and had a chance to beat them. We were pretty confident coming in. I knew if we played 48 minutes of good basketball, we'd have a chance at the end."

Kawhi Leonard had 24 points for San Antonio, which fell to 16-6 at home after tying the league mark with a 40-1 record last season.

"Too many mental errors defensively," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "I thought we did a really poor job discipline-wise. . Too many weak-side errors defensively where they got to the rim too easily. You know, we scored points. I know we got 100 points, 101 points, that's fine, but the mental mistakes were really costly."

Curry broke free for an uncontested layup and a 103-98 lead with 17 seconds remaining after San Antonio had pulled within 100-98 following Leonard's blocked shot on Curry and Manu Ginobili's steal of Dirk Nowitzki's pass.

Dallas escaped a turnover with 25 seconds left when officials ruled Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle called a timeout before Danny Green tipped the ball away from Curry. The Mavericks finished with seven turnovers, the lowest by a Spurs opponent this season.

San Antonio held Dallas to five points in the final 3:47, but was unable to complete the rally.

Yogi Ferrell, who started a day after signing a 10-day contract with the Mavericks, made two free throws to give Dallas a 105-101 lead with 7.3 seconds remaining.

"We know he's a high-character kid from a great program at Indiana (University)," Carlisle said. "He's on a short list of called-up guys in the D-League, so this was a real opportunity for him. He played extremely well and it was only fitting that he had a chance to knock down the two game-winning shots."

Harrison Barnes added 19 points and Wes Matthews had 17 for Dallas.

San Antonio turned in another lackluster fourth quarter after falling 119-103 in New Orleans on Friday.

In losing to the bottom two teams in the Southwest Division, the Spurs dropped consecutive games to teams whose combined 36 wins match San Antonio's.

"It doesn't matter who we lose to," Leonard said. "It's always tough losing. We want to win every game. We've got another one coming up and we have to be prepared. We have to go in with the same mentality; play defense first and let the offense come."

LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker had 16 points apiece for the Spurs.

Mavericks: Dallas is averaging 12.1 turnovers per game, second-fewest in the league. The Mavericks' seven turnovers were one fewer than the Los Angeles Clippers had in a 24-point victory over the Spurs on Nov. 5. . Dallas has the second-worst road record in the West at 7-19, trailing only the Lakers' 5-21 mark.

Spurs: Ginobili has 1,398 3-pointers, passing former teammate Brent Barry for 28th in league history. ... Forward Davis Bertans is just the fourth Spurs rookie with at least 35 3-pointers and 15 blocks in a season, joining Leonard, Ginobili and Lloyd Daniels. ... Bertans made his second career start. The Spurs lost for the first time in 11 games when a rookie starts.

Fast Start
Ferrell was just hoping to play a few minutes to show he belongs in the NBA after appearing in 11 games with Brooklyn earlier this season.

Ferrell was averaging 18.6 points and 5.8 assists for the Long Island Nets of the Development League when he was signed by Dallas on Saturday.

He was stunned when Carlisle told him he would start in his first game with the Mavericks.

"Definitely very eye-opening," Ferrell said. "When Coach told me that, my mind switched. I made sure I was ready."

Ferrell finished with nine points and seven assists in 36 minutes.

"As the game went on, I kind of settled down and gathered myself," he said.

Up Next
Mavericks: Host Cleveland on Monday night.

Spurs: Host Oklahoma City on Tuesday night.

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<![CDATA[Seth Curry Sparks Mavs During Recent Run]]>Mon, 30 Jan 2017 07:42:57 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy_Mavs_Minute_1200x675_865599043940.jpgNewy talks about an unheralded player providing a spark for the Dallas Mavericks, helping the team to three wins in the last four games.]]><![CDATA[Mavs Release Jackson From 10-Day Contract, Sign Ferrell]]>Sat, 28 Jan 2017 22:21:50 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavericks-012817.jpg

The Mavericks have released Pierre Jackson from his 10-day contract and replaced the former Baylor guard by signing rookie Yogi Ferrell to a 10-day deal.

Ferrell, who spent four seasons at Indiana before getting bypassed in last year's NBA draft, was waived by Brooklyn in December after averaging 5.4 points and 1.7 assists in 10 games.

The 23-year-old Ferrell was most recently with the Long Island Nets of the NBA Development League, averaging 18.7 points and 5.8 assists in 18 games.

Jackson was on his second 10-day contract with Dallas after originally signing Dec. 27 and getting waived less than two weeks later. He averaged 3.9 points and 2.1 assists in nine games.

The Mavericks also recalled guard-forward Nicolas Brussino from the Texas Legends of the D-League.

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<![CDATA[Westbrook Scores 45 Points, Thunder Beat Short-Handed Mavs]]>Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:04:59 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/505180868.jpg

Just when it looked as if the Oklahoma City Thunder might squander a big lead, Russell Westbrook unleashed his full fury on the Dallas Mavericks.

Westbrook scored 17 of his 45 points in the final 8:23 to help the Thunder beat the short-handed Mavericks 109-98 on Thursday night.

Oklahoma City led by 16 late in the third quarter, but the advantage was down to six when Westbrook checked in after a Dallas timeout. The NBA scoring leader made 7 of 10 shots in the fourth quarter, including 3 of 4 3-pointers.

"I could tell in the timeout that he felt like he was getting ready to kind of explode, to be honest with you," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.

Westbrook was 16 of 29 overall from the field after being named an All-Star reserve earlier in the night. He had eight rebounds and three assists, ending his triple-doubles streak at three games.

Victor Oladipo added 17 points, and Steven Adams had 15 in Oklahoma City's third straight win.

The Thunder's excitement was dimmed when they learned that forward Enes Kanter fractured his right forearm punching a chair in the second quarter. Kanter is the team's No. 3 scorer and one of the league's top reserves.

"It was tough, man," Westbrook said. "To do it the way he did it is very unfortunate. He's a strong man, and he'll be back better."

Adams said Kanter likely will struggle with how he has affected the team.

"He didn't mean to do it, obviously," Adams said. "It's just one of those frustrating times where it just happened to like — he did what he did, you know. He's already hard on himself. No one else can be as hard as he is on himself. He's probably just feeling so under the weather. I feel bad for him."

Harrison Barnes scored 31 points, and Justin Anderson added 17 for the Mavericks. They had won five of seven.

Dallas was without four of its top five scorers. Forward Wesley Matthews sat out with a right hip strain, forward Dirk Nowitzki rested on the second game of a back-to-back, guard J.J. Barea was out with a left calf strain, and guard Deron Williams was out with a sprained left big toe.

Oladipo made a 3-pointer with 5.3 seconds left in the first half to put the Thunder up 53-52, but Dorian Finney-Smith answered with a 3 as time expired in the half to put the Mavericks up 55-53.

Oklahoma City gained control in the third quarter and put the Mavericks into foul trouble. Westbrook scored 13 points in the period, and Oklahoma City led 87-73 heading into the fourth quarter.

Dallas roared back in the opening minutes of the final period and cut Oklahoma City's lead to three, but rookie Domantas Sabonis drained a 3-pointer, and Dallas called a timeout.

Westbrook then checked in after a short rest and finished the job.

"We put up a good fight," Anderson said. "It's tough when we did great the whole night. Westbrook got hot there at the end shooting threes. We were answering him with twos, and that's a tough battle to win."

Mavericks: Dallas committed just one turnover in the first quarter. ... Rookie G Pierre Jackson suffered a left hamstring pull in the second quarter and only played 13 minutes in his first career start.

Thunder: Westbrook went without an assist in the first half, and without an assist or rebound in the second quarter. ... Oklahoma City shot 51.4 percent overall. ... Kanter finished with four points in nine minutes.

Stat Lines
Barnes made 13 of 26 shots, made both of his 3-pointers and all three of his free throws.

Dallas G Devin Harris, on strategy against Westbrook: "We kind of took everyone else away. We tried to make one guy beat you, and he made some shots. That's just how it goes sometimes."

Up Next
The Mavericks play at the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.

The Thunder play at the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Rezoning Approved for Possible New Mavs Arena]]>Wed, 25 Jan 2017 23:39:54 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MARK_CUBAN_ON_JUSTIN_ANDERSON_1200x675_719881795568.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks scored a huge win at Dallas City Hall on Wednesday.

Council members approved a rezoning request paving the way for the possibility of a new basketball arena.

It would be located next to the team's brand-new practice facility along Stemmons Freeway in the booming Design District.

The team still has 13 years left on its lease with the American Airlines Center, right across the freeway from the Mavs' training facility that opened in October 2016.

It sits on 14 acres of land owned by Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

Wednesday, council members approved a rezoning request that would allow for buildings the size of a new arena.

In October, Cuban alluded to having bigger plans for the property than just the training facility.

"I bought 14 acres, and this is in an existing building, so we also have the building next door, the building behind, there's lots of things we plan on doing. The idea here was this was an existing structure was just to get something open so we could have a practice facility close by," Cuban said in October.

Parking and access at the AAC have long been an issue for fans, but it's unclear how moving to the busy Design District will help that.

There is still a lot of time left to figure out the details.

Cuban has said he doesn't even expect to make a decision on whether the team will move for another six years.

<![CDATA[Barnes Scores 23 to Lead Mavericks Over Knicks, 103-95]]>Thu, 26 Jan 2017 05:40:52 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632723242.jpg

While injuries continue to mount for the Dallas Mavericks, the healthy players who remain are determined to keep pressing forward.

Harrison Barnes scored 23 points and Seth Curry had 20 as the Mavericks beat the New York Knicks 103-95 on Wednesday night.

Dirk Nowitzki added 19 points for Dallas, which was coming off a 49-point blowout of the Los Angeles Lakers. The last-place Mavericks (16-29) have won five of seven.

Carmelo Anthony, the subject of trade talk, scored 30 points to lead the Knicks. Courtney Lee had a season-high 23 for New York, which has lost 14 of 18.

Dallas played without Wesley Matthews and lost Deron Williams to injury late in the first half.

"That is the story of our season right now," Curry said. "Guys are going down so everybody is stepping up."

Barnes, one of the few Mavs players who has been healthy all season, scored 13 after halftime.

"Once I got hurt and other guys got hurt, he kind of got thrown in the fire," Nowitzki said of Barnes. "He's been fantastic. Just being in that position more and more, you get more experience, and he's tough to guard now."

Dallas led by as many as 10 in the third quarter, but the Knicks rallied to get within one twice in the fourth quarter.

Down 89-88, the Knicks had the ball on a fast break, but Ron Baker missed a 3-pointer from the right corner.

Curry followed with a long jumper at the other end, keying an 8-0 run as New York turned the ball over on three consecutive possessions.

"We've got to stay away from careless turnovers," Anthony said. "We had eight in the fourth quarter; that's the game right there. We've got to do a better job taking care of the ball, protecting the ball, getting what we want."

Nowitzki gave the Mavericks the lead for good at 65-63 in the third quarter when he scored off an offensive rebound. Dallas went on a 14-2 run capped by Dorian Finney-Smith's 3-pointer with 3:08 left in the period, giving the Mavericks their biggest lead at 75-65.

Mavericks: The team signed guard Pierre Jackson to a second 10-day contract, and he played 24 minutes largely in place of Williams. If the Mavericks want to keep Jackson longer than 10 days, they would be required to sign him for the rest of the season.

Knicks: Kristaps Porzingis played only five minutes in the first half after picking up three fouls. He scored all 13 of his points after halftime. ... Rookie center Willy Hernangomez had a career-high 16 rebounds. ... New York coach Jeff Hornacek said forward Lance Thomas had a mask to protect his fractured orbital bone, but was still experiencing headaches during workouts so the team will take its time returning him to action.

Medical Update
Williams came up limping after he stepped on Joakim Noah's foot late in the first half. Williams hit a 3-pointer later in the same possession but asked out of the game and went straight to the locker room. He was diagnosed with a left big toe sprain and sat out the second half. He will likely miss more time.

Matthews sat out after straining his right hip on Sunday. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Matthews will miss at least one more game.

On the plus side, Andrew Bogut returned to action after missing six straight games with a right hamstring strain.

No Distractions
Despite his name coming up in trade speculation, Anthony said after the game that the chatter was not a distraction to him or the team.

"Until management comes to me and says something, that's something I can't feed into," he said. "At this point, I really don't have any reaction to it. It's something that we've talked about, it's something that we've discussed amongst each other, it's something that we don't want to bring into this locker room."

Up Next
Mavericks: Visit Oklahoma City on Thursday for the first of three matchups this season with the Thunder.

Knicks: Host Charlotte on Friday for their only home game in a six-game stretch.

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<![CDATA[Newy Scruggs and Brad Townsend Talk Mavs]]>Wed, 25 Jan 2017 21:16:48 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TOWNSEND_AND_NEWY_MAVS_TALK_FOR_WEB_1200x675_862731843770.jpgNBC 5's Newy Scruggs talks with reporter Brad Townsend, of the Dallas Morning News, about Dirk Nowitzki’s future, the Mavs' possible trade deadline moves and much more.]]><![CDATA[Mavericks Sign Guard Pierre Jackson to 2nd 10-Day Contract]]>Wed, 25 Jan 2017 12:42:18 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632423018.jpg

The Mavericks have signed Pierre Jackson to a second 10-day contract, putting the former Baylor guard closer to a guaranteed roster spot for the rest of the season.

The 25-year-old Jackson has averaged 3.1 points and 1.7 assists in seven games with the Mavericks in his first NBA season. He was signed off Dallas' development league team in December and waived less than two weeks later. He signed his first 10-day deal Jan. 15.

If the Mavericks want to keep Jackson beyond another 10-day contract, they will have to sign him for the rest of the season.

Jackson was a second-round pick in 2013 but never appeared in an NBA game before tearing an Achilles tendon in a summer league game a year later. He has also played in France.

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<![CDATA[Nowitzki Starts Mavericks Toward 122-73 Rout of Lakers]]>Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:22:35 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632409830.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks had something to prove on Sunday following two straight tough losses.

Coming off a three-point effort in an overtime loss on Friday, Nowitzki scored all 13 of his points in the first half and Dallas gave the Los Angeles Lakers the worst loss in their history, 122-73.

"We didn't show up to play," Lakers coach Luke Walton said. "It's embarrassing for us as a team and for us as an organization. The effort just wasn't there tonight, which I don't understand."

The 49-point defeat just edged Los Angeles' two previous worst losses at 48 points, most recently 123-75 at Utah on March 28, 2016.

The Mavericks' winning margin was the third-largest in their history.

It was Dallas' 13th straight win over the Lakers, who have lost six of their last seven games overall.

After a season-best three-game winning streak, the Mavericks had blown a nine-point halftime lead at Miami on Thursday and lost to Utah on Friday.

Nowitzki was 1 for 13 against the Jazz, including a missed 3-pointer that would have tied the game in overtime.

"I looked sluggish the other night on that back-to-back," Nowitzki said, "but took a day off yesterday, didn't do anything. Felt a lot better today."

The game was close for 10 minutes, with Dallas leading 23-22 before the Mavericks scored the next 15 points to blow it open. Nowitzki had seven points during the run. He played just 20 minutes.

Justin Anderson led seven Mavericks in double figures with a game-high 19 points in 16 minutes, his most playing time since Dec. 27.

The Mavericks led 67-33 at the half and never looked back. They both scored their most points and allowed the fewest in a half and a game this season. The 34-point halftime lead was the third-largest in franchise history.

The Lakers scored their fewest points in a quarter, a first half and a game.

"What's deflating is that we didn't guard anybody tonight," Lakers forward Julius Randle said.

Lou Williams led the Lakers with 15 points.

Dallas' Seth Curry scored 14 points, including seven straight in the first quarter.

Wesley Matthews and Deron Williams also had 13 points. Devin Harris and Pierre Jackson scored 10 each. Rookies Jackson and Nicolas Brussino (eight points) each reached career highs.

Mavericks: Dallas' record winning margin was 123-70 win at home over the 76ers on Nov. 13, 2014. They beat the Knicks 128-78 in New York on Jan. 24, 2010. ... J.J. Barea missed his 26th game this season because of a strained left calf aggravated on Friday. Coach Rick Carlisle said he didn't expect Barea back until after the All-Star break (Feb. 24 at the earliest). Andrew Bogut (strained right hamstring) could return this week, according to Carlisle.

Lakers: They played without D'Angelo Russell, second on the team at 14.3 points per game. An MRI taken Saturday showed a mildly sprained right MCL and strained right calf. That left the Lakers with rookie Brandon Ingram starting at point guard, and they had a season-low 10 assists. ... Larry Nance Jr. (bone bruise, left knee) returned after missing 16 games and scored four points.

Lending a Hand
Mavericks G Deron Williams moved into 20th place in NBA history with 6,715 assists, passing Kevin Johnson. Williams has had at least seven assists in seven straight games; on Sunday, he had eight, seven by halftime.

Nowitzki tied J.R. Smith for 15th place in 3-point field goals by making one for a total of 1,729.

Up Next
Mavericks: Complete a three-game homestand on Wednesday night against New York.

Lakers: Travel to Portland for the second game of a three-game trip on Wednesday night.

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<![CDATA[Jazz Win 112-107 in Overtime at Mavs]]>Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:48:41 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-509282256.jpg

Rudy Gobert had career highs with 27 points and 25 rebounds, including one on his missed free throw in overtime that led to the tying 3-pointer by Joe Johnson, and the Utah Jazz beat the Dallas Mavericks 112-107 on Friday night.

Gobert had just missed both of his free throw attempts with 1:50 left, but the second one ricocheted right back to him. Johnson then hit a 3 to make it 107-all.

After a Dallas miss by Deron Williams and a foul in the aftermath, Joe Ingles put the Jazz ahead to stay with two free throws with 1:35 remaining.

Gobert finished with his 29th consecutive 10-rebound game.

Gordon Hayward had 26 points, including a big 3-pointer late in regulation. Johnson finished with 15 points.

Harrison Barnes had 19 points for Dallas, which had seven players score in double figures. Williams had 16 points and Seth Curry 15.

Williams had consecutive layups high off the glass in overtime, the last with 1:36 putting the Mavericks up 107-104.

Hayward's 3-pointer with 1:06 left in regulation had put the Jazz up 96-95, then Gobert had a rebound that led to his layup at the other end for a 98-95 lead with 36 seconds left.

That rebound by Gobert came after a missed 3-pointer by J.J. Barea, who aggravated a calf issue on the shot.

Curry, who had been on the bench for a long stretch, re-entered the game for Barea and made a wide-open tying 3-pointer from the left corner with 25 seconds left that tied it.

Dirk Nowitzki had a season-high 10 rebounds for Dallas, but was just 1-of-13 shooting for three points. A minute into the fourth quarter, the 13-time All-Star and MVP from 10 years ago twice grabbed his own misses before being blocked on a third try.


Jazz: Gobert's rebounding streak is now 10 games longer than the previous Jazz record that had been shared by Paul Millsap (2008-09) and Truck Robinson (1977-78). Only four other NBA players have had a 30-game streak of 10-rebound games since 1997-98. ... The Jazz went to overtime for the first time this season.

Mavericks: After losing at Miami on Thursday, Dallas is 0-8 in the second game of back-to-backs. ... The Mavs scored on 10 consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter before Barnes had a turnover out of a timeout with 2:40 left. Barnes had scored seven consecutive points during that stretch. ... Andrew Bogut missed his fifth straight game since tweaking his hamstring last week after coming back from a right knee problem.


Jazz: Back home against Indiana on Saturday night.

Mavericks: Host the Lakers on Sunday. Dallas won twice in Los Angeles earlier this season, and has won 12 straight in the series.

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<![CDATA[Doney: Why the Mavs Could Still Make the Playoffs]]>Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:36:45 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavericks+Rick+Carlisle.jpgThough the Dallas Mavericks are toward the bottom of the NBA standings more than halfway through the season, they still could surprise people and make the playoffs. NBC 5's Pat Doney explains.

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<![CDATA[Dragic Scores 32, Heat Top Mavericks 99-95]]>Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:44:20 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-614766146.jpg

Goran Dragic had 32 points, Tyler Johnson scored 10 of his 23 in the fourth quarter and the Miami Heat topped the Dallas Mavericks 99-95 on Thursday night.

Dragic shot 11 for 15 from the field and 4 of 4 from 3-point range. He also got a big offensive rebound in the final minute to extend a possession, and Johnson made a pair of free throws with 29.9 seconds left to give Miami an eight-point lead.

Hassan Whiteside scored 13 and Dion Waiters added 12 for the Heat.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points for Dallas, which had its season-best three-game winning streak snapped. The Mavericks went 1 for 8 from the field during a late stretch of the fourth quarter and never got the lead again.

Wesley Matthews scored 18 for the Mavericks, who got 15 apiece from Harrison Barnes and Seth Curry.

Nowitzki made two of three free throws with 18.5 seconds left to get the Mavs within 95-92. The Heat needed to burn two timeouts before even getting the ball inbounded on the ensuing possession, and Johnson hit two from the line five seconds later to help seal the win.

Dragic tied a career best for shooting percentage when taking at least 15 shots; he was 11 of 15 on two other occasions, both with Phoenix. It was also the fourth time he was 4 for 4 from 3-point range in a regular-season game -- he was 5 for 5 once, in a 2010 playoff game with the Suns.


Mavericks: Nowitzki took Dallas' first four shots. ... J.J. Barea scored 13 points and has reached double figures in 11 of his 17 games this season. At 32, he's on pace to average more than 12 points a game for the first time. ... Dallas took only 11 free throws to Miami's 29.

Heat: Miami is up to 170 games missed by players for illness or injury this season, most in the NBA. ... Okaro White made his NBA debut in the first quarter. He was signed to a 10-day deal earlier this week. ... Wayne Ellington got his 1,000th career rebound and is one 3-pointer shy of 500.


A fan avoided injury when a door -- depicting a hotel room door -- on a wheeled frame fell over on her during a promotion after the first quarter. The promotion had several fans slide hotel "keys" into the door, and the one that worked would win a hotel stay. Heat officials said the woman was fine, and the game was delayed a couple of minutes while some cosmetic scrapes to the floor were removed.


Dallas center Andrew Bogut missed his fourth straight game with a right hamstring strain. He worked out on the court before the game and is improving, though he isn't expected to play Friday against Utah.


Mavericks: Host the Utah Jazz on Friday. Dallas is 0-7 on the second night of back-to-backs this season.

Heat: Host the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. Miami is 1-1 against the Bucks, with both teams winning at home.

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<![CDATA[Mavericks Edge Bulls 99-98 for 3rd Straight Win]]>Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:31:27 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-631932580.jpg

Wesley Matthews was mad at himself after Jimmy Butler's clutch shot in the final minute. He exacted his revenge on the other side of the court.

Matthews made a go-ahead 3-pointer from the wing with 12 seconds left, and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Chicago Bulls 99-98 on Tuesday night for their first three-game winning streak of the season.

"We've been struggling, it's been tough for 2½ months, but guys kept hanging in and believing in each other," coach Rick Carlisle said. "Games like this give us even more confidence."

Six players scored in double figures for the Mavericks (14-27), including all five starters. Harrison Barnes had 20 points, Seth Curry added 18 and Dirk Nowitzki finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Dallas trailed 98-96 after Butler's long jumper over Matthews in a matchup of Marquette products with 23 seconds left, but Carlisle decided against a timeout and Deron Williams drove into the lane before kicking out to Matthews for the 3.

"Jimmy came down and made a great play. He went over the top of me and shot," Matthews said. "And I can't really take much credit for the other end of the court. D-Will came down in transition. I think everyone was expecting a timeout, which was a good play by Coach to not do that.

"D-Will made a great play, he found me, and I just had to knock it down."

Matthews then prevented Butler from getting a shot off in the final seconds, and Dwyane Wade missed a potential game-winning jumper from the corner on his 35th birthday.

"They did a good job of pressuring on us, making us make tough shots," Wade said. "Wes Matthews is a great defender and he did a great job of just pressuring Jimmy and making us get to other things at the end."

Butler finished with 24 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds for the Bulls, who had won two in a row. Robin Lopez scored 21, and Wade had 17 on 8-for-21 shooting.

Wade's fadeaway jumper gave the Bulls a 94-90 lead with 3:18 remaining, but they struggled to score down the stretch of another disappointing performance at home. Chicago (21-22) dropped to 13-9 at the United Center, including home losses to the under-.500 Knicks, Lakers, Trail Blazers, Timberwolves and Mavericks.

"We've just got to be better, man," Butler said. "It's the same mistakes over and over again."

Chicago played without forward Taj Gibson, sidelined by left ankle soreness. Paul Zipser, a second-round pick in last year's draft, started in Gibson's spot and finished with five points and three rebounds in his 13th game of the season.

Gibson, averaging 12 points and 7.3 rebounds, could return Friday night at Atlanta. He had played in every game this season.

Dallas put together a 15-4 run spanning halftime to open a 64-51 lead on Barnes' turnaround jumper with 8:38 left in the third. But Chicago kept chipping away at the deficit, and Lopez's three-point play off a pass from Butler trimmed the Mavericks' lead to 76-74 heading into the fourth.

Bullish Against the Bulls
The Mavericks earned their fourth consecutive win against the Bulls, including a 107-82 victory in their first meeting this season. They swept the series against Chicago for the second consecutive season for the first time since 2002-03 and 2003-04.

Mavericks: C Andrew Bogut missed his third straight game with a right hamstring strain. ... Williams had 11 points, nine assists and six rebounds, and reserve J.J. Barea scored 12 points. Matthews went 3 for 5 from 3-point range and finished with 11 points.

Bulls: Butler received his Olympic championship ring during a pregame ceremony. He helped the U.S. win gold in Rio de Janeiro last summer. ... F Doug McDermott, who scored a career-high 31 points in Chicago's 108-104 victory at Memphis on Sunday night, finished with seven points on 3-for-10 shooting.

Up Next
Mavericks: Visit Miami on Thursday night. The Mavericks have lost nine of their last 10 regular-season games against the Heat.

Bulls: Visit Atlanta on Friday night. The Bulls have dropped five in a row against the Hawks, including a 115-107 defeat at Atlanta on Nov. 9.

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<![CDATA[Mark Cuban Responds to Ref Union Allegation of Intimidation]]>Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:52:26 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/505558222.jpg

Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban, in response to assertions by the NBA's referee union that he tries to intimidate and control game officials and that the league doesn't police him enough, said he has no intentions of changing his ways of trying to bring change to a system that he believes desperately needs it.

"Nothing's changed," Cuban said before the Mavericks' game Thursday night in Mexico City against Phoenix. "My influence is so great, it got us 11 wins this season."

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<![CDATA[Mavericks Beat Suns 113-108 in Mexico City]]>Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:29:00 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/495550652.jpg

Deron Williams' savvy floor game helped the Dallas Mavericks offset Devin Booker's sensational shooting in Mexico City.

Williams had 23 points and 15 assists, and the Mavericks defeated the Phoenix Suns 113-108 on Thursday night in the fourth regular-season NBA game played in Mexico.

Williams shot 9 for 15 from the field in a matchup of struggling teams south of the border. Harrison Barnes added 22 points and Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 for the Mavericks, who broke a three-game losing streak.

Williams has scored at least 20 points six times in his last 10 games.

"Deron had a great night, both as playmaker and as a scorer, and he was involved in key stops down the stretch," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "When a veteran guy like that has a night like that, it's a real advantage for your team. He was solid and did it in a spectacular fashion -- a sign of a great pro."

Booker scored 29 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter for the Suns. Tyson Chandler had 14 points and 19 rebounds against his former team.

Phoenix took a 59-57 lead at halftime, but Williams hit a couple of 3-pointers and a jumper in a 17-4 run that gave the Mavericks a 76-63 lead with seven minutes left in the third quarter.

The Suns pulled within four after a 3 by Booker with 13 seconds to play in the game, but Dorian Finney-Smith made two free throws to seal it for Dallas.

"We wanted to get a win. We were sitting on a three-game losing streak and Phoenix just beats us at home a couple of nights ago, so it was a good win for us", Nowitzki said. "We made a nice little run in the third quarter and we were able to get some separation, but you've got to give them credit. Devin Booker was fantastic in the second half. He made shot after shot and he kept them in the game. At the end it was a lot closer than we wanted to, but we made big shots ourselves."

Dallas and Phoenix are tied for the worst record in the Western Conference at 12-27.

"We are at the point of the season where it's make or break. Every game counts at this point of the season and we need to get wins," the 20-year-old Booker said. "We have a really young team and they put us under fire, but we have a coach that trusts and believes in us."

The game was the first of two that the Suns will play south of the border. Mexico is hosting two games in one season for the first time in NBA history.

The previous regular-season game in Mexico took place in 2015, when Boston faced Sacramento.

Seth Curry scored nine points in the first quarter for the Mavericks, who took a 27-19 lead. Phoenix rallied and trailed just 32-29 after 12 minutes.

In the second period, Leandro Barbosa had back-to-back baskets and the Suns took the lead, but Dallas tied it with a shot from Barnes. Marquese Chriss got a layup with 19 seconds to play, sending Phoenix into halftime with the lead.


Suns: It was the fourth straight game with more than 15 rebounds for Chandler, matching the longest streak by a Phoenix player. Shawn Marion did it in 2006. ... Booker had his 12th career game with 30 or more points.

Mavericks: Curry made his seventh start of the season.


Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said would support the idea of an NBA team in Mexico. Cuban praised the Arena Ciudad de Mexico, and added that the distance from the United States is not a factor.

"I would love a team down here. I think it would really help the sport," Cuban said. "I would like to come back with the Mavericks, and every time that the NBA asks, we would love to be here."

Mexico City's governor, Miguel Angel Mancera, said earlier in the week that he supports the idea of an NBA team in Mexico.


Phoenix fell to 0-3 in Mexico -- sort of. The Suns dropped preseason games in 1996 and 2009 to the Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers, respectively.


  • Suns: Play the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday in Mexico City.
  • Mavericks: Host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[First Honorary Mavs ManiAAC Cheers on the Team]]>Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:45:01 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Honorary+Mavs+ManiAAC.jpg

You've likely seen them on the sidelines: the Mavs ManiAACs, an all-male dance troupe that brings some serious fun to cheering on the Dallas Mavericks.

They had a new member join the crew for a home game last week who overcame physical limitations to show that anyone can dance, showing how Texas Connects Us through the drive to follow our dreams.

They earned the name for a reason. The dancing Mavs ManiAACs always make an entrance, and on a recent night at the American Airlines Center, there was a new star on the squad.

"Feeling really good! Loving every minute of it!" said Dylan Rafaty.

Rafaty is deaf in one ear and partially deaf in the other. He's also had multiple spinal fusion surgeries for scoliosis. But he never slows down.

He auditioned for the ManiAACs and impressed them with his moves.

“He inspired me from sending me a message on Facebook as the captain of the ManiAACs,” said Captain Big Rob. “He wanted to know about auditions and he mentioned to me about some of his limitations and things that he could do and he couldn’t do and he asked me could he still audition and I said 'man, of course. Come out and give it a shot!'”

But the competition was fierce. Rafaty didn't quite make the cut, though he did make a mark.

"His official ManiAAC name is Raf Daddy!" Big Rob said, introducing him to the rest of the group.

Rafaty earned the chance to be the first ever honorary Mavs ManiAAC. From some backstage magic, to pumping up the team and finally stepping in the arena, Rafaty got the true ManiAACs treatment.

"Love every minute of this experience," he said.

He picked up a few new dance moves and got to show them off to a crowd of thousands on the big screen. But for Rafaty, this moment in the spotlight is bringing attention to something bigger.

"I hope that every person with a disability, anybody can strive to become whatever they want to be and to be able to do this for a game is unbelievable," Rafaty said, showing that a dream can take any shape, what matters is to chase it.

<![CDATA[Mavs' Anderson Fined $25K for Foul on Kris Dunn]]>Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:13:46 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630706142.jpg

The NBA has fined Dallas Mavericks guard/forward Justin Anderson $25,000 for a flagrant foul against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kris Dunn.

Anderson was called for a flagrant 1 foul for striking Dunn in the head with 10:45 left in the second quarter of the Timberwolves' 101-92 victory at the Target Center on Monday.

The league on Wednesday upgraded it to a flagrant foul 2, which is considered unnecessary and excessive.

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<![CDATA[Towns, Rubio Lead T-Wolves Over Mavs, 101-92]]>Tue, 10 Jan 2017 05:20:10 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-614766686.jpg

Karl-Anthony Towns dominated at the start, Ricky Rubio took over in the end and it added up to a big win for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Towns had 34 points and 11 rebounds, Rubio added 13 points and a season-high 15 assists, and the Timberwolves snapped a four-game losing streak with a 101-92 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.

"The team was struggling lately and everybody had to do a better job in the fourth quarter, and I think we did today," said Rubio, whose team has lost 12 games after leading by double digits this season, including a two-point home defeat against Utah on Saturday. "We've been doing a pretty good job for three quarters all season, but the fourth quarter is just different. It's when you win games."

Harrison Barnes scored 30 points for the Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki had 26, including five 3-pointers.

"We were never able to control Towns, obviously," Nowitzki said. "He got too deep some; just never really had an answer for him."

The Timberwolves shot 56.3 percent from the floor, with Towns (15 for 19) leading the way. He got off to a scorching start, shooting 8 of 9 in the first quarter.

Towns scored Minnesota's first seven points and 16 total in the first seven minutes. He finished with 20 in the period as the Timberwolves took a 33-14 lead after one quarter.

"I guess it was my lucky day," Towns said. "I just found good ways to find ways that they couldn't double-team me in spots where it was very difficult to double-team me."

Rubio scored nine points in the fourth quarter, including consecutive baskets during an 8-0 run that gave the Timberwolves some breathing room after Dallas had whittled a 21-point lead to 81-77.

His three free throws put the Wolves up by 14 with 2:08 to play, effectively sealing the game.

"I thought Ricky had great command of the game with his dribble penetration, and I thought he made great reads early with Karl," Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. "That got Karl going. And he settled us down in the fourth."

After Minnesota took a 44-23 lead in the second quarter, the Mavericks responded with a 15-2 run to get back in the game. Nowitzki hit 3-pointers on three straight possessions to close the first half as Dallas pulled to 54-46 at the break.

But in the end, it was another stinging blow for the Mavericks, who lost to Atlanta in similar fashion on Saturday.

"Yeah, it's tough, because both these games, they played out the same way," Barnes said. "You got down. You battled back. You got an opportunity to kind of get on top, and you fall back into the same routine."

Mavericks: Dallas had won seven straight against the Timberwolves, including four in a row at Target Center. This was their first meeting of the season. ... Nowitzki topped his previous season high of four 3-pointers. The last time he had six in a game was April 1, 2014. ... Andrew Bogut missed the fourth quarter with an injured hamstring.

Timberwolves: Towns scored 20 points in a quarter for the second time in his career. He had 22 in the first quarter against New York on Nov. 30. ... Zach Lavine left early in the fourth with a bruised left hip and did not return. Lavine grabbed Devon Harris to get called for a foul, then limped off the court and into the Minnesota locker room. Thibodeau said Lavine would be re-evaluated at practice on Tuesday. ... Shabazz Muhammad scored in double figures off the bench for the sixth time in his last eight games, finishing with 11 points in 20-plus minutes.

Dirk Digs Deep
Nowitzki played more than 30 minutes in a game for the first time this season. He's missed a total of 25 games this season due to a strained right Achilles and a handful of other injuries and illnesses.

"It's still a work in progress, but it's a lot better than I was a week ago," Nowitzki said. "Just got to keep working, got to be a little better on both ends and help the fellas."

Yes, the Timberwolves climbed out of the Western Conference cellar with the victory. But in a wide-open race for the eighth playoff spot in the West, Minnesota is just three games back in the loss column.

"It's amazing how long the season is," Towns said. "We have so much time. Don't count us out at any time."

But the veteran Rubio added a word of caution.

"We've still got time but we've got to hurry up," he said. "The window is closing."

Up Next
Mavericks: Dallas plays the Phoenix Suns on Thursday in Mexico City.

Timberwolves: Minnesota hosts the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Tipoff Switch Avoids Conflict with Cowboys Playoff Game]]>Fri, 06 Jan 2017 21:22:31 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-523068864.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks and their fans should be done in time to watch the Dallas Cowboys play their NFC divisional playoff game.

The NBA team announced Friday that tipoff for its Jan. 15 game against Minnesota was being moved up two hours to 1 p.m. Central.

While the Mavericks didn't offer a reason for the time switch, the Cowboys' home playoff game that day starts at 3:40 p.m.

It is the second Mavericks home game in a month with a time change. When the Cowboys' home game against Tampa Bay on Dec. 18 was moved to prime time, the Mavs played their game against Sacramento at 3 p.m. instead of the scheduled 6 p.m.

AT&T Stadium, where the Cowboys play, is about 20 miles from the American Airlines Center.

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<![CDATA[Suns Pull Away Late from Mavericks, 102-95]]>Fri, 06 Jan 2017 06:31:01 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-614766146.jpg

Eric Bledsoe spent time last summer trying to teach himself not to get down when a game wasn't going well.

The Phoenix guard applied those lessons in Dallas, helping his team win consecutive games for just the second time this season.

Bledsoe scored 11 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, including seven straight to break a tie in the final two minutes, and the Suns beat the Mavericks 102-95 on Thursday night.

The six-year veteran had missed all four of his 3-pointers through three quarters before making two of three while the Suns were 4 of 5 from long range in the fourth. He finished 9 of 16 from the field .

"I have to show up in crunch time no matter how bad the game is going for me," said Bledsoe, who scored nine of Phoenix's last 11 points and had a game-high seven assists. "The last couple of minutes is my time."

Devin Booker, Bledsoe's backcourt mate, added 22 points as the Suns (12-25) denied the Mavericks (11-25) their third two-game winning streak in a matchup of Western Conference also-rans.

"We want our guards to get after it, control the pace, create tempo and play with a lot of edge," Suns coach Earl Watson said. "It just filters throughout our team."

Deron Williams led the Mavericks with 20 points, including consecutive baskets for a 93-all tie before Bledsoe's tiebreaking 3-pointer started a 9-2 run to finish the game.

Tyson Chandler had 18 rebounds for Phoenix against his former team, and Brandon Knight scored 17 points after missing a game with a sprained right wrist.

Led by the 7-foot-1 center who helped carry the Mavericks to their only NBA title in 2011, the Suns outrebounded the Mavericks 53-31.

"Not good," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "And that's a big factor obviously in the game and the outcome. You shoot better but lose by seven. That's one of the reasons."

Dallas' 7-footer, Andrew Bogut, had no rebounds and also went scoreless with five fouls a day after suggesting in a radio interview in his native Australia that his days in Dallas might be short. He didn't talk to reporters after the game.

Bogut, obtained in an offseason trade after Golden State had to dump salary to add Kevin Durant, is coming off the bench because starting alongside star forward Dirk Nowitzki hasn't been a good mix. Bogut is a prime candidate for a trade, with Dallas likely looking to the future.

The Mavericks led 72-70 after Devin Harris picked up a loose ball that got away from P.J. Tucker near midcourt and hit a 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer. That led to a fourth quarter with five lead changes and two ties.

Mavericks: Harrison Barnes, Dallas' leading scorer, had 19 points. ... The guards were strong off the bench, with Seth Curry scoring 16 points and Harris 12. ... Curry was in double figures for the ninth time in 11 games and the 18th time this season. He had 12 double-figure games with Sacramento last season.

Suns: Alex Len had 14 points and seven rebounds. ... Chandler scored three points to go with three assists and had his eighth game with at least 15 rebounds. ... Bledsoe had at least 20 points for the 19th time in 37 games, and Booker hit the mark for the 15th time in 37 games.

Nowitzki's Progress
The 7-foot German played for the sixth time in seven games after missing 22 of the previous 24 with a strained right Achilles tendon. He played 28 minutes and had 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting, missing a number of open looks, with a team-high seven rebounds.

"I think it's too early to judge any of that stuff," Carlisle said. "This has been a long road, so the good thing is he's moving better."

A Little Run
Thanks to their modest winning streak, the Suns are 3-2 in their past five games after losing six of the previous seven. For the moment, they're out of last place in the West.

"We have aspirations and goals to make it to the playoffs," said Booker, who made all three of his 3-pointers. "We know it could go either way right now, but we keep fighting through it. Tonight was a big game."

Up Next
Mavericks: Finish their three-game homestand Saturday against Atlanta before a three-game trip that includes the game against the Suns in Mexico City.

Suns: Home against Cleveland before consecutive games in Mexico City against Dallas and San Antonio.

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<![CDATA[Barnes Leads Mavericks to 113-105 Win Over Wizards]]>Wed, 04 Jan 2017 05:26:19 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630277806.jpg

After a disappointing 2016, the Dallas Mavericks started the new year off on the right foot.

Harrison Barnes scored 26 points and Deron Williams added 21 as the Mavericks rallied to beat the Washington Wizards 113-105 on Tuesday night.

Devin Harris had 17 points and Seth Curry 16 for Dallas, which went 10-24 before the New Year. Williams, Harris and Curry all hit four 3-pointers as Dallas made 17-of-32 from long range.

Six Mavericks scored in double figures, including Dirk Nowitzki, who started at center and chipped in with 11 points and nine rebounds.

"We've got to find ways to win right now," Nowitzki said. "We want to make some ground up this month. Whoever's number is called has to be ready."

John Wall led Washington with 27 points and Bradley Beal added 25 for the Wizards, who fell to 1-6 on the second half of back-to-back games. They lost to Houston on Monday night.

Dallas trailed by nine points in the third quarter before rallying on the strength of 11-for-16 3-point shooting in the second half.

"If we shoot the way we shot tonight, we're pretty good," Harris said.

Trailing 88-87, the Mavericks scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter and led 110-100 on Barnes' 3-pointer with 2:51 to play.

The Wizards shaved the lead to five, but Beal missed a 3-pointer and then Wall missed two 3s, any of which would cut the lead to two before Barnes made another 3 with 24.3 seconds left to put the game away.

"We had a great situation, a great opportunity to come in and take advantage of it, and we didn't," Beal said.

Mavericks: Andrew Bogut, who missed 11 games this year with a knee injury, limped to the bench with 3:52 remaining in the fourth quarter and did not return. Forward Dorian Finney-Smith was a finalist for Western Conference rookie of the month for December but lost to New Orleans' Buddy Hield. Finney-Smith started 16 of the team's 17 games in December, averaging 6.6 points.

Wizards: Wall was named Eastern Conference player of the month for December after averaging 24.5 points, 10.7 assists and an NBA-best 2.7 steals per game as the Wizards went 10-5. Washington has lost 12 of 13 to the Mavericks dating to 2009, their only win coming last season.

Putting Up a Wall
Wall took over the final 2:30 of the first half, scoring 13 points in a 20-3 Wizards run that gave the Wizards a 67-61 lead at the break. He scored the final 11 points of the half for Washington.

But Dallas held him to just seven points in the second half.

"I missed two or three pull-ups I thought were good shots," Wall said. "They just rimmed in and out. They were making shots in the third and we didn't have an opportunity to get out in transition off missed shots."

Stepping Back
Bogut asked Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle to bring him off the bench due to the struggles the team was having with both him and Nowitzki in the game as starters. Though the pair had only played 53 minutes together this season due to injuries to both, Dallas had been outscored by 62 points when they were on the floor together.

"It's better than starting the game and getting dragged out," Bogut said. "If you're going to do that, you might as well do it the right way."

Burger Anyone?
In an effort to promote the All-Star candidacy of Barnes, the Mavericks debuted the Harrison Barnes All-Star Burger at concession stands for all January home games. Barnes is averaging a team-leading 20 points for Dallas.

"I'm more concerned with his day to day progress, that he keeps learning and growing," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "That's really his personality so I think he's going to continue to trend upward. He hasn't plateaued in his work ethic or his thirst to get better."

Up Next
Mavericks: Home against Phoenix on Thursday, the second game of a three-game homestand for a Dallas team that has played six of previous seven on the road.

Wizards: Hosts Minnesota on Friday. Washington has won eight in a row at the Verizon Center.

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<![CDATA[Mavericks Announce Harrison Barnes Burger]]>Tue, 03 Jan 2017 10:08:47 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-611022802.jpg

Harrison Barnes has only been a Maverick for about six months and he already has his own hamburger.

The Dallas Mavericks announced that Barnes and American Airlines Center Executive Chef Mark Mabry created the Harrison Barnes All-Star Burger.

The burger is a ⅓-pound patty topped with pepper-jack pickled-jalapeño cheese spread, cajun spice aioli, lettuce and tomatoes on a corn-dusted Brioche bun.

The burger, which comes with french fries, will be sold in concessions stands throughout January for $12.

Barnes is averaging 20.4 points and 5.5 rebounds in 36.1 minutes per game this season for Dallas. He signed a four-year deal with the Mavericks in July after four seasons with the Golden State Warriors.

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<![CDATA[Durant Gets Triple-Double, Warriors Beat Mavs]]>Sat, 31 Dec 2016 11:47:50 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630706618.jpg

The way Kevin Durant does it all on both ends for Golden State, triple-doubles will certainly come. They may not be flashy, and coach Steve Kerr might not even notice as the numbers accumulate.

Durant either.

He notched his first one since joining the Warriors with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists and first in more than a year, leading a 108-99 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

"I thought he already had one," teammate Draymond Green said.

KD's eighth career triple-double was his first since Dec. 10, 2015, against Atlanta. Klay Thompson scored 17 of his 29 points in the third quarter and finished with five 3-pointers and Stephen Curry added 14 points for the Warriors.

"He's so effortless," Thompson said. "He does everything great. He's going to be huge for us. We expect him to play at that level the whole year. He's been tremendous."

Harrison Barnes, who spent the past four seasons in a key role with Golden State, scored 25 points for Dallas against his old team.

In the first quarter, Curry (11,903) passed Purvis Short (11,894) for seventh place on the Warriors' all-time scoring list.

Green had 13 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in Golden State's ninth straight home win against the Mavericks, the Warriors' longest streak ever.

There was some Curry vs. Curry in this one, with Stephen guarding brother Seth and vice versa for short stints.

Thompson has 78 3-pointers against the Mavs, his most against any opponent. The Warriors began 3 for 10 from long range but wound up 11 for 33. Durant didn't even have his most efficient shooting night -- 7 for 14 while missing 5 of 7 3s.

His stats sneaked up on Kerr.

"It's just who he is. It's just how he plays. He's a great passer. Obviously he can score any time," Kerr said. "He's one of our best rebounders. A triple-double is just a byproduct of who he is."

Durant didn't realize it either until he took a glance up as he exited the court for good.

"It really means nothing to be honest," Durant said. "Stats don't really mean anything. At the end of the game you want to play a great basketball game. ... I felt like I didn't force it. I wasn't looking for it."

Dirk Nowitzki, who had been questionable coming in with an illness, scored 11 points on 3-for-12 shooting in 23-plus minutes for Dallas.

"Once we started kind of getting out and running, it's hard to outscore them," Barnes said.

Reigning NBA Coach of the Year Kerr, for one, is ready for 2017 given his health issues following complications from two back surgeries last year that still affect him.

But he doesn't need to change his routine. Nor his star-studded roster.

"I'm not a resolution guy," he said. "I go to the gym every day, I don't just go to the gym the first 10 days of January."

Mavericks: Ex-Warriors C Andrew Bogut was out for a rest day, not playing in back-to-backs right now. ... Dallas is 4-9 on the road vs. the Western Conference.

Warriors: Golden State finished the calendar year 72-12 for the second straight time -- the best two-year mark (144-24) in NBA history ahead of the 1996-97 Bulls at 136-30. ... The Warriors had 13 turnovers after averaging 20.3 over their previous three games -- and Kerr focused on it in recent days. ... Rookie Patrick McCaw, brought back up after a day with the D-Leauge Santa Cruz Warriors, was home with the flu.

Two pairs of Stephen Curry's special shoes were auctioned off to raise $45,201 to aid the Oakland Fire Relief fund following the deadly Dec. 2 Ghost Ship warehouse fire in nearby Oakland. The "Oakland Strong" shoes worn in a game by the MVP were taken for $30,101 by an anonymous bidder, while his pregame "Ghost Ship" graffiti-style pair went for $15,100 also to an anonymous bidder.

"I'm always very proud of Steph and all of our guys. They put some money together as a group, the team did, to donate to the fund," Kerr said.

Mavericks: Host Washington on Tuesday. The road team won both times during last season's series.

Warriors: Host Denver on Monday, having won four straight at home against the Nuggets.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Take Control in Third, Beat Lakers 101-89]]>Fri, 30 Dec 2016 07:29:38 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630665262.jpg

Victories have been elusive for the Dallas Mavericks of late, unless they happen to be playing the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Mavericks can beat the Lakers, as they showed again Thursday night with 101-89 victory.

The Mavs have won only 10 games this season, but two have come against the Lakers. That should come as no surprise, with Dallas now having beaten the Lakers 12 consecutive times.

"Wins here are difficult to come by," said Mavs coach Rick Carlisle. "We're a very humbled group, for obvious reasons."

Dallas pulled off Thursday's victory with a third quarter that devastated the Lakers, outscoring them 31-13. Wesley Matthews scored 20 points to lead the Mavericks, including 16 points in the decisive third quarter.

"Matthews' big second half really keyed us," Carlisle said. "His shot making energized our defense even more and guys kept finding him."

The Lakers lost for the 14th time in 16 games.

"I really thought we had turned the corner a little bit," said Lakers coach Luke Walton. "It's disappointing to see we had the same type of result again in a similar game in what we've seen the last week or two.

"I'm still confident our group is going to get it. Unfortunately, it seems like we're going to have to take a lot of these lumps before it really kicks in."

The Lakers led 27-26 at the end of the first quarter and 57-50 at the half. They were still up 65-60 in the third quarter when Matthews ignited a 21-5 Dallas run.

Harrison Barnes had 17 points and nine rebounds, and Dwight Powell and Devin Harris each scored 14 points off the bench for Dallas.

"One thing we've struggled a little bit with is playing with the lead," Matthews said. "We know what (the Lakers) are capable of and we know they've had some pretty good wins this season. We just were grinding."

The Mavs forced 15 turnovers, which equaled the amount of assists the Lakers managed. After the Lakers fell behind, they too frequently reverted to going 1-on-1.

"Tonight we did for sure," Walton said. "When we are at our best, that's not the case. We kept trying to get it all back in one play."

Julius Randle scored 18 points and Nick Young had 17 for the Lakers.

Mavericks: Forward Dirk Nowitzki missed the game with a fever. ... Guard Jose Juan Barea was out with a left leg muscle strain. ... Barnes continues to emerge for the Mavs, having led them in scoring in 17 of their first 31 games.

Lakers: Journeyman forward Thomas Robinson, signed as a free agent in September, continues his recent roll of valuable minutes. He scored a season-high 10 points Tuesday and in his last four games has shot 72.2 percent (13 of 18). .. Assistant coach Mark Madsen remains out following his appendectomy Tuesday.

Young Enough
Young hit his first six shots, including his first five 3-pointers, before missing his final two shots. He did not score in the fourth quarter.

"We just got outside ourselves," Young said. "We weren't looking to pass the ball. A lot of 1-on-1 in the second half. That's weak basketball."

Powell Impact
The third-year forward out of Stanford made 7-of-9 field goals, and added six rebounds to go with his 14 points in 14 minutes.

"Dwight was terrific," Carlisle said. "He was making a huge impact with rolls to the basket."

Up Next
Mavericks: Head to Oakland to meet the Golden State Warriors, owners of the NBA's best record, on Friday.

Lakers: Will host the Toronto Raptors on Sunday in the fourth of five consecutive home games. The Raptors blew out the Lakers 113-80 last month in Toronto.

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<![CDATA[Rockets Top Mavs 123-107 in Technical-Marred Game]]>Wed, 28 Dec 2016 06:41:49 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630593864.jpg

James Harden was called for one of the eight technicals in a game that turned tense when Dallas center Andrew Bogut received a flagrant foul on a hard screen that staggered Houston's star guard.

Despite 34 points and an easy 123-107 victory that completed a four-game season sweep of the last-place Mavericks on Tuesday night, Harden wasn't happy.

"That other team was trippin' tonight, just disrespectful, unprofessional, players and coaches," Harden said. "I don't know what was their problem, but I think that got us going. They wanted to throw a little cheap shot and just woke us up a little bit and it was over from there."

Bogut was equally frustrated in his return after missing 11 games with a right knee injury. The call came in the second quarter, near the end of a 16-0 Houston run that broke a 37-all tie. Harden doubled over after running head-first into the 7-foot, 260-pound Bogut's shoulder.

"If you watch the replay, yeah, he made no effort to run around my screen," said Bogut, who had a couple of sharp verbal exchanges with Harden. "Yeah, it was a hard screen and I set hard screens. But to get a flagrant for it is kind of head-scratching.

"You admire the effort the league's putting in in Secaucus (New Jersey) with that beautiful facility where they watch replays and watch TV and have leather chairs and all that kind of stuff. But you scratch your head at a lot of these things and it becomes very, very frustrating."

Trevor Ariza was ejected after his second technical during the break after the third quarter, when five technicals were called. After the game, he was waiting outside the Dallas locker room for Mavericks center Salah Mejri.

Security had to make sure the pair didn't interact after an exchange during the game that led to Ariza's first technical. Houston was called for five and Dallas three.

"It wasn't even basketball," Dallas guard Wesley Matthews said. "Tempers, two in-state teams, we play each other four times, we've had battles in the past, so it is what it is. But we've got to be better than that. That was an opportunity for us to channel it into basketball and we didn't do that."

Harden had 24 points at halftime and finished with 11 assists without playing in the fourth quarter. The Rockets improved to 13-2 in December.

With two games left in the month, Houston can tie the franchise record of 15 wins from November 1996.

Harrison Barnes scored 21 for the last-place Mavericks, who lost their second straight following their first two-game winning streak of the season.

There were also two flagrant fouls, both against Dallas.

Most of the technicals came during dead-ball situations, with players and Dallas coach Rick Carlisle complaining to officials. Carlisle mockingly clapped at the refs, saying "good call," after he was whistled for one.

"They tried to defend by being real physical and thinking that's the way to do it," Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said. "I don't really want to get into it just because it doesn't serve any purpose. We needed the win. We came out and we took care of business."

Mavericks: G Pierre Jackson was signed off the Mavericks' NBA Development League team, and G Jonathan Gibson was waived. Jackson, a former Baylor guard who was drafted in 2013, made his NBA debut in the fourth quarter and scored seven points. ... Matthews had 19 points.

Rockets: G Patrick Beverley sat out with a left quadriceps contusion. It's not expected to be a long-term injury. ... Sam Dekker had a game-high 11 rebounds. ... The Rockets are 7-0 on the second night of back-to-backs this season.

Besides the Techs
There were a couple of face-to-face confrontations, the first ending in double technicals in the second quarter for Dallas' Justin Anderson and Nene. Later in the quarter, Houston's Ryan Anderson went nose-to-nose with Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki without a technical being called.

Rare Gathering
The Mavericks had their projected starting five for just the fourth time, and first since a 128-90 loss at Cleveland on Nov. 25. The lineup is winless. Bogut and Nowitzki, in his third game back from his latest absence for a sore right Achilles tendon, stayed in the locker room at halftime. Bogut went scoreless with six rebounds in 10 minutes, and Nowitzki scored seven points.

Up Next
Mavericks: After a night off, Dallas continues stretch of four games in five nights with back-to-back at Lakers (Thursday) and Golden State (Friday).

Rockets: Start a four-game homestand against the Clippers on Friday. It matches their longest of the season.

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<![CDATA['Uncle Dirk' Visits Dallas Children's Hospital]]>Thu, 22 Dec 2016 10:45:19 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/1482262358-mavsinsider_1223spo.jpg

He arrives at Children’s Medical Center Dallas wearing a silly felt hat, like Santa’s, except this one is blue and sports a Mavericks logo.

He slipped into the hospital, as he’s done for a decade now, with a jolly disposition and enough Christmas presents to fill a large rolling bin. He will introduce himself as a kind-of relative to many of the 19 all-too-young patients he will visit, individually, during the next four hours — a famous, yet endearingly unpretentious one every kid wishes they could have.

Uncle Dirk.

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<![CDATA[Barnes Scores 28, Mavericks Hold Off Trail Blazers 96-95]]>Thu, 22 Dec 2016 05:40:13 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630277806.jpg

Wesley Matthews spent enough time with Damian Lillard in Portland to know exactly what he was going to do in the waning seconds Wednesday night.

"Dame to get the ball and Dame to shoot it," Matthews said.

The former Trail Blazers guard pressured Lillard into missing a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer, and the Dallas Mavericks held off a furious Portland rally for a 96-95 victory.

"Obviously, I've been his teammate so I know the kind of clutch gene he has," said Matthews, who played in Portland from 2010-15. "We ended up getting the stop that we needed."

Harrison Barnes had 28 points and Deron Williams added 23 for the Mavericks, who led by 25 in the third quarter.

Lillard finished with 29 points, including 20 in the third. It was Portland's fourth straight loss.

The Blazers were slow to get going for the second of a back-to-back, but Lillard paced the comeback. His reverse layup pulled Portland to 88-82 with 6:31 remaining.

Allen Crabbe pumped his fist after his 3 with 2:42 left trimmed it to 90-88. After Williams' jumper for the Mavericks, Al-Farouq Aminu made a 3 and the Blazers were back within two.

The teams traded baskets but Dallas turned over the ball on a shot-clock violation leading 96-95 with 20.3 seconds to go. Lillard's turnover on the other end gave it back to the Mavs, but Mason Plumlee grabbed Williams' bad pass and Portland called a timeout with 9.8 seconds left.

Then came Lillard's final attempt at the buzzer.

"There's nobody like Wes Matthews on defense at the end of the game," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "The guy's unbelievable — one of the guys that really willed us to win."

Lillard said afterward that in the time it took to try and shake Matthews, the clock had run down and he was forced to shoot.

But the star guard is confident the Blazers will pull out of the funk they're in.

"Our team has faith," he said. "The best thing is we know we haven't shown our best."

The Trail Blazers were coming off an emotional game the night before in Sacramento, where they lost 126-121.

The Mavericks were again without Dirk Nowitzki because of a strained right Achilles, but the 13-time All Star is nearing a comeback. Nowitzki could return as early as Friday night against the Clippers.

Dallas will ease him back slowly.

"He's made gradual but steady gains in his recovery," Carlisle said.

Portland was without reserve Evan Turner, who has an ankle injury and was wearing a boot before the game. But the Blazers did get back Aminu, who had been out the previous four games with a sore back.

The Mavericks built a 12-point lead in the first quarter and Seth Curry hit a 3 at the second-quarter buzzer to send the Mavericks into halftime with a 62-38 advantage.

In the second half, Barnes' 18-foot fadeaway put the Mavs up 69-44. Crabbe's 3 narrowed Portland's deficit to 88-80 with 7:24 left.

Mavericks: J.J. Barea played 9 minutes in the first half but left the game because of left Achilles soreness. ... Barnes has scored 20 or more points 15 times this season.

Trail Blazers: Maurice Harkless fouled out with 4:34 to play. ... Crabbe led all reserves with 14 points. ... Portland outscored the Mavericks by 23 points in the second half.

McCollum Cares
Blazers guard CJ McCollum was honored with the NBA Cares Community Assist award for November. In an effort to promote literacy and career development, McCollum collaborated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland to open the CJ McCollum Dream Center. The space will host different clubs, programs and speakers to inspire kids.

Carlisle said in many ways the Blazers are similar to the Mavericks, in that both teams are struggling with early-season losses and establishing an identity. He emphasized that there's a lot of season left:

"We have to look at this as a big-picture situation and get better every day," he said.

Up Next
Mavericks: Visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.

Trail Blazers: Host the San Antonio Spurs on Friday.

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<![CDATA[Jokic Has Near Triple-Double as Nuggets Beat Mavs 117-107]]>Tue, 20 Dec 2016 05:57:51 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630278806.jpg

Foul trouble kept Nikola Jokic from playing more minutes the past two games. He showed what he can do when he stays on the floor.

Jokic had 27 points and 15 rebounds, Gary Harris scored a career-high 24 points and the Denver Nuggets beat the Dallas Mavericks 117-107 on Monday night.

Jokic finished an assist shy of his first career triple-double and tied his career high in points to help the Nuggets win their third straight game. Emmanuel Mudiay scored 18 points.

Jokic averaged only 20 minutes in the first two games of the homestand after committing five fouls each game. It derailed potential big nights, but he had just one foul against the Mavericks and dominated.

"Mike told me he was going to beat me if I made more stupid fouls," Jokic said of coach Michael Malone. "I listened."

Deron Williams led Dallas with 23 points and eight assists.

Denver's recent offensive surge started after its 20-point loss in Dallas on Dec. 12. Malone shook up his starting lineup and the Nuggets have responded by scoring 30 or more points in eight of the last 12 quarters and are averaging 125.3 points since the change.

They've gotten it done with contributions from different players and Harris was a big contributor Monday. The third-year guard out of Michigan State is averaging 19.3 points since returning from a foot injury.

"He has three games back and I don't think it's a coincidence that we have won three games in a row," Malone said.

Harris got the Nuggets started early, scoring 16 in the first half as Denver overcame a 16-point deficit to lead by two at the break. The lead grew to 12 in the third but Dallas made a run to get within six late in the fourth. Jokic hit a 3-pointer, a short jumper and fed Wilson Chandler for a layup for his ninth assist.

"When you have a guy playing that well you want him to get it," teammate Jameer Nelson said of the triple-double. "That's a heck of an accomplishment for an individual. It means he's playing the game the right way."

Jokic had a chance for his 10th assist but Mudiay missed his only 3-pointer off a pass. Jokic wasn't concerned about missing out on the feat.

"It doesn't really matter," he said. "The game is more important than your name."

The Mavericks ran out of gas after playing Sunday afternoon.

"They wore us down as the game went on," Williams said. "They came out and hit a lot of 3s in the second half and got the lead. We battled but we couldn't outlast them."

Mavericks: G J.J. Barea returned to the lineup after missing a month with a strained right calf. He had 11 points in 13 minutes. ... Andrew Bogut (right knee) and Dirk Nowitzki (right Achilles) are hoping to return for the start of 2017.

Nuggets: G Jamal Murray played despite a sore right foot. He had three points in 14 minutes. ... C Jusuf Nurkic didn't play a game after logging just eight minutes.

Tall Tale
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle joked before Monday's game that Jokic was taller than his listed 6-foot-11.

"That's (ridiculous). He is probably like 7-4," Carlisle said. "His arms are crazy long. He's a guy that's plays an on-the-floor game but he is some player. Some of his passing is ridiculously creative and he can make shots. We know he can grab it and put in the basket because he did it about six times last game."

He was equally impressed after Monday's performance.

"He kicked our (butt) last game too," he said. "It's not a surprise; he's good."

Up Next
Mavericks: At Portland Wednesday night.

Nuggets: At the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Finney-Smith's season-high 17 lead Mavs past Kings 99-79]]>Sun, 18 Dec 2016 19:09:57 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/mavericks-kings.jpg

Rookie Dorian Finney-Smith scored a season-high 17 points, leading six Dallas players in double figures as the Mavericks beat the Sacramento Kings 99-79 Sunday.

After losing to Sacramento by 31 points at home 11 days ago, the Mavericks started fast. They made 11 of their first 15 shots and never trailed.

Deron Williams, Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews each scored 15 for Dallas.

DeMarcus Cousins scored 33 for Sacramento. The Kings were minus second-leading scorer Rudy Gay, who missed his third consecutive game because of a strained right hip flexor.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Rick Carlisle on Road Woes, CBA Contract]]>Fri, 16 Dec 2016 05:21:44 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RICK_CARLISLE_ON_ROAD_WOES_AND_COLLECTIVE_BARGAIN_AGREEMENT_FOR_WEB_1200x675_834533955847.jpgDallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle talks about the team's upcoming road trip and the NBA collective bargaining agreement.]]><![CDATA[Dallas Trying for Win Number Two on the Road Friday Night]]>Fri, 16 Dec 2016 00:25:01 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/188*120/GettyImages-621812614.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks will hit the road Friday night to face the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City. This will be the Mavericks' second trip to Utah this season, after the Jazz won the first matchup back in November, 97-81.

The road has been unkind to the Mavericks, as they are just 1-11 away from the American Airlines Center. 

Dallas is set to play seven of their next nine games on the road and will see Portland, the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State on this trip. 

The Mavericks' last win on the road was Nov. 8 when they beat the Lakers in Los Angeles, 109-97. 

Defense needs to improve if the Mavericks want to change their woes away from Dallas. The Mavericks are giving up just over 103 points a game on the road. 

The Mavericks are 6-19 on the season and are last in the Western Conference.  Tip-off against the Utah Jazz is 9:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Time Change: Mavs Move Kings Game to 3 P.M. Sunday]]>Thu, 15 Dec 2016 16:47:37 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-614766686.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks moved the start time of Sunday's game from 6 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The team didn't say why the change was made, but it could have been to avoid a conflict conflict with the Cowboys/Bucs game which was flexed to Sunday Night Football.

Those watching at home can see the game on FOX Sports Southwest; those attending in person (the first 5,000 anyhow) will want to be sure to grab their free Devin Harris Bobblehead.

Doors will open at American Airlines Center at 1 p.m. Tickets are still available.

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<![CDATA[Pistons Beat Last-Place Mavs 95-85]]>Wed, 14 Dec 2016 23:16:09 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/505180868.jpg

Reggie Jackson scored 20 points, Andre Drummond led a dominant rebounding effort with 17 and the Detroit Pistons beat the Dallas Mavericks 95-85 on Wednesday night.

Jon Leuer had a season-high 19 points off the bench as the Pistons beat the team with the worst record in the Western Conference three nights after losing to Philadelphia, the last-place team in the East.

Drummond had 10 rebounds in the first 7 1/2 minutes of the game and the Pistons had a 29-9 edge on the boards at halftime and 50-30 for the game. The 6-foot-11 center had more rebounds than Dallas by himself until the middle of the third quarter, when the Mavericks finally went ahead 15-14.

Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 19 points.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki's Injuries Have Him Talking Retirement ]]>Wed, 14 Dec 2016 20:45:33 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-614766146.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki is the Dallas Mavericks.

He's only played in five NBA games this season because of a sore Achilles, and now he's talking about retirement at the end of this NBA season.

"If things don't go so well, and it hurts everywhere, it could be that 2017 will be the end," Nowitzki told German magazine Sport Bild.

The Mavericks will not make the playoffs this year, and they look like they will earn a high lottery pick as they are tied with the Philadelphia 76ers for the worst record in the NBA.

Nowitzki is clearly frustrated by the injury and maybe his comments are emotional and he will give it another go after this season, but maybe not.

"But just because I have signed a two-year contract doesn't automatically mean that I will play for two years. It could happen next year," he said.

For more on this story, visit our friends at NBC Sports' Pro Basketball Talk.

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<![CDATA[Matthews Leads Mavs to Blowout, 112-92 Over Nuggets]]>Tue, 13 Dec 2016 05:20:54 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-629423168.jpg

Wesley Matthews scored 25 points and the last-place Dallas Mavericks enjoyed a rare blowout, beating the listless Denver Nuggets 112-92 on Monday night.

Harrison Barnes had 18 points for the Mavericks, who led 65-43 at the break. They expanded the margin to their biggest of the season at 28 points in the third quarter and won consecutive home games for the first time in an injury-plagued season.

The NBA's worst-shooting team coming in at 41.5 percent, Dallas shot 65 percent in the first half and a season-high 58 percent for the game. The Mavericks were 12 of 26 from 3-point range after missing six of their first seven.

The Nuggets were finishing a season-long six-game road trip and played like it, shooting 42 percent and their starters were outscored 80-37. Backup center Nikola Jokic led Denver with a season-high 27 points and 11 rebounds.

Denver missed a chance to split the six-game trip, instead losing for the eighth time in 11 games. Emmanuel Mudiay scored 17 points and Danilo Gallinari had 12 points.

Matthews, who finished a point shy of his season high, was 10 of 14 from the field and hit his first five 3-point attempts before finishing 5 of 7. He even made long-range shots that didn't count, hitting a desperation shot from about 30 feet after a shot-clock buzzer in the fourth quarter.

It was the third game in four nights for the Mavericks, but two were at home and all three in Texas. And they showed plenty of energy, taking a 10-2 lead in the first five minutes and never trailing.

Undrafted Dallas rookie Dorian Finney-Smith had career highs in points and rebounds for the second straight home game, finishing with 13 points and nine boards three nights after getting 12 and eight in a win over Indiana.

Mavericks: C Salah Mejri had three blocks, one more than his season high, in the first four minutes. He finished with four, two off his career high. ... Previous high for a half was 63 in the second half of a 130-121 overtime loss at Indiana in the season opener.

Nuggets: Jokic scored 23 of Denver's 49 second-half points. He had his third double-double in the past four games. ... Jamal Murray scored 15 points. ... Denver gave up 40 points in the paint in the first half.

Up Next
Mavericks: Detroit visits Wednesday in a series that has seen the road team win five straight games.

Nuggets: Home against Portland on Thursday. The Trail Blazers have already beaten Denver twice this season and won five straight in the series.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Military Heroes Get VIP Treatment in Dallas]]>Tue, 13 Dec 2016 00:17:11 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas+seats+for+soldiers.jpg

More than 100 wounded service members were treated to a night out in Dallas as part of Seats for Soldiers. Most of the men and women were from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. The crowd included men and women on crutches, using canes and in wheelchairs.

"Well, I was super excited," said Army Specialist Mimi Xaysana, who lost her leg in an unexpected battle, bone cancer. "It's nice to be with everyone who has the same problem and just trying to get through it all together."

Xaysana was among the soldiers treated to fine dining at Abacus, followed by courtside seats at the American Airlines Center to watch the Dallas Mavericks take on the Denver Nuggets.

"It feels good that people appreciate us," said Army Sgt. 1st Class Marcus Moody. "Sometimes it feels like we're a little bit forgotten."

Moody survived two tours in Iraq only to come home and fight a battle with cancer.

"I get up every day smiling," Moody said. "Do the best you can to deal with it."

This is the 12th year Seats for Soldiers has treated military to a night out in Dallas, starting with dinner.

"We think about this menu as kind of a vehicle to give them a little comfort," said Chef Chris Patrick. "It's a chance for us to give them some of that down home cooking like my grandmother would cook for me when I was a kid."

Then they boarded chartered buses to see the Mavericks play and shake hands with team owner Mark Cuban. While the evening was a thrill, Moody said it's the call to serve that put them in a position to get VIP treatment for one evening.

"If you ask them to do it again, I think 99-percent of them would say 'in a second,'" Moody said of his Army service. "Cause we enjoy it. At least, I always have."

The entire evening was donated, from the American Airlines chartered plane, to the meal at Abacus, to Mavs season ticket-holders giving up their courtside seats for one night.

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<![CDATA[Harden Leads Rockets over Mavs for 6th Straight Win]]>Sun, 11 Dec 2016 02:47:13 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-618913558.jpg

The Houston Rockets still had a double-digit lead, but had gotten a little careless and had three turnovers in a row in the third quarter on Saturday night against the Dallas Mavericks when coach Mike D'Antoni had seen enough.

"Coach went off a little bit," Trevor Ariza said. "I think that was the turning point for us to get our head in the game and for us to start playing the way we normally play."

Soon after that, Ariza -- who finished with 17 points -- made three straight 3-pointers to pad the lead and the Rockets beat the Mavericks 109-87 for their sixth straight win.

"They turned it on when they needed to and then as a coach you kind of feel silly sometimes ... (but) you just try to caution them because things happen and they're a good 3-point shooting team, they get hot," D'Antoni said.

James Harden had 18 points, 16 assists and nine rebounds and Eric Gordon added 18 points to give Houston its first six-game winning streak since Oct. 28-Nov. 6, 2014.

Gordon's 3-pointer extended Houston's lead to 16 in the fourth quarter before Harrison Barnes hit a basket on the other end. Montrezl Harrell then made an off-balance layup as he was fouled and crashed to the court. He made the free throw to leave Houston up 92-75.

Wesley Matthews made a 3 with about six minutes left to get the Mavericks within 12. But Patrick Beverley, who scored all of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, hit 3s on the next two possessions to push Houston's lead to 100-82.

Matthews scored 26 points to lead the Mavericks and Barnes finished with 20.

"When you get off to a bad start on the road, it just makes it harder," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "We hung in and kept it within 10 or 11 a lot of the game, but it was hard getting over the hump."

A layup by Seth Curry cut Houston's lead to nine points midway through the third quarter. That's when Ariza got hot, making 3-pointers on three straight possessions to power a 9-4 run that pushed Houston's lead to 75-61.

"It was a drag, it was dull and we couldn't find energy," Harden said. "But Trevor made some big shots, kind of got us going and pushed the lead up going to the fourth quarter."

Gordon and Sam Dekker added 3-pointers after that to leave the Rockets up 86-69 entering the fourth quarter.

Ariza made four 3s to move past Shane Battier for fourth on Houston's all-time 3-pointer list with 579.

Harden's 16 assists were his most since he had 17 in Houston's season opener.


Mavericks: Matthews received a technical for arguing a call in the third quarter. ... Curry had seven points in 26 minutes in his second game back after missing four games with a sprained right knee. ... Deron Williams had nine points and six assists.

Rockets: Harrell made his first career 3-pointer in the first quarter. It was the second attempt of his career and his first this season. ... Houston had 60 points at halftime. It was the 13th time they've scored at least 60 by halftime and the sixth time in nine games. ... Gordon made six 3s and has made at least three in each of his past nine games. ... The Rockets made 19 3-pointers to extend their NBA record of consecutive games with at least 10 3s to 23 games.


Dallas forward Justin Anderson had an embarrassing moment near the end of the fourth quarter when he attempted a two-handed dunk but it bounced off the rim and he fell to the court on his back. The crowd snickered and booed as he got up and shook his head. A moment later the miscue was played on the Jumbotron and the boos started again.


Carlisle on why Devin Harris played just over four minutes on Saturday: "He's not injured or anything like that. I just determined that it was best to not play him anymore. He just didn't look right to me. He seemed tired and I didn't like his first stint. So I pulled the plug."


Mavericks: Host Denver on Monday.

Rockets: Host Brooklyn on Monday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Matthews Gets 26 to Lead Mavs Past Pacers 111-103]]>Fri, 09 Dec 2016 23:10:44 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-628833852.jpg

Wesley Matthews matched a season high with 26 points, Harrison Barnes had 25 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Indiana Pacers 111-103 on Friday night for just their third win in 15 games.

Two nights after a listless second half in a 31-point home loss to Sacramento prompted a team meeting, the Mavericks started the third quarter with a 10-2 run that gave them a double-digit lead.

Matthews outscored the Pacers by himself during a 32-11 spurt that turned a 50-42 deficit into a 74-71 lead. The shooting guard had 16 points during the run, capped by a 3-pointer midway through the third quarter.

Indiana had 10 3-pointers in the first quarter and a half, including four from Dallas high school product C.J. Miles. But the Pacers couldn't sustain it against the NBA's worst defensive team at the arc, finishing 14 of 25.

Paul George scored 22 points to lead the Pacers (11-12), who failed for the third straight time with a chance to get above .500. Indiana hasn't had a winning record since dropping Game 2 at Brooklyn after beating Dallas at home in overtime in the opener.

The Mavericks (5-17) shot 58 percent in the third quarter, making six of 12 from long range and outscoring the Pacers 31-25. In a 120-89 loss to Sacramento on Wednesday, Dallas was outscored 29-12 in the third.


Pacers: Indiana made its first 24 free throws before Jeff Teague missed the first of two with 1:34 remaining. The Pacers finished 25 of 26. ... Myles Turner, who grew up in the Dallas area, scored 18 points. He had 30 in the first meeting. ... Former Dallas G Monta Ellis was scoreless on 0-for-5 shooting. ... Miles scored 18 points, going 6 of 9 from long range.

Mavericks: G Seth Curry returned after missing four games with a right knee sprain. He matched Deron Williams for the team lead with six assists and scored four points. Williams scored 16. ... The Mavericks scored their most points in regulation, topping a 109-97 win at the Lakers.


Pacers: After the first of two five-game trips, a season high, Indiana plays a pair of home games against Portland (Saturday) and Charlotte (Monday) before three more away from home.

Mavericks: A visit to Houston on Saturday is followed by home games against Denver (Monday) and Detroit (Wednesday) with Dallas in a stretch of seven out of nine at home.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Cousins Leads Kings to Easy 120-89 Win Over Mavs]]>Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:47:50 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-628406254.jpg

DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings started and ended with victories on a six-game trip that got a little weird in the middle.

Now they're headed home, but the road-heavy schedule isn't quite finished.

Cousins had 24 points and 14 rebounds, and the Kings snapped a three-game losing streak with a 120-89 victory over the last-place Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.

Rudy Gay scored 19 as the Kings wrapped up a trip that started with a win at Brooklyn before an overtime loss at Washington on a back-to-back and a postponement in Philadelphia over poor floor conditions.

It was the second road trip of at least five games for the Kings, who play 21 of the first 35 games away from their new Golden 1 Center.

"Nobody wants to fly that long with a loss under their belt," said Cousins, who had his 11th double-double and tied his season high with seven assists. "A good way to go home, good way to end this trip. Hopefully we can gain some momentum from this and start a little streak."

Deron Williams had 20 points for the injury-plagued Mavericks, who dropped to 4-17 in what is shaping up as their worst season in more than 20 years. Four rotation players were out, most notably Dirk Nowitzki (strained right Achilles tendon).

The Kings led by four when they started the second half with an 11-0 run. They led by as many as 23 points in the third quarter before the lead ballooned to 33 late in the fourth.

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle didn't take questions after a roughly 30-second statement following the game, and reporters were later asked to leave the locker room for a team meeting.

"That was a very, very, very disappointing performance," Carlisle said. "The second half was inexcusable. The way we played — just the way we performed all around — everything from how we competed, decision-making. Shot-making comes and goes, but the competitive spirit has got to be there."

Mavericks: At halftime, Harrison Barnes received his ring as a member of the gold medal U.S. men's team at the Rio Olympics last summer. ... Dallas got two technicals in the fourth quarter for Carlisle calling a timeout when the Mavericks didn't have any. It's the second time this season that has happened.

Kings: Kosta Koufos had six of his eight points during the 11-0 run to start the second half. ... Garrett Temple made all four of his 3-point attempts and finished with 17 points. One of the 3s came after Dallas had pulled within 14 midway through the fourth. ... Former Dallas point guard Darren Collison scored 19 points.

The Kings have won two in a row in Dallas following a 22-game streak by the Mavericks that was the longest at home against any opponent in franchise history. The previous streak ran from 2003 to 2016.

Walking Wounded
Dallas center Andrew Bogut will be out 10 to 14 days with a right knee injury sustained in Monday's loss to Charlotte, while Nowitzki missed his sixth straight game and 16th overall. The other rotation players out are guards J.J. Barea (left calf injury) and Seth Curry (right knee sprain). Curry is the closest to returning.

First Start
Kings guard Ben McLemore scored nine points, hitting 1 of 6 from 3-point range, in his first start of the season after sitting for three straight games as a coach's decision. Arron Afflalo didn't play after starting 18 of the first 20.

"Ben has been doing his work and it is no detriment to Arron or the group or anything," coach Dave Joerger said. "It was just a great opportunity for him."

Numbing Numbers
Barnes, Dallas' leading scorer, had 11 points on just 5-of-16 shooting. Wesley Matthews scored 16 points, none in the second half. The Mavericks had a season-high 23 turnovers and were outscored 34-7 on points off turnovers.

Up Next
Mavericks: Finish four-game homestand Friday against Indiana.

Kings: Host Knicks on Friday before traveling to Utah for back-to-back.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Mavs Center Bogut Sidelined with Knee Injury]]>Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:18:52 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/andrew+bogut1.jpg

Dallas Mavericks center Andrew Bogut is expected to miss time with a bone bruise on his right knee.

The injury happened in the first quarter of the Mavericks' 109-101 loss to the Charlotte Hornets Monday night. 

The Mavericks say Bogut could be out 10 days to three weeks depending on how his rehab goes. Bogut told reporters that he is doing OK and that it could have been much worse. 

The 32-year-old is scheduled for rehab, and from there the Mavericks will ease him back on the court for some light shooting. 

Bogut is averaging just over 3 points and 10 rebounds a game.

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<![CDATA[Walker Leads Balanced Effort as Hornets Beat Mavs 109-101]]>Tue, 06 Dec 2016 05:24:31 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-627927262.jpg

Yet another Dallas injury opened the door for a Charlotte Hornets rally.

Kemba Walker scored 19 points, Nicolas Batum had 14 points and 15 rebounds, and the Hornets came back from an 11-point, third-quarter deficit to beat the Mavericks 109-101 on Monday night.

Already down three regulars to injury, Dallas lost center Andrew Bogut late in the first quarter to a right knee injury. While the Mavericks didn't think the injury was serious, the Hornets took advantage to dominate the boards, outrebounding the Mavericks 55-35 and scoring 54 points in the paint.

"That's a big difference," Hornets coach Steve Clifford said of Bogut's absence. "He's always been a terrific basket protector. If you take him out, those other guys are good, but it's a different level of rim protection."

Marco Belinelli scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half, including the team's first two 3-pointers after the Hornets missed their first 14 from long range. Six Hornets scored in double figures.

Jeremy Lamb added 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3 with 13.9 seconds remaining to hold off a late Dallas run.

Harrison Barnes scored 29 points for the Mavericks and Deron Williams had his first double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 assists.

"It seems like we get someone back and somebody else goes down," said Williams, who had missed eight games of his own due to a calf strain. It's been tough. We'd really like to have Dirk (Nowitzki) out there, and J.J. (Barea). You can't control certain things so we've just got to keep on trucking."

After a 15-4 Mavericks run early in the third quarter temporarily opened up a back-and-forth game, the Hornets answered with a 10-1 spurt and the game stayed close into the final minutes.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was assessed a technical foul arguing a call and Batum converted the free throw for a 98-91 lead with 4:26 to play, capping a 15-5 Hornets run.

After the Hornets opened the lead to 104-95 with 2:01 to play, Dallas scored the next six points and had a chance to get closer, but Cody Zeller blocked Williams' shot in the lane with 34 seconds to play and Lamb followed with his 3.

"It's a tough environment, but we stuck together today," Lamb said. "We got down 10, but we kept fighting, and we were able to pull out a win."

Sigh of Relief
Bogut limped off the court with 45 seconds left in the first quarter after a collision with Charlotte's Roy Hibbert, grabbing his right knee immediately. He was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game.

But Carlisle said initial reports were positive and that the knee was only hyperextended.

"The X-ray was clean from the information that I got," Carlisle said. "We'll probably have more information in a day or so. At this point, it appears we dodged a bullet."

Bogut was not available for comment after the game.

Long Odds
After 16 seasons in a row of finishing .500 or better and making the playoffs in 15 of those seasons, the Mavericks are just 4-16.

The last team to make the playoffs after such a poor start was the 2004-05 Bulls, who started 5-15 and finished 47-35 before losing in the first round of the playoffs to Washington.

Mavericks: Nowitzki missed his fifth straight game and 15th overall with right Achilles soreness. Barea missed his 10th game in a row with a left calf strain. Seth Curry missed his third game in a row with a right knee sprain. ... Devin Harris scored seven points in the first quarter - more than he had scored in three games combined since returning from a big toe injury.

Hornets: The game had 18 lead changes and was tied 17 times. . The Hornets made 24 of 26 free throws in beating the Mavs for the second time in five days. . Charlotte has lost six of eight aside from its two wins over Dallas.

Up Next
Mavericks: Home against Sacramento on Wednesday, the third of a four-game homestand and the first of two visits the Kings make to Dallas in 11 days.

Hornets: Home against Detroit on Wednesday. The Pistons beat the Hornets in Charlotte 112-89 on Nov. 29.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Walker Lifts Hornets Past Mavericks, 97-87]]>Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:54:56 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-627083386.jpg

Kemba Walker scored 18 points and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Dallas Mavericks 97-87 on Thursday night for their third win in the last four games.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 14 points and Jeremy Lamb had 12 off the bench for the Hornets, who remained in first place in the Southeast Division.

Harrison Barnes scored 17 points and Justin Anderson added 15 for the Mavericks, who have lost 10 of their last 11 games.

The Hornets led by two when Walker drained a long 3-pointer to beat the shot clock with 3:51 to give his team the spark it needed. Lamb followed with a driving layup that resulted in a three-point play to push the lead to 86-78.

The Mavs would battle back behind Barnes to cut the lead to three, but Lamb hit two free throws and Walker buried a 3-pointer from the right wing with 41 seconds left to put the game out of reach.

The Mavericks entered the game 1-9 on the road but hung tough in the first half, battling back from an 11-point deficit to cut Charlotte's lead to 44-41 at the break despite shooting 33 percent from the field.

It was a close throughout after that, although the Mavericks never held the lead.

For the most part it was a subdued, lackluster game until the middle of the fourth quarter, when Mavericks center Salah Mejri grabbed the ball after it went out of bounds and cradled it in his arms until Roy Hibbert inexplicably attempted to rip it out. In a bizarre sight, the two 7-footers were wrestling for the ball long after the whistle had blown and finally tumbled to the floor together, sending long arms and legs flying in every direction.

Several players were seen laughing after the play, which resulted in Hibbert getting a technical foul.


Mavericks: Deron Williams did not play down the stretch in the fourth quarter because he was on a minutes restriction. ... Dwight Powell fouled out with 1:18 left.

Hornets: Nic Batum, who received a $120 million contract this offseason, has struggled some with turnovers this season. He entered averaging 2.3 per game and had three in the first half. ... The Hornets were 22 of 31 from the foul line and shot 28 percent from 3-point range.


Mavericks: Dallas returns home to host the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.

Hornets: Charlotte concludes a three-game homestand on Saturday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Mills Helps Spurs Rally to Beat Mavericks 94-87]]>Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:31:30 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-626871986.jpg

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich got a win more in line with his expectations on Wednesday night.

The Dallas Mavericks are just hoping a close loss signifies better days ahead.

Patty Mills scored 15 of his team-high 23 points in the fourth quarter and Kawhi Leonard added 21 points, helping the Spurs rally from a 13-point deficit for a 94-87 win over the Mavericks on Wednesday night.

San Antonio became just the third team to start the season 11-0 on the road, following last year's Warriors (14-0) and the 1969-70 Knicks (12-0).

Popovich had criticized his team's "lack of humility" and "lack of respect for the opponent" after the Spurs' 96-91 home win over Dallas on Nov. 21.

This time, his Spurs — playing without three regulars — went 13 straight possessions and nearly seven minutes of the third quarter without scoring, but rallied behind Mills and Leonard.

"We dug down deep, didn't moan or groan or whine, stuck with it and kept pounding away and found a way to win," Popovich said.

Wesley Matthews had a season-high 26 points for the Mavericks, and Harrison Barnes added 17.

"I'm proud of this team," Matthews said. "Frustration aside. Loss aside. This is two games in a row that could have been ours. This fight that we're showing — this is who we were supposed to be all along."

Dallas, trying to win its second game in a row and only its fourth of the season, led from early in the third quarter until an 11-2 Spurs run midway through the fourth quarter. Mills started it with a 3 and Leonard finished it with another that gave the Spurs the lead for good at 80-79.

The Mavericks simply couldn't stop Mills when it mattered. With his team leading 82-81, Mills hit a 3 with 3:04 to play. After Matthews answered with a 3, Mills dialed up another and then hit a long jumper to make it 90-84 with 1:31 left.

"We struggled majority of the game," Mills said. "But we knew that it was all going to come down to defense. We needed to get stops and that would create our flow a little bit better. I thought we did that down the stretch of the game."

Mavericks: The Mavericks announced Tuesday that forward Dirk Nowitzki would miss at least two games with a sore right Achilles tendon. Nowitzki has played only five of the team's 17 games this year. ... The team got some good news when Devin Harris returned after missing the first 16 games due to a right big toe sprain suffered in the team's final preseason game. He played 11 minutes and did not score. Coach Rick Carlisle said Harris' minutes would be restricted as he returns to form.

Spurs: Pau Gasol and Manu Ginobili did not make the trip to Dallas, and Tony Parker was held out, all for rest. ... Rookie Nicolas Laprovittola got his first career start and Dewayne Dedmon made his first start as a Spur. ... San Antonio has won seven in a row against Dallas.

Problems at the Point
The Mavericks' three primary point guards (Harris, Deron Williams and J.J. Barea) have combined to play only 19 games this season. Their depth was further compromised when Seth Curry suffered a mild right knee sprain in the fourth quarter. Curry had scored his team's first seven points of the quarter to build a 75-67 lead.

But with his injury and both Williams and Harris out due to minutes restrictions, rookie Jonathan Gibson was forced to play the final 4:23. Gibson hit a 3 but had a key turnover with his team down by four, and Mills scored eight points during that stretch.

"Gibson was put in a very difficult situation, but there was no other choice," coach Rick Carlisle said. "It was a tough way to end the game."

Carlisle said Curry would make the trip to Charlotte with the team for Thursday night's game.

Up Next
Mavericks: Travel to Charlotte for the second half of a back-to-back Thursday night. Dallas will face the Hornets again on Monday.

Spurs: Return home for a rematch with the Washington Wizards on Friday night. The Spurs beat the Wizards 112-100 on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Matthews Sparks Rally, Mavericks Beat Pelicans 91-81]]>Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:17:12 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-626192404.jpg

Wesley Matthews shot the Dallas Mavericks back into the win column.

Matthews scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, including eight during a rally that gave Dallas the lead for good, and the Mavericks beat the New Orleans Pelicans 91-81 on Sunday night to end an eight-game losing streak.

"I'm never worried about my shot," Matthews said. "I know the time I put into it. I know the confidence that I have, and I know the team has confidence in me."

He made all four field goal attempts, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range, in the fourth quarter.

Matthews made a 3-pointer and another basket to give Dallas a 72-71 edge with 5:39 remaining. New Orleans regained the lead on Anthony Davis' two free throws, but for the last time because Matthews made another 3-pointer.

"His shot-making in the fourth was huge," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "He popped the game open and gave us some separation. He has an iron will. He just stayed into it."

Dallas improved to 3-13, still the NBA's worst record.

"Games like that, a couple of weeks ago we would have hung our heads, let a lead slip and let the team slip," Matthews said. "But we held our ground, we stayed firm."

Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 23 points. Justin Anderson scored 14 off the bench.

The Pelicans, who lost eight straight to begin the season, fell to 6-12.

"They outplayed us. They deserved to win. That's the thought. That's all that needs to be said," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said.

Davis, who had 36 points and 13 rebounds, was more expansive.

"We weren't doing what our game plan was," he said. "Harrison and Wes got a couple shots. It was our defense that killed us tonight."

Jrue Holiday had 17 points and six assists for New Orleans.

Neither team led by more than two points during the game's first 10 minutes. Dallas had an 11-0 run to go from trailing 17-15 to a 26-17 lead.

Davis scored 13 of New Orleans' first 17 points, including 10 in a row.

Dallas led 44-42 at halftime, and the game was tied at 60-all after three quarters.

In the fourth, Holiday gave the Pelicans their biggest lead, six points at 68-62, with two 3-pointers.

Mavericks: The 10-point winning margin was the largest lead in the game. . After shooting 38 percent from the floor in the first three quarters, Dallas was 10 for 17 (58 percent) in the fourth. The 3-point shooting improved from 25 to 67 percent (4 for 6).

Pelicans: They made all 12 free throws in the first three quarters, but Davis missed two of six in the fourth. . The Pelicans were without F Dante Cunningham (fractured right fibula) and G/F Tyreke Evans (right knee injury). New Orleans recalled F Cheick Diallo from Austin of the D-League, but he did not play.

Nowitzki Out
F Dirk Nowitzki (strained right Achilles tendon) did not play. He played in Dallas' previous two games, but has missed 11 of their 16 games this season.

"Getting him better is going to have to take it incrementally," Carlisle said. "It's not as if there was any great setback. It's not the right thing to play him tonight."

Up Next
Mavericks: Finish a brief two-game homestand on Wednesday against the Spurs. The Mavericks lost 96-91 at San Antonio on Nov. 21.

Pelicans: Return home to play the Lakers on Tuesday. New Orleans lost at home to Los Angeles 126-99 on Nov. 12 to fall to 1-9.

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<![CDATA[Love, Irving Lead Cavaliers to 128-90 Rout of Mavericks]]>Fri, 25 Nov 2016 22:16:24 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Generic+Basketball2.jpg

Kevin Love scored 27 points, Kyrie Irving added 25 and the Cleveland Cavaliers led by as many as 45 points in a 128-90 rout of the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

Love hit seven 3-pointers while Irving, who made his first 10 shots, scored 19 points in the first quarter. Irving's big quarter came two nights after Love scored an NBA-record 34 in the first against Portland.

LeBron James, playing in his 1,000th regular-season game, had 19 points and 11 assists.

The defending NBA champions faced little resistance from the team with the league's worst record. Dallas scored the game's first basket before the Cavaliers turned the game into a rout. Cleveland led 36-16 after one quarter and was ahead 68-28 late in the second.

The Cavaliers, whose entire team will attend Saturday's college football game between Ohio State and Michigan, didn't let up. James threw down a dunk on a full-court pass from Love in the third quarter and gave the touchdown signal on his way up the court.

Cleveland led 110-65 early in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers made 20 of 43 3-point attempts and have made at least 10 3-pointers in every game this season.

Dirk Nowitzki, who appeared in only his fifth game of the season because of an injured right Achilles, scored 15 points for Dallas. The Mavericks (2-13) have lost eight straight.

Mavericks guard Deron Williams (strained left calf) returned after missing the last four games. He scored four points in 15 minutes and didn't play in the second half.

Cavaliers forward Channing Frye has been excused from the team following the death of his father, Thomas, on Thanksgiving. Frye's mother, Karen Mulzac-Frye, passed away last month following a battle with cancer.

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<![CDATA[Clippers Rout Mavs in Matchup of Best, Worst Records]]>Thu, 24 Nov 2016 07:13:48 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-614766686.jpg

Chris Paul had to be reminded that the Los Angeles Clippers are up to an NBA-leading 14 wins.

They won't get much easier than this one over the injury-plagued Dallas Mavericks.

Paul scored 18 points, DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and eight rebounds and the Clippers cruised past the Mavericks 124-104 on Wednesday night in a matchup of the teams with the best and worst records in the NBA.

"I honestly didn't know we had 14 wins," said Paul, who added four assists and four steals. "I know we have two losses. But for us, when you've been in this league for a while, it's not necessarily about the wins. It's about how you're playing and about the spirit."

Dirk Nowitzki scored 10 points on 3-of-10 shooting in 20 minutes in his return for Dallas after the 13-time All-Star missed eight games with a strained left Achilles tendon.

Austin Rivers added 22 points — half of them in a meaningless fourth quarter — for the Clippers. They had a 30-6 run in the second and third quarters on the way to their fourth straight win and 11th in 12 games.

Harrison Barnes had 22 to lead the Mavericks (2-12). They lost their seventh straight game to match their longest skid since February 1999, during Nowitzki's rookie season.

Dallas, missing its top three point guards and facing a trip to defending champion Cleveland, is off to its worst start since going 1-23 in 1993-94. The Mavericks started the week with a valiant effort in a loss at San Antonio.

"This is obviously as tough a week as you can get in the NBA," Nowitzki said. "So hopefully we'll fight through this and grind out a win here and there. And when the schedule turns in our favor hopefully get more healthy and run off some wins. That's the only way to do it."

Blake Griffin had 12 points, seven assists and six rebounds, all in the first three quarters along with the rest of the starters. The Clippers led by 31 in the third.

Rivers scored 11 points in the first half, including 3-pointers just four seconds apart after he hit one, stole the inbound pass and made another. He was 6 of 7 from long range.

Mavericks: PG Deron Williams sat for the eighth time in nine games with a left calf strain. He said he's hopeful to play next week. ... C Andrew Bogut was called for a flagrant foul on a hip-check of Paul as the Clippers point guard drove to the basket. Paul jumped up and went at Bogut, and the pair kept jawing as the referees prepared to review the play. ... Bogut had 12 rebounds and six assists after missing a game with a sore right calf.

Clippers: LA shot 61 percent in the first half and made 9 of 14 from 3-point range. ... Marreese Speights scored 16 and Jamal Crawford added 15 as the Clippers had a 65-43 advantage in bench scoring. ... Speights had his first double-double with a season-high 12 rebounds. The 16 points matched his season high. ... JJ Redick had 10 points.

Cowboy Up
The Clippers will stay in the Dallas area to attend the Washington Redskins-Dallas Cowboys game on Thanksgiving before continuing a six-game trip Friday at Detroit. Paul is a well-documented fan of the Cowboys, who have the NFL's best record at 9-1. He wore the jersey of rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott, the NFL's rushing leader, on the flight from Los Angeles. Paul has attended Cowboys training camp in the LA area.

While acknowledging that his team has a bevy of Dallas fans, Clippers coach and Chicago Bears fan Doc Rivers had a parting shot for reporters. "I'm not going to call you any of you guys bandwagon, OK, but this is the first time you guys have mentioned the Cowboys in like four years," Rivers said.

Losing the Luster
The boos were still there for Jordan, who spurned the Mavericks in free agency in the summer of 2015 after agreeing to join them. But they weren't quite as loud or persistent as the 6-foot-11 center's two visits last season.

Up Next
Mavericks: A quick trip to face LeBron James, another Cowboys fan, and the Cavaliers on Friday before home games against New Orleans and San Antonio.

Clippers: The visit to the Pistons on the season's longest trip is the first of four straight against Eastern Conference teams. Defending champion Cleveland is the last of those four opponents.

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<![CDATA[Spurs Top Struggling Mavericks 96-91]]>Tue, 22 Nov 2016 05:26:17 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-614766686.jpg

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle found plenty of positives in his team's performance against San Antonio. His counterpart, Gregg Popovich, could not stomach the Spurs' "awful" and "pathetic" play.

Oh, by the way, San Antonio won.

Kawhi Leonard had 24 points and nine rebounds, and the Spurs escaped with a 96-91 victory over the struggling Mavericks on Monday night for their sixth straight win.

Dallas (2-11) is off to its worst start since 1993-1994, when the Mavericks opened 1-23 in a 13-win season. But they put a scare in San Antonio, which had to keep Leonard on the floor for much of the fourth quarter.

"This was a pathetic performance on the part of the Spurs," Popovich said in a 30-second postgame interview. "You know, they had some guys out, we had some guys out, but they had a lot more out than we did. I thought we showed a lack of humility, a lack of respect for the opponent, a very pathetic performance at both ends of the court. It was an awful performance. Oh, and they deserved to win the basketball game, I forgot to say that."

Dallas almost did.

With the Mavericks trailing 92-91, Harrison Barnes missed a step-back 17-footer with 15 seconds left that Manu Ginobili rebounded before being fouled. Ginobili hit a pair of free throws to extend the lead to three, and Seth Curry missed a 3-pointer with 6 seconds remaining.

Curry matched a career high with 23 points, shooting 5 for 10 on 3s. Barnes and Wesley Matthews each had 20 points in the Mavericks' sixth consecutive loss.

"It's tough, but the guys were fighting their (rear ends) off and there's a lot of positives," Carlisle said. "We've got to build on positives."

San Antonio has won six straight against Dallas and 12 in a row at home.

The once-heated rivalry between the Texas teams has cooled considerably with the Spurs' sustained success and the Mavericks' injuries and free-agent troubles.

Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki and starting point guard Deron Williams both missed the game with injuries. San Antonio starters LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker were in uniform but neither played as Popovich opted to rest his veterans.

Spurs rookies Dejounte Murray and Davis Bertans made their first starts in place of Parker and Aldridge, respectively, and fellow rookie Bryn Forbes also saw extended playing time early.

Barnes took advantage of the inexperience, making all but one of his six attempts in scoring 10 points in the opening quarter.

Dallas shot 8 for 27 on 3s.

"I think we really did an awful lot of good things," Carlisle said. "There's going to be missed shots, but it was one of our better shooting nights this season so far, so that's a positive."

The Spurs enjoyed greater success when their veterans took the court.

"We let ourselves down in terms of bringing the energy and effort that we usually are pretty solid at," said Spurs reserve Patty Mills, who had 17 points. "I don't think we were consistent throughout tonight. We win them together and we lose them together. We get better together."

Leonard drove the lane and dropped a bounce pass between Dwight Powell and Dorian Finney-Smith that David Lee dunked ahead of a foul by Salah Mejri to pare the lead to 63-62. After Ginobili missed a 3-pointer, Lee tipped out the rebound to Mills for a 3 that gave San Antonio a 68-65 lead.

Dallas had eight turnovers in the fourth quarter, which resulted in 12 points for San Antonio.

Pau Gasol added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Spurs.

Mavericks: Nowitzki (strained right Achilles), Williams (strained left calf) and G Jose Juan Barrera (strained left calf) did not travel with the team. ... The last undrafted player to score 26 points in his first or second game prior to the Mavericks' Jonathan Gibson doing so Saturday in Orlando was Spurs guard and New York playground legend Lloyd Daniels. He had 26 points on Nov. 7, 1992, at Denver. Both players hit the mark in their second game. ... Curry also had 23 points Nov. 8 in a 109-97 victory at the Los Angeles Lakers.

Spurs: Leonard has scored in double figures in 48 straight games, the longest streak of his career. He is 95 for 100 on free throws this season. ... Gasol has played 37,565 career minutes, moving him past Clyde Drexler (37,537) for 49th in NBA history. ... G Nico Laprovittola missed the game with what Popovich described as a "tooth-extraction thingy." ... The Spurs have established the longest home winning streak in series history. Dallas won 11 straight matchups at home from 1986-89.

Winning Ways
Popovich became the second-fastest coach to 1,100 career wins, doing so in 1,588 games. Phil Jackson collected his 1,100th victory in 1,560 games with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers. Popovich is the seventh coach in NBA history with 1,100 wins.

Injuries Mount
Mavericks players have missed 31 games due to injury this season. Devin Harris (12), Nowitzki (nine) and Williams (six) have all missed at least a half dozen. Barnes said Dallas doesn't believe a return to health will cure all that ails the team on the court.

"We just have to stay vigilant and just continue to keep fighting the way we do," Barnes said. "We just can't assume once we get Player X, Player Y, Player Z, the wins will start falling in place. We've just got to keep plugging away."

Up Next
Mavericks: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

Spurs: At the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Magic Use Late Surge to Beat Mavericks 95-87]]>Sun, 20 Nov 2016 00:59:35 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/223*120/GettyImages-522350444.jpg

Orlando Magic coach Frank Vogel doesn't have one go-to player he can count on every night.

What he has are a collection of proven veterans who are capable of getting hot on any given night. On Saturday night against Dallas, it was D.J. Augustin's turn.

The point guard came off the bench to score a team-high 18 points to lift the Magic past Dallas, 95-87, at Amway Center. Augustin, playing the final 17.5 minutes in place of starter Elfrid Payton, came through with 10 points and four assists in the fourth quarter to rally Orlando past a short-handed but dangerous Mavericks' team.

"I was planning on coming back to Elfrid but D.J. got going," Vogel said. "I'm typically going to ride the hot hand. They had two really small quick guards so I liked our defensive matchups on top of the fact D.J. was going."

In a game that was tied eight times and had six lead changes. Around the midway point of the fourth quarter, Augustin came through with back-to-back 3-pointers to deliver the Magic from a one-point deficit to an 82-77 lead with 6:29 remaining in the game.

Orlando would not trail again.

"Those were two big plays and we made mistakes that led to it," said Mavs coach Rick Carlisle. "We have no margin for error."

With Dirk Nowitzki and Deron Williams out for the night, the Mavericks (2-10) had to rely on rookie point guard Jonathan Gibson, who scored a game-high 26 points off the bench after being signed by the team as a free agent on Friday.

Gibson was certainly an offensive spark but his inexperience defensively was often exploited by Augustin, who consistently beat him with crossovers and pull up jumpers on the perimeter.

"I'm able to sit there and watch what's going on in the game, the flow of the game and try to figure out what we need at the time when I come in," Augustin said. "If it's just to calm things down or play with a lot of energy."

Augustin, who was 6 of 11 from the field and four of four from the free throw line, gave the Magic (6-7) a spark on a night when shooting guard Evan Fournier struggled, shooting 3 of 13 from the field and Nikola Vucevic was 5-for-16 in the paint.

"We needed that," forward Jeff Green said of Augustin's performance. "We were missing shots and he came in and was efficient knocking down shots and getting us in a good offensive pace and making plays."


Mavericks: Both Nowitzki and Williams were held out of Saturday night's lineup due to nagging injuries. ... Harrison Barnes, who was third option at best with Golden State, is averaging a career-high 22.2 points per game this season.

Magic: Coming into Saturday night's game, Orlando was allowing 100.9 points per game, which ranks 11th in the NBA. The Magic had held opponents to under 100 points five times, under 90 four times, which includes Wednesday's season-low of 82 points against the New Orleans Pelicans.


Gibson just joined the Mavericks on Friday and was playing in just his second game with the team but he showed his ability to take over as a scorer.

With the injuries at the point guard position, Gibson came off the bench to score 26 points and at times personally keep the Mavs in the game. He shot 8 of 16 from the field and 5 of 9 from 3-point range but he also had six turnovers and five personal fouls.


Mavericks: Dallas' road trip continues with San Antonio as the next stop on Monday night at AT&T Center.

Magic: Orlando hits the road to take on the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night at BMO Harris Bradley Center.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Bring Back Jonathan Gibson to Ease Injured Backcourt]]>Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:37:43 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610605498.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks have re-signed summer league standout Jonathan Gibson because of backcourt injuries. He had been cut just before the season began.

Forward Quincy Acy was waived Friday to make room.

Backup point guard J.J. Barea has a muscle tear in his lower left leg, and starter Deron Williams has been slowed by a calf problem. Dallas also is without guard Devin Harris because of a left foot injury.

Gibson was not drafted in 2010 and played last season in China. He averaged nearly 19 points in the summer league and was invited to preseason camp. He averaged 7.1 points and 3.0 assists in seven preseason games.

Acy averaged 2.2 points and 1.3 rebounds in six games.

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<![CDATA[Thomas Has Big 4th Quarter to Lift Celtics Over Mavs 90-83]]>Thu, 17 Nov 2016 06:50:36 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/505180868.jpg

Isaiah Thomas scored 22 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter in the Boston Celtics' 90-83 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.

Thomas scored 20 of Boston's final 24 points to help the Celtics beat back a late Mavericks' surge.

Avery Bradley added 18 points and 13 rebounds.

The Mavericks led 70-66 when Thomas scored Boston's next 13 points to put the Celtics back in front 79-76.

Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 28 points. Wesley Matthews added 22.

Dallas, which was already missing several players because of injuries, lost two more. Starter Deron Williams exited in the second quarter with a left calf injury, and J.J. Barea was helped off the court in the fourth quarter after appearing to injure his left leg.

The Celtics built as much as a 12-point lead in the first half, but were slowed down by nine turnovers. It helped mask the Mavericks paltry shooting (14 for 45) in the opening 24 minutes.

Boston didn't shoot much better (17 for 43), and was outscored by Dallas in the second quarter 14-10.

Mavericks: Have lost three straight. ... Had a season-low 31 points at the first half. ... Dirk Nowitzki missed his fifth straight game with a right Achilles strain.

Celtics: Thomas has scored 20 or more points in each of the first 11 games of the season. ... Scored a season-low 90 points. ...Tied their season high with 19 turnovers. ... Boston's 10-point second quarter was its lowest scoring output in a second quarter this season. ... Al Horford remains in the NBA concussion protocol and sat out his eighth straight game. Jae Crowder missed his seventh consecutive game with a sprained left ankle.

Up Next
Mavericks: Return home Friday to host the Grizzlies, before heading back on the road for trips to Orlando and San Antonio.

Celtics: Host the Warriors Friday, and then begin a three-game trip with a stop in Detroit on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Cuban: Decision to Avoid Trump Hotels Made 'Months Ago']]>Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:41:55 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MARK_CUBAN_ON_JUSTIN_ANDERSON_1200x675_719881795568.jpg

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says the team's decision not to stay at Donald Trump-branded hotels in New York and Chicago was made before the presidential election.

The billionaire technology entrepreneur declined Wednesday to elaborate on the decision, telling The Associated Press it "was made months ago. Not recently."

Cuban was a frequent critic of Trump during the campaign and supported Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who lost to the Republican president-elect.

ESPN, citing anonymous sources, reported that Dallas, Memphis and Milwaukee were among the teams that moved away from Trump-branded hotels in New York and Chicago. The network reported that the decision was made in part to avoid any implied association with Trump.

Several NBA coaches have been critical of Trump since the election, including Golden State's Steve Kerr and San Antonio's Gregg Popovich.

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<![CDATA[Dirk Misses Another Mavs Loss, Says He's Getting Better]]>Tue, 15 Nov 2016 05:48:25 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-614766146.jpg

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki said Monday he is getting closer to returning from sore right Achilles.

Nowitzki missed his fourth straight game in the Mavericks' 93-77 loss to the New York Knicks. He had a lengthy pregame workout, but by then it was already decided that he wouldn't play.

"The biggest issue is still running," Nowitzki said after the game. "I'm not a big runner at this stage in my career but I can't really go up and down yet. I haven't run in full practice. So it's not quite there yet but the good thing is it's getting better. I don't have the soreness I had last week obviously. I'll be doing more and more."

Nowitzki sat out the second half of Dallas' loss in Portland on Nov. 4 and hasn't played since. Though the Mavericks are 2-7, they don't want the 38-year-old forward back until he's ready.

"I think he's really close. He's feeling a lot better and we just don't want to rush anything," owner Mark Cuban said. "There's no reason to rush anything with him."

The Mavericks also are playing without injured guards Deron Williams and Devin Harris, and on Monday shot under 39 percent against a Knicks team that had been struggling defensively. Nowitzki, the No. 6 scorer in NBA history, knows the offense will return once he does.

"We can't score enough. Obviously that's the one thing I can sort of do," Nowitzki said. "I might not be any good at any other thing anymore but I can still score a little bit and help the team score, just helping offensively as much as I can. So it's tough. It is tough to sit over there and watch."

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<![CDATA[Knicks Roll After Halftime Lineup Change, Beat Mavs 93-77]]>Tue, 15 Nov 2016 05:14:52 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Melo-Cavs-Knicks-0130.jpg

The New York Knicks spent $72 million to make Joakim Noah the anchor of their defense.

On Monday, they sat him down and turned around a game.

Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis each scored 24 points, and the Knicks rolled after a halftime lineup change and beat the short-handed Dallas Mavericks 93-77.

The Knicks benched Noah, their big free-agent signing, starting guard Justin Holiday and moving Porzingis to center in a small lineup. They responded by scoring 31 points in the third quarter after managing just 36 in an ugly first half.

"Second half was really good. Coach made the decision to play small," Noah said. "I didn't get to play, everybody wants to play, but it's good that we won. We found a way. It was much-needed."

Anthony scored 17 in the third quarter and 20 in the second half after shooting 1 for 6 in the first half. Porzingis finished with 11 rebounds, though coach Jeff Hornacek doesn't think his move to starting center is going to be permanent.

"Just because it was good in the second half doesn't mean we're going to change it," Hornacek said.

Harrison Barnes scored 20 points and J.J. Barea had 17 for the Mavericks, who are still without Dirk Nowitzki and Deron Williams.

The remaining lineup was good enough to take a 39-36 halftime lead but got run off the floor once the Knicks returned with a different look.

"This is where everybody has got to be totally together, help each other out, really focus on doing the little things at a high level," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "I thought the first half we did that. In the second half we had breakdowns."

Anthony made a 3-pointer to open the half and later had six straight points in the midst of the Knicks' 19-6 run that Holiday capped with a 3-pointer that made it 55-45. New York outscored Dallas 31-12 in the period as the Mavs shot 5 for 20, and it was 67-51 headed to the fourth.

Porzingis and Anthony made consecutive 3-pointers that pushed it to 82-64 midway through the period and soon both were on the bench for good.

Noah, a defensive-minded center who battled injuries in his final season in Chicago, grabbed six rebounds in 16 scoreless minutes. He didn't play in the second half, while Holiday finished with 16 points.

Mavericks: Dallas had won five straight and 24 of the last 29 meetings. ... Barnes had scored 25 or more in a career-best three straight games.

Knicks: The Knicks snapped a two-game losing streak. ... New York won for the first time in five games this season when scoring fewer than 100 points.

Dirk Works
Nowitzki had a lengthy pregame workout on the court, but by then the Mavs had already determined that he would miss his fifth straight game.

"I think he's really close. He's feeling a lot better and we just don't want to rush anything," owner Mark Cuban said. "There's no reason to rush anything with him."

Take Time
Dallas was twice called for technical fouls in the fourth quarter for calling timeout when it had no timeouts remaining.

Helping Hand
Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek asked Mavs coach Rick Carlisle if Nowitzki would work out with Porzingis in September. They couldn't get anything scheduled but both sides hope they can eventually.

"Dirk's a giver, he would love to see every international guy have the same opportunities he's had," Carlisle said. "It's something that didn't work out because I think at the time in September Dirk's travel schedule and Kristaps' health situation didn't match up, but maybe sometime in the future. I know that Dirk would look forward to spending time with him and vice versa."

Up Next
Mavericks: Visit Boston on Wednesday to finish four-game, coast-to-coast road trip that began at the Los Angeles Lakers. Dallas has won seven straight against the Celtics.

Knicks: Host Detroit on Wednesday. The Pistons beat the Knicks 102-89 earlier this season.

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<![CDATA[Dirk and His Wife Welcome Third Child, a Boy]]>Sat, 12 Nov 2016 19:53:32 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk_on_New_Baby_1200x675_807597635713.jpg

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki shared some happy family news with reporters on Saturday.

Nowitzki and his wife Jessica welcomed their third child.

"Got another baby boy yesterday, little Morris," said Nowitzki. "So things went well, wifey doing good, baby doing good, so that's good news. We got three now, its' crazy how fast it goes."

Morris joins 3-year-old sister Malaika, and 1-year-old brother Max.

Nowitzki is currently nursing a sore right Achilles.

<![CDATA[Mavericks Hold Off Lakers 109-97 Without Dirk, Deron]]>Wed, 09 Nov 2016 06:03:35 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/188*120/GettyImages-621812614.jpg

After four seasons in the Golden State Warriors' supporting cast, Harrison Barnes is seizing his opportunity to be the main man in Dallas.

Barnes scored 31 points, Seth Curry added 23 and the Mavericks won their second straight game after an 0-5 start, 109-97 over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.

Two days after Barnes scored a career-best 34 in the Mavs' victory over Milwaukee, he hit 11 of 18 shots at Staples Center while leading Dallas past the Lakers for the 11th consecutive time since April 2, 2013. Barnes scored seven consecutive points after Los Angeles took a lead with 7½ minutes to play, and his teammates finished it off.

"I'm just being aggressive," Barnes said. "That was the biggest thing in my first few games (with the Mavs), figuring out when to be aggressive and when not to. You just kind of have to leave the switch on, and if you fail, fail aggressively."

It's working: Barnes has scored 30 points three times in Dallas' last six games after hitting that mark once in his first four seasons with Golden State.

After getting their first win of the season Sunday against Milwaukee, the Mavs won again without injured Dirk Nowitzki and Deron Williams. Nowitzki missed his second straight game with a sore Achilles tendon, while Williams missed his second straight game with a strained calf muscle.

Dallas used only eight players in LA, but it was enough.

"This is two team efforts, just scrappy and grinding," Barnes said. "Everyone is getting in the mix offensively and defensively. It's not always pretty basketball, but we're getting it done, and that's the most rewarding thing about it."

JJ Barea had 18 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for the Mavericks, who beat the Lakers on the road for the sixth straight time.

"Our guys stuck to a game plan of tempo and patience and discipline, and they won the game," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.

Mavericks: Carlisle shared a quick pregame moment with Lakers F Metta World Peace, who played for Carlisle in Indiana a decade ago. Carlisle, who still calls him Ron, said World Peace has reached out to him to ask questions about coaching. ... Mavs rookie Dorian Finney-Smith had five points in his first NBA start.

Lakers: Luke Walton coached Barnes and Curry as an assistant with Golden State. ... Luol Deng scored two points in 30 minutes, going 1 for 5. ... Julius Randle had 15 points and 10 rebounds, but also committed six turnovers.

Lakers Loss
Jordan Clarkson scored 22 points and Nick Young had 20 as the Lakers' three-game winning streak ended with 17 turnovers and some late-game struggles. Lou Williams scored 15 points for Los Angeles, which rallied from an 11-point deficit in the second half before failing to execute in the final minutes.

"I thought we did a little better job in the second half fighting," Walton said. "I thought we were a little soft in the first half. We had our chances."

Young scored 13 points in the first 3:15, staking the Lakers to an early lead. Dallas scored the final 11 points of the half to move ahead 58-54.

Heading Back
Barnes had his latest monster game one night before he returned to Oakland to take on the Golden State Warriors for the first time since leaving as a free agent during the summer. Barnes was a key player on the Warriors' 2015 championship team and last season's runner-up, but left after the Warriors renounced his rights when they landed Kevin Durant.

When asked if the homecoming was anything special, Barnes said: "Nah. ... It's another game. We're 2-5, so it's another game. Trying to 3-5 and go back home."

The Lakers (4-4) had moved above .500 for just the second time since Dec. 6, 2013, with a victory over Phoenix on Sunday. Los Angeles also hadn't won three straight games since the 2012-13 season, but couldn't make it four.

Up Next
Mavericks: At Golden State on Wednesday.

Lakers: At Sacramento on Thursday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Mavs Owner Cuban Revokes Credentials of 2 ESPN Reporters]]>Tue, 08 Nov 2016 08:01:10 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/505558222.jpg

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says his decision to revoke the credentials of two ESPN writers who cover his team was driven partly by concern that automated game reports could eventually replace human-generated content.

Cuban said Monday that he banned Marc Stein and Tim MacMahon from Mavericks home games to bring attention to the issue of companies using automation in sports coverage.

The Associated Press, in a partnership with Automated Insights, produces automated stories on minor league baseball but does not use the technology for most of its sports coverage. The AP has at least one reporter at all games in the four major professional sports and most major college football and basketball games.

"Maybe I will be wrong but I see a direct path from the trends in coverage of games we are seeing over the last couple years to the automation of reporting on games and the curation of related content," Cuban wrote in an email to the AP. "This isn't a knock on wire services or their reporters. They are valued and valuable in sports coverage."

The billionaire who made his fortune through internet technology told The Dallas Morning News that ESPN had informed the club that it wouldn't have a reporter at every game and would rely on wire services. Barry Bedlan, AP's sports product manager, said ESPN "has relied on us for years."

"Nothing has changed from our perspective and there are no plans to change that," Bedlan said.

Cuban said he was responding to what he considers a disturbing trend of reporters being replaced by machines.

"While it may seem counterintuitive to ban someone from covering us as a way of stopping automation, it really was my only option," Cuban said. "As is evident by the AP partnership with Automated Insights, it's not if but when."

MacMahon has covered the Mavericks primarily for several years but has spent more time in other cities this season. Stein joined ESPN as a national NBA writer in 2000 after previously covering the Mavericks for the Dallas newspaper. Both reporters are based in Dallas.

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<![CDATA[In Sixth Game, Mavs Earn First Win of 2016 Season]]>Mon, 07 Nov 2016 05:29:21 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-611022784Barnes.jpg

When the Dallas Mavericks signed Harrison Barnes to a max contract in the offseason, they probably had nights like this in mind.

With the team in search of its first win and two starters out, Barnes scored a career-high 34 points and the Mavericks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 86-75 in overtime Sunday.

Barnes, who left Golden State to sign a $94 million, four-year contract with Dallas, has scored at least 30 points twice this season after hitting the mark only once in his four years with the Warriors.

His 20-foot jumper opened the scoring in overtime, and the Mavericks (1-5) never trailed in the extra period, outscoring the Bucks 12-1 and forcing five turnovers.

"I think the biggest thing that Coach (Rick Carlisle) has told me is just look for my shot and be aggressive," Barnes said. "My teammates have a lot of confidence in me and when I was able to get into a good rhythm, the basket got bigger and bigger."

Dallas played without starters Dirk Nowitzki (right Achilles soreness) and Deron Williams (left calf strain).

J.J. Barea added 21 points for Dallas, including five in overtime.

Jabari Parker led Milwaukee with 16 points, only two after halftime. Greg Monroe had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Bucks, who had won three straight.

"I didn't finish really well," Parker said. "I'd rather have a bad first half and have a good second half."

Wesley Matthews shook off a 3-for-17 shooting night to hit a 3-pointer with 59 seconds remaining in overtime that put the Mavs up by nine.

Barnes' driving layup with 13 seconds to play in regulation tied the score at 74. Giannis Antetokounmpo's long jumper at the buzzer missed, forcing overtime.

The Bucks led by 13 points in the first quarter but went cold in the second and trailed 47-39 at the break.

Barnes scored 19 points in the first half, including nine in a 14-0 Dallas run to end the half. It was the Mavericks' first lead at the end of any quarter this season.

Mavericks: The team honored longtime team physician J.R. Zamorano, who died June 12 at age 81, with a moment of silence before the game. Players wore uniform patches and Mavericks coaches wore lapel pins with the letters JRZ. . Andrew Bogut, back in the lineup after missing Friday's game for personal reasons, had 16 rebounds.

Bucks: Antetokounmpo picked up two fouls in the first 1:37 and played only 6 minutes in a scoreless first half. He finished with 11 points. . The Bucks had 27 turnovers.

Breaking In
Dallas rookie Dorian Finney-Smith played 31 minutes, including most of the second half and overtime, after playing less than 5 minutes cumulatively over the first five games.

He finished with five points, the first of his NBA career. More importantly, he defended Antetokounmpo on the final possession of regulation, forcing the long miss. The team gave Finney-Smith a game ball after the game.

"It felt good to know that (Carlisle) trusts me enough to play me down the stretch to get stops," Finney-Smith said. "That's what I like to do. I like to play defense."

Slowing Down the Bucks
Milwaukee had scored 117 or more points in three consecutive games for the first time since February 2009. But the Mavericks held the Bucks to 75 by taking away the two things they like to do most — score in the paint and on the fast break. The Bucks had only 28 points in the paint, less than half their season average of 57, and managed just 12 points in transition as Dallas often used the entire shot clock on offense.

"We couldn't find stops," Parker said. "When we find stops we are able to go out in transition. They eliminated that by playing the clock out."

Up Next
Mavericks: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, the start of a four-game road trip that takes Dallas to both coasts.

Bucks: Host the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday. The Bucks beat the Pelicans 117-113 on Tuesday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Trail Blazers Beat Mavericks 105-95; Mavs Now 0-5]]>Fri, 04 Nov 2016 22:26:15 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-621178368.jpg

Damian Lillard scored 27 of his season-high 42 points in the second half to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 105-95 victory over Dallas on Friday night, sending the Mavericks to their first 0-5 start in franchise history.

Mason Plumlee had 19 points and Al-Farouq Aminu added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Portland.

J.J. Barea scored 23 points and Harrison Barnes had 17 for the Mavericks, who were without Andrew Bogut (personal reasons) for the game and Dirk Nowitzki (sore right Achilles) in the second half.

With backcourt mate C.J. McCollum saddled with foul trouble for most of the game, Lillard had 18 of Portland's 25 points during a 14-minute stretch of the second half.

The Blazers, who shot 3 for 14 on 3-pointers in the first half, started 7 for 8 from beyond the arc to start the third quarter and open a 78-62 lead.

Howver, Portland went 0 for 10 for the rest of the quarter and the Mavericks pulled to 79-76 entering the fourth, playing most of that stretch with Barea and four reserves in the game.

Justin Anderson scored two inside baskets and fired up the crowd with a block of Aminu's layup at the other end.

After Salah Mejri's dunk closed the gap to one, Lillard scored two quick baskets at the other end, then made a 3 with 8:18 left to put the Blazers up 89-80. The Mavericks got no closer than six the rest of the way.

Portland led 55-52 at the break despite their poor outside shooting. Lillard, who earlier this week said Golden State's defense was "just not the same" without Bogut this year, began exploiting Bogut's absence in the Dallas defense in the second quarter with an attacking style of play.

Lillard scored 10 points in the quarter, all of them a result of drives to the basket that ended in lay-ups or foul shots. Plumlee had 15 points in the half on perfect 5-for-5 performances from the field and the free-throw line.


Trail Blazers: Lillard has scored at least 27 points in each of Portland's first six games. ... McCollum played only 24 minutes due to foul trouble and scored nine points, but his driving lay-up with 4:34 to go gave the Blazers a 95-87 lead. It was his only basket after the first quarter. ... Shabazz Napier tied the score at 26-26 after one quarter when he stole the ball from Barea in the front court and made a 32-footer at the buzzer.

Mavericks: Devin Harris has missed all five regular season games after suffering a right big toe sprain in the team's final preseason game. ... The Mavericks scored more points (six) on the fast break in the first quarter than their game average of 4.5, the NBA's lowest.


History has shown the first four games of the season aren't a good predictor of the Mavericks' overall record. Their only other 0-4 start came in 2006-07, when they followed the early losing streak with 12 straight wins en route to a franchise-best 67-15 record. And they went a combined 24-140 over the 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons despite winning one of their first four each year.


Trail Blazers: At Memphis on Sunday.

Mavericks: Host Milwaukee on Sunday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Winless Mavericks Frustrated and Eager to Find First Victory]]>Thu, 03 Nov 2016 16:07:05 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-11-03-15h50m25s209.png

The great Rick Carlisle has never started a season 0-4, and it's not sitting well with him.

"Nobody likes losing. I hate it. Everyone here hates it," said the Mavericks head coach.

Dallas is one of four winless teams in the NBA after Wednesday night's loss to Utah. Before the Jazz, the Mavs lost to Houston twice and Indiana before that to open the season. This 4-game losing streak to start the season has the entire team on edge.

"It's not an X's and O's thing anymore. It's heart. It's gut. It's going out there and getting a win by any means necessary," said guard Wesley Matthews.

The Mavericks are banged up. Deron Williams is questionable for Friday's game against Portland with a groin injury. Dirk Nowitzki returned to action after missing the two Houston games, but Carlisle said he's sore. J.J. Barrea is hobbling a bit and is working his way back from a foot injury.

"We don't have any luxury for 'if this, this, if this.' We got to go hard. Whoever is on the court, whoever is suiting up, whoever is getting ready to play, we got to bring everything that we got and try to get a win," said Matthews.

"We're in a tough spot. I understand that there's a lot of motivated teams going to come in here. We have to stay the course and do better," said Carlisle.

<![CDATA[Parsons Leads Grizzlies Over Mavs 80-64 in Return to Dallas]]>Fri, 18 Nov 2016 23:39:46 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/507937484.jpg

Chandler Parsons scored 12 points in his return to Dallas, helping the Memphis Grizzlies to an 80-64 victory Friday night over the injury-plagued Mavericks, who flirted with franchise worsts for scoring and shooting percentage.

Parsons is still on a minutes restriction after both his seasons with the Mavericks ended in knee surgery, which played a role in him landing with Memphis on a max contract. But he didn't need to play much to be the Grizzlies' leading scorer in this game.

Dallas was without Dirk Nowitzki (strained Achilles tendon) and the top three options at point guard in Deron Williams (left calf strain), J.J. Barea (torn left leg muscle) and Devin Harris (right toe sprain).

The Mavericks avoided the franchise-record low of 62 points from 1997 when Argentine rookie Nicolas Brussino made a 3-pointer with 24 seconds remaining. Dallas (2-9) matched its worst start since going 2-9 during Nowitzki's rookie season in 1998-99.

The Mavericks were shooting 25.4 percent through three quarters -- the franchise-record low is 27.4 percent from the expansion season of 1980-81 -- after going 8 1/2 minutes without a field goal in the second quarter and adding a 6 1/2-minute drought in the third. Dallas finished at 28.8 percent.

Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 15 points on 5-of-17 shooting. Seth Curry, the starting point guard because of the injuries, scored 11 while shooting 4 of 14 from the field.

The Grizzlies were flat two nights after handing the Los Angeles Clippers their second loss, but it didn't matter against the anemic Mavericks, who were held under 80 points for the second time in three games.

Marc Gasol scored 11 for Memphis, as did Tony Allen after missing four games with a right groin injury.


Grizzlies: Zach Randolph scored 10 points, and JaMychal Green had a game-high 12 rebounds. ... Point guard Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with two blocks.

Mavericks: Jonathan Gibson, a training-camp cut who re-signed Friday because of the injuries at point guard, had 11 points and a team-high three assists. ... Barea told a Spanish-language newspaper that he expected to miss four to six weeks with a muscle tear. He said he feared he had a more serious Achilles injury.


Both teams are in a stretch of playing six out of seven games on the road. The Mavericks just had their only home game and are headed to Orlando for the second night of a back-to-back before visiting San Antonio on Monday. The Grizzlies get their only home game in the stretch against Minnesota on Saturday night before a trip to Charlotte and Philadelphia.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[George Hill Scores 25, Jazz Beat Mavericks 97-81]]>Thu, 03 Nov 2016 05:14:14 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/505180868.jpg

The offseason acquisition of George Hill was a clear upgrade at the point guard position for the Utah Jazz, but few expected this type of production from the nine-year veteran.

Hill scored 25 points and the Jazz defeated the Dallas Mavericks 97-81 on Wednesday night.

Hill continued to power the Jazz offensively after coming to the team in a three-way trade with the Pacers and Hawks last summer. He has scored 18-plus points in all five games, the only Jazz player to do so.

"Some of the things that he's doing, you were hopeful that he would do," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. "But you're equally pleased that he's doing them. He's made big shots at crucial times. What I've seen is his willingness to (say), `Where do you need me? Do you need me to score? Do you need me to get a stop? Do you want me to lead?'

"The leadership component, to me, is probably the most unique. That's something our team is responding to."

The Mavericks trailed the entire game except for a 16-15 lead at the beginning of the second quarter. After shooting just 37.0 percent in the first quarter, the Jazz hit 49.2 percent the rest of the way. They were 12 for 25 from 3-point range.

"I'm just happy we're winning, I don't care about the numbers," Hill said. "Just doing what it takes to try to win a game. I'm glad my teammates have confidence in me to control the tempo out there and try to make plays."

Rodney Hood scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Jazz as teammate Rudy Gobert had 12 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.

Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 14 points, but they shot just 26.9 percent behind the arc.

"It's been a tough start for us," Mavs center Andrew Bogut said. "No one is going to give us anything easy, so we got to dig ourselves out of this hole.

"We weren't in the game, really from the start. Whatever it was, we were kind of chasing our tails from the start. Our bench did a great job of getting us back in the game. Made a run. We just couldn't sustain it."

Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki started after missing the last two games with an illness. He scored nine points on 4-for-14 shooting. ... Point guard Deron Williams, who was drafted by the Jazz No. 3 overall in 2005, was still booed five years after being traded away.

Jazz: Derrick Favors matched a season-high with 23 minutes as he works his way back from a knee injury. ... Dante Exum matched a season-high 10 points off the bench.

Sticking Around
Gobert signed a lucrative multi-year extension Tuesday to keep from entering restricted free agency after the season. The 7-foot-1, 245-pound center averaged career-highs in points (9.1), rebounds (11.0) and blocks (2.2) last season and has developed into one of the top defenders in the league. Gobert said the extension puts both he and the team on the same page and reinforces their belief in him. He knows he has to produce, but said there isn't any extra pressure.

"As a human, it wasn't really impacting my game, but in my mind you think about it a little bit," Gobert said. "Now that it's done I'm focused on basketball and the team."

More Offense
The Mavericks entered the game ranked No. 15 in the league averaging 103.7 points per game. Coach Rick Carlisle is looking for more on that end of the court, but didn't get it Wednesday.

"We want to move the ball," Carlisle said. "We want to get it in the paint as much as possible. We've had some tough luck with shot-making, but that will come."

Up Next
Mavericks: Host the Portland Trail Blazers and star point guard Damian Lillard on Friday.

Jazz: Host the Spurs on Friday after upsetting Kawhi Leonard and company in San Antonio on Tuesday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Mark Cuban Says Mavs Won't Stay at Trump Hotels]]>Tue, 01 Nov 2016 23:20:12 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/185*120/523310124.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks will not be staying at any Donald Trump hotels this season.

That's what Mavs owner Mark Cuban told me this on my NBC Sports Radio show Tuesday.

“No. We did stay previously and quite a few teams did reach out and asked what we were doing and they said that they were staying at the Trump hotels and we chose not to anymore longer and actually it wasn’t my suggestion, it was multiple other people’s suggestion inside the organization,” said Cuban.

Cuban has bashed GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump for months.  

He told me that he’s already cast his vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for president.

Listen to my interview with Cuban here.

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<![CDATA[Mark Cuban on Losing Mavs Fans Over Bashing Trump]]>Wed, 02 Nov 2016 08:01:05 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mark-cuban-donald-trump.jpg

Texas is a Red state, but Mark Cuban doesn’t care if it affects his bottom line. 

Some Dallas Mavericks fans don’t like him supporting Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton while continuing his feud with GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. 

I asked Cuban about that on my NBC Sports Radio Show Tuesday and he didn’t hold back.

“You know what, when it’s all said and done, I’d rather lose every penny than have Trump as president because I care more about the future of my family, my children than I do about my pocketbook," Cuban said. "And so if it means we play to empty arenas, I’m down with that."

Cuban told me he already voted in the election cast his ballot for Clinton. He also said that the Mavericks will not be staying at any Trump hotels this season. 

For fans who want him to just stay out of politics after the election, he promises he will. He acknowledged his critics on both sides of this contentious presidential election:

“Maybe I pick up some fans. Maybe I lose some fans. I don’t know," he said. "I’ve heard it from both. I’ve had people say ‘there’s no way I can support you. I can’t go to another Mavs game.’ And I’ve had people say ‘you know what? We’re buying Mavs tickets.' What I’ve heard more often than anything is, ‘are you gonna be this way once the election’s over?’ And the answer is no. You’ve known me forever Newy and I’ve been apolitical my entire adult life and only because I know Donald and I know my feelings about what he would be like as president have I gotten this involved but come November 9, it’s all Mavs all the time.”

Here's the link to the entire interview.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Owner Mark Cuban Rips Into Donald Trump]]>Tue, 01 Nov 2016 16:50:25 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610594230_master.jpgDallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he will no longer have his team stay at Trump hotels on the road.

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<![CDATA[Harden Hits Late Free Throw, Rockets Beat Mavs]]>Mon, 31 Oct 2016 04:15:00 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-618924490.jpg

James Harden blamed the added suspense on Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni.

Harden made a free throw with 0.1 seconds left, lifting the Rockets over the Dallas Mavericks 93-92 in their home opener Sunday night.

Harden put extra pressure on himself by missing the first of two foul shots after being fouled by Wesley Matthews on a driving layup at the buzzer with the game tied.

"Coach messed me up, man — he said, 'Make the first one and miss the second one,' and I did the opposite," Harden said with a smile. "I'm just happy I made it and we came away with the win."

Harden led Houston with 28 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, edging Matthews in a gutsy back-and-forth.

After trailing by 10 entering the fourth quarter, Dallas tied it at 92 on a 3-pointer by Matthews with 4.1 seconds remaining.

D'Antoni was pleased with the execution on the play that won the game. Nene received the inbound pass and found a cutting Harden with a crisp bounce pass before Matthews drew his sixth foul.

"That's what he does," D'Antoni said. "That's why he's one of the best, and he's just so good at drawing fouls and getting in the lane."

Matthews led Dallas with 25 points and J.J. Barea scored 18 points off the bench. In falling to the Rockets for the second time in three days, the Mavericks fell to 0-3 for the first time since 2011-12, the lockout-shortened season following their title.

"We gave ourselves a chance, and it comes down to the one play and the whistle," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "We're up against it right now in a lot of ways, but no one's backing down. We've just got to find a way."

Dallas was without Dirk Nowitzki (illness, sore Achilles tendon) for a second straight game. Nowitzki participated in pregame warmups but was a late scratch.

"Our margin for error is so slim," Matthews said. "We're not the Golden State Warriors, we're not the Cleveland Cavaliers, we're not the Spurs, but we're a ... good team. So we've got to minimize the stuff that we can control."

Houston got strong performances from offseason additions Eric Gordon, Ryan Anderson and Nene in their home debuts. Gordon had 14 points, Anderson had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Nene had 11 points.

The Rockets capped the first and second quarters with points at the buzzer. To end the first, Corey Brewer hit a 3-pointer from 30 feet out. Harden ended the second quarter on a driving layup to put the Rockets up 63-53.

Late in the third quarter, Houston's Trevor Ariza and Dallas' Salah Mejri received double-technical fouls after both players fell to the floor and were tangled for a few seconds. Ariza clinched his fists before he was restrained by players.

Mavericks: Without Nowitzki, Dallas was frequently undersized but managed to hold their own in the rebounding category, with Houston edging the Mavericks 46-42. ... Starting in Nowitzki's place, Seth Curry played 23 minutes and scored no points on 0-for-3 shooting.

Rockets: Houston was plagued by 17 turnovers compared to just nine turnovers from Dallas. ... Sam Dekker scored nine points on 3-of-3 shooting from 3-point range.

Defensive Composure
After the defense struggled in a 106-98 loss to Houston on Friday, Dallas allowed 63 points in the first half before holding Houston to just 17 points in the third quarter and 13 points in the fourth quarter.

Hopkins in House
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins was in attendance for the game, just hours removed from his team's 20-13 win over the Detroit Lions.

Up Next
Mavericks: Visit Utah on Wednesday night.

Rockets: Visit Cleveland on Tuesday for the first leg of a season-long five-game road trip.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Rockets Top Mavs 106-98 with Nowitzki Out for Home Opener]]>Fri, 28 Oct 2016 23:17:55 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-618913558.jpg

James Harden walked the ball up the court in the final seconds of the third quarter, then decided he didn't want to set up the offense.

The Houston star simply pulled up and hit a long 3-pointer for the first double-digit lead during a late-quarter run that put the Rockets in control for good.

Trevor Ariza scored 27 points, Harden had 26 and Houston beat Dallas 106-98 with Dirk Nowitzki missing from the Mavericks' home opener Friday night.

Harden went scoreless while playing the entire first quarter, missing all five shots, before getting 10 points in the second and 12 in the third, including the punctuating 3 that followed two others on a 10-2 run to finish the quarter.

"I was in a groove and it was time to close out the quarter," Harden said. "Think that's one of the things that we're preaching is we got to end quarters the right way."

Harrison Barnes, playing his first home game for the Mavericks after signing a max contract in the summer, had a career-high 31 points.

Nowitzki didn't play for just the second time in 19 home openers with Dallas. The 38-year-old had a stomach ailment bad enough that coach Rick Carlisle wasn't sure he would make the trip to Houston for the Rockets' home opener Sunday.

"Dirk's not going to be around here forever. And we're going to be sitting him sometimes this year," Carlisle said. "The other guys have got to step up and step forward. And I'm one of them. We've all got to really raise the level of our game when a guy like that's not on the floor."

Two nights after recording a career-high 17 assists in an opening loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, Harden had eight assists and seven rebounds.

Ariza was 5 of 7 from 3-point range, including one early in the fourth quarter to push Houston's lead back to nine points. He was fouled on 3-pointers twice and made all six free throws.


Rockets: Harden became the second player in NBA history with at least 30 points and 15 assists in an opener when he had 34 points and 17 assists in the 120-114 loss to the Lakers. Tim Hardaway had 32 and 18 for Golden State at Denver in 1990. ... Eric Gordon was the other double-figure scorer for Houston with 18 points. ... Clint Capela had nine rebounds.

Mavericks: Dallas has the two highest totals for 3-point attempts in a game in league history after shooting 48 in the 130-121 overtime loss to Indiana in the opener. The Mavericks made 18 (38 percent). Dallas shot a record 49 on March 5, 1996, against New Jersey, also making 18 (37 percent). ... Andrew Bogut, a starter alongside Barnes at Golden State before both joined Dallas after the Warriors landed Kevin Durant in free agency, had a game-high 12 rebounds. ... Deron Williams had 14 points, but just one in the second half.


The only other home opener Nowitzki missed was in 2012 when he sat the first 27 games recovering from knee surgery. Sliding over to power forward, Barnes was strong inside and out, going 13 of 23 from the field with five rebounds. "I think he has a chance to be a very special player. I've felt that all along," Carlisle said.


After giving up 51 percent shooting in the loss to the Lakers, the Rockets allowed Dallas to shoot 52 percent in the first quarter while Barnes scored 12 points . But the Mavericks were held to 15 of 40 (38 percent) in the second and third quarters, when Houston outscored them 53-43. "We can't just rely on offense or James bailing us out like he did a lot last year," Ariza said. "We have to do it collectively on the defensive end."


Dallas' Wesley Matthews scored 13 points on a second straight bad shooting night. He's 7 of 30 from the field through two games, including 3 of 18 from 3-point range.


The Rockets were 15 of 32 from 3-point range (47 percent). Ariza, Harden (4 of 9) and Gordon (3 of 6) combined to make 12 of 20 from beyond the arc. "I think our legs were a little bit better, and we'll get more in shape as we play more games," first-year coach Mike D'Antoni said.


The Rockets' home opener Sunday against the Mavericks is their only home game in the first eight this season. One of three five-game road trips -- a season high -- follows.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Nowitzki Will Miss Mavs' Home Opener with Illness]]>Fri, 28 Oct 2016 18:20:44 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-514203050.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki will miss Dallas' home opener against Houston with what coach Rick Carlisle described as a stomach ailment.

The 38-year-old, in his 19th season, played 38 minutes in an overtime loss to Indiana in the season opener on Wednesday. He missed the shootaround before Friday night's game.

Carlisle wouldn't commit to Nowitzki making the trip to Houston over the weekend. The Mavericks play the Rockets again Sunday in Houston's home opener.

The coach said it appeared Nowitzki would play earlier Friday, "so this must be something that's come around very quickly."

Nowitzki had 22 points on 8-of-19 shooting and eight rebounds in the 130-121 loss to the Pacers.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks Home Opener at the AAC]]>Fri, 28 Oct 2016 17:28:21 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-523068864.jpgThe Dallas Mavericks tip-off their home slate Friday against the Houston Rockets, and MFFLs are for a return trip to the playoffs in 2016-17.

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<![CDATA[Turner Leads Pacers Past Mavs, 130-121 in OT]]>Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:39:55 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-618415654.jpg

Myles Turner walked onto center stage Wednesday night — and looked as comfortable in his starring role.

The Indiana Pacers second-year center scored 30 points, tied his career high with 16 rebounds, blocked four shots and made a 3-pointer in overtime that started the decisive 8-0 run in his first opening night start.

If Turner keeps this up, the Pacers could be celebrating a lot more than just a 130-121 season-opening victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

"I was talking to some of my friends about and they were saying `Take it easy on Dallas tonight,"' Turner said. "It was cool to go out like that against my hometown team. After the final buzzer sounded, everything hit me. It was just like, `Wow, I just did that."'

Before the game, new coach Nate McMillan told reporters he expected NBA teams to defend Turner differently this season and said his budding 20-year-old star would have to adapt. He looked just fine against the Mavs.

In a game that was supposed to be all about the Pacers' revamped roster and new up-tempo style, Turner stole the show by making 13 of 19 shots, coming up with big play after big play and overshadowing All-Stars Paul George and Dirk Nowitzki.

George added 25 points, including another 3 with 55 seconds left to seal Indiana's fifth season-opening win in six years.

"I loved the fight our guys showed in that overtime," McMillan said.

Deron Williams led Dallas with 25 points. J.J. Barea and Nowitzki each had 22 as the Mavs lost their fifth in a row in the series.

Dallas only led twice all night but managed to force overtime when Harrison Barnes' open 3 tied the score at 115 with 2.3 seconds left.

Turner could have won it in regulation with a long buzzer-beating 3, but the shot bounced off the back of the rim.

"He did a little bit of everything to hurt us," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said of Turner. "It was not just one thing he did. He was active and he got the ball in the basket."

Mavericks: Barnes and Andrew Bogut, the two former Golden State Warriors, finished with 19 points and six points, respectively, in their Dallas debuts. ... Nowitzki didn't make his first basket until almost two minutes into the second quarter. ... Barea played despite being listed as questionable with a sprained left elbow. ... Team owner Mark Cuban attended the game.

Pacers: All five Indiana starters scored in double figures, including Jeff Teague, who had 20 points and eight assists in his first game with his hometown team. ... Indiana had 10 assists in the first quarter and finished with 30. ... The Pacers also had a 52-49 rebounding advantage despite going with their new, up-tempo style. ... The Oak Ridge Boys sang the national anthem.

1, 2, 3, Repeat
Dallas finished the game 18 of 48 from 3-point range, one short of its own franchise and NBA single-game record set in March 1996 against the New Jersey Nets. Six different players attempted at least six 3s for the Mavs. Indiana, in contrast, was 10 of 19 on 3s and no player attempted more than five.

Welcome Back, Coach
McMillan was just as anxious as his new players to get started. McMillan had been the head coach previously in Seattle and Portland, but spent the previous three seasons as Frank Vogel's top assistant in Indiana.

"I was surprised he was away from that position as long as he was," Carlisle said. "He's a great coach, and I know him well, personally, too. He'll do a great job."

Up Next
Mavericks: Dallas hosts a longtime rival in Houston on Friday night. It is the second of three meetings between the Texas teams during a 12-day span in October. They already played once in the preseason.

Pacers: Forward Thaddeus Young returns to his previous home when the Pacers visit Brooklyn on Friday night. Indiana won three of the four meetings with the Nets last season and is 4-3 all-time at the Barclays Center.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Rockets Beat Mavericks 106-91 in Preseason Tune-Up]]>Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:59:04 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-614766686.jpg

James Harden had 23 points and 11 assists, including 12 and four while playing most of the third quarter, to lead Houston in a 106-91 preseason victory over the Mavericks.

Wesley Matthews led Dallas with 15 points.

The Rockets started on an 18-2 run and led 23-7 when some starters were subbed out. With backups involved, the Mavericks outscored Houston 15-4 to finish the first quarter.

ROCKETS: G Pablo Prigioni sat with a left shoulder sprain, but coach Mike D'Antoni said he is expected to be available for the preseason finale. ... G Eric Gordon, expected to open the season as a starter while Patrick Beverley recovers from left knee injury, had 13 points on 4-of-11 shooting. ... Clint Capela had 12 points and 13 rebounds. ... Ryan Anderson hit four 3-pointers and scored 14 points.

MAVERICKS: G J.J. Barea was out with a sprained left elbow. Coach Rick Carlisle is hopeful he will be ready for the opener next Wednesday at Indiana. ... Harrison Barnes was 1 of 9 from the field, putting him at 24 percent (12 of 51) in the preseason. He signed a max deal at four years, $94 million in the offseason. ... Dirk Nowitzki had 12 points and five rebounds.

UP NEXT: Both teams have their preseason finales on the road Friday: Houston (5-1) at San Antonio and Dallas (2-4) at Denver.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Mavs Hire Dallas DJ Poison Ivy as in-Arena Entertainment]]>Mon, 03 Oct 2016 10:43:59 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-dj-poison-ivy.jpg

The following is a news release from the Dallas Mavericks.

The Dallas Mavericks have hired a new member of the in-arena entertainment team: DJ Poizon Ivy.

Born Ivy Awino in Nairobi, Kenya and raised in Dallas, Texas Ivy attended The Hockaday School and worked as a Mavs BallKid on game-nights for over six years.

“I grew-up with the Mavs and I’m a huge fan,” Ivy said. “Somehow I always knew I’d be back and I’m honored to start working for this organization again.”

While attending Marquette University, she found her place at WMUR, the student-run radio station and became “DJ Poizon Ivy.” Since then, she’s shared the stage with the likes of Nas, Wiz Khalifa, Lupe Fiasco, B.o.B, J. Cole, Juicy J and more, always striving to learn and work with the best in the industry.

Now back in Dallas, Ivy has become the official DJ of the Dallas Wings (WNBA) and Skylar Diggins’ Shoot 4 the Sky Basketball Camp Tour.

“We were looking for someone who knows and lives for basketball, but also has an ear for what’s happening in the music world. We believe she is going to elevate our in-game experience and we’re excited to have her on board,” said Jonathan Kornblith, Creative and Game-Day Director.

DJ Poizon Ivy’s first game will be Oct. 3's preseason game against the Charlotte Hornets.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Preseason: 5 to Know]]>Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:47:34 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doney-mavs-5-to-know-092616_1200x675_773442115784.jpgThe Mavericks' preseason starts Oct. 1 -- here are five things you need to know about the 2016-17 season.]]><![CDATA[Mavericks Sign Guard, Training Camp Roster At 20]]>Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:36:42 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs-center-court.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks' training camp is right around the corner, and the team has signed guard C.J. Williams.

Williams (6-5, 225) spent the 2015-16 season with JDA Dijon Bourgogne in France, where he averaged 11.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game in 34 games. Williams also played for the San Antonio Spurs' 2016 summer league teams that competed in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.

Before joining Dijon in 2015-16, Williams played for Michelin Etha Engomis Nicosia in Cyprus (2012-13), the D-League's Los Angeles D-Fenders (2013-14) and Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia in Italy (2014-15).

A native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Williams played four years at North Carolina State (2008-12), where he helped the Wolfpack reach the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 as a senior in 2011-12. In 37 games as a senior, Williams averaged 10.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals in 31.1 minutes. He went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft.

The Mavericks' 2016-17 training camp roster is now set at 20 players.

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<![CDATA[Dirk Hopeful for Good Season With Mavs]]>Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:48:36 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk-on-mavs_1200x675_766637635503.jpgAt his charity tennis tournament, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki talks about the teams chances to be competitive.]]><![CDATA[Dirk Previews His Pro Celebrity Tennis Tournament]]>Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:47:57 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk-tennis-classic_1200x675_766634563921.jpgDallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki previews his Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic, which benefits the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation.]]><![CDATA[Mavs' Barnes, Acy Spread Knowledge in NBA 101]]>Wed, 14 Sep 2016 21:47:16 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/BARNES_AND_ACY_ON_MAVS_101_1200x675_765361219898.jpgWith the Dallas Mavericks regular season set to tip off Oct. 26 in Indiana against the Pacers, the organization hoped to spread some knowledge of the game during the 16th annual NBA 101 event at the American Airlines Center Tuesday night. A number of Dallas Mavericks players and coaches were on hand sharing their expertise. Players Quincy Acy and Harrison Barnes gave us a preview of what they hoped to share with the women who showed up for the event. ]]><![CDATA[Darius Rucker Recalls Rick Carlisle Playing With His Band]]>Wed, 07 Sep 2016 18:05:38 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/Darius+Rucker+San+Diego+Fair+2014+%2810%29.jpg

Country star Darius Rucker is a big time sports fan. He became a Dallas Mavericks fan after the Charlotte Hornets relocated to New Orleans.

Rucker was once the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish before becoming a solo country star.

He came on my NBC Sports Radio show and recalled the time the Mavs coach invited himself to play on stage. Click here for the audio link. Rucker talks about it at the 7:49 mark.

This is what Rucker told me:

"One thing that happened a couple of years ago, I’m a big Dallas Mavericks fan and Coach Carlisle is a friend of mine and he called me up one day and he goes, 'hey man, you know I’m coming to the show. I want to jam with you guys.' I say, Oh yeah, what do you do? 'I play piano. I don’t really read music but I play by ear.'"

"You know every time a friend calls and says that, you go ‘okay man, you can jam’ but you think to yourself, ‘oh, this is gonna be rough’ and Coach gets to the show and he doesn’t rehearse with us or anything and he gets up an says he wants to do Let Her Cry with us. And I’m telling you when he hits the solo, that he had everybody in the band was looking at me and going ‘Oh my goodness.' He was awesome. He was unbelievable. He was great and we tell him all the time you can come play with us anytime cause it was awesome.”

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<![CDATA[Mavericks Release 2016 Preseason Schedule]]>Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:24:50 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-5230078361.jpg

It won't be long before the Dallas Mavericks hit the hardwood in preparations for the 2016-2017 season. 

The Mavericks tip off the regular season on the road Oct. 26 against former Euless Trinity and Texas standout Myles Turner and the Indiana Pacers. 

But before they tip-off the regular season the Dallas Mavericks must get through the preseason. 

Wednesday the Mavericks released their preseason schedule, all times listed below are central.

  • Sat. Oct. 1 at New Orleans 7 p.m., Shreveport, La. CenturyLink Center
  • Mon. Oct. 3 Charlotte 7:30 p.m., Dallas American Airlines Center
  • Sat. Oct. 8 at Milwaukee 7:30 p.m., Madison, Wis. Kohl Center
  • Tues. Oct. 11 Oklahoma City 7:30 p.m., Dallas American Airlines Center
  • Fri. Oct. 14 at Phoenix 9 p.m., Phoenix Talking Stick Resort Arena
  • Wed. Oct. 19 Houston 7:30 p.m. Dallas American Airlines Center
  • Fri. Oct. 21 at Denver 8 p.m., Denver Pepsi Center

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<![CDATA[New Dallas Maverick Barnes Is At A Tipping Point ]]>Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:12:13 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-593251362.jpg

NBA TV’s Stu Jackson has been a NBA coach, general manager, NBA executive and served on the USA Basketball  Board of Directors.  I had Jackson on my NBC Sports Radio show to discuss what’s next for Harrison Barnes who will join the Mavericks this fall after signing a max contract in July.  Here's what Stu had to say:

Harrison, right now, is at a real tipping point in terms of how people will remember him as a player.

 Up to this point, he’s had a great deal of success, he’s been a world champion. Played a significant role on a very good team. Arguably, one of the two best teams in the NBA over the past couple of years.

 Now he moves to the Dallas Mavericks where his role, and I can’t stress that enough, his role is gonna significantly change. He is now going to be the alpha or beta dog and not necessarily, you know, someone that is in the starting rotation. The Mavericks will rely on him and count on him at a level that he hasn’t seen at Golden State and rightfully so.  He is a young player, he still has young legs and a lot of growth and development left to go.

 And how he is going to be remember will really be seen in how he develops over these next couple of three years as a Dallas Maverick.

Here is a link to the interview on the Newy Scruggs Show. 

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<![CDATA[The Mavericks' 2016-17 Schedule Is Out ]]>Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:23:37 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk-intro-aac.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks announced their 2016-17 schedule today, which will tip-off at Indiana on Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. CT.

The 2016-17 campaign will mark the Mavericks’ 37th season and their 16th playing at the American Airlines Center. Dallas will play its home opener against division rival Houston on Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. CT.  

The Mavericks’ national TV schedule includes five games on ESPN, three on TNT and five on NBA TV.

All five of the Mavericks’ ESPN games will come against Western Conference opponents, with four of those coming on the road. The Mavericks’ first ESPN telecast will come at Utah on Dec. 16. The remaining four ESPN games are: at Portland (Feb. 3), at Minnesota (Feb. 24), vs. Oklahoma City (March 5) and at the L.A. Clippers (April 5).

TNT will carry three of Dallas’ games this season, beginning with a matchup with the L.A. Lakers at the STAPLES Center on Dec. 29. The other two Maverick TNT games are: at Oklahoma City (Jan. 26) and vs. Miami (Feb. 27).

Dallas will also have five games televised on NBA TV, with all five of those coming before Christmas.  They are: vs. Milwaukee (Nov. 6), at San Antonio (Nov. 21), vs. Sacramento (Dec. 18), at Portland (Dec. 21) and at the L.A. Clippers (Dec. 23).

The remaining portion of the Mavericks’ local television schedule for games on Fox Sports Southwest will be released at a later date. All games can be heard on ESPN 103.3 FM and on KZMP 1540 AM ESPN Deportes.

After playing three games in October and 14 in November, Dallas will play a season-high 17 games during the month of December. Nine of those games will come on the road, including matchups at Charlotte (Dec. 1), Houston (Dec. 10), Utah (Dec. 16), Portland (Dec. 21), the L.A. Clippers (Dec. 23) and Golden State (Dec. 30).

The Mavericks will face the Phoenix Suns in Mexico City on Jan. 12 at 9 p.m. CT, marking the second time Dallas has played a regular-season contest outside of the U.S. or Canada in franchise history. The Mavericks played the Rockets in Mexico City on Dec. 7, 1997, marking the first NBA game ever played in Latin America.

Dallas will play a season-long six-game homestand from March 3 through March 11. The Mavericks also have a season-long six-game road trip toward the end of the year (March 29 through April 5). Seven of Dallas’ final nine games will come on the road.

The Mavericks have 15 back-to-backs this season, 11 of which come prior to the All-Star Break. In total, six back-to-backs begin at home and conclude on the road, five are road-to-home and three are on the road. Dallas will also play one home-and-home back-to-back this year against Brooklyn on March 10 and Phoenix on March 11. It will mark the first time the Mavericks will play both games of a back-to-back at home since Jan. 13 and 14, 2012 (Jan. 13 vs. Milwaukee and Jan. 14 vs. Sacramento).

The reigning world champion Cleveland Cavaliers will visit the American Airlines Center on Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. CT. The Golden State Warriors, who won an NBA-record 73 regular-season games last year, will make their only trip to Dallas on March 21.

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<![CDATA[Dirk Officially Signs Contract with Mavs]]>Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:32:01 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/73708921.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki has signed his contract with Dallas, and a person with knowledge of the deal says it's worth more than the original agreement.

The 38-year-old star who has spent all 18 of his seasons with the Mavericks signed a two-year, $50 million contract on Wednesday -- $10 million more than the deal struck before contracts could be signed. The person with knowledge of the contract provided terms to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren't released.

After playing for two years on a hometown discount at roughly $8 million per season, Nowitzki will be the highest-paid Dallas player at $25 million in 2016-17. Free agent addition Harrison Barnes, who signed a four-year, $94 million contract, will make about $22 million next season.

Nowitzki has said he would like to play 20 seasons. There is a team option in the second year of the deal, but that decision will be driven by the 7-foot German and whether he feels he has another season in him.

The day after last season ended with yet another first-round playoff exit, Nowitzki said he believed he could contribute for at least two more years. And he showed it, leading the team in scoring in the regular season and the five-game loss to Oklahoma City.

The Mavericks haven't won a playoff series since Nowitzki led them to the franchise's only championship in 2011. They've spent the past five offseasons trying to put marquee free agents around their aging star, but haven't landed the biggest names.

The latest misses led to the addition of Barnes, a small forward who became expendable in Golden State when the 2015 champions lured Kevin Durant away from the Thunder. The Mavericks also got center Andrew Bogut from the Warriors in a salary cap-driven trade after Durant's decision.

Those two additions assured the return of Nowitzki, who said the only way he would consider leaving Dallas was if the franchise chose not to pursue veterans for another run at the postseason.

Dallas is bringing back point guard Deron Williams on a second straight one-year deal. Williams had a solid debut with his hometown team after Brooklyn bought out his contract.

The other starter is Wesley Matthews, a shooting guard who stuck with Dallas and got a max contract last summer after center DeAndre Jordan wrecked the Mavericks' free agency plans by agreeing to join them before changing his mind and staying with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Mavericks Build Basketball Court in West]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 22:55:02 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/west_builds_mavs_court_10pm_7-23-16_1200x675_731135043968.jpgThe Dallas Mavericks unveiled a brand new basketball court in West, Texas near the fertilizer plant that exploded in 2013.]]><![CDATA[The 2000s; The Dirk Vs. Duncan Era?]]>Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:49:39 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/183*120/574192.jpg

While the Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs and LeBron James have won most of the championships since the turn of the century, there was no great rivalry between them. A rivalry that has been constant was right here in the Lone Star State.

The Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs gave us some great ones and now that Tim Duncan is retiring without as much as a press conference, the rivalry of the most consistent teams of the previous decade is gone with him. 

While Bird versus Magic (Celtics vs. Lakers) was more notable for their clashes in the NBA Finals, The Big German and The Big Fundamental played twice as many times in the playoffs. The biggest knock on Dirk and Tim is that they were never truly considered the best players in the league, despite their three combined MVP’s. Magic and Bird were the faces of the league in the 1980's, winning six combined MVP's, but only played three series against each other in the postseason.

Over the past 18 seasons the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs have squared off 108 times, postseason included.

In those 108 games the Spurs lead the series 65-43, but just 20-16 in playoff games. The win-loss record does not tell the whole story though. Those six series include three playoff classics; the 2003 Western Conference Finals, the 2006 Western Conference Semis, and the 2014 First Round matchup. All three resulted in an NBA Finals appearance for the winner, twice producing the champion (2003 and 2014).

While the rivalry was never at the national forefront, Mavs and Spurs fans surely remember just how tight the series always were. The teams were exceptionally familiar with each other and the ball was often in the hands of each team’s star Power Forward.

With 33 postseason appearances between the two franchises since 1998, these are two of the most accomplished and consistent teams of the post-Michael Jordan era of basketball. They are arguably the two most successful teams of the 2000’s decade, with neither team missing the postseason during that span.

While the coaches and teams have changed during this almost two-decades-long rivalry, that officially ended today, Dirk Nowitzki and Tim Duncan have been there for it all. In a way, they are perfect foils for each other. One, an international-born player who came and revitalized a dead franchise with an offensive game never before seen. The other is also international, but became an American-college basketball star. Drafted by a franchise that could not get over the hump in the 90’s, Duncan created a dynasty without doing anything special except doing everything right.

Their rivalry is similar to their great careers, with Dirk’s still ongoing. Dirk, one of the greatest offensive players in NBA history, has spent most of his career being underappreciated since he’s been deemed a one-way player. Duncan, one of the elite defensive players of all-time with a resume unrivaled among Power Forwards, has been easy to undervalue because of his lack of interest in fame or sensationalism.

If you consider their careers and the games they played against each other, though, it is easy to see just how great the Mavs versus Spurs really was. And now, without commencement or prior notice, the rivalry is gone. At least we got to witness. 

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<![CDATA[Report: Mavs Sign Former Baylor Bear Quincy Acy]]>Fri, 15 Jul 2016 04:29:42 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP477261060131.jpg

Baylor University's Quincy Acy has reportedly signed a two year deal with the Dallas Mavericks.

The Vertical reports Acy got a contract for the league minimum. 

Kurt Helin of probasketballtalk.com believes Acy is a good addition:

This is a good signing at this price. Acy can play the four (or a small ball five) and is an athletic, hustling big who gave the Kings 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in nearly 15 minutes a game. Last season he took almost on three a game and hit 38.8 percent of them, he can also knock down 15 footers.

Dallas will start Dirk Nowitzki at the four, but after that will lean on Dwight Powell andCharlie VillanuevaAndrew Bogut will start at the five, then maybe Salah Mejri and A.J. Hammond get run. There are minutes to be had by Acy.

<![CDATA[Mavs Roster After a Week of Free Agency]]>Sat, 09 Jul 2016 23:38:29 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/186*120/GettyImages-524266608.jpgNBC 5's Pat Doney breaks down the Dallas Mavericks roster after a week of free agent moves.

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<![CDATA[Mavs sign Hammons and Williams]]>Fri, 08 Jul 2016 18:35:18 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/185*120/523310124.jpg

Deron Williams is coming back for a second season with his hometown team, signing a $10 million, one-year free-agent deal Friday with the Dallas Mavericks.

Williams averaged 14.1 points and 5.8 assists last season for Dallas. The three-time All-Star had chosen the Nets over the Mavericks in free agency in 2012, but ended up in Dallas last year after accepting a buyout in Brooklyn.

Also on Friday, the Mavericks signed rookies A.J. Hammons, a center, and Dorian Finney-Smith, a forward.

The 7-foot Hammons was their only draft pick last month, selected 46th overall out of Purdue. The 6-8 Finney-Smith is a rookie free agent out of Florida.

JaVale McGee, a 7-foot center, was waived. He averaged 5.1 points and 3.9 rebounds in 34 games for Dallas last season.

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<![CDATA[Mavericks Sign Free Agent Dorian Finney-Smith]]>Fri, 08 Jul 2016 16:02:49 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-461855188.jpg

The Mavericks continue to work on beefing up their roster, signing free agent Dorian Finney-Smith Friday to a partially guaranteed three-year deal.

Finney-Smith went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft and will try to win a spot on the Mavericks roster by competing on the Summer League team and training camp.

The 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward led the Florida Gators in rebounding in all three season at the school and also led the team in scoring in each of his final two seasons. Finney-Smith became the first Florida player to join the 1,000-point club after transferring in from another school, leaving Virginia Tech after his freshman year. In 134 career collegiate games, he averaged 10.7 points and 7.1 rebounds.

Finney-Smith may be at his best in catch-and-shoot situations and looks like a rhythm shooter, especially behind the three-point arc. His three-point presence allows him to use his shot fakes well, with 31.6% of his offense coming from spot up.  

Finney-Smith also likes to face up on the wing, allowing him to drive towards the basket or drain the jump shot over his defender.

On defense, Finney-Smith has the profile to be solid. Not only was he an excellent rebounder at Florida, but also defended multiple positions. Finney-Smith doesn’t get a lot of steals or blocks, but has the length and mobility to cover ground and make plays.

The Mavericks begin NBA Summer League action Saturday in Las Vegas.

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<![CDATA[Mavericks Acquire Center Andrew Bogut from Warriors]]>Thu, 07 Jul 2016 10:01:22 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bogut2.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks announced Thursday that they have acquired center Andrew Bogut along with a future second-round pick from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for a future conditional second-round pick.

Bogut (7-0, 260) is an 11-year veteran with career averages of 10.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.6 blocks and 29.4 minutes per game in 644 games (630 starts) with Milwaukee and Golden State. He earned All-NBA Third Team honors with the Bucks in 2009-10 and was named NBA All-Defensive Second Team with the Warriors in 2014-15. He was also a member of the Warriors’ 2015 NBA championship team.

A native of Melbourne, Australia, Bogut was selected by Milwaukee with the first overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. He became the first Australian ever taken with the top pick. Bogut appeared in all 82 games for the Bucks in 2005-06, earning NBA All-Rookie First Team honors after finishing the season with averages of 9.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. He averaged a double-double in three consecutive seasons with Milwaukee from 2008-11. In 2009-10, Bogut averaged a career-high 15.9 points to go along with 10.2 rebounds per game en route to being named All-NBA Third Team.

Bogut was traded along with Stephen Jackson to the Warriors in exchange for Monta Ellis, Kwame Brown and Ekpe Udoh on March 13, 2012. He made his debut with the team the following season (2012-13), and the Warriors went on to reach the postseason in each of the next four years (2013-16). After winning a title with Golden State in 2014-15, Bogut helped the Warriors win an NBA-record 73 games in 2015-16 and reach the Finals for the second straight year. Bogut suffered a left knee injury in Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals and was forced to miss the remainder of the series.

Bogut played collegiately at Utah, where he was named the Naismith College Player of the Year and won the John R. Wooden Award as a sophomore in 2004-05. The 7-footer declared for the NBA Draft following his sophomore season.

Bogut has also represented the Australian National Team in international competition, including the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.

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<![CDATA[Cuban and Dirk: The Best Relationship in the NBA?]]>Thu, 07 Jul 2016 09:58:00 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/502803078.jpg

In big business, the relationships you have are just as important as your assets and skill. The NBA is big business. Lucky for Dallas, Mark Cuban has had no problem keeping his relationship with the face of the franchise on the forefront. Who knew it would go this well?

Roughly 18 years ago the Dallas Mavericks acquired the draft rights to Dirk Nowitzki. While everyone expected the 20-year-old German to be a rare NBA talent, no one could have expected him to become the best thing that ever happened to the franchise. 

Over the span of his career, the Mavs have reached the playoffs 15 times. They made the playoffs just six times in the 18 seasons prior to Nowitzki's arrival. Dirk took a franchise that was viewed as a perrenial loser and made them winners again. 

But more than all the accolades, statistics, and winning Dirk has provided, he has shown undettered loyalty. With household names like Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant jumping ship (with valid reason to), it is just another round of players that Dirk has seen move around the league, but not him. Dirk has shown Dallas is the place he wants to be and the front office has shown that they want to keep him around.

He has become synonymous with the Mavericks brand. Many fans see Dirk, a German-born superstar, and think of Dallas. They think of Mark Cuban passionately cheering from the end of the bench. They think of the 2011 Championship over the Miami Heat. What makes any of these things memorable? The fact that Dirk has been around for all of it.

Nowitzki has been malleable. Whatever the Mavs ask of him, he delivers. It has worked well for all sides, bringing a face to a franchise that so desperately wanted a winner and it brought a championship to one of the leagues most respected players. 

While so many superstars have tough ends to their career, due to the deterioration of the team or their own play, the Dallas Mavericks have found a way to keep that from happening. 

Messy situations in Los Angeles and Miami led to the Lakers fielding an abominable team at the end of the Kobe-era and the Heat losing the face of their franchise (Dwyane Wade) to the Chicago Bulls over contract disputes.

Somehow the Mavericks have managed to keep their superstar happy and the team competitive. That way Dirk can spend the last couple years of his career fighting for a playoff spot, instead of being run out the gym because he's on an inferior team or, even more unsettling for Mavs fans, wearing another uniform.

Over the big-German's time in Dallas we have seen dominant regular season teams collapse in the playoffs and sub-optimal teams out-produce their expectations, but the constant has been Dirk. Even when it looks as if the team is falling apart and the rebuild may be beginning, he has not bailed ship.

The reward? The team has remained competitive. 

Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks have not have been as successful as their in-state rival San Antonio Spurs, but they have also not had the luxury of younger star players entering the fold. The level of success this franchise has sustained, focused almost solely around Dirk, is rare. How many other player-organization relationships have gone so smoothly for so long? It is remarkable how well this has gone and the real winner of all that is the fans. 

The Mavs have only been sub-.500 three times during the Nowitzki-era. Mark Cuban, Dirk and the Mavericks have run been a high-functioning machine for almost two decades and no party could have done it on their own. 

So few players spend their entire career with one organization. The longer their career lasts, the more likely it becomes time for a change. For Dirk, that change has all been able to take place within the organization.

Good things do not always happen to those who wait, but when it comes to 41, there is no better example of loyalty paying off. 

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<![CDATA[Mavs Add Barnes With Lighthearted Poke at 2015 Drama]]>Thu, 07 Jul 2016 07:32:55 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/barnes-handcuffed.jpg

The Mavericks signed free agent forward Harrison Barnes to a four-year, $94 million maximum contract as soon as the rules allowed, with a lighthearted poke at the drama that cost them DeAndre Jordan last year.

Dallas owner Mark Cuban tweeted a picture shortly after the NBA's moratorium ended at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time Thursday showing the former Golden State player playfully handcuffed to president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, with both smiling.

It was actually still late Wednesday night in Barnes' hometown of Ames, Iowa, where the signing took place. The photo included a smiling coach Rick Carlisle pointing to the contract, along with assistant vice president Michael Finley, a former Maverick.

On the last day before signings could become official a year ago, the Mavericks lost out on Jordan when the center backed out on an agreement with Dallas and stayed with the Los Angeles Clippers. A contingent led by coach Doc Rivers descended on Jordan's Houston home and stayed with him until he signed.

After missing out on Memphis guard Mike Conley and Miami center Hassan Whiteside this year, the Mavericks worked a deal with Barnes as a restricted free agent, with the possibility of the Warriors matching. But that changed when Golden State got a commitment from Kevin Durant and would have to renounce the rights to Barnes to create room under the salary cap.

Dallas is also getting Andrew Bogut from Golden State in a trade also sparked by cap needs over the Durant agreement. The NBA must still approve that deal.

The rest of the business in another busy year of free agency for Dallas can wait.

That starts with star forward Dirk Nowitzki, who at some point will sign a two-year, $40 million contract after again removing any doubt over whether he would leave. The 38-year-old, who opted out of the final year of a three-year deal, is getting ready for his 19th season in Dallas.

Point guard Deron Williams is returning for a second season with his hometown team on a one-year, $10 million contract. He came to the Mavericks last year in the wake of the Jordan reversal after accepting a buyout in Brooklyn. Williams had chosen the Nets over Dallas in free agency in 2012.

The Mavericks also have an agreement on a four-year, $37 million deal with restricted free agent Dwight Powell, who is all Dallas has left to show for the ill-fated Rajon Rondo trade with Boston from two seasons ago.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[D-Wade, Dirk and Dollars]]>Thu, 07 Jul 2016 08:19:47 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/502803078.jpg

Dwyane Wade is leaving the Heat for the Bulls (according to The Vertical), and has every right to do so. Chicago is where Wade grew up, and offered the three-time NBA champion more money than Miami, which was asking him to take a hometown discount for the third time in the last six seasons.

In other words, the Heat asked Wade to take a hometown discount, and his actual hometown swooped in with more cash.

This reminds again of just how rare the contractual approach of Dirk Nowitzki is in professional sports. It isn’t just that Dirk has left money on the table in his career, but that he has done so consistently.

The last two seasons, Nowitzki has made a total of $16.2 million, well below the amount of money his production on-the-court has justified. It’s just always been about winning and helping the organization (it also likely helps that there isn’t an NBA team in Wurzburg, Germany seeking his services).

Even the players, like Wade, who have previously taken less for their franchises, almost always chase a payday at the twilight of their careers.  Following his 18th season and signing what is almost certainly the final contract of his career, Nowitzki once again took significantly less cash than he could have, agreeing to a two-year, $40 million deal, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. The greatest player in Mavericks franchise history could have earned as much as $31 million per season.

Again, Wade has earned the right to decide to leave the city where he built his legacy. But financial decisions like this one continue to illuminate the devotion Dirk has shown to the city of Dallas. Nowitzki is a Hall-of-Fame talent on the basketball court, but it is his loyalty that is truly the rarest of the many elite qualities he possesses.

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<![CDATA[Cuban Shares His Thoughts On Justin Anderson]]>Thu, 07 Jul 2016 06:28:43 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/201*120/GettyImages-522350434.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks Summer League team consisting of guard Justin Anderson and rookie big man A.J. Hammons will tip off Summer League action July 9 against the Miami Heat at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.  

This is the eleventh time that the Mavericks will spend the summer in Vegas working to improve the game of their young talent. 

Justin Anderson is one of the players to keep an eye on during the Summer League games. Anderson averaged nearly 19 minutes a game in the playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder and had three double digit scoring games. 

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Anderson showed signs that he can play in this league. During Wednesday's workout Cuban told us what he would like to see next season out of the 22 year old from the Virginia. 

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<![CDATA[Mavs Dump Evans to Make Room for Bogut, Barnes]]>Thu, 07 Jul 2016 04:14:40 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/493369338.jpg

The Mavericks are sending 2012 NBA slam dunk champion Jeremy Evans and cash to Indiana as Dallas prepares to wrap up several moves in free agency.

Evans confirmed the reports with this tweet:

Two people with knowledge of the deal said Wednesday that the trade was made to clear salary cap space for the Mavericks. One of the people said Dallas is making room to add center Andrew Bogut after agreeing to a trade with Golden State. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because trades cannot be official until league business resumes at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time Thursday. The Evans trade was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

Dallas has also reached agreements with point guard Deron Williams and Golden State's Harrison Barnes. The small forward, who agreed to a maximum contract at four years and $94 million, will become an unrestricted free agent when the Warriors renounce their rights to him to clear cap room for the addition of Kevin Durant.

Bogut is set to make $11 million in the final year of his deal. The Warriors had to trade him for salary cap reasons after persuading Durant to leave Oklahoma City and agreeing with the four-time scoring champion on a two-year, $54 million contract.

Williams agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal, twice what he made in his first season with the hometown Mavericks after taking a buyout in Brooklyn. Star forward Dirk Nowitzki is returning for a 19th season on a two-year, $40 million contract. He will have a player option for a 20th season in Dallas.

Evans, a small forward, played sparingly in his only season with the Mavericks, averaging 2.4 points and 1.8 rebounds in 30 games. He spent his first five seasons in Utah.

The 28-year-old Evans joins a frontcourt that got another addition in Thaddeus Young in a draft-night traded with Brooklyn. The Pacers also agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with center-forward Al Jefferson on the opening day of free agency.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Mavs Dancers Hold Auditions This Weekend]]>Wed, 06 Jul 2016 11:03:52 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/mavs-dancers-2009-G.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks will hold auditions for their 2016-2017 dance team this weekend at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.

In a news release the team said they are seeking 20 women who are high school graduates, at least 18 years of age or older and who are talented, energetic, physically fit and love to perform in front of large crowds.

Candidates must be living in the Dallas-Fort Worth area during the 2016-2017 Mavs Season.

The organization expects between 300-400 women to tryout for a spot on the team.


The first round is Saturday in the Imperial Ballroom (3rd Floor) at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.

  • Registration: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. (walk-ups welcome)
  • Tryouts Begin: 10 a.m.
  • Final auditions will be held Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Monet Conference Room (2nd Floor) at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.

Auditions are closed to the public.

Training camp candidates will be announced at about 3 p.m. and the final team will be announced on Thursday, July 14.

Practices will begin Monday, July 18 and will be held every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.


The Dallas Mavericks Dancers just completed their 27th year of entertaining basketball fans. Regarded among the best in the NBA, the squad includes professional dancers who appear at all Mavericks home games. The dancers are also very active in the community, making numerous public appearances throughout the Metroplex.

Additional information and applications are available on mavs.com.

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<![CDATA[Why the Mavs Can't "Tank" with Dirk]]>Tue, 05 Jul 2016 17:50:00 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk-intro-aac.jpgTim MacMahon, of ESPN Dallas, joins NBC 5's Pat Doney to discuss Dirk Nowitzki's new contract with the Mavs, and why it's right for Dallas to postpone a looming re-build of the roster.

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<![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki to Re-Sign With Mavericks on 2-Year Deal]]>Tue, 05 Jul 2016 09:55:41 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-514203050.jpg

After opting out of his contract, Dirk Nowitzki has reportedly come to terms with the Dallas Mavericks on a 2-year deal worth about $40 million.

The details of the contract have not yet been finalized, but ESPN's Marc Stein reported that an agreement on the broader terms has been reached. Free agents cannot officially sign contracts until the NBA free agency moratorium ends July 8.

The 38-year-old Nowitzki declined a player option for the 2016-17 season worth $8.6 million, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Nowitzki averaged 18.3 points and 6.5 rebounds in 31.5 minutes per game in Dallas during the 2015-16 season.

There was speculation that Nowitzki, a Maverick since the team traded for him during the 1998 draft, would consider leaving Dallas if he thought the team management fielded wouldn't be competitive. After Dallas failed in their pursuit of free agent center Hassan Whiteside, Nowitzki's future in Dallas seemed murky.

The Golden State Warriors had reportedly considered Nowitzki a contingency plan if they weren't able to sign free agent Kevin Durant. Durant announced Monday his intent to sign with Golden State.

After Durant agreed to sign, the Associated Press reported that Golden State agreed to move center Andrew Bogut to the Dallas. They also reported that Golden State's Harrison Barnes agreed to sign with Dallas.

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<![CDATA[Report: Mavericks to Sign Seth Curry]]>Tue, 05 Jul 2016 08:19:18 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/172*120/GettyImages-504230934.jpg

Sounds like the Mavericks are getting a Curry.

According to The Vertical, Dallas is reportedly signing free agent guard Seth Curry to a two-year, $6 million deal. He’s the younger brother of two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry.

Seth Curry averaged 6.8 points and 1.5 assists per game for the Sacramento Kings last season. The 25-year old did most of his damage in April once his minutes increased. Curry averaged 16.4 points and shot 49 percent from three-point range in 32.4 minutes per game.

Last year was his only season in Sacramento. From 2013-2015, Curry played in a total of four games for Cleveland, Memphis and Phoenix.

With the addition of Curry, along with Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut, the Mavericks now have 13 players who are either under contract or have agreed to terms when the NBA moratorium ends on July 7.

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<![CDATA[Pachulia Leaving Mavericks For Golden State]]>Mon, 04 Jul 2016 21:08:41 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-523591980.jpg

Is there a pipeline being developed between Dallas and Golden State? It felt like it on Monday.

Center Zaza Pachulia’s time in Dallas appears to be over after one season. According to The Vertical, Pachulia has agreed to a one-year deal with the Warriors. The deal is reportedly worth $2.9 million. It’s a salary-cap friendly signing for the Warriors to help free up room for Kevin Durant, who opted to leave Oklahoma City to sign with Golden State.

Pachulia had a career year for the Mavericks, averaging 8.6 points and 9.4 rebounds a game last season. The 13-year veteran was nearly voted into the All-Star Game and started 69 of his 76 appearances in a Mavericks uniform. Dallas signed Pachulia after DeAndre Jordan went back on his commitment and returned to the Clippers.

This comes after Dallas offered a max contract to former Warriors forward Harrison Barnes on Friday, then traded for Warriors center Andrew Bogut to the Mavericks earlier Monday afternoon. 

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<![CDATA[How The Mavs Benefited From The Warriors]]>Mon, 04 Jul 2016 21:08:19 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/513700302.jpg

It didn’t look promising at first, but the Mavericks may have salvaged their free agency season.

The top priorities for Dallas going into the offseason, Memphis guard Mike Conley and Heat center Hassan Whiteside, decided to stay with their current teams on max contracts. Chandler Parsons felt the road to Memphis was a better career path, so he left the Mavericks and accepted a deal with the Grizzlies.

It started to look like another offseason full of misses and disappointments. However, things might work out after all, thanks to Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors.

The Mavericks made an offer to free agent forward Harrison Barnes, who was considered a fourth-option on offense last season for the Warriors. Golden State said they would match any offer presented to Barnes unless Durant decided to take his talent to the Bay Area.

On Monday, Durant chose to do just that, which means it’s now wide open between the Mavericks and Barnes. The only thing left is for Barnes to officially accept the offer the two sides have reportedly agreed to after the NBA’s moratorium period ends July 7.

The Mavericks weren’t done, still needing help at the center position. Once again, Golden State provided, agreeing to send Andrew Bogut to Dallas in a move that helps both sides. The Mavericks get a center while the Warriors clear out salary cap room for Durant.

So what does this mean as far as the big picture? It almost certainly keeps the face of the Mavericks franchise, Dirk Nowitzki, in Dallas. Nowitzki is also a free agent, but wants to stay in the place where he’s played his entire 18-year career. After Monday, they’re definitely in a better spot to make sure that happens.

This might not have been Plan A, but it helps.

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<![CDATA[Twitter Talk: Mavs Fans React To New Additions]]>Mon, 04 Jul 2016 18:38:31 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs-center-court.jpgNBC 5's Pat Doney has reaction from Mavericks fans to the additions of Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut.

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<![CDATA[Mavs to Acquire Warriors' Bogut, Barnes: AP Source]]>Tue, 05 Jul 2016 05:58:13 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-474323842.jpg

Andrew Bogut is headed to the Dallas Mavericks from Golden State thanks to the Warriors' successful pursuit of Kevin Durant.

A person with knowledge of the deal said Monday that the Mavericks have agreed to acquire Bogut with the Warriors trying to clear salary cap space so they can add the four-time scoring champion Durant to the Splash Brothers duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

Other details of the trade are still being worked out, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been finalized and can't be official until league business resumes Thursday.

The person also said the Mavericks are set to sign Harrison Barnes, who will become an unrestricted free agent after Golden State renounces his rights to clear enough cap room to sign Durant.

The Mavericks had informed Barnes they would him extend him an offer sheet as a restricted free agent, but now the sides have agreed to a maximum contract and Dallas will sign Barnes to a four-year, $94 million deal as early Thursday when contracts can be finalized.

"I just want to thank the entire Warriors organization, my teammates & coaches for the amazing 4 years I've had there," Barnes tweeted.

The Mavericks missed out on their top two targets in free agency for the fifth straight year when Memphis guard Mike Conley and Miami center Hassan Whiteside stayed with their current teams.

But Dallas added three starters in two days, including bringing back point guard Deron Williams for a second season with his hometown team. The Mavericks also virtually assured the return of Dirk Nowitzki for a 19th season.

Bogut will get $11 million in the final year of his deal, and Williams has agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract. Those moves will give the Mavericks more flexibility next summer with expected strong classes in free agency and the draft.

The Mavericks should be competitive in the meantime after things looked bleak following the first day of free agency. The lineup is similar to last season, when Dallas was the sixth seed in the Western Conference with a 42-40 record, and lost to Durant and Oklahoma City in five games in the first round.

Bogut, a 7-footer who averaged 5.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game last season, is expected to be healthy after sustaining bone bruises around his left knee in Game 5 of Golden State's seven-game loss to Cleveland in the NBA Finals.

While he's not the same player who averaged a double-double for three straight seasons earlier in his career, the 11-year veteran is a stronger presence at the rim than Zaza Pachulia. Pachulia started for Dallas last season after DeAndre Jordan committed to the Mavericks, changed his mind and stayed with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Barnes has lacked consistency but will bring a 3-point threat similar to that of Parsons. The question is how efficient he will be without Curry and Thompson getting most of the focus from defenses.

Wesley Matthews is going into his second season as Dallas' shooting guard, with an expected improvement in his career-low 39 percent shooting because he came back sooner than expected after tearing his Achilles tendon late in his final season with Portland.

Nowitzki hasn't agreed to a deal, but that's likely a formality that might not be complete until after other signings.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Reports: Mavericks Sign Williams, Powell To Contracts]]>Mon, 04 Jul 2016 06:08:35 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/495550652.jpg

The Mavericks missed out on their top targets in free agency in 2016, but they are now making moves.

According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, Dallas has agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal to bring back point guard Deron Williams. Williams averaged 14 points and six assists per game for the Mavs last season.

The Mavericks made another move to bring back one of their young big men. The Vertical is reporting Dallas will bring back 24-year old power forward Dwight Powell on a four-year, $37 million contract. The Mavs clearly believe Powell’s future is bright, as he averaged only six points and four rebounds per game last season. 

Dallas also offered former Warriors forward Harrison Barnes a four-year, $95 million max contract, but Golden State is able to match that offer.

The Mavericks met with other top free agents, including Miami’s Hassan Whiteside and Memphis’s Mike Conley, but both players decided to return to their current teams.

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<![CDATA[Mavs' First Weekend of Free Agency]]>Sun, 03 Jul 2016 20:03:28 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/494896912.jpg

NBA free agency is a lot like fishing and after a weekend of monstrous contracts the Dallas Mavericks seemed to have cast their line without any bait. The Mavs clearly assumed an accomplished coach, an aging superstar and a passionate owner would be enough to convince Hassan Whiteside and/or Mike Conley to leave their respective teams.

They were wrong. The Mavs watched both re-sign with their respective team. On top of that, they lost Chandler Parsons in the process and possibly Dirk too.

While they have reportedly offered a four year max deal to Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors, the Warriors will likely match that offer, unless Kevin Durant chooses Oakland as his next destination.

Keep in mind, signing Harrison Barnes and Dirk is the best-case scenario for Dallas. It could get a lot worse.

The rest of this free agent class, which was weak to begin with, is laughable and that is what the Mavericks have to choose from to patch together their roster. That means the upcoming season will likely be nothing, but a Dirk farewell tour, assuming the best player in Mavericks’ history chooses to re-sign with the team.

If Dirk decides to leave, the 2016-2017 season will become a full-blown rebuilding season for Mark Cuban and company. The club will have zero “valuable” trade assets and no marquee players to build on. Mavs fans are very close to watching Rick Carlisle trot out a lineup of Devin Harris, Wesley Matthews, Jeremy Evans, Dwight Powell, and Zaza Pachulia. Calling that group less than spectacular would be a compliment.

That is the risk you run when you trade away draft picks and avoid developing young players to chase rings every year. While you cannot blame Carlisle and Cuban for avoiding the rebuilding process for as long as they could, (because there just are not that many examples of “tanking” working out well) you can blame them for not better preparing for this possibility.

With an Dirk aging and Chandler Parsons free to leave after the season, the Mavs needed to have a Plan B. Without that Plan B, they have become exactly what they have tried to avoid, a team looking forward to the draft.

Now it will be up to Carlisle and Cuban to decide what the future of the Mavericks will be. Hopefully they commit to the rebuild, because without some sort of miracle the Mavs will just be holding off the inevitable. The Mavericks will have to be bad, if they want to get better.

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<![CDATA[Harrison Barnes Joining The Mavericks? Don't Hold Your Breath]]>Sun, 03 Jul 2016 01:49:44 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/Barnes+NBA+Finals.jpg

It’s been another offseason full of misses for the Mavericks when talking about the NBA free agent market, something that’s starting to become an annual event.

Now there is word that Dallas will present an offer sheet for a four-year, $95-million contract to Golden State forward Harrison Barnes. The Warriors would have three days to match any offer sheet Barnes signs.

But don’t be surprised if the Mavericks get left behind once again.

It was a shot in the dark for Dallas, knowing the chances of getting Barnes was small since the Warriors said they’ll match any offer unless they win the current Kevin Durant sweepstakes.

If he does come to Dallas, Barnes would take Chandler Parson’s place on the roster after Parsons accepted a max contract with Memphis. Barnes, the seventh overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, has a career average of 10.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

But the bigger question is why has this become a trend for the Mavericks?

After winning the NBA championship in 2011, the Mavericks have gone all in on various free agents, only to be left at the alter every time. Is there something about playing for Dallas and owner Mark Cuban that isn’t appealing to free agents?

Is there another reason the Mavericks can’t close the deal? Memphis guard Mike Conley and Miami center Hassan Whiteside were high on the priority list, but accepted max contracts to stay home. Those are the multi-million dollar questions that Mavericks fans would love an answer to.

The way things are shaping up right now, it looks like another offseason of Plan B or Plan C for the Mavericks. 

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<![CDATA[AP: Mavs Plan To Sign Warriors' Harrison Barnes]]>Sat, 02 Jul 2016 23:24:13 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Harrison_Barnes.jpg

The Mavericks have informed representatives of Golden State's Harrison Barnes that they intend to sign the restricted free agent to an offer sheet for a four-year, $95 million contract, two people with knowledge of Dallas' plans said Saturday.
   The people spoke to The Associated Press about the potential maximum contract on the condition of anonymity because no deals can be signed before July 7. The Warriors can match any deal for Barnes and are more likely to do so if they don't get an agreement with Kevin Durant.
   Durant, a four-time scoring champion and 2014 NBA MVP with Oklahoma City, has held meetings with the Thunder, Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio and Boston. He's expected to meet with Miami on Sunday.
   Barnes was the fourth-leading scorer behind Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green for the 73-win Warriors, who lost to Cleveland in the NBA Finals. The 6-foot-8 forward is a potential replacement for Chandler Parsons, who has agreed to sign with Memphis.
   The Mavericks' plan, first reported by ESPN, comes a day after their top two targets in free agency, Memphis guard Mike Conley and Miami center Hassan Whiteside, decided to stay with their current teams. Parsons, Conley and Whiteside are getting max contracts.
   It's the fifth straight year that Dallas has missed on its primary plans for free agency since choosing financial flexibility over keeping key pieces of the team that won the franchise's only championship in 2011. The Mavericks haven't won a playoff series since their title season.
   Dallas made Conley and Whiteside their priorities over Parsons, who missed all but one playoff game in two seasons with the Mavericks because of injuries to his right knee. The first was more serious, requiring surgery that pushed his rehab into the start of last season.
   As Parsons was rounding into form with the playoffs drawing near, he sustained another right knee injury that required more surgery but wasn't considered as serious.
   Barnes isn't as versatile as Parsons but could give the Mavericks another 3-point threat to go with shooting guard Wesley Matthews and star Dirk Nowitzki. The big German opted out of the final year of his three-year contract but is expected to re-sign with Dallas, where the 38-year-old has spent all of his 18 seasons.
   The addition of Barnes would also meet Dallas' goal of trying to get younger and plan for a future without Nowitzki. The 24-year-old Barnes averaged 11.7 points and 4.9 rebounds in his fourth season with the Warriors, shooting 38 percent from 3-point range.
   But there would be questions about how effective Barnes could be when defenses aren't focused on stopping Curry, the two-time MVP, and Thompson, his fellow Splash Brother. They combined to make nearly nine per game from long range, and Curry set an NBA record with 402 made 3s in the regular season.
   Barnes was the seventh overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft out of North Carolina.
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The Mavericks have informed representatives of Golden State's Harrison Barnes that they intend to sign the restricted free agent to an offer sheet for a four-year, $95 million contract, two people with knowledge of Dallas' plans said Saturday.   

The people spoke to The Associated Press about the potential maximum contract on the condition of anonymity because no deals can be signed before July 7.

The Warriors can match any deal for Barnes and are more likely to do so if they don't get an agreement with Kevin Durant.   

Durant, a four-time scoring champion and 2014 NBA MVP with Oklahoma City, has held meetings with the Thunder, Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio and Boston. He's expected to meet with Miami on Sunday.   

Barnes was the fourth-leading scorer behind Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green for the 73-win Warriors, who lost to Cleveland in the NBA Finals. The 6-foot-8 forward is a potential replacement for Chandler Parsons, who has agreed to sign with Memphis.   

The Mavericks' plan, first reported by ESPN, comes a day after their top two targets in free agency, Memphis guard Mike Conley and Miami center Hassan Whiteside, decided to stay with their current teams. Parsons, Conley and Whiteside are getting max contracts.   

It's the fifth straight year that Dallas has missed on its primary plans for free agency since choosing financial flexibility over keeping key pieces of the team that won the franchise's only championship in 2011. The Mavericks haven't won a playoff series since their title season.   

Dallas made Conley and Whiteside their priorities over Parsons, who missed all but one playoff game in two seasons with the Mavericks because of injuries to his right knee.

The first was more serious, requiring surgery that pushed his rehab into the start of last season.   

As Parsons was rounding into form with the playoffs drawing near, he sustained another right knee injury that required more surgery but wasn't considered as serious.   

Barnes isn't as versatile as Parsons but could give the Mavericks another 3-point threat to go with shooting guard Wesley Matthews and star Dirk Nowitzki. The big German opted out of the final year of his three-year contract but is expected to re-sign with Dallas, where the 38-year-old has spent all of his 18 seasons.   

The addition of Barnes would also meet Dallas' goal of trying to get younger and plan for a future without Nowitzki. The 24-year-old Barnes averaged 11.7 points and 4.9 rebounds in his fourth season with the Warriors, shooting 38 percent from 3-point range.   

But there would be questions about how effective Barnes could be when defenses aren't focused on stopping Curry, the two-time MVP, and Thompson, his fellow Splash Brother. They combined to make nearly nine per game from long range, and Curry set an NBA record with 402 made 3s in the regular season.   

Barnes was the seventh overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft out of North Carolina.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[More Misses For Mavericks During Free Agency]]>Fri, 01 Jul 2016 20:57:31 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy_and_Pat_Mavs_Chat_1200x675_717142595513.jpgNBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs and Pat Doney break down the Mavericks situation after the first day of NBA free agency.]]><![CDATA[Mavs' Top Free Agent Target Agrees to Re-Sign With Heat]]>Fri, 01 Jul 2016 09:37:47 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-502108788.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks' free agency woes continue as center Hassan Whiteside announced his intention to re-sign with his former team, the Miami Heat, Friday morning.

The 27-year-old Whiteside made the announcement on Snapchat at about 6:30 a.m.

"I’ve played on eight teams since college — from Reno to Sioux Falls to Sichuan, China. I am not ready for there to be a ninth," he said at theplayerstribune.com. "I have decided to re-sign with Miami."

The 27-year-old Whiteside enjoyed a breakout 2015-16 season with the Heat, averaging 14.2 points 11.8 rebounds and a league-leading 3.7 blocks in just over 29 minutes per game.

The Mavericks were thought to be the favorite to land the 7-foot Whiteside heading into the opening of the NBA's free agency moratorium period Friday by many insiders.

After scheduled meetings with the Mavericks, Heat and Portland Trailblazers, Whiteside posted on Snapchat at about 3 a.m. that he would announce his decision Friday morning. Less than four hours later, he posted his decision.

Dallas can now add Whiteside's name to the list of free agents they've missed out on recently, including Deron Williams, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan. Jordan was the most infamous, re-signing with the Los Angeles Clippers after verbally agreeing to join the Mavericks.

Like the others, Whiteside was the centerpiece of the Mavericks' offseason plans, leaving the team, once again, looking for a contingency.

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<![CDATA[Mavericks Orlando Summer League Team Announced]]>Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:14:00 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs-center-court.jpg

The Mavericks has announed their roster for Orlando Pro Summer League to be held July 2-8 in Orlando, Florida.

They will be coached by Bob MacKinnon.

4  Brandon Ashley  F          6-9    230  Arizona/USA Rookie                         

6  Andre Dawkins  G          6-4    206  Duke/USA     1 year                           

12 Marquis Teague G         6-2    180  Kentucky/USA  2 years                         

13 Vander Blue     G          6-4    200  Marquette/USA  2 years     

19 Giovan Oniangue  F       6-6    222  Paris Levallois/Rep. of Congo    

20 Darius Adams   G          6-1    165  Indianapolis/USA  Rookie                     

24 Casey Prather   G/F       6-6     208 Flordia/USA  Rookie                             

26 Tyler HoneycuttF          6-8     190 UCLA/USA  2 years                              

29 Laimonas Chatkevicius  C  6-11 245 South Carolina/Lithuania Rookie          

30 Jaleel Cousins   C          6-11    255  South Florida/USA Rookie              

31 Stevan Jelovac  F          6-10    245  Zaragoza/Serbia  Rookie                   

52 Satnam Singh  C          7-2     290   IMG Academy (FL)/India Rookie            

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<![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks Playoff Schedule]]>Fri, 08 Jul 2016 15:31:34 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/468969632-41.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks face the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the 2016 NBA playoffs.

The Oklahoma City Thunder won the best-of-seven series 4-1.

GM 1 - Mavs 70, Thunder 108 | Recap
GM 2 - Mavs 85, Thunder 84 | Recap
GM 3 - Thunder 131, Mavs 102 | Recap
GM 4 - Thunder 119, Mavs 108 | Recap
GM 5 - Mavs 104, Thunder 118 | Recap
GM 6 - Thurs., April 28 vs. Thunder, Time TBD (if necessary)
GM 7 - Saturday, April 30, at Thunder, Time TBD (if necessary)

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<![CDATA[Mavs Set to Chase Free Agents ]]>Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:13:11 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/238*120/ap-mavericks-felton-cuban.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks again will seek major upgrades in free agency, a year after DeAndre Jordan's jolting change of heart ruined their plans.

They're going after another center, too.

Miami's Hassan Whiteside is expected to be among the top targets for Dallas, along with Memphis point guard Mike Conley. And those pursuits are likely to jeopardize Chandler Parsons' future in Dallas after knee injuries sidelined the versatile forward during the playoffs in both his seasons after Houston declined to match owner Mark Cuban's offer sheet in 2014.

Parsons opted out of the final year of his contract, along with star forward Dirk Nowitzki and point guard Deron Williams, who played one season with his hometown team after taking a buyout from Brooklyn. Nowitzki is almost certain to return for a 19th season in Dallas, while a second for Williams seems unlikely.

This much is set when free agency opens at midnight Eastern time Thursday: For the fifth straight year, the Mavericks are trying to reshape their roster without significant help from the draft. And they don't have a playoff series victory to show for the effort since Cuban chose financial flexibility over bringing back key pieces of the franchise's only championship in 2011.

"We're always looking to have maximum impact in terms of talent," president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. "It'll be the same."

The Mavericks chose a center -- Purdue's A.J. Hammons -- with their only pick in the NBA draft last week. The 7-footer went in the middle of the second round at No. 46 overall and may or may not be a rotation player depending on what happens at center in free agency.

That position is deep and includes Houston's Dwight Howard, who was at the top of Dallas' wish list in 2013 -- a year after Williams chose the Nets over coming home. The litany of misses was its most painful for the Mavericks last summer, when Jordan initially said he would join them before changing his mind and staying with the Los Angeles Clippers.

While pursuing Jordan, the Mavericks lost Tyson Chandler to Phoenix, the second time he has left in free agency since helping them win the title. But Dallas believes it has two promising centers in Dwight Powell and Salah Mejri, a 7-foot-2 Tunisian who turned 30 after his rookie season.

"I don't think there's any relation to what our strategy is going to become on July 1," Nelson said after the draft. "You can never have enough talent in your center bullpen and given the guys that we have right now, we've got shot blocking, we've got athleticism. A.J. gives us a low-post presence, a guy that's got a thicker body."

If Parsons and Williams go elsewhere, the Mavericks will be looking for three new starters for the fifth straight year. Assuming Nowitzki comes back, the other returning starter is shooting guard Wesley Matthews, a free agent who got bumped up to a max contract with Dallas last year when Jordan changed his mind.

The one constant amid the turnover has been coach Rick Carlisle, who has made the playoffs in all but one of his eight seasons in Dallas.

"I'm always excited this time of year for a lot of reasons," Carlisle said. "We'll just go full bore into this summer and into this period, and build this team back up."

And maybe put the bad memory of Jordan's reversal behind them for good.

"We're optimistic," Nelson said. "I think it's an exciting time and ... (drafting Hammons) was a good first step to what hopefully will be a great summer for the Mavericks."

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<![CDATA[Mavericks Will Reportedly Play Game in Mexico City]]>Wed, 29 Jun 2016 04:37:23 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/186*120/GettyImages-523570958.jpg

The Mavericks in Mexico. It is going to happen again.

Dallas will play a regular season game in January at the Mexico City Arena in Mexico City. As part of the NBA’s involvement with playing games internationally, the Mavs will be joined by the San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns.

Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News reported a source confirmed that the Mavericks will be involved in an international game against the Phoenix Suns. Dallas will be the visitor for the game.

Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram also reported the Mavs will play the Suns Jan. 14.

The NBA is expected to release its full schedule in late July or early August.

In December 1997, the Mavericks fell to the Rockets 108-106 in the NBA's first regular-season game in Mexico.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Free Agent Targets Are Limited]]>Sun, 26 Jun 2016 22:05:17 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/476527443.jpg

With roughly 60 million dollars in cap space, entering free agency, the Dallas Mavericks can make a number of moves this off-season. While the priority is likely holding on to Dirk and Chandler Parsons, they also have to replace or re-sign their starting point guard and center. Unfortunately, the “summer of Durant” lacks the depth of most free agent classes.

The only returning starter, currently under contract, is Wesley Matthews. Unluckily for the Mavs, Matthews just finished the worst season of his career after returning from a torn-left Achilles tendon. While there is hope that another year removed from that injury will have Matthews at 100 percent, he turns 30 this year so he may never be the player he was in Portland. With that decline and the fact the Mavericks still owe him a little more than 50 million dollars, Matthews is the one player from last year that is definitely not going anywhere.

The first decision the Mavericks have to make is what kind of team they want to build. They can target young players and begin building a new core for the future, or they can chase star players to surround Dirk and try and make one last run with the aging star.

Mark Cuban has never been one for patience, so in all likelihood the Mavs will be targeting the best players, regardless of age. They will surely be making calls to all the big name free agents they can place around Matthews and Nowitzki.

That list, unfortunately, is pretty slim. Outside of the slim hopes they can snag Kevin Durant or LeBron James, this free agent class is pretty shallow. Their best options are Mike Conley, Nicolas Batum, Al Horford and Dwight Howard. All four are quality players at their respective positions that could give solid value on a four year, maximum salary contract.

Realistically, Cuban can afford to re-sign Chandler Parsons and add one of these players, on top of re-signing Dirk. The question is whether or not those players have interest in the Mavs.

The best fit is probably Dwight Howard. When healthy, Howard is still one of the best defensive centers in the game. He has, quietly, been one of the best defensive centers this century. Even an aging Howard with a limited offensive skill set makes your team a lot better, but his health has long been a concern.

Horford and Conley would also be huge upgrades compared to the 2015 Mavs starters, but they will both be heavily sought after this summer. Batum is a similar player to Parsons, so the Mavs may choose to target whichever has a lower price tag, although cap space should not be an issue.

At the end of the day, the Mavs should ideally add Dwight Howard or Mike Conley, re-sign Dirk and Chandler Parsons, and sign another mid-level player with the remaining cap space. It will not be easy, but for one of the most passionate owners in sports, Dallas should be able to capitalize on their ridiculous amount of cap space and be a significantly better team next season.

<![CDATA[Mavs Draft 7-Foot Center In 2nd Round of NBA Draft]]>Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:24:50 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-512724072.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks selected 7-foot center A.J. Hammons of Purdue with the 46th overall pick in the second round of the NBA draft Thursday.

Hammons, the defensive player of the year at Purdue, averaged 15 points per game last season, adding 8.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. He shot 59-percent from the floor.

At 7 feet tall, with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, the 278-pound Hammons has the physical makeup and skill set to compete in the NBA right away. He led the Big Ten in block percentage all four years in college. The 23-year-old also led the conference in blocks per game and defensive rating during his senior season.

"The skilled center finished his four years at Purdue ranked on many of its all-time lists including rebounds (3rd), blocks (2nd) and scoring (17th). Hammons garnered Second Team All-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Defensive Team honors as a junior and was named Big Ten All-Freshman Team in his first collegiate season," the Mavericks touted his ability in their press release.

Hammons apparently slid because of questions about how motivated he will be.

"I just talked to him on the phone. He sounds like he's really energetic to me," Carlisle said. "Now it's our job to make sure that he has a long and productive NBA career. I think we can get him fired up about playing with us."

When free agency opens next week, the center spot will be a prime target for the Mavericks, who figure their most significant offseason upgrades will come via signings of veterans.

The Mavericks had just one pick in Thursday's draft because of the ill-fated Rajon Rondo trade that sent their 2016 first-round choice to Boston in a five-player deal during the 2014-15 season.

AP Sports Writer Schuyler Dixon contributed to this report.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Dirk's Future Looks Good in Dallas]]>Thu, 23 Jun 2016 16:57:34 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/donnie-nelson-062316.jpgUnable to comment about players in free agency, Dallas Mavericks general manager and president of operations Donnie Nelson would only say that Dallas likes Germans when asked about the team's future with Dirk Nowitzki.

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<![CDATA[Mark Cuban Calls Out Donald Trump]]>Tue, 21 Jun 2016 19:15:32 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cuban-trump-side-by-side.jpgMark Cuban is calling out Donald Trump on Twitter. Cuban says the reason Trump isn't funding his own campaign is because he doesn't have the money. ]]><![CDATA[Newy's Take: Legends Have Left DFW Before. Will Dirk?]]>Tue, 21 Jun 2016 17:48:28 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-514203050.jpg

Mike Modano left. He finished his career as a Detroit Red Wing.

Emmitt Smith left. He ended his career playing for the Arizona Cardinals.

Pudge Rodriguez left. He won a World Series with the Marlins and played in another with Detroit before ending his career as a Washington National.

Dirk Nowitzki has the option to leave…again.

The greatest player in Mavericks history opted out of his contract and will be a free agent July 1. 

Will he leave despite saying he wants to come back? If Nowitzki does, I won’t blame him one bit.

The Golden State Warriors want to have a conversation with him about joining their club if they can not convince Kevin Durant to leave Oklahoma City for the Bay Area according to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News. That’s smart on the Warriors part. Nowitzki would fit like a glove in that Warriors offense.

Dallas hasn’t won a playoff series since winning the NBA title over LeBron James and the Miami Heat in June 2011. Mavs owner Mark Cuban keeps trying to lure free agents but he has failed to deliver a superstar player via free agency to play alongside the future Hall of Famer.

The tall baller from Germany has said he wants to remain a Maverick as long as Cuban isn’t going into rebuild mode, see Kobe’s last years in Los Angeles.

Here’s the question: After five years of striking out on top free agent talent, what if Cuban can’t cash in this summer?

Forget loyalty. If Nowitzki wants another ring, he has a better chance going with the Warriors who have been to The Finals the last two seasons and boasts a roster much better than anything Nowitzki has been able to play with in Dallas since his title season.

As a big man, having a solid point guard is a must. Since winning the title, the Mavericks have been a revolving door when it comes to having people get Dirk the rock.

This is the list of top assist men Dallas has employed since that championship season:

  • 2011-12  Jason Kidd 264 assists & Jason Terry 226 assists
  • 2012-13  Darren Collison 415 assist & OJ Mayo 361 assists
  • 2013-14  Monta Ellis 471 & Jose Calderon 377 assists
  • 2014-15  Monta Ellis 302 & Rajon Rondo 301 assists
  • 2015-16 Deron Williams 378 assists & JJ Barea 302 assists

Talk about inconsistent.

Did I mention Williams can be a free agent this summer?

Bringing back Chandler Parsons isn’t “THE” signing that should make Nowitzki sign on for two or three more seasons of Mavericks basketball. They need upgrades at point guard and a center position.

By opting out of his deal, Nowitzki has the hammer to get Cuban and general manager Donnie Nelson to make the kinds of moves he wants to see for a better roster. The organization is smart enough to realize Nowitzki is THE draw for fans coming to the American Airlines Center to see the Mavericks.

Since 1998, Dallas has been able to see the 7-footer play hoops and become the sixth leading scorer in the history of the NBA with 29,491 points. Modano, Emmitt and Pudge were all playing in DFW that year. They left. 

If Nowitzki becomes the next DFW sports legend to leave and end his Hall of Fame career in another city, I will understand and so should the fan base.

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<![CDATA[Dirk Reportedly Opts Out]]>Tue, 21 Jun 2016 18:05:35 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-5230078361.jpg

Dallas Mavericks icon Dirk Nowitzki has officially opted out of his contract and will be a free-agent this summer, per ESPN’s Marc Stein.

Other teams, such as the 73-win Golden State Warriors, are rumored to have significant interest in the 38 year-old big German. July 1, is the beginning of the NBA free-agency period and the seven-footer should have plenty options in a league that has fallen in love with spacing the floor.

Dirk may just be looking to re-up under the growing salary cap or his days in Dallas may truly be over. Regardless, his loyalty to Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks over the past 18 seasons should be cherished.

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<![CDATA[The Warriors Could Target Dirk Nowitzki]]>Mon, 20 Jun 2016 22:56:45 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/502803492.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki, a Golden state Warrior?

Maybe.  Nowitzki is a free agent.

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News is reporting the Mavericks all everything star is on their free agent wish list after Kevin Durant.  Here’s apart of his reasoning, “Would Nowitzki be interested in going for a championship in Steve Kerr’s open offense, open atmosphere, and with a staff that includes special consultant/old buddy Steve Nash?

And how much would he want to be paid?

It’s unknown. Might be impossible. But the Warriors are eager to find out–that’s if the Durant chase fizzles and maybe they’ll even try to figure out a way to land both.”

Nowitzki said after the season he wants to stay with the club that drafted him in 1998 but let’s be honest, if he wants another ring Golden State is more attractive. He’ll have a chance to play with three players (MVP Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green) that are better than anyone on the Mavs current roster. 

Loyalty is nice. If we are honest, Mark Cuban has failed to keep the Mavericks in the championship contender conversation since winning the 2011 NBA title.

Cuban made the mistake of letting center Tyson Chandler leave. Last summer, they got a verbal commitment from DeAndre Jordan to join the Mavs, but never got him to sign a contract and he went back to the Clippers while Chandler ended up leaving Dallas for a second time in free agency.

Dirk has earned the right to leave. He’s also earned the right to stay and hold Cuban’s feet to the fire to bring in the right kind of free agents that will help Dallas contend for another NBA title. 

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<![CDATA[Mavericks Not Major Players in 2016 NBA Draft]]>Sun, 19 Jun 2016 18:24:36 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TBT_Donnie_Nelson_082514_1200x675_321759299652.jpg

If you didn't know, Donnie Nelson is the man most responsible for bringing Dirk Nowitzki to Dallas.  I'd say he nailed it.  Beyond that, drafts haven't been kind to the Mavs general manager and president of basketball operations.

Since the Nowitzki draft of 1998, the Mavericks have drafted 28 players.  Of the 28, one made an All-Star team.  That was Josh Howard and he made just one All-Star team during his career.

The Mavericks simply aren't good at drafting.  There's two reasons for that.  Dallas has been a playoff squad for the majority of the last decade, which means they're drafting later.  Are there quality players late in the draft?  Sure, but the odds are better when you're in the lottery.  The one time the Mavs actually had a lottery pick was when they traded with the Washington Wizards and selected Devin Harris 5th overall.  Harris did make an All-Star team, by the way, in 2009 while playing for the New Jersey Nets.

The other reason the Mavs don't have a great draft history is because the draft hasn't been a priority.  If anything, Dallas has used draft picks as currency to shed pay roll or aquire veterans to surround Nowitzki.

The organization has delayed any kind of "rebuilding" effort with Nowitzki still on the roster.  They owe it to the Big German to give it a go for a NBA Championship considering what he's meant to the team and the generous paycuts he's taken. 

The Mavs have made an effort more recently with the draft.  In 2012, they added Jae Crowder, Jared Cunningham and Bernard James.  Crowder is an established NBA player, while the other two likely don't have futures in the NBA. 

In 2013, they picked up Shane Larkin.  That was a bust.

In 2015, the Mavs drafted Justin Anderson and he looks like a rotational player for years to come.  Could he develop into an All-Star?  Who knows?  But at least they actually used a first round pick and it hit.

Thanks to the awful Rajon Rondo trade during the 2014-15 season, the Mavericks don't have a first round pick this summer.  Boston owns the rights to that selection, which is the 16th pick.  Anderson was the 21st pick last year, just to give a reference point.

The Mavs scheduled pick is in the second round, the 46th overall selection.  For Dallas to hit at 46, the team's scouts likely have to suggest an international player who won't play right away.

So, if you're looking for Dallas Mavericks excitement during the upcoming NBA Draft, you'll likely be disappointed.  Donnie may need some Nowitzki-international luck like he had in 1998.

<![CDATA[Five Years Ago Today, the Mavs Won It All]]>Sun, 12 Jun 2016 20:23:39 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dfw-115951219.jpg

That was a quick five years!  Today, June 12, is the 5th year anniversary of the Dallas Mavericks defeating the Miami Heat to claim it's first NBA Title.

It was the type of championship win where fans know exactly where they were as the 4th quarter clock struck zero and Dirk Nowitzki ran off the court to celebrate privately.

The team was magical.  It was full of great characters that carved out perfect roles for the good of the whole.  The win was extra sweet because the Mavericks beat the newly formed "Big 3" of the Heat.

What has happened since?  The Mavericks have found themselves, as Mark Cuban put it, on the treadmill of mediocrity.

Here's how much the teams have changed since the 2011 season:

  • 2011-'12 Roster: Nine Players from Championship Team (36-30)
  • 2012-'13 Roster: Three Players from Championship Team (41-41)
  • 2013-'14 Roster: Two Players from Championship Team (49-33)
  • 2014-'15 Roster: Three Players from Championship Team (50-32)
  • 2015-'16 Roster: Two Players from Championship Team (42-40)

The one consistent on these teams is Dirk Nowtizki, and J.J. Barea left and came back.  Nowitzki can opt out of his contract in the next few weeks and Barea still has three years left on a deal he signed in 2015.  So in theory, the Mavericks will have at least one player from the 2011 championship team on the roster through 2019.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Consider Hammons a "First Round Talent"]]>Thu, 23 Jun 2016 23:20:50 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-506171592.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks waited more than four hours to make a selection in the 2016 NBA Draft. When they did pick, they went big. 

The Mavs selected seven-foot center A.J. Hammons out of Purdue with the 46th pick. 

"His overall skill set, body type, length, it all projects well to the NBA and to our team in particular," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "We really felt Hammons was a first round talent without question because of his skill."

Dallas wasn't alone in that assessment.  Hammons was widely considered to be a first-round pick based on his ability, but questions about his work ethic made him available to Dallas when it was on the clock midway through the second round.

"Over the last few years he's trimmed down a lot which tells me he has been motivated," Carlisle said.  "He fits a void we have on our roster, which is a big guy that can score on the block and that can consistently shoot from mid-range."

Hammons averaged 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in his senior season at Purdue.

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<![CDATA[Cuban Planning a New Mavs' Practice Facility]]>Tue, 07 Jun 2016 10:49:34 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs-center-court.jpg

The Mavs are moving.

Not up in the standings. Not toward a coveted a free agent. But, instead, to a new practice facility.

According to the Dallas Business Journal, owner Mark Cuban has purchased a 10-acre tract of land along Interstate 35 in Dallas’ Design District for the purpose of building a new team headquarters. The site is just across the highway from American Airlines Center and would, in theory, be traveled via a short walk.

Since moving into AAC in the early 2000s, the Mavs have practiced in the bottom-floor gym. But Cuban has said he desires a state-of-the-art practice facility, training center and team offices. The DBJ estimated the purchase of land between $35-45 million.

It doesn’t exactly come with the same hype as Jerry Jones building The Star facility for the Cowboys in Frisco, but Cuban – one way or another – is at least attempting to shove his Mavs back into contention in the NBA.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Fans' Rooting Interest in NBA Finals is a Jump Ball]]>Wed, 01 Jun 2016 09:58:10 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/534788334.jpg

Now that we’re rid of the hated Spurs and the recently-despised Thunder, for whom do Mavs fans root for in The NBA Finals?

Easy answer: Against LeBron James.

But let’s dig a little deeper shall we?

Even though the Mavs won their only championship against LeBron, some of us will never forgive him for mocking Dirk Nowitzki’s cough before Game 3 in that memorable 2011 series. Advantage, Warriors.

As for sorta local ties, the Cavs’ leading rebounder Tristan Thompson played at Texas. And reserve guard Richard Jefferson played 74 games for the Mavs last season. Advantage, Cavaliers.

Golden State’s head coach Steve Kerr was the main reason the Spurs beat the Mavs in Game 6 of the 2003 Western Conference, making four 3-pointers in San Antonio’s clinching win. Advantage, Cavaliers.

But then again one of the Warriors’ player development assistant coach is none other than Steve Nash, one of the best – if not all too short-lived – point guards in Mavs’ history. Advantage, Warriors.

There’s no clear-cut choice as for Dallas’ rooting interest. Just not that many direct connections. I guess we’re rooting for the Warriors, for the shallow ability to boast that the Mavs are one of only 11 teams to beat them this season.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Have Only One Pick in Upcoming NBA Draft]]>Wed, 18 May 2016 10:18:25 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/216*120/ap-nba-draft-lottery-wideshot640.jpg

The Mavs overachieved to make the playoffs in 2016. To make similar noise they’ll now have to do the same in the NBA Draft.

It won’t be easy.

Because thanks to the disastrous trade for Rajon Rondo, Dallas won’t have a first-round pick in the June draft.

Barring a trade, their lone pick will come in the second round, 46th overall. The Celtics, meanwhile, will draft 16th overall with Dallas’ former pick.

Boston also owns the third pick (acquired from the Nets) after last night’s Draft Lottery, with the Lakers No. 2 and the Sixers having the first overall choice. The Celtics, also sitting at No. 23 (their own pick), 31 (acquired from the Sixers), 35 (acquired from the Timberwolves) and 45 (acquired from the Grizzlies) could pick six times before Dallas is on the clock. They have a whopping eight picks in the draft.

With Dirk Nowitzki in the twilight of his Hall of Fame career and the free-agent status of Chandler Parsons and Deron Williams unknown, what the Mavs need is an influx of youth. But because of Rondo, there isn’t a good likelihood of it happening.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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<![CDATA[Thunder's Roll Eases Mavs' Embarrassment]]>Tue, 17 May 2016 10:27:44 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/531813422.jpg

If we’re learning anything in these NBA playoffs it’s that:

A. The officiating is as bad as we thought.
B. The Thunder is better than we expected.

Another blown call in another late-game situation helped Oklahoma City to another key road win Monday night.

Point guard Russell Westbrook glaring dragged his pivot foot, but was awarded a timeout instead of called for a traveling violation with his team up three points and only 17 seconds remaining. The refs also botched a non-call late in Game 2 in San Antonio, affording the Thunder a victory.

The officiating remains brutal. But the Thunder’s run through the Spurs and to a 1-0 lead over Golden State in the Western Conference Finals is somehow comforting to the Mavs.

It’s nice to see elite teams like the Spurs and Warriors struggle with the same problems that led to Dallas’ 4-1 defeat in Round 1. No one can stay in front of Westbrook. And no one can keep the Thunder’s gaggle of big bruisers off the offensive boards.

I’m not saying the Mavs should be tricked into a “we’re not that far off” mentality and stand pat with its old, slow roster. But I am saying that – after watching Oklahoma City go 9-3 in the playoffs so far – the Mavs' five-game loss doesn’t look so bad after all.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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<![CDATA[Mark Cuban For President? Never Say Never.]]>Wed, 18 May 2016 12:14:39 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cuban-trump-side-by-side.jpg

Mark Cuban turned a computer into a radio and the Mavericks into NBA champions, why not attempt to lead the free world?

The outspoken and visionary Mavs owner said a group of conservative politicians have asked him to run as a third-party candidate in this year’s election in an attempt to help block Donald Trump from The White House.

Cuban said it wouldn’t happen. But he didn’t say something along the lines of “Hell no, that’s crazy.”

Said Cuban to The Washington Post, “I don’t see it happening. There isn’t enough time.”

So, maybe Cuban For President come 2020? Ridiculous at first blush, maybe. But so is the thought of Trump running, and perhaps even winning.

In the past, the billionaire businessmen and TV stars have sparred in the media and obviously it was be riveting to see them go head-to-head in a campaign.

Said Cuban, “I would put Trump in his place.”

Cuban made the Mavs great again. Actually, he made them better than ever. So why not America?

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

<![CDATA[Mavs Fans Find it Tough to Root for Spurs or Thunder]]>Wed, 11 May 2016 09:37:29 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/530298458.jpg

Okay, as a Mavs Fan For Life I’m torn about this Thunder-Spurs series.

As in, I desperately want both of them to lose.

After watching Oklahoma City perform cutesy pre-game Glee dance routines and then deliver cheap shots in the five-game win over Dallas, I couldn’t wait for the veteran Spurs to send them packing. And, I’ll admit, Game 1’s 32-point route was most delicious.

But now, as the series heads north for Thursday’s Game 6, I’m back to also being nauseated by the Mavs’ life-long nemesis, the Spurs.

Tim Duncan’s whining. Manu Ginobli’s flopping. Gregg Popovich’s bit of disrespecting TV interviewers. It’s all too familiar. And too sickening.

At this point it’s pick your poison. You prefer Kevin Durant’s recent elbows against the Mavs? Or you root for Popovich’s smug, one-word answers because he’s just too royal to be bothered by what us peasants would like to hear?

I know. Vomit.

I guess I just want it to be over so the survivor can get dusted by the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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<![CDATA[The Top 5 Most Skilled Offensive Players in Mavericks' History]]>Tue, 10 May 2016 13:09:07 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/194*120/GettyImages-5299684221.jpg

While watching his outlandish 17-point overtime in Golden State’s playoff win in Portland last night, it dawned on me. Steph Curry is the most skilled offensive player in the history of the NBA.

Yes, already.

Hear me out. I’m not saying he’s the best overall player. He obviously doesn’t play defense or rebound with the all-time greats. And offensively he’s not the most talented. Players have jumped higher and finished stronger. But it’s his skill – from his ball-handling to his passing to unprecedented shooting range – that sets him apart from every other player to bounce a basketball.

Got me to thinking. Who are the Mavs’ most skilled offensive players ever?

5. Sam Perkins – At home with the lanky lefty jump-hook in the lane or the smoother corner 3-pointer.

4. Steve Nash – As precise with his shooting as he was probing the perfect pick-and-roll.

3. Mark Aguirre – So crafty he was able to thrive as a 6-foot-6 post-up player with his back to the basket.

2. Rolando Blackman – He dribbled. He was catch-and-shoot. He contorted around the rim. And he made free throws.

1. Dirk Nowitzki – Not blessed with raw speed, strength or hops, he crafted his way to almost 30,000 points almost on one leg.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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<![CDATA[Former Mavs' Assistant Coaches Still Alive and Kicking in NBA Playoffs]]>Mon, 09 May 2016 12:21:32 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/219*120/PHI+Dwane+Casey+horiz.jpg

The Mavs have been out of the NBA playoffs for two weeks now. But their connections are still going strong.

Former assistants Dwane Casey (Raptors) and Terry Stotts (Blazers) have their surprising teams deep into the postseason, while their mentor – Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle – is already on vacation pondering a way to win a playoff series.

Both Casey and Stotts were on Carlisle staff when the Mavs won their only championship in 2011. Since then Dallas hasn’t won a playoff series. But the former assistants are sniffing a win in the this year’s second round. The Raptors own a 2-1 edge on the Heat while the Blazers became the first team to be Golden State twice this season and only trail their series 2-1.

Watch Toronto and Portland and you’ll see some Mavs’ sets. Unfortunately, you won’t see anything resembling the Mavs’ lack of talent. Or success.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Should - Gulp - Pursue Free Agent Dwight Howard]]>Wed, 04 May 2016 14:18:15 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lakers-at-Rockets.jpg

At the risk of getting rejected yet again – and at the risk of taking an overrated, declining player – the Mavs should pursue free-agent center Dwight Howard this summer.

Why? Because for all his loyalty, Dirk Nowitzki deserved to be rewarded with at least one season of not being the best player on the roster.

Last week in the wake of their 5-game playoff loss to the Thunder, forward Chandler Parsons promised to recruit his former Rockets teammate to Dallas.

“I think he’s going to leave Houston,” Parsons reasoned, “so why not come here?”

In Houston Howard didn’t mesh with James Harden. This is a scary, recurring theme of course, because in LA Howard didn’t mesh with Kobe Bryant either. Or, for that matter, anyone in Orlando.

Howard has already spurned a Mavs’ pursuit in 2013. Now he’s 30 years old and this year just wasn’t the same dominating force. He averaged only 13 points this season amidst back injuries in Houston and he’s a far cry from the dominating force that won three consecutive Defensive Player of the Year awards. Still, he’d be the Mavs’ best center since Tyson Chandler and at least give Dirk a legit Plan B.

Howard wouldn’t be the final piece to Dallas’ puzzle. But he would be a piece. The Mavs shouldn’t offer him a max contract. But they should offer him something.

For Dirk’s sake.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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<![CDATA[Nowitzki Reiterates Promise to Return in 2017]]>Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:47:47 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/502803078.jpg

Monday night’s loss in Oklahoma City might have been the final playoff game of Dirk Nowitzki’s career.

But it won’t be his last game.

“I definitely won’t retire,” the future Hall of Famer said the day after another disappointing Mavs’ season ended with a first-round exit. “That’s out of the question. I feel like I can still play efficient enough to be there for the team. No, retirement is no question at all.”

Altogether now, whew!

I know, Nowitzki said during the season he intended to play maybe two more seasons. But after a grueling season in which he was the Mavs’ best player, you never know. At the end of Game 4 in Dallas he buried his head in a towel on the bench, looking the part of a dejected, defeated man.

But, even at 37, we should all be blessed with Nowitzki’s optimism. Despite the braintrust not supplying him without a quality cast to even win one playoff series since 2011, he remains loyal to and continues to have faith in general manager Donnie Nelson and owner Mark Cuban.

After averaging a team-leading 18 points and six rebounds this season, most of DFW spent the last two weeks feeling sorry for a legend with inadequate teammates. Meanwhile, Nowitzki was – again – way ahead of us and already pondering how the Mavs could re-tweak and try it again in 2017.

Even head coach Rick Carlisle lamented that we might have seen the last of Dirk after Monday’s loss. But Nowitzki was quick Tuesday to shut down that notion.

“The only way I would ever leave is, like I've always said, if we start five rookies,” he said. “Obviously, that's not something that I want to be a part of, but as long as we go for it and compete, then I'll be a Mav.”

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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<![CDATA[Nowitzki Not Retiring, All But Certain to Return to Mavs]]>Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:33:07 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-514203050.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki isn't retiring, and the 7-foot German is all but certain that he will spend a 19th season with the Mavericks.

The Dallas star said Tuesday it was "pretty much" crazy talk for coach Rick Carlisle to suggest after a first-round elimination in Oklahoma City that Nowitzki might consider playing elsewhere. He led the Mavericks in scoring again a season after someone else did it for the first time in 15 years.

The Mavericks have not won a playoff series since taking the franchise's first title in 2011. But Nowitzki still believes the team can contend.

Dallas has to decide what a balky right knee means for the future of versatile young forward Chandler Parsons, who wants to return.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Another Mavs' Season Ends With Another First-Round Exit]]>Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:56:51 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/524300064.jpg

Here’s the sobering truth: The Mavs over-achieved in this season and in this playoff series.

And yet, basketball has again ended before the calendar flips to May.

Like the Cowboys with Tony Romo and Jason Witten, you can’t help but have the feeling that the Mavericks are wasting precious, productive years from Dirk Nowitzki and Rick Carlisle.

Despite a flawed roster partly because of the DeAndre Jordan free-agent switcheroo, the Mavs maxed out and somehow made the playoffs. Then, overmatched and unfathomably injured, they maxed out again in winning a game in their playoff series against the Thunder.

“We battled hard,” Nowitzki said after Monday night’s season-ending 118-104 loss in Game 5 in Oklahoma City. “We battled unbelievably hard even to get to the sixth seed, winning six in-a-row when everybody thought we were dead. So I’m proud of the guys. We gave it all we had.”

Your team reaches its potential and you’re supposed to feel good about it. Then why this morning am I again so gutted?

I guess this season should feel like a success. But for an organization that won a championship in 2011 and hasn’t won a post-season series since, it sure feels like another failure.


Not in the playing. But more in the preparation. And, yes, I’m talking about the front office.

Carlisle is one of the NBA’s best coaches. Nowitzki is a Hall of Famer that fights and scraps and can still play 40 minutes and put up 24 points against younger, more athletic defenders. But they need help. And truth is they’re just not getting it.

Truth is the Mavs don’t need their players to play better. They need better players.

To that end let’s proud of this team, yet mad at this organization.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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<![CDATA[Photos: Thunder Eliminate Mavs from Playoffs With 118-104 Loss]]>Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:59:34 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/182*120/GettyImages-524251660.jpgThe Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Dallas Mavericks 118-104 on Monday night to win the first-round playoff series 4-1 and advance to the Western Conference semifinals.

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<![CDATA[Mavs' Season Ends with 118-104 Loss to Thunder]]>Tue, 26 Apr 2016 04:48:43 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-524251708.jpg

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook is an All-Star, but not a superstar.

Westbrook gave him plenty of reasons to reconsider.

He had 36 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, and the Thunder beat the Mavericks 118-104 on Monday night to win the first-round playoff series 4-1 and advance to the Western Conference semifinals.

Cuban also said during the pregame interview that Kevin Durant was the only superstar on the team. Westbrook was asked after the game about Cuban's comments, and Durant answered for him.

"He's an idiot," Durant said of Cuban. "He's an idiot. Don't listen to-- he's an idiot. That's what we've got to say about that. He's an idiot. Next question."

Westbrook was 13 of 23 from the field and 7 of 8 on free throws. Durant scored 33 points and Steven Adams added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder, who will play the San Antonio Spurs in a series that begins Saturday.

Oklahoma City shot 50.6 percent from the field and outrebounded the Mavericks 42-35.

The Thunder lost Game 2 85-84 at home, then won three straight, including two on the road.

"They just played gimmicky defense," Durant said. "They didn't really play solid. They weren't really disciplined the entire series. That's how we were able to shoot such a high percentage except for that second game. It took all of that to win by one point -- us having a historically bad night shooting the basketball. But for the most part, we got whatever we wanted on the offensive end."

Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points. Though the 37-year-old forward said Monday that he plans to finish his career as a Maverick unless the team decides to rebuild, Dallas coach Rick Carlisle is still going to recruit him.

"We've got to hope that this isn't Dirk's last game as a Maverick," Carlisle said. "He has the option to become a free agent. I'm ready to get on a plane to go to Germany and recruit him to be back. I don't think we can take that for granted. I think we have to give him that kind of respect."

Dwight Powell scored 16 points, Justin Anderson had 14 and Zaza Pachulia added 12 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Mavericks, who were hampered by injuries throughout the series.

Westbrook scored 13 points in the first quarter to help the Thunder take a 35-24 lead. The Mavericks closed to 57-55 in the second quarter, but Oklahoma City finished the half strong to lead 68-61 at the break.

Durant scored 20 points in the first half. Nowitzki scored 17 and Pachulia added 12 points, seven assists and five rebounds in the first half to keep the Mavericks close.

The Mavericks trimmed Oklahoma City's lead to 107-103 with 4:08 left before the Thunder pulled away, starting with a follow shot by Andre Roberson.

"We had it where it was a four-point game," Nowitzki said. "Westbrook heaves one from 35 feet, and all we need is to get the rebound, but Roberson gets the loose ball and lays it in. I feel like that sums up this entire series. Every time we were right there, they always came up with every loose ball the entire series."

After that, Durant hit a fadeaway and was fouled by Nowitzki, who was then called for a technical. Durant made both free throws to put Oklahoma City up 113-103 with 2:49 to play.

Injured Mavericks
Center Salah Mejri and forward David Lee missed the game with injuries. Mejri initially strained his right hip in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game. The 7-foot-2 rookie from Tunisia started the playoff opener against the Thunder, then came off the bench the next three games. Lee sat out with a right plantar fascia injury. He missed the first two games of the series, then played a reserve role in Games 3 and 4, scoring six points in both games.

Nowitzki on Westbrook: "He's pretty much unguardable. He can drive left. He can go right. He can finish at the rim with the best of them. He's probably the best offensive rebounding guard this league has ever seen. If he makes those pullups behind a screen, there's not much you can do but high-five him and tell him, 'Good game."'

Mavericks: Had just seven rebounds in the first quarter. ... Shot 52.6 percent in the first quarter and still trailed by 11 at the end of the period. ... Pachulia's nine assists were a career playoff high. He'd never had more than three in a postseason game.

Thunder: Durant was coming off his first game with fewer than 20 points since Nov. 10, 2015, a span of 67 straight games. ... Adams' 15 points were a career playoff high. It was just his second playoff double-double in 23 career playoff games.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Tonight Could Be Dirk Nowitzki's Last Playoff Hurrah]]>Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:27:36 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk-intro-aac.jpg

There are a couple of overriding emotions that have arisen in the Mavs’ playoff series against the Thunder.

1. A surprising disgust at the once-likeable Thunder.

2. Eternal admiration (and sympathy) for Dirk Nowitzki.

None of us thought the Mavs would win this series. In the end, it’s amazing they were able to grab one game. Tonight will likely be the end of the season as Dallas travels to Oklahoma City for Game 5 as a undermanned, wounded team.

We knew Nowitzki would play hard. And well. But what we’ve learned is that the Thunder are an annoyingly arrogant group that performs Glee before games, cusses out fans and sneaks in dirty, cheap elbows to opponents.

The Thunder are the better team. But they are by far the second-classiest team.

Kevin Durant has deteriorated into a punk in this series.

He called Charlie Villanueva and Justin Anderson “fake (stuff)”. He’s elbowed a couple of Mavs, and Saturday night at American Airlines Center he whacked Anderson right across the head in garbage time. He was fined $15,000 for the flagrant hit, while Russell Westbrook was hit with a $50,000 punishment for obscenities hurled toward a fan by the Thunder bench.

Serge Ibaka also got a technical foul in the waning minutes of a blowout for a hard elbow to Villanueva’s back.

Through it all, Dirk has been dynamic. Problem is, he’s been all alone.

Because of injuries to Chandler Parsons and J.J. Barea and Deron Williams and … Nowitzki’s been the Mavs’ best player. He’s 37 years old. Think about that absurdity. For the Mavs to compete for a title at this point, he needs to be the 2nd, or perhaps even 3rd-best player on the roster.

Instead, he’s carrying the weight of a wobbly franchise on his worn-out knees.

He played 40 minutes and scored 27 points in Game 4, and will likely give his all and play his best tonight.

You never know in sports. Nowtizki said he’ll play out his contract next year and then perhaps another season after that. But the Mavs are old and slow and broken down and don’t have a 1st-round draft pick. Who knows? Tonight could be the last playoff game of the future Hall of Famer’s career.

Dirk left maybe more than $10 million on the table so the Mavs could acquire winning pieces around him. But, alas, it hasn’t happened. It won’t happen. Since winning the title in 2011 Dallas hasn’t won a playoff series.

I’ll watch tonight with two staple thoughts: The Thunder’s immaturity will prevent it from winning the next round. And, yes, Dirk deserves better.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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<![CDATA[Thunder Beat Mavericks 119-108 for 3-1 Lead]]>Sat, 23 Apr 2016 22:45:54 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-523591980.jpg

Russell Westbrook had 25 points and 15 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Dallas Mavericks 119-108 on Saturday night, taking a commanding 3-1 lead in a testy first-round series that got quite a bit testier.

Enes Kanter had his second straight playoff career high with 28 points on 12-of-13 shooting for the Thunder, who never trailed in two games in Dallas after the Mavericks evened the series with a one-point win in Oklahoma City following a 38-point loss in the opener.

Kevin Durant scored 19 points before he was ejected in the final minute for a flagrant foul on Dallas' Justin Anderson. It was the last of several tense moments, and Dallas team security had to make sure Durant didn't leave the court in front of the Mavericks bench.

Dirk Nowitzki had 27 points and eight rebounds for the Mavericks, who haven't won a playoff series since winning the 2011 NBA title.

After Dallas coach Rick Carlisle called out Durant while complaining during the off day over what he essentially said were dirty plays by the Thunder in Game 3, the teams had a confrontation in front of the Oklahoma City bench early in the second quarter.

That flare-up started when Anthony Morrow, who was sitting on the bench, refused to give the ball to Salah Mejri after the Thunder threw it out of bounds.

Dallas guard J.J. Barea confronted Morrow, a former Maverick who then shoved Barea. Westbrook and Mejri ended up nose-to-nose in a shouting match before all the players were separated by coaches and officials.

Westbrook and Mejri got double technicals, and the Thunder were called for delay of game.

In the second half, Westbrook appeared to shout an expletive toward the fans after getting tangled up with Mejri on a drive. Mejri, who left the game in the fourth quarter with a right hip injury, was called for a foul.

And then came the foul on Durant, whose swung his arm and hit Anderson in the head when the Dallas guard was driving along the baseline with 50 seconds remaining. Just 30 seconds later, Serge Ibaka got a technical for throwing an elbow at Charlie Villanueva.

The NBA apparently agreed with Carlisle's assessment that Durant threw an elbow at Mejri in Game 3, giving the Oklahoma City star a technical after the fact. Carlisle said there were three other "non-basketball physical escalations that were initiated by them."

Thunder coach Billy Donovan steadfastly refused to get drawn in to the debate.

Mavericks point guard Deron Williams tried to return in his continuing battle with a sports hernia that kept him out of Game 3. He lasted all of 89 seconds, limping to the locker room with 10:31 remaining.

Williams aggravated what is being called a left abdominal strain while chasing a loose ball and running into the scorer's table just 40 seconds into the game.

Barea played despite a right groin strain that kept him out of Game 2 and will limit him as long as the series lasts. He had his worst game, going scoreless on 0-of-7 shooting.

The Mavericks stayed close in the second half but never got the deficit inside seven points. Westbrook had 12 points and five assists in the third quarter, and Kanter dominated around the basket to the help keep a comfortable lead.


Thunder: Oklahoma City has won seven of eight against Dallas this season, including the regular season. The Thunder have also won seven of eight in the playoffs since losing to Dallas in the 2011 Western Conference finals. Oklahoma City swept a first-round series the next year.

Mavericks: Nowitzki passed Elgin Baylor (3,623 points) for 15th on the NBA's career playoff scoring list after passing Wilt Chamberlain (3,607) in Game 3. Nowitzki now has 3,639 points. ... Raymond Felton had 19 points and a playoff career-high 11 assists.

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<![CDATA[Photos: Thunder to Mavs to Brink of Elimination, Lead 3-1]]>Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:41:39 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-523603446.jpgRussell Westbrook had 25 points and 15 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Dallas Mavericks 119-108 on Saturday night, taking a commanding 3-1 lead in a testy first-round series that got quite a bit testier.

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<![CDATA[As Expected, Thunder Run Mavs Outta the Gym]]>Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:56:17 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/thunder-mavs-split-gm3.jpg

Well, we were afraid that would happen.

Actually, we kinda knew it was going to occur. But it still didn’t make Thursday night’s blowout loss by the Mavs to the Thunder any less painful.

As I’ve said before, I think we’ll look back after this mismatched series and be even more amazed that the undermanned Mavs managed to steal even one game. Losses of 38 and 29 points – including 131-102 last night at American Airlines Center – did the trick of yanking us all back to reality.

The Thunder are much better. The end.

The tell-tale play? Dirk Nowitzki somehow got in front of the pack in the second quarter. A sell-out crowd that showed up merely hoping rose to its feet, hungry for a reason to start believing. The Mavs’ future Hall of Famer took a pass and launched himself toward the rim for a rare, energizing dunk that would …

Blocked! By the Thunder. By a point guard.

Russell Westbrook sprinted from behind, timed his jump and whacked the ball out of Nowitzki’s hands before they could throw down the dunk. The play led to a Thunder basket, and sent the 37-year-old to Dallas’ bench with a further aggravated bone bruise in his creaky knees.

It was the signature play of the night, and a tenet of this lopsided series that Oklahoma City leads 2-1. But, let’s face it, it feels like 4-1.

The Mavs are one of the NBA’s oldest, slowest, least athletic teams. The Thunder are the anit-Mavs. Dallas been outscored by 66 points in the three games, and for two games have played not to win, but to avoid being totally humiliated.

The Mavs are trying to slay a younger, bigger, faster, more athletic giant. And they’re armed with only a slingshot.

“Look, their talent is a significant problem,” Mavs’ head coach Rick Carlisle again admitted. “We know that. The way you mitigate it is to be really tied together and play extremely hard. They are beatable, but we’ve got to come out with a better disposition. It’s as simple as that.”

To win another game the Mavs must play perfect. To win this series, the Thunder just have to play average.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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<![CDATA[Photos: Thunder Dominate Mavs, Take 2-1 Lead]]>Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:51:51 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/169*120/GettyImages-523007860.jpgAfter being embarrassed in Game 1, the Mavs suffered their worst home playoff loss ever in Game 3.

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<![CDATA[Mark Cuban Not Ruling Out a 2020 White House Run]]>Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:47:13 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark_Cuban_Doesnt_Rule_Out_2020_Run_1200x675_898667587827.jpg

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban spoke Wednesday at an event in Washington, D.C., on the future of communication, and he said he would consider a run at the White House in 2020 if he thought he could help.]]>