The Dallas Mavericks started their six-game homestand with another disturbing loss, this time at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets. Brooklyn closed the game on a 22-8 run en route to a 113-96 victory. The game was tied at 51 at halftime before Brook Lopez and Deron Williams took control of the game. The two combined to score 46 of the team’s 62 points in the second half. As a team, the Dallas Mavericks scored 45 points in the second half. Lopez finished with a season-high 38 points, matching the 38 he scored last season in the American Airlines Center. Williams tallied 31 points and a team-high six assists in 41 minutes. Reggie Evans pulled down a game-high 22 rebounds to go along with four rebounds in 32 minutes. It was his sixth game with 20-plus rebounds this season.
Dallas was “led” by Dirk Nowitzki with 16 points, but he once again had a game where he was unable to hoist up a shot in a quarter (third quarter) and only took 10 shots. In the team’s last two losses, Dirk has only had 10 shots. He’s averaged 10.3 field goal attempts over his last three games. After going 12-0 to start his career, Dallas has lost their last two games when Dirk shoots at least 80 percent from the field (minimum 10 field goal attempts). Mike James had the most field goal attempts for the Mavericks with 14.
Some notes before the quotes:
- Dirk Nowitzki recorded his 9,000th career rebound at the 11:26 mark of the fourth quarter against the Nets on Wednesday. He became the 46th player in NBA history with at least 9,000 boards. Nowitzki also became one of only 10 players in NBA history with at least 24,000 points and 9,000 rebounds (joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O’Neal, Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kevin Garnett and Patrick Ewing).
- Mike James went 4-of-8 from beyond the arc and scored 12 points in 27 minutes against the Nets. He added a season-high-tying seven assists (also had 7 at Milwaukee Mar. 12). James is averaging 9.6 points and 4.3 assists over his last 11 games. He has shot 49 percent (25-of-51) from deep in that span.
- Dallas suffered only their third loss of the season when they shot at least 50 percent from the field (16-3 record).
- The Mavericks allowed 52 points in the paint to the Nets. They have now allowed 102 points in the paint in their last two games.
- Dallas is now 3-15 when an opponent scores at least 110 points against them.
- The team announced that guard Roddy Beaubois had surgery to repair his left second metacarpal fracture. The surgery was performed by Dr. T.O. Souryal and Dr. Scott Oishi at Texas Sports Medicine. No timetable has been set for his return.
Here is the quoteboard for Dallas’ loss to Brooklyn.
On the game, especially Deron Williams going off in the second half: Williams wasn’t even their leading scorer. [Brook] Lopez had another big game here. At the point position, at the five position, they had a great game. They had two guys that had great games and we didn’t do a good job there. It’s a bad result for us. The irony is I think this is the same number of points we gave up the other night in Atlanta, but we scored 127, so it all seemed like it was okay. This is an ongoing challenge for us; being able to keep teams at or under 100. We’ve got to keep going and keep working on it.”
On if Reggie Evans had a big influence on the game: “He had 22 rebounds, so I’d say he was big. He got them a lot of extra possessions.”
On what was different for Deron Williams in the second half: “He got more aggressive. The flow and tenor of the game changed a little bit. He kind of got going when we had our smaller guards in there, when we had [Darren] Collison on him and that’s a tough matchup for Darren [Collison]. He did a good job battling last game, but that’s kind of where it got started and then we tried to switch O.J. [Mayo] onto him. He’s a great player that got in a groove. He played great.”
Even with balance as the goal, is he’s concerned with Dirk’s lack of shots as of late? “No because we’re calling and running a lot of plays through him. A lot of times he gets the ball and gets double-teamed or makes a pass out to another guy for a shot or hopefully an open shot. I understand why you’re asking. If you really watch the game, he’s touching it. Teams work to take his shots away. That’s why balance is so important to us. That’s why we don’t want to get in a situation where we’re just pounding it to him every single time. It takes a big toll on him. That’s why we work towards movement and balance and tempo. When we have to go to him, we go to him. But we want to make it as good a situation as possible for him and our team.”
How tough was it to stop Brook Lopez when he got it going early? “Yeah it was hard stopping him, Deron Williams and Reggie Evans on the boards. They all had a complete game. You try to trap and do some other things to stop one thing and another thing popped up. He got it going early not even post ups mostly drives. They did a lot of drive and kick out opportunities. They did drop offs, got offensive rebounds and D-Will got it going late.”
On giving up 102 points in the paint over their last two games: “We have to stop penetration. We can’t let the big guys get in there for the offensive rebounds and tip ins, but it starts with penetration.”
On what led to the loss: “Our defense just wasn’t good enough.”
On if Deron Williams had extra motivation for the game: “He’s an exceptional player. We knew that before. That’s why we were trying to recruit him, so this is nothing new. He’s been one of the best point guards in this league. We had to move on though as a franchise. You can’t be lingering.”
On only have 10 shots once again: “They don’t leave me much anymore. It’s up to other guys to make plays. It’s as simple as that. I can’t wrestle every time and get the ball. You can’t do that for 48 minutes. So, I’ve got to pick my spots … I’m going to pick my spots and be aggressive when I need it.”
Bryan Gutierrez writes about sportsmen. He is a contributing writer for Mavs.com. Bryan also attended Ball So Hard University. You can follow him on Twitter @BallinWithBryan.