The Dallas Mavericks and the Chicago Bulls were neck-and-neck after a quarter but the Mavs went cold and with the help of shooting only 2 free throws and committing 9 turnovers, trailed by as many as 19 in the first half. Things didn’t get any better in the second and the Mavs trailed by as many as 29 points, eventually succumbing to another lopsided loss 101-78.
Shawn Marion scored 18 points but the rest of the team struggled mightily in every aspect of the game, shooting less than 35% and being outrebounded 44-30 while committing 14 turnovers. O. J. Mayo had his second bad game in a row and scored only 4 points.
Luol Deng led a balanced attack for Chicago, which once again exposed the poor Dallas defense. Deng had 22 points and 6 rebounds while Joachim Noah added 13 and 10. The Bulls shot over 49%.
The Mavericks are now 7-9 and more importantly 3-8 in their last 11 games since beginning the season 4-1. The Bulls pulled back to .500 at 7-7.
Full game breakdown (if you can bear it) later on The Smoking Cuban.