The Dallas Mavericks lost in a very lopsided game against the best team in the East, the Cleveland Cavaliers. What can we take from this game?
The Dallas Mavericks had a tough night, to say the least. In most games, the Mavs are able to either play up to the tempo of the other offense or at least slow them down to force them to keep up with us. That was definitely not the case tonight.
The Mavericks fell to the Cavaliers 128-90. The Cavaliers were led in scoring by the usual suspects– Kevin Love with 27, Kyrie Irving with 25, and LeBron James finishing the game wit a double-double off of 19 points and 11 assists.
The Mavs, meanwhile, were led by Dirk Nowitzki with 15, Seth Curry with 13, and Harrison Barnes finishing the game with 12. Andrew Bogut led the team with 11 rebounds, while Deron Williams finished with 5 assists.
The Dallas Mavericks had a rough week, starting with a close loss against the San Antonio Spurs, followed by blowouts by the hands of the Clippers and Cavaliers.These are part of the Dallas Mavericks current 8 game losing streak that sometimes looks like it will never be broken.
In tonight’s game, the Cavs had Dallas’ number right from the start, jumping to a big lead right off the bat. The Cavaliers outscored the Mavericks in each of the first three quarters 36-16, 36-22, and 24-17. The Mavs took the 4th quarter proving that our end of bench guys are better than Cleveland’s.
The team stats prove only what we already knew about the Mavericks, sadly. They still can’t defend the three-point line (Cavs shot over 46%), the shooting is limited to only a few players for the team (5 players in double-digits), and the Mavs need help on the glass (out-rebounded 47-39).
Brightside: The Mavericks still have a better record than the Cleveland Browns.
The Dallas Mavericks will get another shot for a win this Sunday against a New Orleans Pelicans team that is starting to win a few games. The game will begin at 6:00 CT.