Dallas Mavericks Defeat Washington Wizards for win No. 2
By Emmanuel Dixon
The Dallas Mavericks earned their second win of the season Tuesday, defeating the Washington Wizards 113-99.
The Dallas Mavericks haven’t had too much go in their favor this season.
As it turns out, all they needed was a matchup with an opponent that they’ve dominated the last few seasons. The Mavs returned to the win column Tuesday, after taking down the Washington Wizards 113-99.
This win gives Dallas (2-10) a commanding 14-1 advantage over the last 15 meetings.
While Washington (5-5) isn’t exactly the cream of the crop in NBA hierarchy, this is the feel-good win many fans have been seeking. Perhaps this victory will serve as a reminder of what this group is capable of.
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Harrison Barnes led all scorers with a season-high 31 points while shooting an impressive 61 percent from the field. This is the breakout game Mavs fans have been waiting for from Barnes. After all, he proved last season (19.2 ppg) that he is capable of being the No. 1 option on offense.
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Rookie Dennis Smith had his most complete game all while being guarded by an elite defender, All-Star John Wall. Smith Jr. did a little bit of everything, tallying 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
Wes Matthews was lights out from behind the arc as he connected on 4-of 7 on his way to 14 points. Matthews also contributed across the board, adding eight rebounds, six assists and two steals.
Salah Mejri did his best to make us forget that Nerlens Noel only played six minutes. His 12 rebounds and five blocks were important in key moments when the Wizards threatened the lead.
All in all, Dallas played its best game of the season from start to finish. They played with confidence, poise and did not let up in the clutch. Win or lose, this is the level of effort MFFL’s expect.
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Does this win stop the bleeding? Momentarily. Dallas will try to stay on the winning track Saturday, as they host LeBron James and the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers. Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m. ET..