The Dallas Mavericks continued their dominance over the Washington Wizards Monday with a 98-75 blowout victory.
Over the past few seasons, the Dallas Mavericks (16-31) have had the Washington Wizards‘ number. That continued Monday night as the Mavericks defeated Washington (26-21) 98-75 at American Airlines Center.
Dallas has now won four straight against the Wizards and 15 of the last 16 meetings which dates back to the 2009-10 season.
Though the two clubs find themselves separated by a mile in overall record, Washington has been inconsistent all season. With a 5-5 record over its last 10 games, Washington does not have the look of a playoff team.
Dallas took advantage from the onset and never looked back.
Aside from a 14-10 lead halfway through the first period, Washington was simply outmatched. The first quarter ended with both clubs tied at 22, however, the Mavericks controlled the remainder of the game.
Dallas led by as many as 25 points and looked more like the team ranked No. 5 in their conference.
Harrison Barnes led all scorers with 20 points on an impressive 56 percent shooting. He added 10 rebounds coupled with a steal and a block. Dennis Smith Jr. was impressive as well, tallying 17 points to go along with six assists, three boards and two steals.
Yogi Ferrell and Wes Matthews added 14 points apiece.
As for Washington, only the starting backcourt managed to reach double-digit scoring. Bradley Beal (18) and John Wall (11) were held below their scoring averages while shooting 28.6 and 26.7 percent respectively.
Collectively, Washington struggled shooting the ball all night — 30.6 from the field, 59.3 at the line and 21.9 from behind the arc.
The Mavericks did a great job protecting the paint. Dallas swatted away eight of Washington’s attempts, led by Dwight Powell (3) and Maxi Kleber (2).
Dallas continues to play their best against teams with a winning record. That confidence will come in handy as they host the surging Houston Rockets (33-12) Wednesday night.
As always, go Mavs!