Dallas Mavericks falter late and fall to the Washington Wizards

The Dallas Mavericks had seven players score in double-figures, but it was not enough as they fell to the Wizards on Feb. 7. Here is a look back at that game.

The Dallas Mavericks were back out on the road on Friday night. They traveled to the Nation’s Capital to face the Washington Wizards. It was the first of a back-to-back as the Mavs journey to Charlotte to take on the Hornets on Saturday.

The Wizards had just 17 wins entering the Feb. 7 contest. The Mavericks were without Luka Doncic, but they needed a road win.

They were stuck again by their late-game woes. The Mavs led by five points with 1:30 left on the clock before dropping a heartbreaker to the Wizards. Bradley Beal cut to the basket for a layup in the final seconds as Washington grabbed a 119-118 win.

Kristaps Porzingis ended his hot streak on Friday. He struggled with foul trouble all night. KP finished with 11 points, nine rebounds, two steals, and one block in 21 minutes of action. He had scored 30-plus with 12 rebounds in three straight games.

Seth Curry led the way for the Mavs with 20 points in his return from injury. The Mavs had seven players score in double-figures.

The surprise of the night was Coach Carlisle deciding to start Courtney Lee. Lee had been out of the rotation. Fans may remember they did the same thing on opening night against Washington. Carlisle believes Lee does well defending Wizards star, Bradley Beal. Lee finished with 11 points on six field goal attempts in 17 minutes.

Highlight of the night

Delon Wright made a trick shot in the first quarter that fans have to see again. Enjoy it below.

https://twitter.com/dallasmavs/status/1225941086465675264

Up next

It was a disappointing loss, but Dallas can bounce back quickly. The Hornets have lost four straight and 12 of their last 13 games. The Mavs need to get back on track with a win on Saturday.

Fans should be sure to check on the status of Kristaps Porzingis for the game in Charlotte. The Mavericks have been cautious with their star after he missed ten games with a knee injury. KP could sit on the second of a back-to-back.

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