The Dallas Mavericks wrapped up their Las Vegas Summer League slate on Tuesday afternoon against the Miami Heat. It did not come a moment too soon. Dallas was down to seven healthy players entering the contest and were still searching for their first win.
Josh Green, Tyrell Terry, and Eugene Omoruyi all sat out of the Mavs final contest from Vegas, and Nate Hinton missed the second half with a back injury. It left ample opportunities for the healthy players to step up and showcase their talent. The Mavericks did not want to leave Sin City winless either.
The Heat rested Omer Yurtseven and Max Strus on Aug. 17 as Dallas took advantage. Miami made a furious fourth-quarter comeback, but the Mavericks held on for an 83-82 win on Tuesday afternoon. Carlik Jones led the way with 21 points. Here is a closer look at the team’s performance.
Dallas Mavericks defeat Heat in summer league behind 21 from Carlik Jones
The Mavs were shorthanded but that did not stop them from leaving it all on the floor. They held a four-point advantage after the first quarter as Devonte Shuler had seven points including this.
Dallas dominated the second quarter. They scored 31 points and pushed the advantage to 15 at the half. Shuler, Carlik Jones, and Robert Franks all had 12 points in the first 20 minutes as the Mavericks dominated the Heat.
Nate Hinton suffered a back injury against the Kings on Sunday, and it cropped back up in the first half. Hinton was ruled out for the final 20 minutes leaving Dallas with just six available players to wrap up their summer league slate.
Robert Franks drilled this 3-point in the third quarter to keep the Mavs in the lead.
Franks had 18 as Dallas held a 13-point edge heading into the fourth quarter. Jones also had 18 points after 30 minutes.
The Mavericks scored just 13 fourth-quarter points as the Heat made a furious comeback, but they did just enough to get the win. Carlik Jones had 21 points, six rebounds, and five assists in 32 minutes of action. Franks had 18 with Shuler going for 16 to lead Dallas to the victory.
The Dallas Mavericks had inferior talent and were often undermanned in the Las Vegas Summer League. Many of these players will be part of the Texas Legends squad this season as the organization attempts to develop them. Stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest news, opinions, and analysis in the Mavs. Fans certainly will not want to miss it.