Dallas Mavericks

Starter-laden lineup gives Mavs polished look

Making his presence felt, Mavericks center Andrew Bogut finished Tuesday with 11 rebounds and three blocks.
Making his presence felt, Mavericks center Andrew Bogut finished Tuesday with 11 rebounds and three blocks. AP

This wasn’t exactly a dress rehearsal game for the Dallas Mavericks. But with four of their regular starters in the opening lineup Tuesday night, the Mavs were finally able to look somewhat like a polished team.

With five players scoring 11 or more points and the offense clicking to the tune of 25 assists, the Mavs held on and defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-109 before a crowd of 18,329 at American Airlines Center.

The Mavs, who shot 46.5 percent from the field, are now 2-2 in preseason and next play in Phoenix on Friday night.

Dirk Nowitzki, Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut, Deron Williams and J. J. Barea started for the Mavs, who built a 54-34 lead with 2:42 remaining in the first half. But none of those players played in the second half, which started with the Mavs nursing a 56-42 lead.

This was Nowitzki’s first game, and he didn’t disappoint.

“I thought it went well with Dirk,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “We had Barea in there to start the game, so it gave us a little bit more penetration and play-making, which just helps open up the floor a little bit.

“I thought he and (Williams) played well together.”

Barea collected 15 points on 5-of-8 shots in 16 minutes, Williams had 11 points on 4-of-7 baskets in 21 minutes, and Nowitzki finished with eight points on 3-of-6 shooting in 16 minutes.

Also for the Mavs, Dwight Powell had a team-high 16 points and seven rebounds, Keith Hornsby tallied 12 points, Nicolas Brussino popped in 11 points in less than eight minutes to open the second half, and Jonathan Gibson contributed seven points and seven assists, tying a game-high.

Guards Wesley Matthews and Seth Curry didn’t play, Carlisle said, for precautionary reasons.

Bogut had a major impact on the game, primarily on the defensive end of the court, which is why the Mavs acquired him in a trade with Golden State this past summer. The 7-footer protected the rim with three blocks and 11 rebounds – eight on the defensive end – while putting in 17 minutes.

Bogut was spectacular defensively on one Thunder trip up the floor. He rose up and blocked a shot by Oklahoma City center Enes Kanter. Kyle Singler grabbed the offensive rebound for the Thunder and passed it back to Kanter, who went up for another shot and came down with the ball in his hands and traveled while he was closely guarded by Bogut.

“I thought Bogut was great,” Carlisle said. “Not a lot of scoring, but a huge impact at both ends.

“The rim protection, the charges taken, rebounding, starting our break. He had a good first half.”

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MAVERICKS 114, THUNDER 109

Oklahoma City

20

22

40

27

109

Dallas

29

27

26

32

114

 

Oklahoma City

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

F

Pt

Sabonis

17:50

2-8

0-0

2

2

4

Singler

31:12

5-9

3-3

3

2

17

Kanter

22:27

5-9

1-2

13

3

11

Oladipo

25:31

2-10

4-5

7

4

9

Westbrook

24:00

5-15

0-1

5

1

12

Huestis

27:34

4-8

2-2

3

1

11

Lauvergne

25:33

5-9

5-7

6

3

15

Ilyasova

23:40

7-11

2-4

11

3

19

Abrines

13:51

1-7

0-0

1

4

2

Price

12:16

1-1

0-0

0

3

3

Morrow

7:38

2-4

0-0

2

1

6

Christon

6:04

0-5

0-0

1

0

0

Collison

2:24

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Totals

240

39-96

17-24

54

27

109

Percentages: FG .406, FT .708. 3-Point Goals: 14-36, .389 (Singler 4-6, Ilyasova 3-5, Morrow 2-4, Westbrook 2-4, Price 1-1, Oladipo 1-2, Huestis 1-3, Christon 0-1, Lauvergne 0-1, Abrines 0-4, Sabonis 0-5). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 15 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Kanter 2, Huestis, Oladipo). Turnovers: 15 (Ilyasova 3, Oladipo 3, Kanter 2, Lauvergne 2, Westbrook 2, Huestis, Price, Singler). Steals: 8 (Oladipo 2, Ilyasova, Lauvergne, Price, Sabonis, Singler, Westbrook).

Dallas

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

F

Pt

Barnes

18:04

1-4

2-2

2

1

4

Nowitzki

16:01

3-6

2-2

0

1

8

Bogut

16:30

1-5

2-2

11

2

4

Barea

16:01

5-8

4-4

2

0

15

D.Williams

21:07

4-7

2-2

4

1

11

Anderson

20:21

3-5

0-0

5

1

7

Finney-Smith

20:11

1-4

1-4

3

1

4

Powell

18:34

6-10

4-4

7

3

16

Gibson

17:02

3-11

1-3

2

2

7

C.Williams

15:15

1-6

0-0

2

2

2

Hammons

14:31

4-7

0-0

5

3

8

Brussino

12:29

4-5

0-0

2

0

11

Collinsworth

11:31

0-0

1-2

3

1

1

Hornsby

11:31

3-5

4-4

2

0

12

Harris

10:52

1-3

2-2

2

1

4

Totals

240

40-86

25-31

52

19

114

Percentages: FG .465, FT .806. 3-Point Goals: 9-28, .321 (Brussino 3-4, Hornsby 2-2, Finney-Smith 1-1, Anderson 1-3, Barea 1-3, D.Williams 1-3, Hammons 0-1, Harris 0-1, Barnes 0-2, C.Williams 0-3, Gibson 0-5). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 15 (15 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Bogut 3, Hammons). Turnovers: 15 (Barea 3, Bogut 2, Collinsworth 2, D.Williams 2, Gibson 2, Anderson, Brussino, C.Williams, Powell). Steals: 7 (Finney-Smith 2, Anderson, Barnes, Collinsworth, D.Williams, Powell).

Att.—18,329 (19,200). T—2:23.

Officials—Curtis Blair, Kevin Scott, Ron Garretson

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