The Dallas Mavericks bounced back Saturday, winning in Charlotte over the Hornets 116-100. Seth Curry led Dallas off the bench, scoring 26 points on 10 of 14 from the field. Devonte’ Graham was the high point man for the Hornets, scoring 26.
Each team appeared unready to play to start the contest, with neither squad unable to hit shots. The Hornets, however, kept missing for most of the frame while the Mavericks slowly found their touch. Seth Curry came in off the bench and poured in 12 points, including a triple from the logo. Charlotte only scored 10 the entire frame and Dallas took a 21 point lead into the second quarter.
While Charlotte eventually found their offense in the second frame, their defense was no where to be found. The Mavericks connected on six threes to keep the Hornets at bay despite a few absolutely electric dunks from Malik Monk. Dallas led by as many as 27 in the quarter and took a 64-43 lead into the half.
Dallas continued the offensive assault in the third, with nearly every Maverick getting in on the action. At one point in the middle of the period, Charlotte went on a 6-0 run and were stopped dead in their tracks by a Tim Hardaway Jr. three coming off an awesome roll, catch, and kick out from Willie Cauley-Stein. The Mavericks took a 94-65 lead into the last quarter.
Devonte’ Graham attempted to take things into his own hands in the fourth, going on a personal 12 point scoring binge to pull the Hornets within 20. He actually connected on a three which would’ve given him 15 in the frame, but Rick Carlisle challenged a terrible and-one call which the referees overturned which stopped Hornet momentum. Dallas stabilized and rebuilt the lead to 25 points before clearing the bench entirely. Dallas heads home after picking up their 18th road victory, 116-100.
Now, some things:
Sometimes you’re the hammer, sometimes you’re the nail
If you listened to Mavs Moneyball After Dark, you heard me rage about the lack of defense by the Mavericks. While I still hold it’s quite the problem in Dallas, this game is a great example of the randomness that can occur over a NBA season. The Hornets last played on Tuesday and were playing at home, the Mavericks played last night, lost in humiliating fashion, and were playing on the road. Yet it was the Mavericks who came out firing and stayed hot all night long.
Seth Curry, flame thrower
After taking more shots in a game than he has in the past three seasons last night in 18 and only hitting six, Seth Curry came out firing against his hometown team and hit so many threes he actually became the NBA’s active three point percentage leader, passing his brother Steph Curry by a fraction of a fraction on his six of eight from beyond the arc.
Willie Cauley-Stein making the most of his chances
A second straight great performance from the recently traded for center, tonight scoring 15 points on a perfect 7 of 7 from the floor, grabbing 10 rebounds, and finishing with a team high +25.
He’s a very different athlete from Powell, but he’s so fluid when he runs. It’s clear he wants to do more on the floor than his role calls for but there are games like this one where if he plays that narrow role as hard as he can, he’s very important to the Dallas process.
Who is the odd man out?
With reports that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is Dallas-bound, the Mavericks will have to part ways with someone. A buyout for Courtney Lee makes the most cap sense, followed by Ryan Broekhoff as each is on the last year of their respective deals. However against the Hornets, each played meaningful minutes and contributed, while Justin Jackson rode the pine until the game is out of hand.
Does it mean anything? Probably not. Yet it’s hard not to read into anything following the reports about Kidd-Gilchrist.
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