Dirk Nowitzi Scores 23, Leads Mavericks Over Nets 111-104

Angelica Greene
March 20, 2017

The Mavericks defeat the Nets 105-96.

Dallas rebounded from its worst loss of the season, a 116-78 drubbing to the 76ers by taking control from the start, building an 18-point lead and bending but not breaking down the stretch.

With so many changes they've made this season, there's one key component that the Dallas Mavericks are still missing. For reasons unknown, Archie Goodwin chased and tried to save the ball, only to step out of bounds upon grabbing it. Dallas ball. He did so when he couldn't find Nerlens Noel inside because Brook Lopez was protecting the rim.

On Sunday, what Barea did was make a 17-footer that put the Mavericks up 96-92 with 4:47 remaining. Former Net Yogi Ferrell, now the Mavericks starting point guard, scored eight points with five assists, two rebounds, and three steals.

Later, Atkinson marveled he hasn't yet designated a level of how good Lin, signed with the Nets for the next two seasons after this one ends, can truly be. "I was looking for my mid-range that it was working. They play hard, they play the right way, and we're going to have to play our game better than they play their game". Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs with 23 points.

"We're going through a learning process right now from top bottom where we thought for a minute we were good, " Cuban said. "He kind of iced it for us there and he's made big plays for this franchise for a long time". A game against the Celtics that came down to the final seconds prevented Brooklyn from getting its first set of back-to-back wins this season. They were down by four with 26 seconds left and watched Harrison Barnes deliver the dagger with a tough up and under layup.

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Dallas received some strong guard play in the game as well. Heck of a player, he made the big plays down the stretch. I think he can play three because he can handle the ball and he can play a little bit of pick-and-roll. Brooklyn couldn't slow them down, allowing Dallas to shoot 53.9 percent from the field and 40 percent from behind the arc.

Lopez led the Nets with 27 points and Spencer Dinwiddie added 18.

Lopez tied Mike Gminski for second on the Nets' all-time games played list with 550. The Nets weren't able to get much production from anyone outside Brook Lopez and Dinwiddie, ultimately leading to their demise.

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Individually, Lin has played consistently in his few games on the floor, averaging 13.3 points per game and 5.5 assists per game. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said the Mavericks worked out Ferrell before last year's draft. Joe Harris (sprained left shoulder) and Sean Kilpatrick (strained left hamstring).

While the Mavs are only 3.5 games removed from the eighth seed in the Western Conference, their last game brings into question what exactly they're aiming for this season.

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