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No. 8 1B prospect Guzman eyeing Major role

First baseman Ronald Guzman will be at the Dr. Pepper Texas Rangers Awards Dinner on Friday night to accept the Tom Grieve Minor League Player of the Year Award. He has also been ranked as the eighth-best first-base prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline.


Fister glad to sign contract early, autographs now

Rangers pitcher Doug Fister was at Kroger in north Arlington on Thursday signing autographs. He was not at home in Merced, Calif., waiting for the phone to ring like so many other free agents this winter. That has to be a big relief during a winter when the free-agent market has moved far slower than anybody expected.


Fister glad to sign contract early, autographs now

Rangers pitcher Doug Fister was at Kroger in north Arlington on Thursday signing autographs. He was not at home in Merced, Calif., waiting for the phone to ring like so many other free agents this winter. That has to be a big relief during a winter when the free-agent market has moved far slower than anybody expected.


Rangers ink Casali to Minor League deal

The Rangers have signed catcher Curt Casali to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.


DeShields prepared to do what it takes

There was a brief flurry of rumors earlier this month the Rangers might be increasing the efforts to sign free agent center fielder Lorenzo Cain. It appears there was nothing to the rumors, but it is accurate to say the Rangers would be open to upgrading defensively in center. Delino DeShields has heard the rumors.


Back To The Future: Cowboys Showed Their Potential In Back-To-Back Wins

(Editor’s Note: The 2017 Cowboys finished with a winning record, but they fell out of the playoffs in a disappointing follow-up to a 13-3 season.


Coaching Tracker: Latest Status Updates For Cowboys Offseason Coaching Moves

Editor’s Note: As the Cowboys continue to finalize their coaching staff, here’s an official look at several position coaches that have been in the news recently.
 


Alert gives Hamels brief scare on Hawaii trip

Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels was expecting a nice relaxing vacation with his family in Hawaii last weekend. He wasn't expecting to deal with a ballistic missile scare.


Se espera que Sanjay Lal se convierta en el entrenador de receptores de los Cowboys

(Nota: El contenido original fue escrito por Rob Phillips, escritor para DallasCowboys.com, y traducido al español para SomosCowboys.com)


Sanjay Lal Expected To Become WRs Coach; Alexander Officially Joins Staff

FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys are expected to hire Sanjay Lal as their new wide receivers coach, replacing Derek Dooley.


Mick Shots: 25 Years Ago, Surgery Updates, On The Move & Looking At Dez

FRISCO, Texas – Do you remember . . . .
         How ‘bout dem Cowboys!


Rangers to partner with Buckner International

The Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy in West Dallas continues to grow as the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation announced Wednesday a new partnership with Buckner International. Founded in 1879, Buckner International serves the community through a number of programs designed to protect children and build strong families.


Back To The Future: Recapping Closest Loss, Largest Blowout Win Of 2017

(Editor’s Note: The 2017 Cowboys finished with a winning record, but they fell out of the playoffs in a disappointing follow-up to a 13-3 season.


For Dirk Nowitzki, finishing games has come secondary to Mavs’ young core getting crunch-time minutes

DALLAS — Although he admits that not being out on the court during crunch time for the Dallas Mavericks is something he’s yet to get accustom to, 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki has willingness sacrificed his playing time late in games to allow the team to develop its young contributors.

This season, Nowitzki is averaging just 12.2 points per game, which is his lowest total since his rookie year during the 1998-99 campaign. He’s also shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from beyond the three-point line. However, with his fourth-quarter playing time limited to allow the Mavericks’ young contributors to gain experience, Nowitzki has been rendered to being the team’s lead cheerleader late in games. And while he admits that it’s been an adjustment, the 20-year veteran says he’s taken on a different role to help the franchise move forward in seasons to come.

“You know, it’s different. I mean, the new timeout rule hurts it a little bit, ’cause you used to have a million timeouts down the stretch, and you could just score one and get out. If they scored, then get out or get in. It’s just not happening anymore. It’s a little more free-flowing. You don’t have as many timeouts down the stretch, and it’s usually better for us to have a defensive lineup out there with Dwight (Powell) or Maxi (Kleber) some,” Nowitzki explained. “Usually teams all go small nowadays, especially down the stretch, and there’s five shooters out there, a lot of pick-and-rolls, and we feel like we need a little more mobile guy out there. And at times where there is a timeout, I’ll come back in and maybe spread the floor to help the guys score. But I’ve just been supporting the guys and trying to help them get the job done to get some wins.

“I mean, we’re losing, so most of the time it’s obviously hard to watch. I wish we’d be winning more, but we haven’t been great down the stretch. We’ve got to find ways to get the big stops. … And of course, it’s tough.”

This season, the 39-year-old Nowitzki is averaging 6.0 minutes in the fourth quarter, scoring 3.2 points per outing in the period on 49.1 percent shooting from the field and 41.2 percent from three-point range. According to NBA.com, that’s drastically down from the Mavericks’ 2010-11 title season when Nowitzki averaged 6.4 points on 49.8 percent shooting and 33.3 percent from three in 9.3 minutes per outing during the fourth quarter. That trend is likely to continue, coach Rick Carlisle admits, as the Mavericks (15-30) try to develop their young core. However, Carlisle also adds that Nowitzki could see additional time in the fourth period if the Mavs’ young contributors continue to struggle closing games.

“Well, you know, he can be (out there). A lot of it depends on situational matchups. You know, in our present situation, in many ways I feel it’s important for our young guys to experience these kinds of situations and go through it. I’m very careful about extending his minutes, playing him crazy amounts of minutes in games where we quite frankly have to look at our overall picture and have to look at developing these young guys. Now, if the young guys just aren’t playing well, there’s going to be other guys in there. … But those guys need to go through it, learn and get better.”

Note: The Mavericks will now travel to Portland for Saturday’s matchup against the Trail Blazers. The game will tip off at 9 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270.

The Mavs return to American Airlines Center on Jan. 22 against the Washington Wizards. Dallas leads the season series 1-0 after a 113-99 road win on Nov. 7. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

Injury updates:

J.J. Barea (left groin strain) — out
Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee quadriceps tendinitis) — out
Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out
Nerlens Noel (left thumb surgery) — out

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Mailbag: Second-Year Leap From Taco Charlton? Compensatory Picks?

MARK JOHNSTONSILSBEE
Will we see a second-year leap from Taco? A starter/almost every-down type player?


The Fast Break: Mavs at Nuggets

Final: Nuggets 105, Mavs 102

Box Score | Highlights

Behind the Box Score

Dennis Smith Jr. recorded his ninth consecutive double-digit scoring game. It’s the longest such streak by any Mavs rookie since Marquis Daniels did it 11 straight times late in the 2003-04 season. (Smith’s also had stretches of eight and seven games at different times this season.) One more game with 10+ points and Junior will become just the ninth rookie in franchise history with 10 straight with 10 or more. He has no chance to break the record, though: Jay Vincent scored in double-figures a whopping 65 straight times during the 1981-82 season. That truly is a Mavs record that might never be broken.

Smith ended up with 25 points, his eighth game this season with 20-plus this season. With one more, he’ll tie Jason Kidd and Jim Jackson, who had nine apiece in 1994-95 and 1992-93, respectively. He was phenomenal, particularly in transition.

The Mavericks trailed 99-83 late in the fourth quarter but used a 14-2 run to pull to within 101-97 with under two minutes to go. They eventually pulled to within one point with 10 seconds left. This team does not go down without a fight.

Notebook

  • An injury to a reserve player typically doesn’t lead to a change in the starting lineup, but the Mavs have always done things a little differently. With J.J. Barea out with a left groin strain and Yogi Ferrell having started the last couple games, Dallas would have running short on playmakers off the bench if it stuck with the usual group. Rick Carlisle’s solution was to return back to the old starting lineup, replacing Ferrell with Maxi Kleber and reuniting the second-year guard with Devin Harris in the second unit. That put a little more responsibility on those guys’ shoulders, not only to replacing Barea’s scoring but also his playmaking to keep everyone involved. Devin Harris was able to hook up with Dwight Powell for an impressive dunk. (More on his scoring later.)

    Barea hopes to play Saturday against Portland, and fortunately the Mavericks have three days off until that game to get Barea up and running and treat any other aches and pains they have after a quick first half of the season. Three off days in between games will be their longest break in between games all season, and they won’t have another break this long (aside from the All-Star break) until March.

  • Devin Harris had one of his finest scoring nights of the season, pouring in 16 points in 18 minutes off the bench. It was one point off his season-high mark of 17, set on Dec. 29 against New Orleans. Harris has quietly been shooting the ball brilliantly as of late, after an inauspicious 19-game run from early November through mid-December during which he shot just 30.6 percent from beyond the arc. In the 13 games since, he’s shooting above 42 percent from 3-point land. No matter what he himself shoots, the team tends to play better when he’s on the floor than when he’s off. But when he’s shooting as well as he has been, understandably it makes him that much more valuable. Dallas is 6-7 in those 13 games and just 9-23 in the 32 preceding contests.

  • Maxi Kleber had an opportunity at extended minutes tonight for the first time since being replaced in the starting lineup, and he was able to take advantage of that time by making a couple nice highlight plays in the second half. First, he had a pretty emphatic block.

    The cool thing about this play is that, just seconds earlier, he committed a turnover. Instead of compounding one mistake with another by not getting back on defense, Kleber hustled back and made a play. A couple minutes later, karma rewarded him with his efforts by giving him a chance to throw down a vicious alley-oop dunk.

    More of that, big fella!

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (15-30) will play the Portland Trail Blazers (22-21 on Saturday at the Moda Center at 9 p.m. Central.

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    (Editor’s Note: The 2017 Cowboys finished with a winning record, but they fell out of the playoffs in a disappointing follow-up to a 13-3 season.


    Back To The Future: Offense Hit Stride in Weeks 3-4, But Defense Started to Crack

    (Editor’s Note: The 2017 Cowboys finished with a winning record, but they fell out of the playoffs in a disappointing follow-up to a 13-3 season.


    Back To The Future: Offense Hit Stride in Weeks 3-4, But Defense Started to Crack

    (Editor’s Note: The 2017 Cowboys finished with a winning record, but they fell out of the playoffs in a disappointing follow-up to a 13-3 season.


    Back To The Future: Offense Hit Stride in Weeks 3-4, But Defense Started to Crack

    (Editor’s Note: The 2017 Cowboys finished with a winning record, but they fell out of the playoffs in a disappointing follow-up to a 13-3 season.


    Back To The Future: Offense Hit Stride in Weeks 3-4, But Defense Started to Crack

    (Editor’s Note: The 2017 Cowboys finished with a winning record, but they fell out of the playoffs in a disappointing follow-up to a 13-3 season.


    Back To The Future: Offense Hit Stride in Weeks 3-4, But Defense Started to Crack

    (Editor’s Note: The 2017 Cowboys finished with a winning record, but they fell out of the playoffs in a disappointing follow-up to a 13-3 season.


    Garcia: El futuro de los Cowboys 2018 depende del draft

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    Bibens-Dirkx's '17 injury an autograph mishap

    The details have emerged on the broken hand that right-handed pitcher Austin Bibens-Dirkx suffered last season. He injured himself signing autographs before a game at the end of the July.


    Daniels sticking with plan, keeping open mind

    Yu Darvish remains available on the free-agent market, along with Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn, but Rangers GM Jon Daniels isn't veering away from his winter-long stance concerning a reluctance to pursue a top-of-the-rotation pitcher.


    CowBuzz: Cowboys Players Pay Tribute To Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Cowboys players took to social media on Monday to honor the life and legacy of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:


    Se espera que el ex entrenador de línea ofensiva Bengals se una a Cowboys

    (Nota: El contenido original fue escrito por Rob Phillips, escritor para DallasCowboys.com, y traducido al español para SomosCowboys.com)


    Former Longtime Bengals O-Line Coach Paul Alexander Expected To Join Staff

    FRISCO, Texas – Former longtime Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander is expected to join the Cowboys’ staff, presumably to replace Frank Pollack in overseeing the offensive


    Inbox: Which pitcher tops Rangers' wish list?

    Which of the remaining free-agent pitchers is of most interest to the Texas Rangers? Beat reporter T.R. Sullivan answers this question and more in his latest Inbox.


    Inbox: Which pitcher tops Rangers' wish list?

    Which of the remaining free-agent pitchers is of most interest to the Texas Rangers? Beat reporter T.R. Sullivan answers this question and more in his latest Inbox.


    Back To Future: Weeks 1 & 2 Showed Early Signs Of How 2017 Would Go

    (Editor’s Note: The 2017 Cowboys finished with a winning record, but they fell out of the playoffs in a disappointing follow-up to a 13-3 season.


    Mavs players discuss and react to Martin Luther King Jr.’s impact and legacy on MLK Day

    DALLAS – One of the most iconic figures in the world will be honored today when America observes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

    Dr. King was a civil rights leader who spent the lion’s share of his life fighting for equality. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for combating racial inequality by using non-violence, and has often been celebrated for inspiring peace and unity.

    “Martin Luther King is like a super hero, because without him I wouldn’t be able to sit right here and give y’all this interview, or even be in (the NBA) and put my family in the position that they’re in now,” Dallas Mavericks rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. said. “He’s done a lot.”

    Mavs center Dwight Powell also is appreciative of Dr. King, who touched a country from his distinguished ‘I Have A Dream’ speech to his many marches in search of equal rights.

    “We’re forever indebted to him and the people around him and his family for the things that they did — all the people in the (Civil Rights) Movement at that time,” Powell said. “They gave up a lot and they risked everything for the next generations.

    “They saw some change in their time, but not nearly as much as they deserved. So we’ve got to pay homage to him and pay homage to them for their sacrifice and the price they paid for us to have the life that we have now.”

    The following are the thoughts of the African-American players on the Mavs’ squad — in their own words — about Dr. King and his legacy:

    HARRISON BARNES

    WHAT DOES MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEAN TO YOU: I have a lot of respect for Martin Luther King Jr. and his commitment to fighting for equality in the community. I think when you look at everything that’s going on now in our society – whether it’s Black Lives Matter or whether it’s a protest – we’re still fighting for the same issue, as sad as that is. I think he was definitely just wise beyond his time.

    WHERE WOULD THIS COUNTRY BE WITHOUT THE SACRIFICES HE MADE: He gave his life for the cause. He put himself out there. He knew it was going to be tough, especially the way that blacks were treated back then. There are some parallels to how blacks are still mistreated now — the gap that we still need to close in terms of equality. But he did all of that in the face of diversity. I think that’s commendable, and you have respect and honor his legacy by continuing that work.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD BE HIS THOUGHTS IF HE WERE ALIVE TODAY: I’m sure he would be happy in some regards and disappointed in others. A lot of the things that he was fighting for and championing and trying to get people to be aware of, we’re still fighting for today, all these years later. I’m sure he can’t be happy about that.

    SETH CURRY

    WHAT DOES MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEAN TO YOU: Obviously he was a great person. He put a lot on the line and sacrificed a lot for the movement for African-Americans and just people in general in this country to make it a better place. It’s good to see the NBA and people all around the league paying respects to him.

    WHERE WOULD THIS COUNTRY BE WITHOUT THE SACRIFICES HE MADE: Obviously he knew his life was in danger. People tried to burn his house down. He knew his life was in danger on a daily basis because of the stance he was taking and what he was trying to do in this country, but he never wavered in his commitment to the cause.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD BE HIS THOUGHTS IF HE WERE ALIVE TODAY: I don’t think he would be happy with where (this country is) right now. Obviously we have a long ways to go as a country and as a place. But I think he probably would be proud to see some of the things that athletes and other people are doing to try to help the cause and make the country a better place.

    YOGI FERRELL

    WHAT DOES MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEAN TO YOU: The only thing I can say is he’s just inspirational, and (we’re) carrying on what he wanted. He saw a bigger picture. He looked into the future and saw where this nation and this world needed to go. So he just strived for equality for everybody, and I’m just thankful for him so I could be able to be here playing in Dallas, in this great league. He definitely paved the way for many African-Americans.

    WHERE WOULD THIS COUNTRY BE WITHOUT THE SACRIFICES HE MADE: That just means whatever you want in life you’ve got to make sacrifices for it and you’ve got to not do some things that you want to do in order achieve what you want to achieve. I’ve learned from that. That’s how I got here. I sacrificed a lot and stayed the course when things aren’t going to go your way. Obviously for him, being thrown in jail, that’s different. Bad things happened to him, he stayed his course because he saw the future and what he wanted.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD BE HIS THOUGHTS IF HE WERE ALIVE TODAY: He would probably say it’s definitely gotten a lot better. A lot of people would recognize him as one of those influential leaders that paved the way. But I feel like he still, even to this day, would probably be trying to fight for equality for everybody, not just for African-Americans.

    DORIAN FINNEY-SMITH

    WHAT DOES MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEAN TO YOU: He was a great public figure for us growing up learning about him at school and all he gave for this world. He’s one of the people where, if I could have three people that I could sit at the table and have a conversation with, he’s definitely one of the guys I’d like to have a conversation with.

    WHERE WOULD THIS COUNTRY BE WITHOUT THE SACRIFICES HE MADE: He put his life on the line. He was fearless. He didn’t do it with violence. He just wanted to peacefully change the world. Bless him and I’m just thankful for everything he did.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD BE HIS THOUGHTS IF HE WERE ALIVE TODAY: I think he would be happy for how much change has been since he was here. But there’s still a lot more that we can do.

    DEVIN HARRIS

    WHAT DOES MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEAN TO YOU: He’s definitely a historical figure who was fighting for our rights. Our ability to do what we do today, I think, is heavily on him and the group that marched for our equality, and I don’t think we celebrate him enough. I think there’s more that we can do, but I think we need to educate ourselves more to find our heritage and find out where we came from.

    WHERE WOULD THIS COUNTRY BE WITHOUT THE SACRIFICES HE MADE: He truly believed in what he was preaching. I don’t think a lot of us would be here and doing what we’re doing and living this fantastic life that we have without somebody like him that really fought for what he believed in.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD BE HIS THOUGHTS IF HE WERE ALIVE TODAY: I think we always can do better, we always can strive to be better. I think he believed in that. I don’t think we can settle for where we are. We’ve got to grow together as a country.

    WESLEY MATTHEWS

    WHAT DOES MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEAN TO YOU: He means a lot. For us to even be able to talk to each other right now, he means hope, he means progress. But it also means that we’ve got a lot of work to do, still, as a community and as a country.

    WHERE WOULD THIS COUNTRY BE WITHOUT THE SACRIFICES HE MADE: Who knows? As a black man I’m thankful that he did (make those sacrifices). I’m thankful that all those who were involved did as well. It’s kind of crazy to say this, but he could foresee the future.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD BE HIS THOUGHTS IF HE WERE ALIVE TODAY: I don’t really know how happy he would be, but we still have gone very far. And I’m very humble, very grateful for all the sacrifices that he and everybody that fought in the Civil Rights Movement — black, white — everybody that helped get us to this point, everybody that picked up the torch and continue to run with it. And again, it’s bigger than just black people. It’s black, white, everybody involved. But we’ve got a long ways to go. We can get there, but we’ve got to work, too.

    JOHNATHAN MOTLEY

    WHAT DOES MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEAN TO YOU: He’s meant a lot. He did a lot of revolutionary things and he changed the way the country looks at different cultures. He meant a lot to the country, diversity-wise.

    WHERE WOULD THIS COUNTRY BE WITHOUT THE SACRIFICES HE MADE: He made a lot of sacrifices, especially going the non-violent route. I think that’s just a testament to his character and everything he stands for, especially him going through all he went through and being able to stay non-violent. He gave his life for the cause, so that’s a testament to what type of character and the type of guy he was.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD BE HIS THOUGHTS IF HE WERE ALIVE TODAY: He would probably be on the same route still trying to change things, still trying to make some strides to make the country even greater and make it even more equal than it is today. I think his work probably never stops. It’ll keep going and keep pushing.

    NERLENS NOEL

    WHAT DOES MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEAN TO YOU: He means a lot to me just knowing the history and knowing how much he’s done for African-Americans and young African-Americans like myself. Just the whole foundation of freedom and the rights that we’re deserving to have – going back to the slavery days. I’m really appreciative of everything he’s done. Malcolm X, Rosa Parks – the really iconic people. And the people that weren’t as iconic. So it’s all really something to be honored for.

    WHERE WOULD THIS COUNTRY BE WITHOUT THE SACRIFICES HE MADE: You never really know how it could have been if he wasn’t in the position he was in. I think things were meant to be and he was meant to live for a purpose of just changing the culture of America in the ’60s, and he really stepped forward to be that face and really took all that punishment and all the backlash he did to put us where we are.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD BE HIS THOUGHTS IF HE WERE ALIVE TODAY: I definitely say he’d say it’s progression. You look at it and you see young individuals like myself that weren’t as blessed as they were when he was alive, so it’s been a lot of progression. I think gains are being made, but there’s still a long ways to go. But I think as long as it’s a conversation and the gap is closing, we’re headed in the right direction.

    DWIGHT POWELL

    WHAT DOES MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEAN TO YOU: He might be one of the most influential figures in our history. His legacy obviously lives on and the dream that he had is still something that we’re fighting for every day. He made a lot of change in this country for the better, and I think we — all around the world — are forever indebted to him for what he did. If the change didn’t take place when it did and how it did, I don’t think the opportunities that a lot of us have been provided in this generation would be available to us, just because the climate would be different and things would be different.

    WHERE WOULD THIS COUNTRY BE WITHOUT THE SACRIFICES HE MADE: He set a great example as far as what it means to serve and what it means to be selfless and give up some of what a lot of people think is their right in life. He gave up a lot just to have his voice heard and he made a lot of sacrifices – him and his family. He took a lot of risks to make this world a better place. I think we can take that as an example of how to live life, which is to serve others and to be an example for the next generation and influence change where it’s needed, regardless of the price.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD BE HIS THOUGHTS IF HE WERE ALIVE TODAY: I think he would be definitely happy in comparison to where (this country has) been, but he would still probably be fighting for continued progress and continued change. I think he would still be a major voice for the people and try to improve situations for minorities and for majorities and for everyone, really. I think he would be still fighting for progress.

    DENNIS SMITH JR.

    WHAT DOES MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEAN TO YOU: “I think Martin Luther King is definitely a hero. Without Martin Luther King I wouldn’t even be in this position I am now to play in this league. Just the sacrifices that he made are very important to everybody, not just black people. I think (it’s important) to the entire world. He showed everybody what true equality means. He was a very just man. I don’t think just giving him one day is really celebrating how much he’s done for everybody.

    WHERE WOULD THIS COUNTRY BE WITHOUT THE SACRIFICES HE MADE: A lot of that stuff, it’s hard to appreciate all of that. He’s one of the greatest men for our country’s history. I don’t think all his accomplishments can ever be fully appreciated. He died for this moment right here, for a lot of guys to be in unity.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD BE HIS THOUGHTS IF HE WERE ALIVE TODAY: He would be thrilled. Of course, everything is not perfect. Racism is still alive, but just the strides that were made from then to now is incredible, and I think it’s in large part due to him. The world ain’t perfect yet – probably never will be. But if he was here today I’m sure he’d be happy with the strides that’s been made.

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    Mavs players discuss and react to Martin Luther King Jr.’s impact and legacy on MLK Day

    DALLAS – One of the most iconic figures in the world will be honored today when America observes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

    Dr. King was a civil rights leader who spent the lion’s share of his life fighting for equality. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for combating racial inequality by using non-violence, and has often been celebrated for inspiring peace and unity.

    “Martin Luther King is like a super hero, because without him I wouldn’t be able to sit right here and give y’all this interview, or even be in (the NBA) and put my family in the position that they’re in now,” Dallas Mavericks rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. said. “He’s done a lot.”

    Mavs center Dwight Powell also is appreciative of Dr. King, who touched a country from his distinguished ‘I Have A Dream’ speech to his many marches in search of equal rights.

    “We’re forever indebted to him and the people around him and his family for the things that they did — all the people in the (Civil Rights) Movement at that time,” Powell said. “They gave up a lot and they risked everything for the next generations.

    “They saw some change in their time, but not nearly as much as they deserved. So we’ve got to pay homage to him and pay homage to them for their sacrifice and the price they paid for us to have the life that we have now.”

    The following are the thoughts of the African-American players on the Mavs’ squad — in their own words — about Dr. King and his legacy:

    HARRISON BARNES

    WHAT DOES MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEAN TO YOU: I have a lot of respect for Martin Luther King Jr. and his commitment to fighting for equality in the community. I think when you look at everything that’s going on now in our society – whether it’s Black Lives Matter or whether it’s a protest – we’re still fighting for the same issue, as sad as that is. I think he was definitely just wise beyond his time.

    WHERE WOULD THIS COUNTRY BE WITHOUT THE SACRIFICES HE MADE: He gave his life for the cause. He put himself out there. He knew it was going to be tough, especially the way that blacks were treated back then. There are some parallels to how blacks are still mistreated now — the gap that we still need to close in terms of equality. But he did all of that in the face of diversity. I think that’s commendable, and you have respect and honor his legacy by continuing that work.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD BE HIS THOUGHTS IF HE WERE ALIVE TODAY: I’m sure he would be happy in some regards and disappointed in others. A lot of the things that he was fighting for and championing and trying to get people to be aware of, we’re still fighting for today, all these years later. I’m sure he can’t be happy about that.

    SETH CURRY

    WHAT DOES MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEAN TO YOU: Obviously he was a great person. He put a lot on the line and sacrificed a lot for the movement for African-Americans and just people in general in this country to make it a better place. It’s good to see the NBA and people all around the league paying respects to him.

    WHERE WOULD THIS COUNTRY BE WITHOUT THE SACRIFICES HE MADE: Obviously he knew his life was in danger. People tried to burn his house down. He knew his life was in danger on a daily basis because of the stance he was taking and what he was trying to do in this country, but he never wavered in his commitment to the cause.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD BE HIS THOUGHTS IF HE WERE ALIVE TODAY: I don’t think he would be happy with where (this country is) right now. Obviously we have a long ways to go as a country and as a place. But I think he probably would be proud to see some of the things that athletes and other people are doing to try to help the cause and make the country a better place.

    YOGI FERRELL

    WHAT DOES MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEAN TO YOU: The only thing I can say is he’s just inspirational, and (we’re) carrying on what he wanted. He saw a bigger picture. He looked into the future and saw where this nation and this world needed to go. So he just strived for equality for everybody, and I’m just thankful for him so I could be able to be here playing in Dallas, in this great league. He definitely paved the way for many African-Americans.

    WHERE WOULD THIS COUNTRY BE WITHOUT THE SACRIFICES HE MADE: That just means whatever you want in life you’ve got to make sacrifices for it and you’ve got to not do some things that you want to do in order achieve what you want to achieve. I’ve learned from that. That’s how I got here. I sacrificed a lot and stayed the course when things aren’t going to go your way. Obviously for him, being thrown in jail, that’s different. Bad things happened to him, he stayed his course because he saw the future and what he wanted.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD BE HIS THOUGHTS IF HE WERE ALIVE TODAY: He would probably say it’s definitely gotten a lot better. A lot of people would recognize him as one of those influential leaders that paved the way. But I feel like he still, even to this day, would probably be trying to fight for equality for everybody, not just for African-Americans.

    DORIAN FINNEY-SMITH

    WHAT DOES MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEAN TO YOU: He was a great public figure for us growing up learning about him at school and all he gave for this world. He’s one of the people where, if I could have three people that I could sit at the table and have a conversation with, he’s definitely one of the guys I’d like to have a conversation with.

    WHERE WOULD THIS COUNTRY BE WITHOUT THE SACRIFICES HE MADE: He put his life on the line. He was fearless. He didn’t do it with violence. He just wanted to peacefully change the world. Bless him and I’m just thankful for everything he did.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD BE HIS THOUGHTS IF HE WERE ALIVE TODAY: I think he would be happy for how much change has been since he was here. But there’s still a lot more that we can do.

    DEVIN HARRIS

    WHAT DOES MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEAN TO YOU: He’s definitely a historical figure who was fighting for our rights. Our ability to do what we do today, I think, is heavily on him and the group that marched for our equality, and I don’t think we celebrate him enough. I think there’s more that we can do, but I think we need to educate ourselves more to find our heritage and find out where we came from.

    WHERE WOULD THIS COUNTRY BE WITHOUT THE SACRIFICES HE MADE: He truly believed in what he was preaching. I don’t think a lot of us would be here and doing what we’re doing and living this fantastic life that we have without somebody like him that really fought for what he believed in.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD BE HIS THOUGHTS IF HE WERE ALIVE TODAY: I think we always can do better, we always can strive to be better. I think he believed in that. I don’t think we can settle for where we are. We’ve got to grow together as a country.

    WESLEY MATTHEWS

    WHAT DOES MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEAN TO YOU: He means a lot. For us to even be able to talk to each other right now, he means hope, he means progress. But it also means that we’ve got a lot of work to do, still, as a community and as a country.

    WHERE WOULD THIS COUNTRY BE WITHOUT THE SACRIFICES HE MADE: Who knows? As a black man I’m thankful that he did (make those sacrifices). I’m thankful that all those who were involved did as well. It’s kind of crazy to say this, but he could foresee the future.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD BE HIS THOUGHTS IF HE WERE ALIVE TODAY: I don’t really know how happy he would be, but we still have gone very far. And I’m very humble, very grateful for all the sacrifices that he and everybody that fought in the Civil Rights Movement — black, white — everybody that helped get us to this point, everybody that picked up the torch and continue to run with it. And again, it’s bigger than just black people. It’s black, white, everybody involved. But we’ve got a long ways to go. We can get there, but we’ve got to work, too.

    JOHNATHAN MOTLEY

    WHAT DOES MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEAN TO YOU: He’s meant a lot. He did a lot of revolutionary things and he changed the way the country looks at different cultures. He meant a lot to the country, diversity-wise.

    WHERE WOULD THIS COUNTRY BE WITHOUT THE SACRIFICES HE MADE: He made a lot of sacrifices, especially going the non-violent route. I think that’s just a testament to his character and everything he stands for, especially him going through all he went through and being able to stay non-violent. He gave his life for the cause, so that’s a testament to what type of character and the type of guy he was.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD BE HIS THOUGHTS IF HE WERE ALIVE TODAY: He would probably be on the same route still trying to change things, still trying to make some strides to make the country even greater and make it even more equal than it is today. I think his work probably never stops. It’ll keep going and keep pushing.

    NERLENS NOEL

    WHAT DOES MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEAN TO YOU: He means a lot to me just knowing the history and knowing how much he’s done for African-Americans and young African-Americans like myself. Just the whole foundation of freedom and the rights that we’re deserving to have – going back to the slavery days. I’m really appreciative of everything he’s done. Malcolm X, Rosa Parks – the really iconic people. And the people that weren’t as iconic. So it’s all really something to be honored for.

    WHERE WOULD THIS COUNTRY BE WITHOUT THE SACRIFICES HE MADE: You never really know how it could have been if he wasn’t in the position he was in. I think things were meant to be and he was meant to live for a purpose of just changing the culture of America in the ’60s, and he really stepped forward to be that face and really took all that punishment and all the backlash he did to put us where we are.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD BE HIS THOUGHTS IF HE WERE ALIVE TODAY: I definitely say he’d say it’s progression. You look at it and you see young individuals like myself that weren’t as blessed as they were when he was alive, so it’s been a lot of progression. I think gains are being made, but there’s still a long ways to go. But I think as long as it’s a conversation and the gap is closing, we’re headed in the right direction.

    DWIGHT POWELL

    WHAT DOES MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEAN TO YOU: He might be one of the most influential figures in our history. His legacy obviously lives on and the dream that he had is still something that we’re fighting for every day. He made a lot of change in this country for the better, and I think we — all around the world — are forever indebted to him for what he did. If the change didn’t take place when it did and how it did, I don’t think the opportunities that a lot of us have been provided in this generation would be available to us, just because the climate would be different and things would be different.

    WHERE WOULD THIS COUNTRY BE WITHOUT THE SACRIFICES HE MADE: He set a great example as far as what it means to serve and what it means to be selfless and give up some of what a lot of people think is their right in life. He gave up a lot just to have his voice heard and he made a lot of sacrifices – him and his family. He took a lot of risks to make this world a better place. I think we can take that as an example of how to live life, which is to serve others and to be an example for the next generation and influence change where it’s needed, regardless of the price.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD BE HIS THOUGHTS IF HE WERE ALIVE TODAY: I think he would be definitely happy in comparison to where (this country has) been, but he would still probably be fighting for continued progress and continued change. I think he would still be a major voice for the people and try to improve situations for minorities and for majorities and for everyone, really. I think he would be still fighting for progress.

    DENNIS SMITH JR.

    WHAT DOES MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEAN TO YOU: “I think Martin Luther King is definitely a hero. Without Martin Luther King I wouldn’t even be in this position I am now to play in this league. Just the sacrifices that he made are very important to everybody, not just black people. I think (it’s important) to the entire world. He showed everybody what true equality means. He was a very just man. I don’t think just giving him one day is really celebrating how much he’s done for everybody.

    WHERE WOULD THIS COUNTRY BE WITHOUT THE SACRIFICES HE MADE: A lot of that stuff, it’s hard to appreciate all of that. He’s one of the greatest men for our country’s history. I don’t think all his accomplishments can ever be fully appreciated. He died for this moment right here, for a lot of guys to be in unity.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD BE HIS THOUGHTS IF HE WERE ALIVE TODAY: He would be thrilled. Of course, everything is not perfect. Racism is still alive, but just the strides that were made from then to now is incredible, and I think it’s in large part due to him. The world ain’t perfect yet – probably never will be. But if he was here today I’m sure he’d be happy with the strides that’s been made.

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    Taveras lands on Pipeline's All-Defense Team

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    The Fast Break: Mavs vs. Lakers

    Final: Lakers 107, Mavs 101

    Box Score | Highlights

    Behind the Box Score

    Dallas outscored Los Angeles 32-15 in the second quarter. The +17 point differential was the team’s third-best quarter of the season, behind a +18 fourth quarter against Houston on Oct. 21 and a +19 third quarter at Memphis on Nov. 22.

    With a pair of free throws in the first half, Dirk Nowitzki moved out of a tie with Jerry West and into sixth place on the all-time free throws made list (7,162).

    Notebook

  • Dennis Smith Jr. put on a show in the first half, finishing a few highlight reel plays like the ones below.

    Smith was aggressive from the get-go, hitting three treys and attacking the lane, too, especially in transition. It’s a treat to watch him when he’s playing like that. It should be no surprise that he played so aggressively considering who lined up across from him: Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft. Smith loves the competitive aspect of facing off against fellow rookies from this illustrious class. Like Smith, Ball made a few really nice plays too. This batch of rookies has the chance to really be special. Smith recorded his seventh 20-point game.

  • The Lakers did a really good job of switching and building a wall in the second half to keep the Mavs out of the paint, which led to a ton of Mavs 3-point attempts. Unfortunately Dallas couldn’t consistently take advantage of those open looks, but still managed to mount a comeback in the final minute and force overtime. Down the stretch in regulation, the Mavs’ final two buckets — scored by Smith and Harrison Barnes — came at the rim.

    Those two have proven they can get in the paint when they’re aggressive enough. It was nice to see them able to create relatively easy shots in a very difficult situation. That’s the type of aggression Barnes (and Smith especially) must constantly play with in order to evolve into the type of closers they want to become.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (15-29) will play the Denver Nuggets (22-20) on Tuesday at the Pepsi Center at 8 p.m. Central.

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  • Mavericks sign Kyle Collinsworth to 10-day contract

    DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed guard Kyle Collinsworth to a 10-day contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

    Collinsworth (6-6, 210) originally signed a two-way contract with Dallas on Dec. 19 but was waived by the team on Jan. 10 after appearing in four games.

    Collinsworth spent the last two seasons with the Mavericks’ G-League affiliate, the Texas Legends. In 18 games (all starts) for the Legends in 2017-18, he averaged 11.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.7 steals in 35.8 minutes per game.

    After going undrafted in 2016 out of BYU, Collinsworth competed for Dallas at the 2016 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. He spent the 2016 preseason with the Mavericks before being waived by the team on Oct. 22, 2016.   

    A native of Provo, Utah, Collinsworth played four years at BYU and averaged 12.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 30.9 minutes per game in 140 games. He was a three-time First Team All-WCC selection (2014-16) and set the NCAA career triple-double record with 12.

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    Gut Feeling: Biggest Reason To Be Optimistic About A Rebound Season?

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    Arlington, Rangers team up for golf course

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    Rangers avoid arbitration with trio

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    Profar signs 1-year, $1.05M deal with Rangers

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    Spagnola: These Everson Walls Facts Certainly Demand Hall Of Fame Inclusion

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    From Tallulah to the NBA: Melvin Hunt’s journey as a coach

    “I grew up in Tallulah, Louisiana,” Melvin Hunt said as we chatted earlier in the year for a story I did during Black History Month.

    Louisiana was the place Hunt called home, but it was during his formative years that the Hunt family moved north to Flint, Michigan, where the economy was booming at the time. Before the economy took a turn for the worse in the ’80s, Hunt found himself moving back to Louisiana in eighth grade.

    As Hunt says, “this was one of the best things to ever happen.”

    Hunt would spend his high school years playing basketball and would be recruited nationally to play collegiate ball. After considering schools across the country, Hunt made his decision to attend Baylor University from 1987-91.

    Little did he know that he would form relationships at Baylor that would shape the rest of his life.

    Hunt would not only meet his future wife at Baylor, but would also establish a close friendship with two men that would go on to make their own mark in the league.

    “Dennis Lindsey, the Utah Jazz general manager, was my roommate, and David Wesley, who is my best friend and does television for the Pelicans, was my other backcourt mate… All three of us are NBA guys off the same team out of Baylor,” Hunt said.

    Lindsey graduated from Baylor in 1992 and found himself bouncing around the league before landing the general manager role in Utah in 2012.

    Wesley spent 14 seasons in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets, Boston Celtics, Charlotte (and New Orleans) Hornets, Houston Rockets, and Cleveland Cavaliers. He was hired in 2012 as part of the broadcast team for the Hornets.

    All three guys made up the same back court at Baylor and remain close friends to this day.

    Hunt would test the waters of professional ball before heading to Grambling Sate University for graduate school. One of his jobs while back in Louisiana was actually as a middle school math teacher.

    “I actually taught math back home in Louisiana for a short while: 7th and 8th grade mathematics… I have really been blessed to do a lot of different things,” Hunt said.

    After not finding a job that he desired, Hunt would move back to Baylor to become an academic advisor for four years. During that time at Baylor, Hunt was a local referee while also helping coach an AAU team, a women’s team, and a 4th/5th grade team.

    “I knew God was calling me to coach and to use it as a platform,” Hunt said.

    Hunt and his family then came to an agreement. Coaching was Melvin’s calling and it was time for him to go all in. After re-connecting with some old friends, Hunt took a high school coaching job at Temple High School in Temple, Texas. He would spend a year there before taking a college coaching job outside of San Antonio that wouldn’t last very long.

    Just a few months down the road, an old friend came calling by the name of Dennis Lindsey. Lindsey was working for the Houston Rockets at the time under Carroll Dawson, former Rockets GM. They had an opportunity for Melvin and he knew it was his shot.

    “Next thing you know I am the assistant video coordinator for the Houston Rockets,” Hunt said.

    Melvin would spend the next five years in Houston working under the great Rudy Tomjanovich.

    “Working under Rudy Tomjanovich was the best guy ever for an entry-level guy,” Hunt said. “He wanted me to grow, not afraid to let me grow. He let all his employers touch everything. We were all cross-trained.”

    From sitting in on free agent meetings to scouting players overseas, Hunt did it all during his time with the Rockets.

    “I was in China when we drafted Yao Ming. I was always in China,” Hunt said about his scouting time in Houston. This was during the pre-Tracy McGrady days in Houston. “Steve Francis, (Cuttino) Mobley, Yao, Eddie Griffin, Maurice Taylor… we were the young upstart team,” Hunt said.

    Jeff Van Gundy would eventually come in as the new coach of the Rockets and Hunt decided to follow Tomjanovich to Los Angeles to be a coach for the Lakers.

    This is where Hunt’s relationship with Kobe Bryant took off and is still something special to him to this day.

    “Kobe’s last trip to the Mavericks, we still talk obviously, but I have a great picture of he and I walking off the court and I am palming the back of his head. It is a great picture,” Hunt said.

    Fast-forwarding through his time in Los Angeles for a year, Hunt would then head to Cleveland in 2005 to be an assistant for the Cavaliers for the next five years.

    “At one point in time I was a trivia question. Who is the only coach in the league to coach LeBron and Kobe? It was me until Mike Brown got the Laker job,” Hunt said.

    Kobe. LeBron. Dirk. Hunt could form a pretty mean all-time starting five of players he has coached.

    “I had Hakeem, I had Barkley at the end of his career,” Hunt said. “I had Melo before we traded him in Denver. Melo and Chauncey Billups. I have put together like an NBA All-Star, like first team, second team, third team and it’s been hard. I had old Shaq in Cleveland.”

    As Hunt mentioned his days in Denver with Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups, we then transition into his time in Denver before coming to Dallas in 2015. Hunt was an assistant coach in Denver from 2010-2014, and would end up spending the last 23 games of the 2014-15 season serving as the interim head coach. Now, in his third year in Dallas, Hunt is preparing under Rick Carlisle to one day take the next step.

    “Rick is putting the final schlacking on and polishing me off as a coach and a leader. It’s getting me ready for one day when it is my day to be a head coach,” Hunt said. “Right now, Rick treats me like a head coach. Everything he goes about with me he treats me like a head coach. When we make decisions in the game, ultimately we know he has the final say, but he comes to me just like I’m another head coach over there. He asks and listens. I give information and sometimes I call him out and he really listens. He knows I’m ready and prepared.”

    In putting those final touches on Hunt, the relationship is unique because of their completely different personalities and coaching styles. For that, Hunt couldn’t be more grateful to learn in the areas he lacks.

    “I can’t say how thankful I am working with Rick. We are so different but we get along really well and a big time respect,” Hunt said. “He has me have conversations with Mark (Cuban) like he has with Mark. The first time I had a conversation with Mark, being a good assistant coach, I went to Rick and was like, ‘You know Mark asked me about this and this’ because I work for Rick. Rick said ‘oh good, you need to talk to him more.'”

    This was crazy to Hunt. Carlisle was suggesting Hunt meet with Cuban more so that he could go through every single aspect of what being a head coach looks like. So what exactly is it like coaching under Rick Carlisle?

    “Rick is a modern-day renaissance man,” Hunt said. He went on to praise Carlisle’s intelligence, but also mentioned the personal side not everyone gets to see all of the time.

    “We had one of greatest conversations as a staff talking basketball. Next thing you know, Rick was drawing up a schematic on the whiteboard of the farm he grew up on,” Hunt said.

    For Carlisle and the team, there is nothing but love for the impact that Hunt has had on the staff.

    “Melvin is a veteran assistant that is very well thought of,” Carlisle said. “He’s done a great job for us. He has been a head coach so he has that perspective. He has been a long-time assistant and a former player too. Those are things to contribute to his ability to communicate and be a real asset on the staff.”

    As far as when the right time will be for Hunt to be a head coach, it’s not about his plans, but God’s, as Hunt’s Christian faith is the driving force in his life.

    “The plan is whatever God has, but I know he has me on this road for a reason,” Hunt said. “You can be a head coach and be miserable. I’ve seen guys become a head coach and lose their families because they had to compromise who they were as men. I’m not going to take just any job. It has to be the right job for me, my situation and my family. I’m not thirsty. The right one will happen and it will be good.”

    The “right one” might be in the cards for Hunt in the future. But for now, he will continue to be the fun, hard-working assistant coach that everyone in the organization looks forward to seeing everyday.

    And for that, we couldn’t be more thankful to have Melvin Hunt as a Dallas Maverick.

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    Gut Feeling: What Is The Cowboys’ Biggest Concern Entering 2018?

    FRISCO, Texas – The first round of the NFL playoffs not only provided some entertaining games, but likely gave the Cowboys and their fans added frustration as they sit on the outsi


    CBS video: Deaf child hears music for first time at Mavs game

    Some things are way, way cooler and more important than sports, and this is one of them.

    Four-year-old Jace Lee enjoyed a Mavs game with his parents on Tuesday night at American Airlines Center. When the family was ready to leave, something happened: Jace heard the drumline.

    Jace lost his hearing at a young age and only recently began to hear glimpses of loud sounds thanks to the help of a cochlear implant. The Mavs drumline’s postgame pep rally represented one of the first sounds he’s ever heard. And then he took part in the celebration by dancing among the drummers.

    “It just really great to see something that normally everybody else gets to do experience with their kids,” said Brenda Lee, Jace’s mom, on CBS. “You know, hearing ‘mom’ and all that stuff. We didn’t get that.”

    Check out the full video below, which aired on CBS earlier this week, and you can read more about Jace’s story here.

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    CBS video: Deaf child hears music for first time at Mavs game

    Some things are way, way cooler and more important than sports, and this is one of them.

    Four-year-old Jace Lee enjoyed a Mavs game with his parents on Tuesday night at American Airlines Center. When the family was ready to leave, something happened: Jace heard the drumline.

    Jace lost his hearing at a young age and only recently began to hear glimpses of loud sounds thanks to the help of a cochlear implant. The Mavs drumline’s postgame pep rally represented one of the first sounds he’s ever heard. And then he took part in the celebration by dancing among the drummers.

    “It just really great to see something that normally everybody else gets to do experience with their kids,” said Brenda Lee, Jace’s mom, on CBS. “You know, hearing ‘mom’ and all that stuff. We didn’t get that.”

    Check out the full video below, which aired on CBS earlier this week, and you can read more about Jace’s story here.

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    D-Law dice sentirse seguro de que volverá con los Cowboys en 2018

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    Learning with the Legends: Jalen Jones, Kyle Collinsworth, and Johnathan Motley

    With the inception of two-way contracts, NBA teams’ relationships with their G League affiliates are becoming more important than ever. The Mavericks have one distinct advantage over most of their competitors because of how close the Texas Legends are — just a 20-minute drive up the Tollway.

    But they have other legs up, too. For starters, Donnie Nelson has been intimately involved in the goings-on in Frisco for years, providing the Mavs a chance to give long, hard looks at players on other teams, and their own, with relative ease. Any time a player from the NBA squad is sent to Frisco, a Mavs contingent of up to half a dozen follows close behind, taking in the game and monitoring the progress of whoever’s on assignment.

    Their biggest secret weapon: Legends head coach Bob MacKinnon, whose players have earned more NBA call-ups than any other coach in league history. Talk to any player who goes through that program and they’ll have nothing but good things to say about him. MacKinnon has bought into the Mavs’ system as well, and now the Legends run virtually the same offense as Rick Carlisle’s Mavericks, making the leap from the G League to the NBA easier for players who spend most of their time in Frisco. All of this adds up to make it easier to gather information about a player they’re interested in — like Jalen Jones, for example.

    “You can answer questions about how he works every day, and what are is work habits?” MacKinnon told Mavs.com. “Is he a good teammate? Is he a guy that you can trust? And I think those are things that are important in the Mavs organization. That’s the intel that we’re here for.”

    The clubs’ increasingly strong connection has paid off in a few different ways this season. With the signing of Jones, the Mavericks have now awarded two-way contracts to four different players this season. The other currently working under that agreement is rookie Johnathan Motley, who routinely puts up video-game numbers for the Legends and will soon likely force his way into the NBA. Antonius Cleveland and Kyle Collinsworth also played on two-way deals. An injury cut Cleveland’s time short, but I wouldn’t forget about him just yet. Carlisle said on Wednesday night that Collinsworth, meanwhile, will likely soon be back with the Mavericks potentially via a 10-day contract.

    Mavs.com caught up with both Jones and MacKinnon after a team practice in Toronto during the G League Showcase, an annual event that gives top G League players a chance to perform in front of dozens of NBA scouts — Yogi Ferrell, for example, scored 27 points and handed out nine assists in his final showcase performance, and agreed to a 10-day contract with the Mavericks less than a week later. This is the time of year when 10-days and call-ups really come into play, but the Mavericks are already ahead of the curve thanks in part to MacKinnon and the Legends.

    Jalen Jones is ready for his chance

    Jones spent his rookie season with the Maine Red Claws, earning a spot on the All-D-League Third Team after averaging 21.0 points and 9.0 boards per game. At 6-foot-7 with a strong frame, a 6-foot-11 wingspan, and a monstrous 8-foot-9 standing reach, Jones is a sturdily built wing who seems like a smooth fit in today’s switch-heavy NBA.

    “He’s got the size, he’s got the wingspan, and the athleticism to play in and out,” MacKinnon said. “You can play switch with him, where he can switch onto bigger players and play them for a possession, and then switch onto smaller players and use his foot speed to stay in front. He gives you the luxury on defense of playing multiple roles.”

    That’s proven to be a very important — but unfortunately elusive — commodity for the Mavericks this season. Dorian Finney-Smith met that criteria as a rookie in 2016-17, but injuries have sidelined him for most of this season. Then Cleveland’s injury cut his time with the team shorter than he’d earned, leaving Harrison Barnes as the only active player on the roster taller than 6-foot-4 and shorter than 6-foot-10. In a league loaded with wings, the Mavericks need as much help in that area as they can get. That’s where Jones can help immediately, having played in a switchy defense last season with Maine.

    “Sometimes I would even play center, and next thing you know I’m switching onto a point guard,” Jones told Mavs.com. “I think my defensive abilities have come a long way since coming out of college. I know I can guard 1-5. That’s what I kind of hang my hat on, and I know that’s what it’s gonna take for me to stick around in the NBA.”

    Jones graduated from Kimball High School in Dallas in 2011 before playing his first two collegiate seasons at SMU and then two more at Texas A&M. He now joins Johnathan Motley among Mavs with extreme local ties. (Motley played high school ball in Houston before playing college hoops at Baylor.)

    “I never thought about playing in high school, and actually going to college and being able to play in the NBA in the same city. That’s crazy,” Jones said. “It’s neat htat my family and my friends get the chance to see me at the highest level. It’s gonna be an honor to play.”

    Much like it was with Collinsworth, Jones is developing his 3-point stroke. After hitting 34.5 percent as a rookie last season, he hit 33.3 percent through five games with the Legends before being called up by the New Orleans Pelicans. He made his only attempt with the club in four games. It’s a shot he knows he must develop in order to earn a full-time job with an NBA team given the importance on that shot right now, especially among wing players; it’s practically a prerequisite.

    “You’ve got to be ready to shoot it on a drive-and-kick, and whenever you’re open, you’ve gotta be able to knock it down,” Jones said.

    The 24-year-old appeared in four games with the Pelicans, most recently logging nine minutes in a game on Dec. 11, before being waived and immediately claimed off waivers by the Mavericks. During that time, albeit brief, Jones said he learned how to be a pro and what it takes to succeed as a young player.

    “I got the chance to be around veterans and superstars, guys like AD, Boogie, Rondo, Tony Allen,” Jones said. “They taught me the ins and outs of things, how you’ve gotta carry yourself as a pro, and also you’ve got to learn how to play a role with the guys who can score the ball very well. If you’re playing with the Pelicans you’re not gonna touch the ball too many times, so you’ve gotta do the other little things to try to help the team win. That’s kind of what I hang my hat on. I’m not gonna be the guy out there scoring 20, 30 points. I would love to, but that’s not gonna be my role. You just try to find ways to do the little things to help the team win, and that’s what I learned to do.”

    MacKinnon believes his future is bright.

    “He’s just now learning how to play out on the perimeter,” the coach said. “His whole career has been as an inside player, and he’s learning now how to play on the perimeter in the pro game. He’s got the kind of potential that he’s gonna grow by leaps and bounds.”

    “If I get called up, I’ll definitely be ready,” Jones said. “I’m just ready for the opportunity and ready to showcase what I can do. I’ll definitely be prepared for whatever’s thrown at me.”

    Kyle Collinsworth might not be gone long

    To make room for Jones, the Mavs had to release Kyle Collinsworth from his two-way contract. However, in basically the same breath as when he announced Jones’ addition, Rick Carlisle told reporters Collinsworth could soon be back on a 10-day contract.

    Collinsworth stuffed the stat sheet in his second season with the Legends before joining the Mavericks, averaging 11.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.7 steals per game. He increased his 3-point percentage from 29.3 as a rookie to 39.4 percent in his second season, as well. MacKinnon doesn’t expect he’ll be in the G League much longer, if at all.

    “I thought he played terrific in the opportunity he got, and he took advantage of those opportunities to show people that he’s an NBA player,” MacKinnon said. “And there’s no question in my mind that he’s an NBA player. Just by the fact that Rick said that the other day shows you that the Mavs do have him in their plans. It’s no surprise to me: Kyle Collinsworth is an NBA player.”

    Johnathan Motley is a monster

    So, too, is Johnathan Motley, it appears. The rookie is averaging 21.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, and 1.3 steals per game in 18 games with the Legends. In the first game of the showcase, he put up 24 points, 14 rebounds, six steals, five assists, and three blocks. In other words, he’s good.

    “Not only the numbers that he’s putting up, but he’s getting better at things that don’t show up on the stat sheet: his pick-and-roll defense, his understanding of where to be, weakside help situations, and being able to be more vocal on the court,” MacKinnon said. “Those are things that young players generally don’t come into the game with, and he’s getting better and better at it. We’ve been extremely happy with his progress, and hopefully the Mavs are, too.”

    Motley, who went somehow went undrafted last summer primarily to a knee injury that appears to be ancient history at this point, spent a couple weeks with the Mavs in December. That means he’s got somewhere around 30 days left to spend with the NBA squad before it’s decision time regarding his contract. While the G League season is ongoing, a two-way player can only spend up to 45 days with the NBA team. I would expect to see him with the Mavericks again at some point this season, although they don’t want to use all his days right now or else he won’t be able to appear with the Mavs again until after the G League season ends in late-March.

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    Learning with the Legends: Jalen Jones, Kyle Collinsworth, and Johnathan Motley

    With the inception of two-way contracts, NBA teams’ relationships with their G League affiliates are becoming more important than ever. The Mavericks have one distinct advantage over most of their competitors because of how close the Texas Legends are — just a 20-minute drive up the Tollway.

    But they have other legs up, too. For starters, Donnie Nelson has been intimately involved in the goings-on in Frisco for years, providing the Mavs a chance to give long, hard looks at players on other teams, and their own, with relative ease. Any time a player from the NBA squad is sent to Frisco, a Mavs contingent of up to half a dozen follows close behind, taking in the game and monitoring the progress of whoever’s on assignment.

    Their biggest secret weapon: Legends head coach Bob MacKinnon, whose players have earned more NBA call-ups than any other coach in league history. Talk to any player who goes through that program and they’ll have nothing but good things to say about him. MacKinnon has bought into the Mavs’ system as well, and now the Legends run virtually the same offense as Rick Carlisle’s Mavericks, making the leap from the G League to the NBA easier for players who spend most of their time in Frisco. All of this adds up to make it easier to gather information about a player they’re interested in — like Jalen Jones, for example.

    “You can answer questions about how he works every day, and what are is work habits?” MacKinnon told Mavs.com. “Is he a good teammate? Is he a guy that you can trust? And I think those are things that are important in the Mavs organization. That’s the intel that we’re here for.”

    The clubs’ increasingly strong connection has paid off in a few different ways this season. With the signing of Jones, the Mavericks have now awarded two-way contracts to four different players this season. The other currently working under that agreement is rookie Johnathan Motley, who routinely puts up video-game numbers for the Legends and will soon likely force his way into the NBA. Antonius Cleveland and Kyle Collinsworth also played on two-way deals. An injury cut Cleveland’s time short, but I wouldn’t forget about him just yet. Carlisle said on Wednesday night that Collinsworth, meanwhile, will likely soon be back with the Mavericks potentially via a 10-day contract.

    Mavs.com caught up with both Jones and MacKinnon after a team practice in Toronto during the G League Showcase, an annual event that gives top G League players a chance to perform in front of dozens of NBA scouts — Yogi Ferrell, for example, scored 27 points and handed out nine assists in his final showcase performance, and agreed to a 10-day contract with the Mavericks less than a week later. This is the time of year when 10-days and call-ups really come into play, but the Mavericks are already ahead of the curve thanks in part to MacKinnon and the Legends.

    Jalen Jones is ready for his chance

    Jones spent his rookie season with the Maine Red Claws, earning a spot on the All-D-League Third Team after averaging 21.0 points and 9.0 boards per game. At 6-foot-7 with a strong frame, a 6-foot-11 wingspan, and a monstrous 8-foot-9 standing reach, Jones is a sturdily built wing who seems like a smooth fit in today’s switch-heavy NBA.

    “He’s got the size, he’s got the wingspan, and the athleticism to play in and out,” MacKinnon said. “You can play switch with him, where he can switch onto bigger players and play them for a possession, and then switch onto smaller players and use his foot speed to stay in front. He gives you the luxury on defense of playing multiple roles.”

    That’s proven to be a very important — but unfortunately elusive — commodity for the Mavericks this season. Dorian Finney-Smith met that criteria as a rookie in 2016-17, but injuries have sidelined him for most of this season. Then Cleveland’s injury cut his time with the team shorter than he’d earned, leaving Harrison Barnes as the only active player on the roster taller than 6-foot-4 and shorter than 6-foot-10. In a league loaded with wings, the Mavericks need as much help in that area as they can get. That’s where Jones can help immediately, having played in a switchy defense last season with Maine.

    “Sometimes I would even play center, and next thing you know I’m switching onto a point guard,” Jones told Mavs.com. “I think my defensive abilities have come a long way since coming out of college. I know I can guard 1-5. That’s what I kind of hang my hat on, and I know that’s what it’s gonna take for me to stick around in the NBA.”

    Jones graduated from Kimball High School in Dallas in 2011 before playing his first two collegiate seasons at SMU and then two more at Texas A&M. He now joins Johnathan Motley among Mavs with extreme local ties. (Motley played high school ball in Houston before playing college hoops at Baylor.)

    “I never thought about playing in high school, and actually going to college and being able to play in the NBA in the same city. That’s crazy,” Jones said. “It’s neat htat my family and my friends get the chance to see me at the highest level. It’s gonna be an honor to play.”

    Much like it was with Collinsworth, Jones is developing his 3-point stroke. After hitting 34.5 percent as a rookie last season, he hit 33.3 percent through five games with the Legends before being called up by the New Orleans Pelicans. He made his only attempt with the club in four games. It’s a shot he knows he must develop in order to earn a full-time job with an NBA team given the importance on that shot right now, especially among wing players; it’s practically a prerequisite.

    “You’ve got to be ready to shoot it on a drive-and-kick, and whenever you’re open, you’ve gotta be able to knock it down,” Jones said.

    The 24-year-old appeared in four games with the Pelicans, most recently logging nine minutes in a game on Dec. 11, before being waived and immediately claimed off waivers by the Mavericks. During that time, albeit brief, Jones said he learned how to be a pro and what it takes to succeed as a young player.

    “I got the chance to be around veterans and superstars, guys like AD, Boogie, Rondo, Tony Allen,” Jones said. “They taught me the ins and outs of things, how you’ve gotta carry yourself as a pro, and also you’ve got to learn how to play a role with the guys who can score the ball very well. If you’re playing with the Pelicans you’re not gonna touch the ball too many times, so you’ve gotta do the other little things to try to help the team win. That’s kind of what I hang my hat on. I’m not gonna be the guy out there scoring 20, 30 points. I would love to, but that’s not gonna be my role. You just try to find ways to do the little things to help the team win, and that’s what I learned to do.”

    MacKinnon believes his future is bright.

    “He’s just now learning how to play out on the perimeter,” the coach said. “His whole career has been as an inside player, and he’s learning now how to play on the perimeter in the pro game. He’s got the kind of potential that he’s gonna grow by leaps and bounds.”

    “If I get called up, I’ll definitely be ready,” Jones said. “I’m just ready for the opportunity and ready to showcase what I can do. I’ll definitely be prepared for whatever’s thrown at me.”

    Kyle Collinsworth might not be gone long

    To make room for Jones, the Mavs had to release Kyle Collinsworth from his two-way contract. However, in basically the same breath as when he announced Jones’ addition, Rick Carlisle told reporters Collinsworth could soon be back on a 10-day contract.

    Collinsworth stuffed the stat sheet in his second season with the Legends before joining the Mavericks, averaging 11.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.7 steals per game. He increased his 3-point percentage from 29.3 as a rookie to 39.4 percent in his second season, as well. MacKinnon doesn’t expect he’ll be in the G League much longer, if at all.

    “I thought he played terrific in the opportunity he got, and he took advantage of those opportunities to show people that he’s an NBA player,” MacKinnon said. “And there’s no question in my mind that he’s an NBA player. Just by the fact that Rick said that the other day shows you that the Mavs do have him in their plans. It’s no surprise to me: Kyle Collinsworth is an NBA player.”

    Johnathan Motley is a monster

    So, too, is Johnathan Motley, it appears. The rookie is averaging 21.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, and 1.3 steals per game in 18 games with the Legends. In the first game of the showcase, he put up 24 points, 14 rebounds, six steals, five assists, and three blocks. In other words, he’s good.

    “Not only the numbers that he’s putting up, but he’s getting better at things that don’t show up on the stat sheet: his pick-and-roll defense, his understanding of where to be, weakside help situations, and being able to be more vocal on the court,” MacKinnon said. “Those are things that young players generally don’t come into the game with, and he’s getting better and better at it. We’ve been extremely happy with his progress, and hopefully the Mavs are, too.”

    Motley, who went somehow went undrafted last summer primarily to a knee injury that appears to be ancient history at this point, spent a couple weeks with the Mavs in December. That means he’s got somewhere around 30 days left to spend with the NBA squad before it’s decision time regarding his contract. While the G League season is ongoing, a two-way player can only spend up to 45 days with the NBA team. I would expect to see him with the Mavericks again at some point this season, although they don’t want to use all his days right now or else he won’t be able to appear with the Mavs again until after the G League season ends in late-March.

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    Glanville: 'It's all about elevating humanity'

    More than 40 students nearly filled Room 109 at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication late Wednesday afternoon. Comm307 registered full, and several young people who attended were on a waiting list, hoping to be added.


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    Harrison Barnes beginning to relish role as Mavs’ go-to closer down stretch

    DALLAS — Putting the Dallas Mavericks on his back Wednesday night and lifting them to a hard-fought 115-111 victory in Charlotte, versatile forward Harrison Barnes continued to show he’s able and more than willing to carry the team down the stretch of games.

    Scoring 13 points in the fourth quarter, including a stretch of nine straight Dallas points at one point, Barnes finished a 9-of-13 shooting night with 25 points and 11 rebounds. He also lifted the Mavericks to a second straight win to complete a difficult home-road back-to-back. And according to Mavs coach Rick Carlisle, the 25-year-old Barnes once again showed why he’s taken the torch from 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki has the team’s No. 1 option late in games.

    “[Barnes] closed the game. I mean, he was absolutely brilliant,” Carlisle proclaimed while praising the forward’s late-game execution. “He hit on a variety of shots — twos, threes, drives. And look, that’s what great players do. I was real proud of him. You know, he had a pretty good rhythm going all night, and we just needed to get the ball in his hands.

    “He’s the guy that’s going to be that guy,” the coach added. “You know, he’s going to be involved in some kind of action. He’s either going to touch the ball, or he’s going to be a key screener and probably touch the ball. Look, he’s had a year and a half of this now. Last year was a good initiation for him on a team that had struggles, had injuries and a tough schedule early. He was really thrown into the fire early and learned a lot about what it’s all about. But don’t forget he’s a former starter on a championship team, and he was a great player in college. This shouldn’t surprise anybody.”

    Last season, Barnes produced a career campaign after spending his first four years with the Golden State Warriors. He also came into his own after inking a reported four-year deal worth $94 million that summer during free agency.

    With Nowitzki sidelined for 25 of the Mavericks’ first 30 games during the 2016-17 schedule due to a nagging right Achilles strain, Barnes averaged a team-high and career-best 19.2 points per game while connecting on 46.8 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from beyond the three-point arc. He also clocked a career-high 35.5 minutes per outing, playing in the team’s first 79 games before being shut down for the remainder of the season. Barnes led the Mavs in scoring 37 times last season after doing so with Golden State just six times in 307 games, posting seven 30-point performances in ’16-17 after just one such outing during his first four years. He’s since picked up where left off at this season, averaging a team-high 18.8 points, career-best 6.7 rebounds and career-high 2.1 assists per game while suiting up in all of the Mavs’ 43 outings thus far. And as Wednesday night demonstrated, Nowitzki believes Barnes has emerged as the team’s top closer late in games.

    “Well, that was already obvious for us last year. We run everything basically down the stretch through him,” Nowitzki said while praising Barnes’ late-game closing abilities.

    “You know, down the stretch when we need a bucket, usually we put it in Harrison’s hands. And he was fantastic (Wednesday night),” Nowitzki added. “I mean, his three ball was on, his midrange and his post-up game. He was fantastic.”

    Operating as the team’s closer has been a process for Barnes, going from a role player with the Warriors to the No. 1 option in Dallas. However, it’s a role Barnes now says he’s beginning to relish.

    Barnes is averaging 2.3 points and ranks just 45th in the NBA in clutch situations this season, which measures the last five minutes of a game that’s decided by five points or less. He’s also shooting 49 percent from the field in those situations and 37.5 percent from three-point range, leading the Mavs to a 7-21 record under those circumstances. Still, as Wednesday night showed, Barnes is ready for the big moment when his team needs him most. And according to Barnes, he’s gradually progressed into a better closer for the Mavericks throughout this season.

    “You know, I liked the matchup with (Frank) Kaminsky. I just tried to be aggressive and attack the rim,” Barnes said while summing up Wednesday night. “Once I saw a few shots drop, I was kind of in a rhythm after that. Coach [Carlisle] kept going to me, and I was able to convert.

    “It’s been a journey,” Barnes candidly added. “I’ve fallen short in that capacity a lot more times than I’ve come through, so I definitely have an appreciation seeing both sides. But I’m just thankful, like I said, for the trust. I mean, to have teammates and coaches work with you, take the time, help you understand angles and help you understand which shots to get to. In those situations, you’re probably not going to get a layup, so that’s one thing I’ve had to do. But just figuring out how to get enough space and how to get a clean look, I think that’s the progression for me. I feel like I’ve improved at that this season.”

    Note: The Mavericks will now return to American Airlines Center on Saturday against the Los Angeles Lakers. The game will tip off at 1 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

    Injury updates:

    Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee quadriceps tendinitis) — out
    Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out
    Nerlens Noel (left thumb surgery) — out

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    A real Yudunit: Darvish adds mystery team to list

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    The Fast Break: Mavs at Hornets

    Final: Mavs 115, Hornets 111

    Box Score | Highlights

    Behind the Box Score

    The Mavericks scored 39 points in the second quarter, made possible by hot shooting and plenty of layups, but also by shooting a whopping 13 free throws. Dallas got into the bonus with more than seven minutes remaining in the frame and was able to stay aggressive and keep forcing more whistles. It was the team’s fifth 39-plus-point quarter this season; the Mavericks only had one such quarter all of last season, and only two during the 2015-16 campaign. They’re 5-0 in those five games this season.

    After a 1-18 start this season in clutch games (when the score is within five points inside the final five minutes of regulation or overtime), the Mavericks have won six out of nine such contests and are now 7-21 on the season. It’s been a nice turnaround.

    Notebook

  • The Mavericks were able to win a game that they were not supposed to win. Dallas played last night and flew two hours East, losing an hour in the process, to take on a hosting Hornets club that was coming off of four days’ rest. This had “schedule loss” written all over it, but the Mavs pulled it out anyway behind an unconscious Yogi Ferrell shooting performance and some unbelievable work down the stretch by Harrison Barnes. He scored 11 of 14 Mavs points upon checking back into the game midway through the fourth quarter (and 13 points overall in the final frame) on 5-of-5 shooting. He’s said he needs to improve as a closer, and tonight was a step in the right direction for him and for this team, against some pretty tough odds considering the fatigue difference.

  • Yogi Ferrell continues to shoot the lights out. He got the start tonight, replacing Maxi Kleber in the opening lineup, and Ferrell took advantage of the opportunity. He knocked down a season-high seven 3-pointers on 10 attempts and is now 28 of 53 from beyond the arc in his last 12 games. Dallas was able to get him his typical dose of spot-up looks, and he also hit one or two off the bounce. But one of his niftiest buckets came off a lob pass from Dennis Smith Jr., reminiscent of a long through ball in soccer.

    No one picked up Ferrell as he meandered over to his spot, so Smith just lofted the ball his direction and it landed right in his shooting pocket. That was three of the easiest points the Mavericks scored in this game.

  • Sometimes when you’re tired and they’re not, you have to dig a little deeper to make things happen. The Mavericks picked up their activity on the defensive end, recording nine deflections and forcing the Hornets into an unusually high number of turnovers. Similar to Dallas, Charlotte has for years been one of the best teams at avoiding giveaways, but the Mavs were able to swipe a few. That led to some zany transition play, too, such as the time Salah Mejri led a fast break…

    …Or when Wesley Matthews singlehandedly stopped a fast break and almost accidentally managed to get the ball to Dennis Smith Jr. for a dunk.

    Dallas took the fight to the hosts on a night when the visiting club should have been suffering through some fatigue.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (15-28) will play the Los Angeles Lakers (13-27) on Saturday at American Airlines Center at 1 p.m. Central.

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  • Mick Shots: No Such Thing As An Offseason In NFL, Just No-Game Season

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    Dirk Nowitzki finally feels like himself

    Dirk Nowitzki checks out during the first half of a game against the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night. He’s not off to a good start from the field, and his team trails 29-27 in the second quarter. He slowly walks to the bench and, still standing, throws on a long-sleeve shirt over his jersey. He bends his knee a few times as if he’s hurt, but he’s only hurting; he knows there might be pain, but there’s no injury. That’s just his 39-year-old body asking him why the heck he’s still playing basketball. Sometimes, it betrays him. Would tonight be one of those nights?

    Nowitzki would sit out for the next seven minutes. By the time he’d touch the ball next, Dallas would be behind 48-41 with under a minute left to go in the first half, an uninspiring start to a game against a team the Mavericks should beat. But something suddenly changes. J.J. Barea brings the ball up the floor and runs a pick-and-roll with Nowitzki — is it 2018 or 2008? — and the German draws a switch. Barea recognizes the situation and dumps it to the man who helped make his career. Nowitzki catches, spins, and fires a shot he’s made 1,000 times. It falls.

    The bucket seems to breathe life into both Dirk and his team, who would come out of the halftime break and score a season-high 39 points in the third quarter. Nowitzki would score eight of them himself, putting on a vintage display of post-ups and fadeaways, appearing to dial back the clock a decade or more. He would finish the night with a season-high-tying 20 points in 24 minutes.

    Like it or not, Father Time comes for us all. Nowitzki has rejected his advances for quite a while now, but even the sixth all-time scorer in NBA history has felt vulnerable at times in his 20th season. The German has said many times that some nights he just doesn’t have it; his body simply won’t cooperate. That’s through no fault of his own — Nowitzki puts more time into maintenance than actual basketball these days — but rather the result of thousands and thousands of games, jumps, falls, and collisions.

    It seemed like Tuesday night’s game against the Magic would be another one of those nights, but something clicked and suddenly the time machine took us back to 2008. From a distance it might seem like Nowitzki is having a down season, averaging just 12.3 points per game. But these last few weeks, just like during that seven-minute reprieve in the second quarter Tuesday night, something has clicked. Nowitzki has surged.

    “It took me a while, unfortunately, to get going,” Nowitzki said, “but I feel a lot better the last month or so, even longer than that.”

    In his last 14 games, Nowitzki is averaging 14.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game on 51.0/42.9/88.0 percent shooting splits. He’s sporting a career-high-tying 42.1 3-point percentage and a career-best 55.0 effective field goal percentage. He’s shooting above 90 percent from the free throw line for the first time since the 2009-10 season. And, most impressively, he’s played every single one of the Mavs’ 42 games. He wants to play all 82, something that’s only been done at age 39+ by Michael Jordan and John Stockton.

    Instead of starting south and only getting worse, Nowitzki’s Tuesday night became a microcosm of his season. It took him a while to get going, then he suddenly hit his stride and never looked back.

    “I’m just feeling so much better, honestly, than I did earlier in the season,” Nowitzki said. “The first couple weeks were tough, to kind of get my legs under me and really get going in the season. I guess you can practice all you want, and shoot all you want, and run on the treadmill all you want. But there’s nothing like guys pushing on you when you go up and down, and showing and helping on pick-and-rolls. There’s no way you can simulate that.”

    The Mavs’ earlier and abbreviated training camp didn’t do Nowitzki any favors coming out of the gates this season, and he admitted he felt a little creaky early on. But now, on more nights than most, he’s able to do everything he wants to.

    He’s flourished playing alongside Dennis Smith Jr. in the starting lineup and with the three-guard bench unit featuring J.J. Barea, Yogi Ferrell, and Devin Harris. He’s no longer the focal point on a nightly basis, instead playing more of a supporting role as a pick-and-pop or spot-up shooter while Smith and Harrison Barnes do most of the heavy lifting.

    Tuesday night, however, was different. The Magic kept switching screens, leaving point guard Elfrid Payton on an island against the 7-foot Maverick. Once Dirk saw one shot go in, he wanted more, and the Mavs were happily willing to oblige him. His work in the post was the driving force behind the team’s 39-point third quarter and 71-point second half.

    The execution on the play above was nice. Nowitzki made the catch, waited to see if help would come, then took a dribble to gather himself before taking the shot. But it was what happened before all of that which let you know he was feeling good.

    Upon setting the ball-screen and drawing a switch, Nowitzki trotted to the block. Smith immediately attacked the mismatched Bismack Biyombo but didn’t have an appealing driving lane, so he quickly withdrew from the paint and waited for the German to get to his spot. On nights when Nowitzki might not be feeling it, there’s a good chance he’d spot up on the 3-point line and let Smith go one-on-one with the center. But Tuesday night was not one of those nights. Body language tells stories of its own, and so too does how Nowitzki plays in the pick-and-roll. He’s even begun rolling every now and then lately, too, not popping.

    At first glance it looks like since there’s no one else in the lane during the sequence above, obviously it’s an easy play to make. But it’s a chicken/egg argument. Did Dirk roll because no help was there, or did every Bulls defender disregard the paint because they thought there’s no way Nowitzki would roll? You can see Nikola Mirotic show on the screen and then turn his head anticipating Nowitzki to either spot up or re-screen. But by the time he turns his head, Dirk is already catching it five feet from the rim. Again: Is this a defensive breakdown or is this an opponent not even considering the possibility of Nowitzki rolling? Either way, it’s two points. Nowitzki has done this more lately and it’s a matter of time before teams start having to worry about it.

    The Mavericks continue to space the floor so well that it makes cheating off your man as a defender to offer a double-team a risky proposition. After he sank a couple jumpers and drew a couple fouls, the Magic decided to send a second defender, but Nowitzki made them pay with the pass.

    Later, he posted up all-time Mavs assassin D.J. Augustin at the nail — his favorite spot — where it’s impossible to send a double-team without leaving someone one pass away wide-open. These are areas Nowitzki rarely ventures into unless he’s feeling good.

    After shooting just 43.9 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from beyond the arc in his first 18 games of the season, Nowitzki’s 14-game renaissance has vaulted him back up the efficiency leaderboard. Among the 167 players who average at least 10 possessions per game, Nowitzki ranks 17th in points per possession, according to Synergy Sports, ahead of names including Klay Thompson, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and LeBron James. Does that mean he’s better than them right now? No. But it doesn’t matter if you’re literally only shooting wide-open layups: If you score more efficiently than names like that at age 39, it means you’re having a pretty incredible season.

    Nowitzki is scoring great right now. But he’s still 39 years old. There might be another stretch where his body betrays him, and he’s said himself there will still be nights when he just doesn’t have it. Second nights of back-to-backs immediately come to mind; he’s shooting just 43.1 percent from the field and 34.8 percent on 3s in seven such games this season, with another coming Wednesday against the Hornets. (On the flip side, he’s shooting 59.6 percent and 50.0 on 3s in six games coming off two days’ rest, which is phenomenal.)

    All of that said, his recent run is still worth marveling at. Enjoy the stretches of excellence like this one while you still can, because you never know when the next one — or the next player like Nowitzki — will come around.

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    The Fast Break: Mavs vs. Magic

    Final: Mavs 114, Magic 99

    Box Score | Highlights

    Behind the Box Score

    With the win, Rick Carlisle (708-548) moved past John MacLeod into sole possession of 17th place on the NBA’s all-time coaching victories list. Gene Shue ranks 16th with 784 wins.

    After surrendering 32+ points in the first quarter of each of the last four games, the Mavericks allowed just 19 Magic points in the opening frame tonight. It was the club’s best defensive performance in the first since giving up just 18 points at San Antonio on Dec. 18. Rick Carlisle stressed the importance of getting off to a good defensive start, and he got his wish tonight.

    Notebook

  • This was a game where the contributions of the many, not the few, combined to produce a high score. Five Mavericks scored 15+ points and three more added at least seven points, led by Dirk Nowitzki with his second 20-spot of the season. At this point, Nowitzki is in less of a featured scoring role and more of a supporting role alongside Harrison Barnes and Dennis Smith Jr. For him to score 20 means the ball was moving around quite a bit, which it was. J.J. Barea tied his season-high assists mark with a dozen, and Smith racked up a few hockey assists with his drives eventually leading to Nowitzki Js. But Dirk was also able to exploit a size mismatch against Elfrid Payton early in the third quarter, which resulted in the Magic eventually sending double-teams his way, in turn leading to even more ball movement. The NBA is relentless.

    In addition, Yogi Ferrell had his highest-scoring game since Dec. 22, and Smith since Dec. 31. This was the kind of night where everyone got involved, and the Mavericks needed that: For much of this game they were shooting in the 30s and low-40s percentage-wise, but by night’s end they’d eclipsed 50 percent. A rising tide lifts all boats. When the ball keeps moving and a couple shots go in, suddenly the basket looks bigger to everyone.

  • Defense is complicated. It’s a team scheme — one team, one unit — but that unit consists of five individuals, and sometimes those individuals are able to make plays outside of the system that still help their team. A few days ago Rick Carlisle admitted teams have been “picking on” Dennis Smith Jr. lately, which he says has contributed to some of those sluggish defensive starts in the New Year. It takes rookies years to learn how to play NBA defense, and the learning curve is especially steep for point guards who played only one season of college ball. But in the meantime, he can make up for that with plain effort, simply playing harder than his opponent. He was able to do that a couple times tonight. First, he pressed up on Elfrid Payton and poked the ball off him and out of bounds, resulting in a Magic turnover.

    Then, he faced a size disadvantage in the post against Jonathon Simmons but once again (and twice) poked the ball away. Even better, he was able to recover in time to out-jump Magic center Bismack Biyombo in pursuit of the rebound.

    If Smith consistently gives that amount of effort, he has the chance to become a pretty disruptive effort because he’s also such an athlete. Those are small plays, but winning plays.

  • Josh McRoberts made his Mavs debut tonight, playing briefly in the second quarter. It’s been a long road back to health for the veteran, who’s dealt with a rash of injuries in the past couple seasons, so it was nice to see him get back to action. I would suspect in the coming weeks he might see more time as he builds stamina and works his way up to game speed.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (14-28) will play the Orlando Magic (15-23) on Wednesday at the Spectrum Center at 6 p.m. Central.

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    Dirk Nowitzki, Dennis Smith Jr., Mavs greats show appreciation to Derek Harper on Mavs legend’s jersey retirement night

    They always say praise from players means way more than kind words from anyone else, especially us folks in the media.

    It shouldn’t take a moving story or funny anecdote to fully encapsulate what a great player Derek Harper was for the Mavericks. From 1986-93 he averaged nearly 18 points, seven assists, and two steals per game, earning a reputation as one of the best two-way players in the game and setting several Mavericks records along the way, some of which still stand today. He’s the franchise’s all-time leader in assists and steals, and ranks top-five in points, games played, and games started.

    Numbers tell quite a tale of one of the greatest players this city has seen, and that’s part of why his No. 12 jersey will forever hang in the rafters alongside Brad Davis’ No. 15 and Rolando Blackman’s No. 22.

    But set aside the numbers and listen to what the players have to say.

    “It’s great, well-deserved, and long overdue,” Dirk Nowitzki said.

    Davis’ reaction to Harper supplanting him in the starting lineup — “What took you so long?” — and Rolando Blackman’s utter relief any time he didn’t have to go up against Harper in practices tells you all you need to know about Harper’s competitive spirit and the respect he gained from his teammates. Rick Carlisle, who played against Harper in the 1980s and then coached against him as an assistant, still admires his defense, intensity, and competitive edge.

    Then there’s Nowitzki, who wasn’t around for the glory days of the Reunion Rowdies and those battles with the Lakers and Sonics throughout the 1980s. But the Big German has learned the history of this organization while writing chapters of his own.

    “He was a warrior for this franchise,” Nowitzki said after the game Sunday night. “They had a great run there in the ’80s, every year in the playoffs. He was a great leader, a great defender, a great shot-maker. He’s also a good guy, and he’s still around. I’m happy for him.”

    Carlisle pointed to Harper’s defensive tenacity as something for rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. to learn from. Harper certainly had qualities and abilities Smith should emulate, but there are bigger but smaller, easier but more complex ideas Harper has helped Smith with since the Mavs drafted him last summer.

    “He’s always trying to tell me to just go out there and be me,” Smith said. “That’s what got me to the league. If he ever sees me straying away from it, he tries to remind me. That’s what’s going to make me successful.”

    On a night when the Mavericks looked back to honor one of the best point guards the franchise and this league has seen, celebrating his competitive spirit and the fact that he “left it all out on the floor,” as Harper said himself, there was a sense that Harper can give one more gift to this organization. He might not spend hours talking with Smith every day, but it’s clear the legend is there for the rookie.

    You won’t see many players as universally respected as Harper is within this organization. J.J. Barea even took his son, Sebastian, to the floor during halftime to watch the former Mav’s speech. (Barea is Harper’s favorite player.) Shawn Marion and a host of other former Mavericks were at the game, too. It was a special night. There was an outpouring of love from guys who are 20 years old to guys who have been out of the league for more than 20 years, all of it deserved. And their admiration and respect appeared to mean more to Harper than we will ever know.

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    Cambios en el cuerpo técnico; Kellen Moore como posible entrenador

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    Sluggish starts have cost Mavs during first three outings of four-game homestand

    DALLAS — It proved to be their demise Wednesday during a 125-122 defeat to the defending champion Golden State Warriors. It struck again two nights later in a 127-124 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Now, after another lackluster beginning to Sunday’s 100-96 loss to New York, the Dallas Mavericks hope to address their sluggish starts prior to Tuesday’s matchup against Orlando.

    Surrendering 25 combined points to the duo of two-time MVP Stephen Curry and reigning NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant in the first quarter, the Mavericks (13-28) trailed 35-26 after the opening period of Wednesday’s loss. The Mavs again put themselves in an uphill climb during Friday’s contest against Chicago, allowing the Bulls to make their first eight shots from the field and sliding into a 13-point deficit before trailing 34-28 entering the second stanza. Sunday, the Mavericks’ slow starts again caught up with them after ending the first period down 33-25. And despite seeing his team make valiant comebacks in all three of those games, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle knows the start to Tuesday’s matchup must be better in order to avoid a winless homestand.

    “It’s really the same old story. It’s an early hole, it’s a late rally, and then coming up short. The bottom line is we’ve got to be better early in games,” Carlisle confessed after Sunday’s loss.

    “We’ve just got to defend better early in games. That’s where we are,” the coach matter-of-factly added.

    The Mavericks’ early defensive struggles certainly were their demise Sunday evening, allowing the Knicks to make 14 of their 19 shots in the opening quarter. All told, the Mavs are giving up 34 points per outing and allowing 65 percent shooting in the first period during the first three games of their current homestand. That must change if the Mavericks hope to end their three-game skid Tuesday night. But as 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki also points out, the Mavs can’t afford to ease into Tuesday’s game if they hope to collect a win.

    “We’re just giving up too many points, really. It was the same with Chicago,” Nowitzki admitted after another slow start on Sunday. “[The Bulls] started off 8 for 8, and that’s tough. It was the same (Sunday night). They scored 33 (points) the first quarter and shot like 75 percent. We’re not good enough to ease into the game. We’ve got to be on all the time and play a little harder from the get-go.”

    Entering their homestand with a four-game win streak after three straight victories on the road, the Mavericks are admittedly struggling to rekindle that success. The lengthy win streak may have also masked the team’s defensive issues after averaging 110 points during the four-game stretch. Now, the Mavericks hope to bring their defensive intensity up to the level of their offensive success. And with the Magic currently ranked 16th in the league while averaging 105.1 points per game, the Dallas defense will have a golden opportunity to carry the Mavs to a much-needed win.

    “We might have gotten a little too relaxed with our winning streak,” rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. candidly said. “We’re not coming out with enough intensity on both ends of the court.”

    Note: The Mavericks will now conclude their homestand on Tuesday at American Airlines Center against the Orlando Magic. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

    Injury updates:

    Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee quadriceps tendinitis) — out
    Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out
    Nerlens Noel (left thumb surgery) — out

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    The Fast Break: Mavs vs. Knicks

    Final: Knicks 100, Mavs 96

    Box Score | Highlights

    Behind the Box Score

    At one point trailing 90-77 in the fourth quarter, Dallas launched a 15-2 run to tie the game at 92 in the closing minutes. It’s the third straight game the Mavericks have recovered from a double-digit lead in the closing minutes to tie it up.

    Notebook

  • When you watch the Mavs’ infamous bench unit of J.J. Barea, Yogi Ferrell, Devin Harris, Dirk Nowitzki, and Dwight Powell, probably the first thing you notice is the glaring lack of size. Barea and Ferrell are both listed at 6-foot and Harris at 6-foot-3, which means they certainly do give up a lot of height in the backcourt and on the wing. Many would presume that hurts the defense, although that group has surprisingly put up very good defensive numbers this season. But it’s easy to focus on the defensive problems while completely forgetting that the same mismatch exists on the other end. Harris gives up height to small forwards, but he makes up for it by blazing past those guys pretty regularly. Harris leads the team by scoring 25.1 percent of his points from the free throw line, and he draws a higher percentage of fouls while he plays than any other Maverick as well, per NBA Stats. The veteran guard still has wheels, and he’s able to burn past off-balance bigger players for layups and and-1s like it’s nothing. He’s also been the team’s best plus-minus guy for basically the entire season, dating back to late October. Considering the height disparity on almost a nightly basis, Harris remains very effective on both ends of the floor.

  • This has little to do with the game but everything to do with the Mavericks. Derek Harper’s No. 12 jersey was retired tonight and raised to the rafters, where it will live forever alongside Brad Davis’ No. 15 and Rolando Blackman’s No. 22. Harper ranks first all-time in franchise history in assists and steals, and is top-five in numerous other categories, including points and games played. He absolutely deserves the honor, and it was fitting that it took place against the New York Knicks, with whom Harper played in the 1994 NBA Finals. Congratulations on an amazing career, Harp!

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (13-28) will play the Orlando Magic (12-28) on Tuesday at American Airlines Center at 7:30 p.m. Central.

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    The Fast Break: Mavs vs. Bulls

    Final: Bulls 127, Mavs 124

    Box Score | Highlights

    Behind the Box Score

    The Mavericks scored 35 points in the third quarter, which ties for their highest-scoring third quarter of the season. Dallas outscored Chicago 35-23 in the frame, and the +12 differential tied for the team’s second-best margin in the third quarter this season, behind only the 19-point difference in Memphis two months ago.

    Notebook

  • The Bulls have a pretty small starting lineup on the wings, essentially starting two shooting guards and zero small forwards. That left Harrison Barnes with a significant size advantage against his mark for most of the night, and Barnes aggressively attacked that early on. He scored 10 points in the first quarter, most of which came at or around the rim as he played bully ball against smaller players. He’s getting so good at using his body as a shield against guards, and that’s helped him improve as a finisher. His spin move has really come along, too, and he uses that really effectively against big men. Barnes scored 23 points on the night and has now dropped 20+ in six of his last 10 games after doing so just once in the 10 before that.

  • Kris Dunn was fantastic for the Bulls tonight. The second-year point guard scored 32 points, adding nine assists and four steals. He took over the game late for Chicago as the club pulled away in the final couple minutes. Dunn is in his second season, fresh off a rookie season in which he averaged just 3.8 points per game. But he’s upped it to 13.3 so far, and it’s going to climb some more after tonight. Not every point guard will make a massive leap in his second season the way Dunn has, but players at that position almost always improve in several tangible areas from year one to year two. That sort of development has to get you thinking about how Dennis Smith Jr. will improve in between now and next season, when Dunn and the Bulls make their next visit to Dallas. (To add to the story, Mavs assistant God Shammgod mentored Dunn during his years at Providence, and now he works closely with Smith.) Such is the nature of development in this league. Sometimes it takes several years, but sometimes it only takes one. And one year from today, I wonder how much better Smith will have become.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (13-27) will play the New York Knicks (18-20) on Sunday at American Airlines Center at 6 p.m. Central.

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    Despite pushing defending champion Warriors for 48 minutes, Mavs take no solace in heartbreaking loss

    DALLAS — Although the Dallas Mavericks showed just how well they measure up against the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors during Wednesday’s 125-122 defeat at home, falling on two-time MVP Stephen Curry’s game-winning three-pointer with 3.4 seconds remaining left them admittedly dumbfounded.

    Staging a late-game rally to tie the game at 120-all with 39.7 seconds remaining after leading scorer Harrison Barnes capped a 10-0 run, the Mavericks (13-26) traded haymakers with the Warriors for the better part of four quarters. The Mavs then failed to close the game strong on the defensive end of the floor, leading to Curry’s pull-up three-pointer from the top of the key. But despite pushing the reigning titleholders for nearly the entire game, the Mavericks weren’t willing to settle for a moral victory as they turn their attention to Friday’s matchup against the Chicago Bulls.

    “This is who we were supposed to be all along. You know, we don’t really have a moral victory here that we took the champs to a one-possession game. We felt in our hearts that we were supposed to win that one,” veteran swingman Wesley Matthews said after scoring 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 7 of 10 from three-point range to lead the Mavericks in a losing effort. “Obviously, they’re a great team and they’re the champs for a reason, but we’re not happy right now. You know, we’ve got another tough team coming in. Chicago is playing well, so we’ve got to learn from this one and be ready to go again.”

    Led by Matthews’ stellar shooting night, the Mavericks stayed in the game while being outshot as a team, 52.7 percent to 47.8 percent. Golden State also added a 46-40 rebounding edge while converting Dallas’ 13 turnovers into 20 points, overshadowing the Mavericks’ 19-of-43 shooting from behind the three-point arc. However, after a miscommunication led to Curry capping his 32-point night with a wide-open three-pointer, the Mavs weren’t satisfied with their defensive effort down the stretch. That said, the Mavericks did applaud the fight they showed after withstanding a 12-point deficit.

    “It’s tough,” 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki admitted. “We fought back incredibly hard. We really fought back from an uphill battle all night long. They hit us with cuts and backdoor splits, and they just had too many layups all night long. But we kind of stuck around, we kept fighting, and we made some good plays the last two minutes to kind of get back in it. And it’s obviously a tough way to lose.”

    “We didn’t win the game, but I think everybody on our team came out and gave it everything they had, so you can’t ask for more than that,” rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. added. “It was just some miscommunication up top. That’s it, and it’s something we can fix. It was a bad time for it to happen, and I think that was the best look that [Curry] got all night. It’s unfortunate, but it’s a learning situation.”

    After seeing their four-game win streak fall by the wayside, the Mavericks hope to learn from the late-game miscues in time for Friday’s showdown against the Bulls (13-25). Meanwhile, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle hopes the team can match the resiliency it showed during Wednesday’s loss after continuously putting up a valiant fight. Still, according to Carlisle, the Mavs will have to be better down the stretch of securing timely loose balls and collecting late-game stops in order to get back on track.

    “We made a great comeback. When you’re 10 or 12 down with three minutes to go, you’ve got to pitch a shutout pretty much. We did some great things defensively, we got some steals, hit some threes, and Barnes made a great play to tie it back up after they scored on the (Klay) Thompson play. And then they ran it back at us. We had a foul to give, but we were unable to give it, and Curry got the shot. So, there you go.

    “But I’m really pleased about the way we played, with how hard we played and we kept coming and kept coming,” the coach added. “You know, there were some things that were very frustrating with some missed free throws and some missed rebounds that were seemingly in our grasp, and we had a finger on it or something like that, and that’s why the possession game is so important in this league.”

    Note: The Mavericks will now return to their home floor and continue their four-game homestand on Friday night at American Airlines Center against the Chicago Bulls. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

    Injury updates:

    Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee quadriceps tendinitis) — out
    Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out
    Nerlens Noel (left thumb surgery) — out

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    The Fast Break: Mavs vs. Warriors

    Final: Warriors 125, Mavs 122

    Box Score | Highlights

    Behind the Box Score

    The Mavs had a strong second quarter on this floor earlier this season against the Warriors, and they followed it up with another good one tonight. Dallas scored 35 points in the second frame, shooting 60.0 percent from the field and getting to the free throw line eight times. That cut a nine-point deficit after the opening frame to just six at halftime.

    Very loosely related to this game: After a long voting period in China, the Mavs revealed their new Chinese nickname to 独行侠 (DúXíngXiá), which translates roughly in English to “Lone Ranger Heroes.” You can read more about that process and the reasons behind it here.

    Notebook

  • What a terrific game. Dallas tied it twice in the final minute but the Warriors answered both times, first via a Klay Thompson layup with 24.2 seconds left and then by a Steph Curry 3-pointer with 3.0 seconds left to give Golden State a 125-122 lead which would prove to be the final score. That was about as good as regular-season basketball will get. Ties, lead changes, insane shotmaking by both teams. You obviously want to see the result go the other way, but tonight the Mavericks proved that they can hang with the best team in the league.

  • This was an interesting game to watch Dennis Smith Jr. His jumper had been money in the previous three games, but tonight it produced mixed results. The problem there is Golden State was giving him room to shoot in exchange for building a wall to keep him out of the paint. In a few years, Smith will likely have developed a pretty nice pull-up shot that could eventually render that strategy obsolete, but in the meantime he’s got to iron out that J and then take the driving opportunities when they come. Oftentimes, that will mean pushing the ball early in the clock and trying to isolate against bigger players. He did that twice here.


    And once he gets it going downhill, he’s able to develop a rhythm to hit those jumpers.

    He’s got a lot of games yet to play in his rookie season, and even more of them in the future. In time, and with work, he could discover counters to any and every defensive coverage. In the meantime, he’s got to continue what he’s doing best: attack.

  • Dwight Powell tied his career-high with 21 points tonight, and more promisingly he knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and a mid-range jumper. Powell was terrific off the bench and flashed a little bit of everything — the rolling, the long jumper, and the in-between game. He’s quietly (and quickly) become one of the team’s most consistently productive players off the bench.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (13-26) will play the Chicago Bulls (13-24) on Friday at American Airlines Center at 7:30 p.m. Central.

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  • Dallas Mavericks announce new official Chinese name

    Dallas Mavericks Chinese name reveal

    The Dallas Mavericks have selected a new Chinese team name with help from Chinese basketball fans!

    January 3, 2018 (Dallas, Texas, USA) After nearly two decades of the name “Mavericks” being translated into Chinese as “Little Cows,” the Dallas Mavericks have selected a new Chinese team name with much help from Chinese basketball fans. Announced tonight during Tencent’s live broadcast of the Dallas Mavericks home game against the Golden State Warriors, the official Chinese name of the Mavericks has been changed to 独行侠 (DúXíngXiá), which translates roughly in English to “Lone Ranger Heroes.”

    The search for the Mavs’ new Chinese name began on September 10, 2017 with an announcement from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Cuban posted a video on Weibo (the Chinese equivalent of Twitter) asking Chinese-speaking fans to submit their ideas for a better translation for the word “Mavericks.” The Mavericks worked closely with Chinese media platform Tencent Sports to ensure this request reached as many Chinese NBA fans as possible.

    Two weeks later, the Mavs had received more than 50,000 comments from fans suggesting new monikers. From those submissions, the Mavericks selected the top three names as finalists — 独行侠 (“Lone Ranger Heroes”), 烈驹 (“Fierce Colts”) and 狂马 (“Wild Horses”) — setting the stage for fans across China to vote for their favorite.

    One month and more than 100,000 votes later, the fans have chosen. Announced at halftime during tonight’s live online broadcast in China, the Mavericks will now be known as 达拉斯独行侠 (“Dallas Lone Ranger Heroes”) in all Chinese-speaking regions of the world.

    “This is the beginning of a new chapter in the Mavericks’ long legacy in China,” said Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. “With this Chinese name change, we’ve made history by giving our Chinese-speaking fans the opportunity to redefine our identity. I think that fans will be proud of this new name.”

    The Mavericks became the first NBA team to sign a Chinese-born player with the drafting of center Wang Zhizhi in 1999, and have continued to maintain strong ties to Chinese basketball. Most recently, CBA star Ding Yanyuhang played for the Mavericks’ 2017 Summer League teams in Orlando and Las Vegas.

    The Mavericks are among the most active NBA teams in China, engaging Chinese fans through localized social media, content and events. All official Mavericks Chinese-language social media now bears the new name, and over the coming weeks, the new name will be adopted throughout Greater China’s digital, print and broadcast media. The Mavericks can be found on Sina Weibo at http://www.weibo.com/mavsnba and on WeChat @MavsNBA.

    The Mavericks would like to thank all of the fans who participated in selecting the new Chinese name.

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    The Mavericks managed to achieve two extremely rare feats during their three-game road trip.

    We’ll start with the most recent: Dallas scored zero fast break points in a Dec. 31 win against Oklahoma City. It was just the 21st time this season a team hasn’t scored a point in transition.

    Just two days earlier, however, the Mavericks piled on 30 fast break points in a Dec. 29 win in New Orleans. That was only the 14th time this season a team has scored 30+ points in that fashion.

    Why does that matter? Aside from possibly being the biggest change from one game to the next in NBA history, it represents a key to tonight’s game. The Warriors play fast — they’re fifth in the league in possessions per 48 minutes, per NBA Stats, and they lead the league in fast break points per game at 21.8, nearly six points more than anyone else. Of those 14 times that teams have scored 30+ fast break points in a game, Golden State was responsible for nine of them. Nine!

    The Dubs score more than 1.2 points per possession in transition this season, according to Synergy Sports. Basically, if you let them run up and down the floor, they’re going to rack up points fueled by incredible 3-point shooting.

    “Their shooting percentages in transition are historic, really,” head coach Rick Carlisle said. “I can’t imagine that any team is shooting the three in transition over 60 percent. It’s just mind-boggling.”

    You might look at how the Warriors love to run and think that, well, the best way to beat a very good team is to take their game right back at them. After all, Dallas scored 30 fast break points only a few days ago, so the Mavericks are capable of matching them blow for blow.

    But Carlisle wasn’t thrilled with the breakneck pace of that game in New Orleans, calling it a “pillow fight” defensively. Dallas is at its best moving from defense to offense and controlling the tempo — Golden State is fifth in pace this season, while the Mavericks are 27th. As further evidence to support Carlisle’s discontent, two nights later the Mavericks didn’t score a point on the break.

    Dallas also kept the Thunder relatively at bay, holding OKC to roughly its season average of 15 fast break points. It helped that the Mavericks only turned it over eight times, which limits transition opportunities the other way. That, too, will be a big factor tonight: Golden State averages 17.7 points off turnovers in wins against just 15.0 in losses, per NBA Stats. Related, their pace in wins is 102.91 possessions per 48 minutes, versus a slower 100.13 pace in losses.

    It appears we might witness a tug of war tonight. You’ve got one team in Golden State that wants to get up and down, run the floor, and fill it up in transition. Meanwhile, the Mavericks prefer to keep it a halfcourt game. The Warriors zip the ball around the court and as a result turn it over quite a bit, while Dallas minimizes risk and has perennially been one of the best teams at avoiding turnovers under Carlisle.

    When you’re watching the game tonight, keep an eye on fast break points. Carlisle correctly said there’s no “secret sauce” to beating the best team in the league, but there’s at least a blueprint, and that’s enough to work with. If the Mavs can keep the Warriors off the break, they have a chance to make it five straight wins.

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    Análisis del calendario: Enero (Schedule Breakdown: January)

    Los Dallas Mavericks cerraron 2017 practicando el mejor baloncesto de todo el año. No solo por haber encadenado cuatro victorias consecutivas, sino también porque el nivel de juego desplegado les ha llevado a cerrar el año ganando a cuatro equipos que actualmente se encuentran en puestos de Playoffs: Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers, New Orleans Pelicans y Oklahoma City Thunder.

    El año nuevo trae nuevas oportunidades para los Mavs, y la posibilidad de construir sobre la base de buenas sensaciones con las que cerraron 2017. Este inicio de 2018 arrancará con sensaciones fuertes. Primero, los Dallas Mavericks recibirán al mejor equipo de la liga, los campeones Golden State Warriors, el miércoles 3 de Enero en el que será el primer partido de una racha de cuatro encuentros consecutivos en el AAC. Dos días después llegarán los Chicago Bulls, otro equipo que, como Dallas, viene jugando mucho mejor en las últimas semanas.

    El 7 de Enero será un día grande para los Mavericks con la ceremonia oficial de retirada del dorsal número 12 en honor al gran Derek Harper, uno de los jugadores más comprometidos en la historia de la franquicia, en el partido contra los New York Knicks. Harper jugó un total de 12 temporadas con Dallas en su carrera de 16 años en la NBA. En 872 partidos totales con los Mavs fue titular en 620 ocasiones, y promedió 14.4 puntos y 5.7 asistencias por encuentro.

    Los Mavs cerrarán la racha en casa recibiendo a los Orlando Magic en el primer partido de un back-to-back que les llevará a jugar en Charlotte contra los Hornets en la noche siguiente. Los de Rick Carlisle regresarán brevemente a Dallas para recibir a Los Angeles Lakers, y luego disputarán dos partidos consecutivos fuera, en Denver y Portland, en la mayor cantidad de tiempo que pasarán fuera de casa en todo el mes.

    CATEGORÍA NÚMERO
    Partidos totales 14
    En casa 9
    Fuera 5
    Ventaja de descanso 2
    Desventaja de descanso 5
    Back-to-backs 2
    Millas recorridas 7,536

    Entre el 22 y el 26 de enero los Mavericks volverán a disfrutar de otra racha de partidos en casa, en esta ocasión de tres. Los rivales serán Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets y Portland Trail Blazers, y aunque el nivel de los rivales será exigente, los Mavs tendrán un día de descanso entre todos los partidos.

    De los tres últimos partidos del mes de Enero, dos serán fuera de casa. El 27 de enero, en segunda noche de back-to-back, los Mavericks viajarán a Denver para medirse de nuevo con los Nuggets. El 28 regresarán al AAC para recibir a los Miami Heat, y cerrarán el mes el día 31 visitando a los Phoenix Suns. Este será el primer partido de una racha de cuatro encuentros seguidos lejos de Dallas, pero eso será la historia del mes de Febrero.

    El alto nivel de Dennis Smith Jr. desde que regresó de su lesión de cadera ha tenido mucho que ver con la mejoría del juego del equipo, llegando a conseguir su primer triple doble en la NBA, y el base intentará seguir confirmando en Enero las grandes sensaciones que está dejando. Smith ha promediado 14.3 puntos, 5.8 rebotes y 5.3 asistencias, con un 42.6 por ciento en tiros de campo y un 52.9 por ciento en triples, en los últimos cuatro partidos de 2017.

    En total serán 14 los partidos disputados en Enero, incluyendo solo dos back-to-backs, y 7,536 las millas recorridas (más de 12,000 kilómetros). Si los Dallas Mavericks mantienen el nivel de las últimas semanas, el calendario parece propicio para que sigan acumulando victorias en su casillero.

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    Rookie Dennis Smith Jr.’s late-game execution has helped to spark Mavs’ four-game winning streak

    DALLAS — Although it’s just a small sample size during his rookie season, first-year floor general Dennis Smith Jr. has shown how much he relishes being in the big-time moment for the Dallas Mavericks during the last four games.

    Sparking a four-game winning streak, Smith has been on the floor in each of those contests as the Mavericks (13-25) secured a victory late in the fourth quarter. He’s also stepped up his play when the Mavericks needed him most, including scoring the team’s final 11 points Sunday to clinch a 116-113 victory in Oklahoma City. And according to the ninth overall selection in last June’s NBA Draft, more success is to come as Mavs coach Rick Carlisle and the team’s veteran leaders entrust him with opportunities down the stretch of games.

    “It’s all about just trusting each other at the end of games,” Smith said after scoring 19 points, grabbing five rebounds and dishing six assists during Sunday’s win. “We’ve got a team that we like each other outside of basketball, so it’s not hard to do. It’s just been taking some time, but I think we’ve figured it out now, though.

    “I just go out there and do what I do. The last four games have been close ones. I’ve been in the last four games, we won the last four games, so something is working.”

    On the season, Smith is averaging 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 30 games, shooting 39.6 percent from the field and 33.6 percent from three-point range. He’s also increased his production during the last four games, averaging 14.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists in that span while upping his playing time from 27.7 minutes an outing on the season to 28.9 during the winning streak. Still, despite seeing plenty of personal success during the Mavs’ recent victorious stretch, Smith says he’s just been eager to help contribute to a string of wins.

    “I wouldn’t say it adds fuel to the fire. Like I told coach [Carlisle] the other day, I expect to have big games. You know, whenever I have bad games, that will motivate me even more. But coming out and having big games, I definitely want to repeat it. But I kind of expect it. … It’s about wanting the moment. If you want it, I wanted it, and I wanted to be in a position to shoot it at the end of the game,” Smith explained.

    The 20-year-old has seen his fair share of historic moments throughout his rookie year, debuting with 16 points and 10 assists in the Mavericks’ season opener on Oct. 18 to become the youngest player in NBA history to record a double-double with points and assists in his first game. He also recently recorded his first career triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists during the Mavs’ 128-120 win Friday in New Orleans, becoming the third-youngest player in league history to reach the feat and the youngest Mav ever to do so. However, it’s Smith’s recent late-game play that is earning the respect of Carlisle and 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki. That said, Smith figures to have the ball in his hands late once again moving forward.

    “I mean, Dennis has been spectacular for us in crunch time, making plays and getting to the basket,” Nowitzki said following Sunday’s win. “He’s finding guys on the perimeter. … I mean, it always comes down to getting stops, getting rebounds and scoring on the other end, and (Sunday) we kind of did it by committee. I mean, [Russell Westbrook] hit a huge three. [Smith] hit two big threes, and that gave us a nice little lead to close it out.”

    “He was great (Sunday night). You know, he finished the game with a couple of big baskets and some big free throws,” Carlisle added while praising the rookie point guard. “Look, it was an up-and-down night. There were a lot of pick-and-rolls, and they were trapping him. He hasn’t seen that. He went through some situations, but he kept his energy up, he kept his head up and he kept attacking. He kept encouraging everybody in the huddles during timeouts, too, so it was just so much growth. I’m really happy for him.”

    Note: The Mavericks will now return to their home floor on Wednesday night at American Airlines Center against the defending champion Golden State Warriors. Golden State leads the season series 2-0. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

    Injury updates:

    Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee quadriceps tendinitis) — out
    Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out
    Nerlens Noel (left thumb surgery) — out

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    Final: Mavs 116, Thunder 113

    Box Score | Highlights

    Behind the Box Score

    The Mavs scored 35 points in the first quarter tonight, two days after scoring 36 in New Orleans. It was the fourth time this season they’ve cracked 35 in the first, which is more times than last season (twice) and the year before that one, too (three times).

    After scoring a whopping 30 fast break points against the Pelicans two days ago, the Mavericks didn’t score a single point on the break tonight, which is a crazy turnaround. Rick Carlisle admitted that the game in New Orleans didn’t necessarily go the way the Mavs wanted it to, even though they got the win. Much of that had to do with the sometimes breakneck pace of things. Dallas played a much more controlled game tonight and still managed to score pretty efficiently.

    Notebook

  • Dennis Smith Jr. might not have put together a triple-double, but he still had an unbelievable stretch run. The rookie point guard hit back-to-back 3-pointers (including banking one in) late to give the Mavs the lead, first 108-106 and then 111-108. The next time down the floor he missed a tough contested 2 late in the shot clock, but would later add a big-time layup in the final minute to put Dallas up three points.

    He’d add three free throws to help ice it. Smith scored 19 points and added six assists and five rebounds. Those are the kinds of plays that could give him heaps of confidence moving forward, especially late in games once the pressure heats up. Smith was previously just 5 of 19 from the field in clutch situations (final five minutes and the score within five points) heading into this game, per NBA Stats. He doesn’t lack for confidence, obviously, but those are the shots that will only keep him that way.

  • Harrison Barnes scored below his season average three straight games heading into this one, but he was magnificent tonight. Oklahoma City switches pretty often but has length at almost every possession, making its defense tough to exploit via mismatches. That meant Barnes and the Mavs had to work deep into the shot clock to find good shots, often leaving Barnes one-on-one with just a few seconds to create.

    He ended the game with 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting, including knocking down four 3-pointers, the most he’s made in a game since Oct. 28.

  • Teamwork makes the dream work. Early in the game Raymond Felton missed a 3-pointer and the carom sent the ball over the glass, resulting in an out of bounds. However, the ball got stuck atop a rail behind the backboard.

    If this were a playground game, the players would have had to get resourceful to find a way to get it down. But this the NBA, land of giants. So J.J. Barea decided to use one of those tall humans to his advantage.

    The only problem is it didn’t work. BUT it gave us a funny gif. Happy New Year.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (13-25) will play the Golden State Warriors (29-8) on Wednesday at American Airlines Center at 7:30 p.m. Central.

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    Despite first career triple-double, Mavs rookie Dennis Smith Jr. knows there’s room to grow

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Despite filling up the stat sheet Friday night in New Orleans while recording his first career triple-double during a 128-120 win, Dallas Mavericks rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. still knows there’s plenty of things he needs to work on moving forward.

    Scoring 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field and 5-of-7 shooting from three-point range, Smith led the way to the Mavericks’ third straight victory while grabbing a career-high 10 rebounds and dishing 10 assists. In the process, Smith became the third-youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double behind Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball and four-time MVP LeBron James at 20 years, 34 days old. He also became the youngest Mav to register a triple-double in franchise history. But after also committing seven turnovers in the win, Smith says he will need to take much better care of the ball in order to lead the Mavericks (12-25) to more success.

    “It feels great since we won, but I almost had a quadruple-double. I had a lot of turnovers. But my teammates picked me up, and they told me to keep playing. My coaches said the same thing, so they showed confidence in me to play through mistakes. That just gave me extra confidence to go out there and do my thing,” Smith admitted.

    Smith is no stranger to triple-doubles, recording two during his lone collegiate season at North Carolina State. He also was the first player in ACC history to record two triple-doubles in the same season during conference play, becoming the first player to lead the conference among freshmen in points and assists since Ed Cota during the ’96-97 season. Now, Smith is the first Mav to record a triple-double since Raymond Felton on Dec. 12, 2015.

    However, according to both Smith and Mavs coach Rick Carlisle, it’s the costly miscues that the first-year floor general needs to correct in order to reach his maximum potential. And after showing that he can play through those mistakes, Smith will attempt to correct them in time for Sunday’s matchup in Oklahoma City.

    “I mean, it happened in college twice for me, so it’s not foreign to me,” Smith said while downplaying his do-it-all play. “Knowing personnel, that’s one thing that’s important. Knowing the plays, knowing which guys are going to be where, how the team is going to defend it and if this option is going to be available, it’s a lot that goes into it. I mean, you learn all that through film and making mistakes. You’re going to make mistakes, but you’ve got to play through them. It’s bound to happen, but you’ve got to move on to the next play. It’s all about keeping that confidence throughout the game.”

    “It’s a great sign that he’s really critical of his turnovers, ’cause those are an example of another important event that happened,” Carlisle echoed. “Every time that we turn the ball over as a team it’s leading to something bad. And when the point guard gets turnovers, often times he’s penetrating the lane, and that puts him at a disadvantage coming back and transition defense becomes another event. There’s a lot going on with this, but our message has got to be consistent to him. You know, we drafted him because we think he can be a great player and one of the best players ever to play in a Mavericks uniform, on the one hand. On the other hand, the things that are really essential to winning and are very nuance aren’t screaming out to the world the way a triple-double is. So, I spent some time with him this morning watching some things that he needs to clean up. And he’s understanding that, which is a huge step.”

    Note: The Mavericks will now head Oklahoma City and conclude their road trip Sunday against the Thunder. The season series is tied at 1-1. The game will tip off at 6 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270.

    The Mavs return to their home floor next Wednesday night at American Airlines Center against the defending champion Golden State Warriors. Golden State leads the season series 2-0. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

    Injury updates:

    Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee quadriceps tendinitis) — out
    Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out
    Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) — out
    Nerlens Noel (left thumb surgery) — out

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    Final: Mavs 128, Pelicans 120

    Box Score | Highlights

    Behind the Box Score

    This was the 1,400th start of Dirk Nowitzki’s career. Per Basketball-Reference, he’s third all-time in games started behind only Kevin Garnett (1,425) and Karl Malone (1,471).

    The Mavericks scored 36 points in the first quarter, tied for their second-highest scoring opening quarter of the season. Dallas led by 15 points after one, which also was the club’s second-biggest advantage after the first frame of the season.

    Dallas reached the 100-point plateau in the third quarter for just the ninth time in the Rick Carlisle Era, which dates back to the beginning of the 2008-09 season.

    The Mavs sank a franchise-record 22 3-pointers in this one.

    Notebook

  • At 20 years and 34 days old, Dennis Smith Jr. became the youngest Maverick and third-youngest NBA player ever to record a triple-double, amassing 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. The two players younger (both by a matter of weeks) were Lonzo Ball and LeBron James. The previous youngest Maverick to record a triple-double was Jason Kidd at 22 years, 13 days old. He was sensational in this game.

  • Dennis Smith Jr. had a terrific first quarter a couple games ago against Toronto, and he pieced together another productive one tonight. Like that Dec. 26 tilt, Smith was once again the driving force of a quick start for the Mavs’ offense, sparking several fast breaks that led to easy buckets like this one.

    He handed out four assists total in the quarter and also recorded five rebounds.


    Most impressively, his 3-point shot was falling. Once he found a groove and established a rhythm, you could see the confidence oozing out of him. This was particularly nice.

    When you’re in the zone, you’re in the zone. That isn’t a shot you want to see Smith taking 10 times a night by any means, but he was on fire and felt good, and he made it. Smith hit a career-high-tying five treys in this one, so he deserved the freedom to let ’em fly. This is another one of those games that really gets you excited about his future in this league.

  • About that first half… The Mavs scored 77 points, tied for their highest-scoring first half in a regular-season game since Dec. 2, 2009. During that opening blitzkrieg, Dallas shot 69.0 percent from the field and 72.2 percent from the 3-point line, knocking down 13 treys. Dennis Smith Jr. led the way with 13 points and eight assists in the first two quarters alone — but the club might have scored even more had he not turned it over six times. Such is life for a first-year pro. Anyway, in those first two quarters both Wesley Matthews and Devin Harris each knocked down four 3-pointers. Bench players combined to shoot 12 of 16 from the field. Dallas recorded 17 assists. At one point, the Mavericks combined to hit 11 straight shots from the field. It was just the sixth time in franchise history the team scored at least 77 points in the first half. It was an astonishing display of offense, and it came against a Pelicans team that had won three straight and was playing good basketball as of late. It’s difficult to capture that much magic for an entire half, but the Mavericks did it. And, my, was it fun to watch.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (12-25) will play the Oklahoma City Thunder (20-15) on Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena at 6 p.m. Central.

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    A Day of Giving

    DALLAS –A recent whirlwind day that started with Dallas Mavericks centers/forwards Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber spreading Christmas cheer at Children’s Medical Center ended with guard Wesley Matthews collecting coats, blankets and other warm weather items at three different Raising Cane’s restaurants.

    In between, Powell joined guard Devin Harris at Burlington Coat Factory inside Southwest Center Mall as each player donated $2,500 to Pay Away The Layaway to pay off the layaways for nearly 20 families.

    First, Powell and Kleber got the very busy day underway when they played games and interacted with the kids at Children’s Medical Center. And don’t for a minute think the kids were the only ones having a jolly good time.

    “On a scale from 1-to-10, it was an 11,” Powell said, when asked how much fun he was having. “To spend time with these kids playing games, it’s been a humbling experience just to see how happy they are and how they’re taking full advantage of all the things that they have in their lives and enjoying the holidays regardless of any situation.”

    “I’m really grateful to be able to come spend some time with the kids. I really hope it has a positive impact on them because it’s had a humongous positive impact on me.”

    One of the patients, 16-year old John Salmeron, said of the appearance by Powell and Kleber: “I think it’s real nice because it brings a lot of hope and joy to the kids, because a lot of them aren’t able to actually go out and experience this and meet actual famous people.”

    “I think it’s going to have a good impact on them by knowing that people actually care, especially people who are so famous.”

    Kleber realizes the importance of being a positive influence in the community. That’s why he was all-in when asked to go to the Children’s Medical Center.

    “We’re smaller celebrities, I would say, so I think if we can help, they really appreciate it and they look up to us,” Kleber said. “We’re professionals and I think we represent ourselves on the court and it’s important to see that we also do it off the court, and I think for kids to see that, hopefully we can cheer them up a little bit.”

    The children even taught Kleber how to play a few games.

    “I learned a lot of different games, I was pretty bad at everything and I lost a lot of them, but it was fun,” Kleber said. “I don’t have a PlayStation at home, or an Xbox, but I learned today how to do it.”

    Thresa Blecher, the director of social work and child life children’s health, liked the energy Powell and Kleber brought when they arrived at the hospital.

    “Having the Mavs here is really exciting for our patients,” Blecher said. “It’s no fun to be in the hospital at any time, and especially during the holidays when they’re normally out of school and able to play.”

    “So this allows them some entertainment and excitement and gives them something to look forward to during their sometimes boring hospital stay. It’ll be something they brag about to their friends and to their family members.”

    After spending time at the Children’s Medical Center, Powell hopped in his car and drove through rush-hour traffic to Southwest Center Mall in South Oak Cliff. It’s there where he joined Harris to pay off some layaway for some families who are in need.

    “It’s an opportunity to help people have a little bit better holiday, as far as taking care of their layaway and getting some gifts for the kids,” Powell said. “It’s a blessing to be able to be in this position to help out and it’s always fun to come interact and meet these guys and try to put a smile on their faces.”

    Lillie Mae Turman definitely left Burlington with all smiles. She has a 16-month old grandson who is growing out of his clothes as soon as he gets them, which can be costly.

    So the financial assistance from Powell and Harris was a major boost for Turman’s family.

    “One by one they called us up by name and the players gave us a shopping cart of our items and hugged every single person and took pictures,” Turman said. “Dwight gave a beautiful speech and explained to us how much this meant to them.”

    “I just can’t believe this. I’ve put gifts on layaway my entire life and this has never happened to me. I just want to say I am just very grateful, and Go Mavs!”

    This is the second time Harris has taken part in the Pay Away The Layaway program.

    “We really enjoyed it, so we definitely wanted to come back and do it again,” Harris said. “Any time during the holidays we can help the less fortunate and try to brighten up their holiday season, we’re all for it.”

    The contributions from Powell and Harris certainly brought great joy to Yahtiese Ryder, who has four kids that likes to keep up with the latest trends. Ryder has two jobs trying to make ends meet, and one day got a call from a Burlington representative who told her she needed to come to the store in regards to her layaway plan.

    “Then I arrived and saw other people in the line, and you could just feel something special was about to happen,” Ryder said. “I didn’t want to get my hopes up though, because I’ve never been the lucky one to have anything done for me.”

    “So me and my 4-year-old, Keith, stood with the other families and waited for what would happen. Then all of a sudden Mavericks’ players Devin Harris and Dwight Powell came down with a big surprise and told us: ‘All of your layaway gifts have been paid for. You can take home all your things today because we paid for the entire bill!’ Everyone just started clapping!”

    Andrew Willoughby, the store manager at Burlington, said: “The holidays are particularly hard for a lot of our customers. And I think it’s really great that the Mavericks partnered with Pay Away The Layaway to help our customers that in a lot of cases Christmas wouldn’t be the same if they wouldn’t have this partnership.”

    “This is one of the most exciting days on the job for me to just see people’s Christmas being made.”

    Matthews rounded out the Mavs’ very active day by collecting coats, blankets and other warm items for the less fortunate at three separate Raising Cane’s restaurants. The long day was a no-brainer for Matthews.

    “Every time I want to improve any community that I’m in, because I feel like that’s the job not only of athletes, but of people in general,” Matthews said. “You want to better your community and you always start with the youth.”

    “You’ve got to give them a chance to take over this world in a positive way and in a great way.”

    In addition to collecting warm clothing, Matthews also took time to work the restaurants’ cash registers and drive-through windows.

    “My favorite quote was: ‘What’s kicking, you want some chicken,’ “ Matthews asked, while laughing. “I have a newfound respect for fast food.”

    “I’ve never had fun smelling like chicken fingers before, but I smell delicious right now.”

    Brandon Quinn, the general manger of one of the Raising Cane’s, enjoyed the way Matthews readily engaged with the restaurants’ employees.

    “To see somebody of his abilities and stature with the Mavericks and in the Dallas community, and to come and work side-by-side with the crew and to see the community as well, it goes a long way,” Quinn said. “A big thank you to the Mavericks, a big thank you for them to come out here to the White Rock Lake area where we are, and to come to all three locations in general.”

    Indeed, it was a very long and busy day for the Mavs.

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    The Fast Break: Mavs at Pacers

    Final: Mavs 98, Pacers 94

    Box Score | Highlights

    Behind the Box Score

    We knew the German big men had a strong bond by heritage, but it turns out they’ve also got pretty serious synergy on the floor, too. During one stretch in the third quarter, Maxi Kleber assisted Dirk Nowitzki, then the next time down Dirk got him back. Heading into this one, Kleber had been shooting 80.0 percent after passes from Nowitzki, per NBA Stats, and Nowitzki was shooting 66.7 percent on passes from Kleber. Germany has been good to this team.

    Nowitzki has now scored at least 15 points in each of his last four games, his longest streak since doing so 11 straight times from March 1-23, 2016.

    Notebook

  • Crunch-time problems have become the story of the season for the Mavericks, but these last two nights they’ve closed games out. Dallas used a 10-0 run late in this one to take a lead and then closed the door with a string of defensive stops, some good stuff from Dennis Smith Jr., and a couple free throws. The Mavs were 1-18 in clutch games before yesterday. It’s hard to exaggerate how insane that is. It’s good to see things beginning to turn around for the Mavericks — and they did it in the clutch tonight without the safety valve that is Dirk Nowitzki. It should be noted that the Pacers were without their best player in Victor Oladipo, but credit the Mavs for still making things difficult for the players they did have tonight, especially late. Dallas did it with defense and then by pushing the ball the other way. They say everything they do begins with defense, and tonight the proof was in the pudding. We’ll see if this can catapult them to more better performances late in close games the rest of the season.

  • One important area of Dennis Smith Jr.’s development that doesn’t really get talked about much is learning to play without the ball. He’s a point guard so he’s obviously going to have the ball in his hands a lot of the time, but ideally you’ll always have one or two other guys out there who can also handle it, too. As we all know, there’s only one ball, so in order to be effective even when his number isn’t being called, Smith will need to develop some off-the-ball skills. What does that mean? What are some examples? The first thing is learning to find open space as a shooter and knocking down open jumpers when they come your way. So far this season Smith has done a pretty good job in that role, hitting 35.2 percent of catch-and-shoot 3s per NBA Stats.

    Not only is it impractical to have just one guy who can handle it, but it also puts tremendous physical pressure on Smith to have to be the guy creating every single time down the floor. That’s one way playing alongside J.J. Barea for stretches here and there could be beneficial to Smith’s growth as a player. Barea is masterful at getting into the paint, which means Smith could often find himself open from outside. There’s no rep like a game rep, so it’s nice to see Smith taking advantage of those shots when he can find them.

  • Dallas has been a little more explosive on the fast break in the last two games. Last night the memorable moment on the break came when Yogi Ferrell ran the length of the floor in the closing moments of the first half and hit Maxi Kleber with a lob pass. Tonight’s Cool Transition Moment of the Game was a Barea oop to Smith, which you could see coming from a ways away.

    Smith added a couple buckets on the break late in the fourth quarter, too, including a layup with 25.2 seconds left to put them up three points. The Mavericks aren’t a very big running team — they ranked just 27th in the league in fast break points per game heading into this one — but they’ve now scored above their average in back-to-back games, a trend that partly coincides with Smith’s return to a full minutes load. It’s much easier to run the floor when you’ve got an athlete like him in your camp. It’s easier to score in transition than against a set defense, but in recent years Dallas has enjoyed creating mismatches in the secondary break and exploiting those in a halfcourt setting. I wonder if as time goes on the addition of Smith will lead to more moments like this.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (11-25) will play the New Orleans Pelicans (17-16) on Friday at Smoothie King Center at 7 p.m. Central.

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