Dallas Mavericks get huge win over Washington Wizards

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 20: Harrison Barnes
DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 20: Harrison Barnes /

The Dallas Mavericks scored a huge win over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday. Here are some of the details from the victory in the Capital One Arena.

The Dallas Mavericks got the job done on Tuesday as they defeated the Washington Wizards 113-99. The Mavericks desperately needed a win after losing all but one of their games in this young season. Dallas came to Washington and knocked off a playoff caliber squad and looked like a completely different team.

The Mavericks controlled the game from tip-off and soon it seemed clear this just would not be the Wizards night. The Mavs were incredibly accurate as they managed to average over 50 percent from the field.

Harrison Barnes led the team in scoring and posted a season-high 31 points.  He also tacked on nine rebounds, one assist, one block, one steal, and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes from the floor. Hitting 3-pointers is an interesting new addition to his game and could completely change the flow of this offense.

Barnes recorded 16 points in the first half alone which was already impressive enough. After struggling during the early parts of the season the Mavericks superstar finally seems as if he is hitting his stride.

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This performance could be the thing that helps ignite this Dallas team and gets them hitting on all cylinders. It was not only Barnes who had a big night rookie Dennis Smith Jr set a career high in points (22) and a career-high in rebounds (8) during his time on the floor. DSJ also posted eight assists, one steal, one 3-pointer, and went perfect from the foul line.

He made 9 of his 22 shots but his shot selection and percentage are improving with every game. All signs point to his stock value only going up from here. Wesley Matthews also had a productive night out shooting 50 percent from the field.

He would grab eight rebounds, accumulate 14 points, six assists, and a foul while he was on the court. He was deadly from the line as he made four 3-pointers. The surprise of the night came from center Salah Mejri who had his best game this season.

He came off the bench and showed patience and poise as soon as he hit the floor. He was a solid rim protector in this contest posting 10 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks,3 of 4 from the field, four fouls during his 25 minutes on the court.

His double-double is fairly exciting as he appears to be the answer (right now) at the center position. The Dallas Mavericks have struggled to have a player really step up and fill that void, it was expected to be veteran Dirk Nowitzki however he has not really been a fit there.

That trend continued on Tuesday as he would only record six points, five rebounds, one assist, with his 19 minutes on the floor. He also had two turnovers and four fouls which is a bit concerning since he was on the court for a limited amount of time.

Nowitzki is naturally a forward however he has a tough time guarding some of the better forwards in the NBA so it is fairly tough to find a spot where he fits. He started the game but Mejri’s eruption from the center position could give him more minutes at the five which would force Nowitzki to fill another role.

Nerlens Noel was once again relegated to the bench for most of the game as he only was on the court for six minutes. In that time he recorded two points, two rebounds, one steal, and one block with zero fouls.

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He looked great to start however Mejri began to heat up. Noel’s minutes would eventually be eaten up by the young center who had a fantastic game. The Dallas Mavericks were in control of this contest from start to finish and crushed their scoring average of 97.9 points per game. After snapping a six-game losing streak the Mavericks will host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday.