Small forward Harrison Barnes and point guard Deron Williams combined for 47 points and 11 assists in the Dallas Mavericks (11-24) victory over the Washington Wizards (16-18) on Tuesday night at home, giving the Wizards their second straight loss in a row.
The Mavericks could not stop hitting from beyond the arc, hitting 17 on 32 attempts 53 percent. They shot 47 percent from the field. The Mavericks out rebounded the Wizards by 10 with Dirk Nowitzki having nine of them. The Mavericks had some key contributors off the bench. Devin Harris had 17 points (including going 4-7 from three-point range), and Seth Curry had 16 (4-5 from downtown).
For the Wizards, it was all the backcourt with John Wall having game high 27 points, including an impressive 13 points in a minute and 43 seconds to give the Wizards a 67-61 lead at halftime.
John Wall scored 13 points in the final 1:43 of the second quarter.
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Bradley Beal had 25 points and a late technical foul for hanging on the rim after an alley-oop from John Wall. Marcin Gortat had a double double having 12 points and 16 boards.
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John Wall was coming off an Eastern Conference player of the month award, so the Wizards wanted to win to add to that. The Wizards had a lot to play for, having a chance to get back to 500. after losing to the Rockets 101-91 the night before, and the back to back must have had an impact on the Wizards’ performance.
For the Mavericks, it was Harrison Barnes making the tough shots. He had 26 points, seven rebounds, and tied a career high five assists. He sealed the deal by hitting a clutch dagger at the end of the game. Deron Williams had 21 points, also going 4-7 from behind the arc. Watch out for the Mavericks. They have been picking it up as of late. Six of the Mavericks players scored in double figures.
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Dallas trailed by one point going into the fourth quarter. The Wizards missed their first 6 shots to begin the quarter, and the Mavericks took advantage, scoring the first eight points of the quarter. Washington managed to cut the lead to five. Then Beal missed an open three and Wall took two ill-advised threes to end the Wizards chances of winning.
The Wizards will have a chance to try to get back on track on Friday at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Mavericks will take on the visiting Phoenix Suns at home on Thursday.