Doncic: 41 pts., 15 rebs., 6 assts. Free throws: Washington 32/41, Dallas 22/26 – 11:06 PM Luka Doncic just ripped the front of his jersey after missing the second of 2 free throws that would’ve put the Mavs ahead with 12. 5 seconds left. – 10:59 PM George King @2bkings Josh Green plays extremely hard every single night! Glad J Kid is leaving him in to finish the game – 10:59 PM Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS Staying out of foul trouble is going to be crucial for Daniel Gafford as the Wizards play without Kristaps Porzingis. He just fouled out for the second straight game, this time in only 19 minutes.
– 10:06 PM Luka Doncic just drew his 11th technical foul of the season. That’s 5 from a one-game suspension … with 33 games left this regular season. – 9:59 PM WAS ends half on 12-1 run to lead Mavs 65-60 at half. Doncic w/22. The bench after scoring just 9 pts vs LAC scores 17, but the defense leaky again, as they allow Wizards to shoot 57. 5. 2nd half soon @971TheFreak – 9:45 PM Awful finish to the first half for the Mavs.
– 9:07 PM After one, the Wizards lead the Mavs 32-28. Beal and Avdija have 7p each, and Will Barton has 5 coming in early off the bench. – 9:07 PM Mike Trudell @LakersReporter Hachimura told people around him in college at Gonzaga that he wanted L. A. to be his home after playing in the city at then Staples Center. He cited the weather at first, but significantly, said he has family and friends here, with 🇯🇵 only a 9-hour flight away. – 9:01 PM Will Barton has returned to the rotation tonight and has made a nice impact offensively: with a corner 3 and a nice pass to Deni Avdija to assist on an Avdija layup. Washington leads Dallas 29-21. – 9:00 PM Will Barton is now in the game and just hit a corner 3.
He was out of the rotation, but the Hachimura trade and Porzingis injury have evidently opened the door for him. – 8:59 PM Kyle Goon @kylegoon Rob Pelinka, talking about the Rui Hachimura deal, says it doesn’t mean the Lakers are finished in the trade market before the deadline. – 8:55 PM Rob Pelinka said the Rui Hachimura trade was “an opportunity to strike early” in a mostly dormant trade market so far but added, “it doesn’t mean our work is finished. ” – 8:53 PM Rui Hachimura told us on a @SpectrumSN interview (coming up on the pregame show) that he chose No. 8 in part due to being a Kobe fan growing up, and also because part of his name means 8 in Japanese.
com/BzBIgx7fEF – 9:18 PM Luka hammers in 15 first-quarter points, but Mavericks trail 32-28. Defense again leaving something to be desired. – 9:09 PM I think the Dallas retro marketing stuff is good but I also think they should’ve gone all in and done short shorts with the uniforms. Be brave – 9:08 PM Porzingis, in a suit because he’s sidelined with an ankle sprain, just got a nice tribute video and round of applause in Dallas.
Wizards get a point-blank bucket with 12 seconds left. Dorian Finney-Smith clangs a three with 5 seconds left and Wiz hustle down for a Bradley Beal layup a fraction before the buzzer and Mavs are down 65-60 at the break. – 9:40 PM Wizards close the 1st half on a 12-1 run, lead the Mavs 65-60 at halftime. Luka Doncic has 22 points, but the Wizards have the lead.
With the benefit of hindsight I can safely say that the refereeing in the previous Utah game was garbage. Dallas shot eight total free throws and just one in the second half. The last two minute report released the next day indicated there were incorrect non-calls in crunch time, so I feel comfortable saying there were also a lot of missed calls in non-crunch time.
Beal has 11. – 9:40 PM Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer With Dyson Daniels out rest of game, Garrett Temple on the floor mid 3Q. His last appearance (non-blowout) was Jan. 7 at Dallas when McCollum was a DNP – 9:34 PM Jordan Goodwin has 6 games left before his two-way contract has to be converted to a full NBA deal. He is in street clothes and inactive in Dallas presumably to save against the count with still 8 games left before trade deadline after tonight. – 9:23 PM John Schuhmann @johnschuhmann This is where we can run into trouble w/ shot-charting inconsistencies. Mavs broadcast noting that Wiz have highest restricted-area FG% ever, but like GSW, Washington’s shot-chart is skewed, where far fewer shots are counted as restricted-area than in other arenas.
– 10:27 PM Let me preface this by saying that Dallas is 25th in defensive rating this season. That said, this has been one of Washington’s best offensive games in the halfcourt this season, even with them going 7 for 21 on 3s. They’ve left a lot of points on the board at the free throw line – 10:26 PM Of note: Although Jordan Goodwin is on the road trip and is healthy, he’s been designated as inactive for tonight’s game. That keeps him at 44 games on Washington’s active list so far this season. The limit for a player on a two-way contract is 50 games on the active list.
These first two points are related as Mitchell carved up the Mavericks from behind the arc in the previous contest. Dallas has played three smaller scoring guards since returning from All-Star break. Though the team put the clamps on Steph Curry twice, Mitchell then De’Aaron Fox scored on them with relative ease. It’ll be up to the combination of Reggie Bullock and Dorian Finney-Smith to make Mitchell work for his baskets.