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The Thunder take down the Mavericks in final minutes, 106-101

The Thunder take down the Mavericks in final minutes, 106-101

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

 

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been playing well lately as they have won six of their last seven games.  They will hope to grab a third straight victory as they battle the Dallas Mavericks tonight at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.  The Mavericks, on the other hand, are coming off of a 108-95 loss to the Lakers on Sunday.  Tonight will the first of three matchups between these two teams this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Thunder and the Mavericks have played each other a grand total of 181 times in the past as the Thunder won 96 games while the Mavericks grabbed 85 victories.

INACTIVES:

Dallas Mavericks:

-Ryan Broekhoff (knee; 3.7 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 44.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Tim Hardaway (hamstring; 13.7 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 41.9 FG%, 38.2 3P%)
-Isaiah Roby (foot)
-J.J. Barea (coach’s decision; 9.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 2.8 APG, 46.0 FG%, 56.0 3P%)
-Courtney Lee (coach’s decision; 4.1 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 59.1 FG%, 58.3 3P%)
-Antonius Cleveland (G-League)
-Kristaps Porzingis (knee; 17.3 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 40.3 FG%, 34.3 3P%)
-Josh Reaves (G-League)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Mike Muscala (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 29.2 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Kevin Hervey (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Luguentz Dort (G-League; 3.3 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 32.0 FG%, 7.1 3P%)
-Justin Patton (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

Both the Mavericks and the Thunder would play competitive basketball in the first half as the Thunder shot forty percent from the field while the Mavericks shot thirty-five percent.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 11 points while recording four rebounds, three assists, and one block.  Danilo Gallinari and Steven Adams combined for 12 points while Chris Paul was kept to just two points.  Dennis Schroder played the most minutes off the bench as he had 14 points.

On the other end of the floor, Luka Doncic got extremely hot for 23 points on forty-six percent shooting.  He was able to knock down to two three-pointers while grabbing five rebounds, dishing off four assists, and committing a steal.  Former Celtics’ Dwight Powell helped out with seven points while Maxi Kleber had two treys.  Seth Curry played 10 minutes off the bench but was held scoreless as the Mavericks went into halftime a tight 51-50 lead.

The Thunder would slowly take control in the second half as they went on a 56-50 run, shooting forty-five percent.  Paul made up for his poor scoring performance in the first half as he chalked up 15 points which included one three-pointer.  Gallinari contributed with 13 points while drilling three shots from beyond the arc.  Schroder played the most minutes off the bench as he had six points.

As for the visitors, Doncic added 12 more points to his scoring total while Dwight Powell and Dorian Finney-Smith combined for seven points.  Delon Wright had four points off the bench but it wouldn’t be enough as the Thunder defeated the Mavericks, 106-101.  Dennis Schroder finished the game with 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists while Danilo Gallinari also had 20 points.  Luka Doncic had 35 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Dallas Mavericks will host Spencer Dinwiddie (23.0 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 6.3 APG, 42.5 FG%, 30.0 3P%) and the Brooklyn Nets (16-16) on Thursday at 8:30 p.m.  This will mark the first of two times that these ball clubs will fight each other this season.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will head to Texas to take on DeMar DeRozan (21.1 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 5.0 APG, 52.0 FG%, 26.3 3P%) and the San Antonio Spurs (13-18) on Thursday at 8:30 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that these two teams will see each other this season.  The first time they played each other was on November 7 when the Thunder fell to the Spurs, 121-112.  LaMarcus Aldridge finished that game with 39 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Danilo Gallinari had 27 points, 5 rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals.

The Dallas Mavericks sneak away from the Denver Nuggets with a 109-106 win

The Dallas Mavericks sneak away from the Denver Nuggets with a 109-106 win

The Denver Nuggets are one of the four teams who are undefeated at the moment.  Coming fresh off of a 101-94 victory against the Sacramento Kings last night, they will hope to grab a fourth straight win as they host the Dallas Mavericks tonight.  The Mavericks, on the other hand, saw their two-game win streak come to an end on Sunday as they fell to the Portland Trail Blazers, 121-119.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Denver Nuggets and the Dallas Mavericks have played each other a grand total of 184 times in the past as the Nuggets won 91 games while the Mavericks grabbed 93 victories.

INACTIVES:

Dallas Mavericks:

-J.J. Barea (coach’s decision)
-Courtney Lee (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 42.9 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Boban Marjanovic (coach’s decision)
-Antonius Cleveland (G-League)
-Isaiah Roby (G-League)
-Josh Reaves (G-League)
-Ryan Broekhoff

Denver Nuggets:

-Bol Bol (foot)
-Juan Hernangomez (coach’s decision)
-Michael Porter (coach’s decision)
-Jarred Vanderbilt (coach’s decision)
-Vlatko Cancar
-P.J. Dozier (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The first half of the game would be held close as the Dallas Mavericks shot fifty-two percent from the field while the Nuggets shot fifty percent.  Justin Jackson scored ten points off the bench while hitting two three-pointers in the second quarter.  Former Cavaliers’ guard Seth Curry helped out with eight points which held two three-pointers, as well.

Luka Doncic was kept to just seven points but managed to record four rebounds and one assist while knocking down a trey in the first period.  Kristaps Porzingis was limited to just five points but had five rebounds, one assist, and one block.  Tim Hardaway Jr. played the most minutes off the bench as he had five points.

As for the Denver Nuggets, Paul Millsap warmed up with fourteen points on fifty-percent shooting.  He had 3 three-pointers, as well, along with three rebounds.  Will Barton contributed with 11 points while grabbing four rebounds and committing a steal.  Jamal Murray was held to just four points while Gary Harris chalked up eight points.  Mason Plumlee played nine minutes off the bench but scored only four points as the Nuggets went into halftime with a 61-60 lead.

As the game drifted into the second half, it still remained competitive as the Texas team shot forty-five percent from the field while the Nuggets shot forty-three percent.  Murray would make up for his poor scoring performance in the first half as he went five for nine, scoring 12 more points.  He was unable to knock down the 3 three-pointers he attempted but managed to get his hands on four defensive rebounds.

Millsap had nine more points as he buried a three-pointer late in the fourth.  Both Gary Harris and Will Barton scored eight points each while Jerami Grant was held scoreless in the seven minutes he played off the bench.

On the other end of the court, Hardaway Jr. scored nine points, all coming from beyond the arc.  Both Porzingis and Doncic put up five points each while Curry was held to two points.  Maxi Kleber played the most minutes off the bench to score nine points as the Mavericks pulled away with a 109-106 victory.  Maxi Kleber finished the game with 14 points, 7 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and three blocks.  Tim Hardaway Jr. also had 14 points, along with three rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal.  Paul Millsap finished with 23 points and 8 rebounds.

So…what’s next?

The Denver Nuggets will travel to Louisiana to take on Brandon Ingram (27.3 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 4.8 APG, 50.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (0-4) on Thursday at 9:30 p.m.  This will mark the first of three matchups between these two teams this season.  The Dallas Mavericks will host Anthony Davis (25.0 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, 43.9 FG%, 33.3 3P%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (2-1) on Friday at 9:30 p.m.  This will be the first of four games between them this season.