Rodrigue Beaubois made his much-anticipated season debut in a 116-100 win over the Sacramento Kings Wednesday night at the American Airlines Center. This was Beaubois’ first game back since breaking his left foot last season.
Beaubois finished with 13 points, six assists and three steals.
It was a close game through halftime, with the Kings erasing a Dallas 13-point lead, but the Mavericks came to life in the third quarter on a 24-4 run. Jason Kidd made four 3-pointers and Peja Stojakovic and Beabois both hit a 3-pointer to give Dallas a 94-74 lead with 1:11 remaining in the third.
The Mavericks shot a season-high 55.6 percent from the field and 50 percent from behind the arc. Dallas outscored the Kings 54-34 in the paint and set a season high with 34 assists. Dallas scored 38 points off 26 Kings turnovers, but Sacramento also scored 24 points off a season high-tying 21 Mavericks turnovers.
Eight players finished in double digits: Kidd (20), Shawn Marion (14), Beaubois (13), Dirk Nowitzki (13), Brendan Haywood (13 points, 10 rebounds), Stojakovic (12), Jason Terry (12) and J.J. Barea (11 points, 10 assists). The bench also outscored the King’s 62-33.
“I don’t know if I envisioned eight guys in double figures, but we wanted to win the game. It’s always good when you can keep the minutes reasonable heading into a back-to-back, so those were positives,” said Coach Rick Carlisle about the win.
Mavs vs. Phoenix Suns
Dirk Nowitzki finished with 35 points, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 112-106 victory over the Phoenix Suns Thursday night.
Jason Terry finished with 16, Tyson Chandler added 12 points and 12 rebounds and Shawn Marion contributed 12 points. This was the Mavericks’ 13th win in the last 14 games, setting a franchise record with their 40th win before the All-Star break.
The Maverick were able to hold off a Phoenix run with a little less than seven minutes left in the game. Nowitzki made a pair of free throws and a jumper, Chandler made a three-point play and Jason Kidd scored to give the Mavericks a 103-94 advantage with three minutes left in the game.
The Suns made one last run, coming within 3 with 17.3 seconds remaining, but Dallas made 3-of-4 free throws in the last seconds to take the victory.
“It’s definitely a fun way to go into the break,” Nowitzki said about the team’s 40th win.
Next up, the Mavericks host the Utah Jazz Wednesday night.
Tip-off is at 7:30 and the game will be broadcast on FSSW. Tickets are still available. Dallas hits the road to take on Washington Saturday night. Tip-off is at 7 and the game will be broadcast on FSSW.