Devin Harris and J.J. Barea lead a dominant group performance to lead Dallas to victory, 128-108.
Dallas started the game slowly, again, while Luka Doncic, Dennis Smith, Jr., Wes Matthews, Harrison Barnes and DeAndre Jordan are not the best. They arrived tonight after playing 150 minutes with a plus-minus -27.
It got worse tonight.
Rick Carlisle must win a way to unlock the potential of this training or determine who should be sent to a 6th Human role in favor of someone like Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber, Devin Harris or, on his return, Dirk Nowitzki.
Dwight Powell also took a few minutes of decisive action tonight before giving up his seat at the end of the bench in the fourth quarter after Dallas put the match out for good. The bench crowd sealed it after a difficult third quarter in which the top five found a predictable opening of the half.
Luka Doncic may be the centerpiece of an offense and keeps things moving forward
Luka Doncic kept Dallas early in the game with two ridiculous three pointers towards the end of the match and a nice dunk in transition (his third of the season). His vision of passage is really something to see, as when he is on the attack, everything else tends to be put in place.
He saved the team in the corner. He drilled the majestic 40 feet to finish the first half. But he was also brilliant when he sprinted 90 feet after his shot clock beat three in the corner to deflect a Houston pass all over the field. In another sequence in the middle of the first quarter, he spotted an offensive chart from start to finish going through two Rockets starting with one position, finding Harrison Barnes immediately for one of his assistants. night.
The Mavericks' bench lost 61 points, continuing a monstrous November month in which they brought the team to several victories.
Devin Harris and Maxi Kleber led the way with +29 and +28 performances, and Dwight Powell and J.J. Barea were not far behind with respectively +27 and +24.
Harris caught fire in the fourth quarter, shooting 5-6 at three points distance, getting four assists, a few deflections and two blocks in just 15 minutes of action. With J.J. Barea, the two former state men (and the two players who left and joined the team at the points of their career) of the bench rallied for 33 minutes, 33 points and 16 assists.
Harris and Kleber do everything coaches like. They play with the grain, interposing to take the charges and defend the edge. They nail open plans. They keep the ball moving in attack. They are excellent players who could absolutely be part of a championship level team.
Dallas has encountered problems on the glass, where they have to watch each other
The Mavericks deflected their numbers of generally strong defensive rebounds and allowed 15 offensive tables in the match. They really got in trouble in the third quarter, when we had the impression that Houston had two chances out of three in several possessions in a row. Between some shots on goal and additional opportunities, Houston managed to beat the Mavs 33-22 in the 3rd quarter.