The road has not been a friendly place for Dallas this season, and the start of this road trip, a 100-78 thumping in Toronot, proved just that. But if Dallas intends to compete for that final playoff spot, they’ll have to find a way to get it done away from the AAC as 7 of their final 12 games will be on the road. Wednesday night, they found a way to beat a good team in the road unis.
Entering the game, Dallas was in desperate need of a big win and thanks to Harrison Barnes’s scoring barrage in the third quarter, Dallas managed to hang tight in this one before exploding for 39 points in the fourth quarter to edge the Wizards 112-107. In the closing seconds things got a bit hectic, with Dallas missing three free throws in the final fifteen seconds, followed by a phantom foul on Yogi Ferrell as John Wall attempted to draw a foul on a half-court heave with two full ticks left on the clock, but give the Mavs credit. When things got tough, they held together and made just enough plays to escape with a nice win.
High scorers for the game were Harrison Barnes with 22, Dirk with 20, and Seth Curry with 19. Also making a noticeable impact was Nicolas Brussino, whose 11 points and 9 rebounds gave the Mavs the added spark they were looking for. Really, had it not been for a sloppy foul on a three-point attempt in the final minutes, there would be little to criticze. As is, his mistake allowed Washington to regroup and begin closing on a 9 point lead.
Dallas plays again Friday night in Philadelphia before closing out their road trip in Brooklyn against the 11 win Nets.