The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Washington Wizards 109-87 on Saturday night, led by Luka Doncic’s 26 points.
Dallas won its fourth straight game and ended a five-game road trip with a 4-1 record thanks to Doncic’s 12 of 24 shooting, eight rebounds, and six assists.
Jalen Brunson scored 19 points and Boban Marjanovic posted his third double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Dorian Finney-Smith contributed 11 points to Tim Hardaway Jr.’s 16 points.
The Wizards had a season-low point total thanks to Russell Westbrook’s 26 points and 14 rebounds. Since the All-Star break, Washington has lost three straight games and 11 of its last 14.
“The second half, it was terrific,” said Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle after Dallas held Washington to 40 points after halftime.
“Twenty-point defensive quarter in the third, 20-point defensive quarter in the fourth, that was the key. I thought Luka was great. Timmy Hardaway had a bit of an up-and-down game, but he hit a couple of huge 3′s at the end to put the game away.”
Off the bench, Robin Lopez had 18 points and Raul Neto had 16 points. In his first game since March 18, Davis Bertans scored 11 points and made three of Washington’s five 3-pointers. The Wizards only hit 20 percent of their long-range shots (5 of 25).
“We didn’t make shots,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks simply stated about his team’s offensive struggles.
“We didn’t get to the rim, didn’t make enough layups.”
Despite playing without Kristaps Porzingis, who sat out for the fifth time on the back end of a back-to-back this season while recovering from his surgically repaired right knee, the Mavericks led after each quarter and only trailed once.
Carlisle was back on the bench for Dallas after missing Friday’s victory over the New York Knicks. Carlisle tested positive for COVID-19, but subsequent testing showed that the result was a false positive. Carlisle received his vaccination in January.
Bradley Beal took part in pre-game warmups, but he will miss his fourth consecutive game for the Wizards due to a right hip contusion. With 31.3 points per game, Beal leads the NBA. –ESPN