The Dallas Mavericks took quality shots in this one, going 44-80 (55.0%) from the field, including 12-26 (46.2%) from three-point range, in a 124-107 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. This is the second win in as many games for Dallas (28-21) after beating Sacramento on Friday.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points on 9-16 shooting, including 3-5 on 3-point attempts. Other key players for Dallas included Monta Ellis with 22 points and 7 assists, Samuel Dalembert with 18 points and 8 rebounds, and Brandan Wright with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Kyrie Irving had another strong performance for Cleveland in the loss, scoring 27 points on 8-18 shooting (4-9 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 7-8 from the free throw line. He also tallied 8 assists. Luol Deng chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds, Tristan Thompson finished with 17 points and 8 rebounds, and Jarrett Jack put up 12 points and 8 assists.
Along with their eFG% of 62.5%, the Mavericks connected at a rate of 46.2% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 10-4 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Cavaliers are winless (0-9) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
Cleveland (16-32) has now dropped their last five in a row.
Coming up next, the Mavericks play the Memphis Grizzlies, who are 26-21 on the year. The Cavaliers match up with the Los Angeles Lakers, currently 16-31 this season. The Mavericks won their last two meetings with Memphis. The Cavaliers have a 1-0 record against Los Angeles this season.