DALLAS – Saturday night was the first time for Mavericks’ fans to see the new Dallas team since the trade deadline that ended on Feb. 8. The Mavericks made a 3-way deal that sent veteran reserve Devin Harris to Denver and brought in forward Doug McDermott from New York. Dallas also received the Nuggets’ second-round pick in the 2018 draft.
The Mavs beat the Lakers tonight 130-123 in the American Airlines Center. McDermott entered the game for Dallas late in the 1st quarter and quickly got his first basket as a Maverick on a fast break dunk. McDermott was averaging 7.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and .9 assists with the Knicks, and finished tonight with 8 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.
McDermott was not the only player making his debut for a new team tonight, as the trade deadline shook up the Lakers roster as well. Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye were traded to the Lakers from Cleveland in exchange for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. Thomas checked in quickly for the purple and gold and started his Lakers career off with a 3-pointer. He finished with 22 points, 6 assists and a rebound.
Leading all scorers in the game was Julius Randle with 26 points. He had a complete game as he also had 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Dallas’ leading scorer was Dirk Nowitzki, as he finished with 22 points, which is a season high for him. Nowitzki brought down 4 rebounds and had 2 assists.
Saturday was the first game of a back to back for the Mavericks, as they now head to Houston to face the Rockets tomorrow at 6 pm.
Austyn Iven graduated from Oklahoma State University as a Sports Media Major. Austyn passion for sports started before she was even old enough to play one. Born and raised in Knoxville, TN and being a avid Tennessee Volunteer fan her family moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma when Austyn was in the 7th grade.