Mavs open 2019 with a road win
New year, new Mavericks, you could say. With a big victory in Charlotte the Dallas Mavericks are undefeated on the road in 2019. Dallas is the worst team in the league this season on the road (3-16), but against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday the Mavs defeated the Hornets 122-85 and broke their nine-game road losing streak. Dallas stepped up in the second part of the opening quarter and didn’t look back. This is the fourth largest margin of victory on the road in franchise history.
Dennis Smith Jr. finished with 18 points, seven assists and three steals while playing only 22 minutes in front of family and friends. Luka Dončić scored a double-double, he had 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in 26 minutes of playing time.
Charlotte will host All-Star weekend next month and it remains to be seen if Dončić will make it to the actual All-Star Game or perhaps him and Smith will both make it to the Rising Stars Game. “Time will tell,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “Luka’s having a terrific year. But look, we’re in a team thing here, and I’m just real reluctant to get into talking about individual stuff. We’re slugging it out. Generally speaking, if you’re having a great individual year, and your team is winning, you have a chance to make the All Star team.”
Dončić was just glad to win on the road for the first time since Nov. 28 in Houston. “We did a great job,” Dončić said. “We just got to play like this every time. We moved the ball great. We had a lot of open shots, and we have players who can hit those shots.” About his chances on being an All-Star, he said: “We’ll see. It would be a dream for me. Se we’ll see.”
The Mavs will try to get their fourth win on the road on Friday against Boston.