The Dallas Mavericks got a little better in the second week of preseason. One, they went 2-1 with wins over the Indiana Pacers and the Charlotte Bobcats, and two, they got Jose Calderon back.
Dallas dominated the Pacers in the second and third quarter and took a 19-point lead into the fourth before holding off for a 92-85 win on Oct. 16.
Shawn Marion scored 18 points on 9-of-18 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds in 25 minutes of action. Monta Ellis added 13 points and nine assists while Dirk Nowitzki finished with 11 points, five rebounds and four assists.
The Mavs had 11 turnovers, but forced 17 turnovers on the Pacers. Dallas came in averaging 22 turnovers per game after the first two contests.
Dallas held the field-goal advantage with 43 percent to Indiana’s 33 percent. Without David West, Paul George and Roy Hibbert, the Mavs also won the rebounding battle 48-46 and had 46 points in the paint, to the Pacers 22. Dallas also had nine blocks while the Pacers didn’t record any.
The Mavericks then traveled to Greensboro Coliseum to face the Bobcats on Oct. 19 and defeated Michael Jordan’s squad 89-83 in Calderon’s Mavericks debut. The former Toronto Raptors point guard scored 13 points and dished out five assists. Marion led Dallas once again, with 13 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Nowitzki didn’t play as Rick Carlisle gave the power forward a scheduled day of rest.
Rookie Cody Zeller led the Bobcats with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Dallas was able to outscore the Bobcats 27-14 in the second quarter that proved to be the difference.
Another key aspect was that the Bobcats took seven attempts behind the arc, missing all seven, while the Mavs made nine 3-pointers.
One problem the Mavs had in the two games, came from fouls. Dallas committed 24 fouls against the Bobcats, while committing a whopping 30 fouls versus the Pacers.
Their lone loss in the week came on Oct. 14 against the Orlando Magic 102-94. The Mavericks found themselves down as much as 20 points, but led 73-72 after three quarters. None of the starters played the final quarter.
Nowitzki scored 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Ellis added 16 points, five assists and four rebounds.
Despite only 12 turnovers to the Magic’s 28, Dallas was only able to get 14 points off those turnovers, while the Magic scored 40 off turnovers. Dallas only shot 38 percent from the field to Orlando’s 52 percent.
Rookie Victor Oladipo led Orlando with 12 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.
In five games, the Mavericks are averaging 92.4 points while allowing 90.8 points.
Nowitzki is scoring 15.1 points per game in four preseason match ups.
The Mavericks open up the 2013-14 season at home on Oct. 30 versus the Atlanta Hawks.