LAS VEGAS -- In a showcase of talented rookie point guards, it was the Dallas Mavericks' shooting guard, Dominique Jones, who took control Thursday night in an 88-82 loss to John Wall and the Washington Wizards.
On a strange night when Roddy Beaubois went scoreless and played just 16 minutes because of an ankle tweak, Jones put some heavy defense on the high-scoring Washington rookie and took anyone who tried to guard him hard to the hole. Jones finished with a game-high 28 points on 9-of-17 shooting (10-of-12 from the free throw line), plus four assists and four rebounds.
"Every game I'm getting more comfortable, being better, learning different angles, different speeds, you know, how to get my shot off here and just getting my floater back. I'm just getting back in tip-top [shape]. I took a lot of time off because I worked out with 20 teams and I've been exhausted from practice so I'm just really getting in my game feeling."
More impressive than his strong drives, was his defense on Wall. With Beaubois' time limited, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Jones muscled Wall on the defensive end, holding him to 4-of-19 shooting.
"He guarded John Wall better than John Wall has probably ever been guarded," Mavs assistant coach Darrell Armstrong said.