Dallas came out sluggish to start the game as the Mavs missed five of their first six shots. They got things going as Josh Akognon was able to hit two 3-pointers. That was a welcome sight for the Mavs, as he was 1-of-14 from the field for only five points on Thursday night against Golden State. Ricky Ledo was showing his versatility as he attacked the Bulls’ defense. When the defense collapsed on him, he was able to find the open man. It was a balanced effort, as six different Mavs scored in the first quarter to give them a 20-16 lead.
Akognon’s streaky shooting continued as he scored 10 points in the second quarter. He ended up going 4-of-6 from 3-point range in the half. Dallas built a lead to as many as 10 points at 35-25 with 5:45 left in the half, but Chicago battled back in the closing portion of the second quarter to get the deficit to within three. Akognon’s shooting kept the Bulls at bay in the period. Dallas took a 46-40 lead into halftime.
A severe thunderstorm passed through Las Vegas during the game and it ultimately caused the roof to leak within the first three minutes of the third quarter, stopping the game for a few minutes. The delay seemed to get the Bulls going, as they regained the lead with 6:15 left in the third. Dallas’ defensive rotations started to slip and that allowed Chicago to gain further separation in the quarter. Chicago’s lead got as large as 10 points with 1:19 left in the third; the Bulls took a 67-60 lead into the final quarter.
Making up the deficit in a hurry, Justin Dentmon started the final quarter with a 3-point bucket and hit three free throws after being fouled on a shot attempt. Chicago battled back and regained a nine-point lead with less than six minutes to go. With crafty passing from Gal Mekel, Dallas battled to get the score within three with 3:25 left in the game. Chicago weathered the storm and created more distance off a four-point play by rookie Tony Snell. That gave the Bulls an 88-79 lead with just over a minute to go. It was a lead they would not relinquish.
What it means: The Dallas Mavericks have officially wrapped up their summer league duties. Shane Larkin will continue his rehabilitation after having surgery on his fractured right ankle. Mekel is expected to take some time to recover after a grueling period of coming back to America and learning the Mavs’ system for the summer league. He’s expected to resume working out shortly. Jackie Carmichael’s performance garners a potential invite to training camp.
Mavs players of the game: Honors go to Justin Dentmon and Josh Akognon. Both shot the lights out as they combined to go 14-of-30 from the field and 7-of-11 from 3-point range, while scoring 41 points in the loss.
Stat of the night: Chicago had its way with Dallas on the boards, with a 46-30 rebounding edge. The Bulls also enjoyed a 44-20 points in the paint edge over the Mavs.
Carmichael's summer block party: Jackie Carmichael established a summer league high for blocks on Thursday. Click here for the full story.