DALLAS (AP) — Wesley Matthews scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half in the Dallas Mavericks’ 107-82 victory over the Chicago Bulls 107-82 on Saturday night.
Harrison Barnes scored 17 of his 22 points in the first half to help Dallas win its second straight game after losing 13 of its first 15.
Chicago was coming off a 111-105 victory over defending champion Cleveland on Friday night, the Bulls only win in their last four. Jimmy Butler led Chicago with 26 points.
Barnes powered the Mavericks to a 17-point first-quarter lead.
Dwight Powell (17) and rookie Dorian Finney-Smith (11) had career highs in scoring, and Deron Williams had a season-high 15 assists.
Neither team scored in the first 2:15, but Dallas went on a 7-0 run over the next 1:20. The Mavericks led 23-6 with 3:17 left. The quarter ended with Dallas leading 29-18. Barnes scored eight points, and Andrew Bogut had six points and eight rebounds.
Chicago pulled within six points three times in the second quarter, but Dallas finished the first half with a 57-45 lead. In the third quarter, Matthews had 14 points, and the Mavericks’ lead by as many as 21 points. The quarter ended with Dallas leading 82-66.
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