Published on November 15th, 2018 | by Landon Buford0
Dallas Mavericks Destroy Jazz On Seats for Soldiers” Night
Dallas – Last night was “Seats for Soldiers” night at the American Airlines Center. Over 100 wounded soldiers from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio were in attendance to watch the Dallas Mavericks take on the Utah Jazz.Maverick season ticket holder Neal Hawks along with others organized the “Seats for Soldiers” event, they donate their seats for soldiers to have a front row view of tonight’s game. After the game they will have to the opportunity to meet and greet players, General Manager Donnie Nelson, Owner Mark Cuban, and Head coach Rick Carlisle.Prior to the game Rick Carlisle share his thoughts on being a part of “Seats for Soldiers” night.“This is my 11th year if being a part of this it is an amazing night. It is a great tribute to the men and women, who serve our country that make the ultimate sacrifices. So, it very special to be a part of”, said Carlisle.As for the game, the Dallas Mavericks jump out to a 30-24 lead over the Jazz, led by JJ Barea’ six points off the bench on two of three shooting. While the rest of the starting five combined for 20 points shooting 53 percent from the floor.In the second quarter the Mavericks would increase the lead to a 11 eleven with 2:24 left in the quarter. Deandre would also pick up two quick fouls and technical foul for arguing with an official, and two seconds later Dallas rookie Luka Doncic was assessed one as well. The Mavs would in end the quarter with back to back three from Harrison Barnes and Luka Doncic. After draining a three at the closed seconds of the second quarter Harrison Barnes made his 500th three for his career. The Mavericks would take a 12 point (58-46) lead into halftime. The Jazz were led by Donavon Mitchell with nine points, two rebounds, and two assists.At half-time Grammy Award Winner Lee Greenwood serenated the crowd with his hit single “God Bless The USA.”At beginning of the third quarter, the Mavericks turn up the defensive intensity against the Jazz, as they forced four turnovers. Pushing the lead to 19 with 6:29 left in the third. At the end of the third the Mavs led 84 to 59.The fourth quarter began with the Mavericks getting back to back steal and coming down the court, Derrick Favors hip checks JJ Barea into the second round resulting in a flagrant foul one. JJ Barea was assessed a technical foul after the scrum in front of the Dallas bench. The Mavericks exploded in the fourth extending their lead to 42 point with 4:12 left in the quarter. Behind the solid scoring of Harrison Barnes, Luka Doncic, Dwight Powell, and JJ Barrea, who combined for 59 points this evening. The Final score was 118-68.After the game, Maverick forward Harrison Barnes spoke about “Seats for Soldiers”“It huge, unfortunately that our season ticket holders give up their seat, but the soldiers that are here have the opportunity to see a basketball game. All of us after the game go shake their hands and thank them for their service and it just means a lot just to house these guys and give them more than just a jumbo-tron shout-out but actually visit with them and tell them and them for serving our country, “said Barnes.“ That was pretty cool how they did that court side that is really special. I personally, haven’t been affected, but I think the little things that we don’t see. I don’t know any of those people in the front row, but they are doing stuff me, you, and everybody. That is what it is all about and it is really special. I think more teams should definitely do things like that, “ said Mitchell.“That is awesome. This night is always huge and I think it is a great think that we do. I also, think it helps our energy when they come. So, it is good to have them here and we have some fun with them, and they get to enjoy the game,” said JJ Barrea.“The Seats for Soldiers give us an opportunity as the Mavericks organization to really giver honor to the men and service women that really defend our country. Any time you get to see the valued members of our community that really protect our country the direction, and the application that our congress needs and our people it is a fantastic thing to bring them here. Pay them homage and give them the opportunity to know that we care and love them. We see them as highly valued members of our society and we thank them so very much it is an important time to be able to show that her in this basketball game, “ said Rolando Blackman.“Well that is, so much bigger than any game to be honest with you, and it put everything in prospective. We are very lucky and privilege to do and for those soldiers are here tonight win, lose or draw there is an appreciation that all have for them that transcends the game,” said Snyder.