Now that was an impressive home debut by the Dallas Mavericks.
One game and 48 hours removed from a season-opening one-point loss in San Antonio, the Mavs were a different team Thursday night in rolling all over the Utah Jazz 120-102 before a sellout crowd of 19,697 at American Airlines Center.
For starters, the two Chandlers — Parsons and Tyson — got the Mavs’ juices flowing and showed signs of why the front office was so giddy with their off-season acquisitions.
After stumbling for just five points on 2-of-10 shooting against the Spurs, Parsons was 8-of-16 from the field and poured in a game-high-tying 21 points against the Jazz. He also collected seven rebounds while looking quite comfortable in his new environment.
“I like everything about Parsons,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “He plays hard, he’s decisive with what he’s doing.
“He’s going to play his game. By the time the All-Star break rolls around people are going to look at him and say this guy is one of the best young players in the league.”
Chandler, meanwhile, made all five of his field-goal attempts, with four of them coming on alley-oop dunks. Chandler’s other basket came via a put-back dunk.
“We had good spacing, which enabled that to happen,” Carlisle said in explaining Chandler’s four lob dunks. “We threw better lobs tonight, and the other night we threw some that were too low and some that were too high.”
In leading wire-to-wire, almost everything the Mavs did registered high on the Richter scale. Dallas shot 55.3 percent from the field, had seven players score 12 or more points, dispensed 25 assists, outrebounded the Jazz by four and committed just nine turnovers.
The Mavs were operating so efficiently that they led 36-20 after the first period and 65-35 with 2:58 left before halftime.
“I thought we spaced the floor well and kept the pace, and because of that we had room to attack and make plays,” Carlisle said. “Utah is a hard team to play.”
The Jazz cut a 69-44 halftime deficit to 80-66 with 4:52 remaining in the third quarter. But the Mavs were off and running again, spearheaded by — what else? — a lob dunk from Jameer Nelson to Chandler.
The newest Mavs player, guard J.J. Barea, even had his moments — a day after signing a one-year, $13.1 million contract with Dallas. After receiving one of the loudest ovations during pregame introductions, Barea entered the game for the first time late in the first quarter and finished with four points, four rebounds and three assists in 19 minutes
“It was good to get this game out of the way and it feels amazing to be out there again,” Barea said. “Yeah, I was nervous.
“I haven’t been nervous in a while, so it was a great feeling that I was missing.”
Speaking of a great feeling, Dirk Nowitzki was near flawless while converting 9 of 13 baskets and finishing with 21 points. Al-Farouq Aminu, meanwhile, played 20 minutes and notched 16 points and 10 boards.
Also for the Mavs, Chandler dunked his way to 13 points and added six rebounds, Monta Ellis contributed 14 points and six assists, Brandan Wright popped in 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting, and Devin Harris tossed in a dozen points.
The balanced scoring is an intangible Carlisle preached about all through training camp.
“We’re going to need balance and we’re going to need a lot of guys to contribute,” Carlisle said. “I’ve just got to keep everyone as involved as possible and keep our competitive level really high and our energy level really high.
“That’s what this year is going to be about.”
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This story was originally published October 30, 2014 4:23 PM.