Gallinari Drops 39 And Then Thanks Mavs

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DALLAS – They kept giving, so Danilo Gallinari kept taking.

The Denver Nuggets forward scored a career-high 39 points and tied a career-high with seven 3-pointers, a feat he’d accomplished just once before on Oct. 28, 2009, with the New York Knicks. Gallinari put up 11 high-arching bombs from beyond the arc in Friday’s 106-85 rout of the reeling Dallas Mavericks simply because, well, no one really stepped out to guard him.

Afterward, Gallinari acknowledged as much, and as any proper house guest should, he politely thanked the Mavs for their hospitality.

“I was open and I shoot it,” the Italian-born Gallinari said. “So, I got to thank the defense they prepared on me for leaving me open for the 3.”

The Nuggets led by as many as 15 in the first half, but with the Mavs coming on and down only 50-47, Gallinari went to work in the final 5.6 seconds. He buried a 3 and then, after Andre Miller picked off a pass, Gallinari left the Mavs flat-footed at the rim. He threw down Ty Lawson‘s missed 3 at the buzzer for a momentum-changing 5-point swing to give him 15 points and the Nuggets a 55-47 halftime lead.

Then, he opened the third quarter with his fourth 3-pointer and the demolition was on. He and Andre Iguodala went a combined 11-for-17 from beyond the arc while slumping Dallas, losers of five in a row and eight of nine, was just 5-for-25.

“It’s not pretty right now,” said Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki, who had rough night, going 2-for-10 from the floor for five points in his third game back from October knee surgery. “On the defensive end, our coverages get blown left and right and the other team makes us pay.”

Gallinari was 14-for-23 overall and also had eight rebounds, three assists and just one turnover in 34 minutes.

“He should [have] got 40 [points],” said Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried, who contributed a massive effort with 11 points and 19 rebounds. “That was a phenomenal performance.”

Gallinari, 24, blew away his season-high of 28 a little more than a week ago in a win over the Spurs. He came into Friday’s game not having made more than four 3s in a game this season, and he was shooting the 3-ball at just a 31.7-percent clip. He had made nine 3s in his last five games.

“My teammates were really finding me tonight and I’m glad I was making my shots,” Gallinari said. “Tonight was one of those games where after you release the ball you think that it’s going in.”

And they pretty much did.

16 Comments

  1. THANKING MAVS GALINARI? WAIT DIRK NOWITZKI’S 100% Return and MAYBE you should try that on other NBA ELITE TEAMS.THANKING A TEAM WHICH IS NOT PLAYING WELL IS KIND OF COOL HA KID? REALLY? 39POINTS with no DEFENSE? WITH THAT ATTITUDE EXPECT YOU WILL NOT GET ANY RING. That’s cute, 39pts with No Defense then BRICKS the next games. BE CONSISTENT FIRST TIMER.

    • Phil says:

      What? Are you new? Welcome to the Internet. We have cats. Gallo is a badman. The Mavs like my beloved Celts are horrible right now.. And they should’ve got a hand up on D… At least eventually.. Rookie defence not h stuff that woulda happened with DeShawn, Tyson etc there

  2. THANKING MAVS GALINARI? WAIT DIRK NOWITZKI’S 100% Return and MAYBE you should try that on other NBA ELITE TEAMS thank THANKING A TEAM WHICH IS NOT PLAYING WELL. FIRST TIMER.

  3. Big Al says:

    The only time when a home court was hospitable to a guest player was during Jordan’s last game at Philly.

  4. jacobm says:

    these performances are spectacular but someone with his size and athleticism and a dead accurate shot should be 25-15 every night

  5. Flying Raijin_41 says:

    it’s hard to watch if your a mavericks fan…pls…mark cuban make something to cheer for….

  6. aaa says:

    Gallinari is very underrated.

  7. big bang theory says:

    poor Dallas, but i saw this coming

  8. AnnoYouLater says:

    dont be happy…you are still inconsistent…

  9. lol says:

    danilo gallinari, the italian deadeye shooter :D

  10. SmoothMM says:

    Take what the defense gives you. It’s a simpler game that way. Good Job, Danilo.

  11. Unkle Daddy says:

    Cuban please trade Dirk to a championship caliber team (don’t fool yourself your not there anymore and won’t be again for a good while), if you have any respect for what this man has done for this ball club you’ll move him. You have a good PG and a good SG, build around them, and look to the future.

  12. MavsLackofDefense says:

    thank you Mavs..Go Gallinari..

  13. Geri says:

    Thanking the Mavs sounds unsportsmanlike for me. Not the first time from a Nuggets player.

  14. & i guess we’ll see cp3 thank the denver fans come fan night when nuggets have to actually play defense. i’m die hard Celts fan & i gotta say them clips are real foreal now.

  15. Charles Trist says:

    My dude, haha