Start of Bulls-Mavs delayed by severe weather in Dallas area

New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon top defends the basket against Dallas Mavericks guard Deron Williams during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday Jan. 2 2016 in Dallas

Rose has now finished with more points than shots in his last two games, which shouldn't be a major accomplishment, but he's only done that eight times in 28 games this season. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 79 percent from the free throw line. But the Bulls will surely look back sorely at the play that never happened. "

The Mavericks won consecutive games for the first time in five weeks.

The Mavericks caught the Bulls on a back to back night, after Chicago took down the Oklahoma City Thunder on Christmas day. He should have a chance to play in the Dallas Mavericks ' next game Wednesday, but J.J. Barea will get another start at the point guard position Monday night with Williams still sidelined. Barea hit his first seven 3-point attempts in scoring 26 points in perhaps the biggest Dallas win of the season against Chicago.

"When you're in a good rhythm, you basically try to look for more shots", Barea said.

"Parsons is ready", Carlisle said. "I don't know what he's doing differently, but he needs to continue to do that, and we're going to keep riding him during the stretch". Whether it was a bearded Dirk Nowitzki hitting the game-winning three late on a Saturday afternoon or Monta Ellis exploding for 38 points in Chicago to help the Mavs win in double overtime, it seems like every meeting is special. Milwaukee SG O.J. Mayo is 3-of-14 shooting over the past two contests.

There were several reasons for optimism for this group after this two-game stretch, specifically that they started both games well and played with a consistent intensity that has been lacking most of the year. The great thing, we were down six rebounds at the half, and we ended up outrebounding them.

Rose had another jump-pass turnover, a no-no under traditional standards, with 59 seconds left and the Bulls trailing by two. Barea was 5 of 5 from long range before halftime to lead Dallas with 15 points. However, with a 7-8 record against teams from the East, the Bulls are going to take advantage of a matchup against the West's Dallas Mavericks. Khris Middleton scored 20 and Greg Monroe had 19 and 11 rebounds for the Bucks, who were outscored 35-11 in the fourth quarter.

All five Bulls starters scored in double figures.

And let's not forget Nikola Mirotic, who had his best game in over a month with 23 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. The National Weather Service said the Dallas area was under a tornado warning Saturday.

Mavericks: PG Deron Williams missed his second straight game with a left hamstring strain.

It's no secret that head coach Rick Carlisle likes to have plenty of guards to run his offense.

Devin Harris played his first game after missing several due to injury, and he made so many Harris-esque plays that we typically take for granted.

Raymond Felton cut through the Bulls' defense and was fouled with 1:07 left, and his two free throws put the Mavericks up 110-108.

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