Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 23 points and the Dallas Mavericks overcame a sluggish performance by prized rookie Luka Doncic to beat the Chicago Bulls 103-98 Monday night.
Doncic, the leading scorers among NBA rookies, shot 3 for 12 and finished with 11 points as Dallas won for the third time in four games after a six-game skid. J.J. Barea added 14 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Zach LaVine led Chicago with 26 points. Jabari Parker scored all but two of his 16 points in the second half.
Chicago came up just short on a night when the Mavericks threatened to break the game open several times. It was 87-84 midway through the fourth quarter when Dennis Smith Jr. hit a jumper and Barnes made two free throws to stretch the lead to seven points. Doncic hit a 3 with just over three minutes left to make it 96-88. After the Bulls cut their deficit to four points, Barnes made two free throws with 10.5 seconds left and the Mavericks hung on.