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Mavericks’ staffers dish out meals and smiles at annual day of service

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As Alex Accetta knocked on the door at a first-floor apartment, the wheelchair-bound gentleman that answered seemed to have his mood brightened instantly.

The Dallas Mavericks were delivering lunches for the Meals on Wheels program and Accetta had hats, water bottles and other goodies to pass around with the food.

Will Gough, the Mavericks’ vice president of finance, handed the grateful man a hot and a cold meal. Accetta, executive assistant to chief operating officer Matt Goodman, supplied the hat, and the expression on the recipient’s face was priceless.

It was a scene repeated numerous times by more than 130 Mavericks’ staffers on Monday, the 22nd anniversary of the Sept.