Mavs 'Come Home' In Blowout Of Jazz

DALLAS - Thursday marked a homecoming in many ways for the Dallas Mavericks, and not just because the meeting with Utah marked Dallas' first game of the year at the AAC. Tyson Chandler was at home. JJ Barea was at home. And the Mavs offense looked like it felt right at home as well.



Lob City

The Dallas Mavericks play in "Big D.'' But it was as if they'd changed the nickname to "Lob City'' for the first half of what became a 120-102 thumping of the visiting Jazz.

Was this a regular-season game or an easy-to-score All-Star game? It sure seemed like the latter the way they Mavs came out of the gate with Dirk Nowitzki kicking off the scoring. Then, very quickly, Tyson Chandler was the beneficiary of lob passes from Jameer Nelson and Chandler Parsons on two possessions that had a Dirk three-pointer sandwiched in between. Later, midway through the first quarter, Nelson chunked a pass from half court towards the rim and TY went up and finished it.

In fitting fashion, the first quarter ended with Devin Harris throwing up an alley-oop to Al-Farouq Aminu. ... and the rout was on, the Mavs totaling 36 in the first quarter on the way to the blowout.

Contributions from Everybody

The Mavs featured their usual superstar in Dirk and his ability to dominate, but the entire roster was insanely on fire. Parsons started off struggling, going 2-for-8 with his lone two shots being attacks at the rim. But he got on track really quick and finished 8-for-16 for 21 points. Mavs had a total of seven players in double digits including Nowitzki (9-of-13 for 21), Parsons (21), Aminu (16), Monta Ellis (14), Tyson Chandler (13), Devin Harris (12), and Brandan Wright (14). These Mavericks were predicted to be an offensive juggernaut and this much is clear, not only here with a 30-point lead but also in Tuesday's opening 101-100 loss at San Antonio -- they can score with anybody in the league.

Lineup experiments continue

Coach Rick Carlisle played every guy possible in this game and had some interesting combinations. The intriguing lineup of the night was when he went SmallBall with newly-signed J.J Barea joining Devin Harris, Richard Jefferson, Dirk Nowitzki, and Brandan Wright. That's JJB at the 2, and the scoring was through the roof with the smaller lineup. ... though JJB's biggest impact wasn't his four points; it was the emotion in the building as he got a standing ovation when he came off the bench late in the first quarter.

“I’m excited to be back,'' JJB said. "Yeah, I was nervous. I haven’t been nervous in a while so it was a great feeling that I was missing.”

We don't want to suggest it was all O, of course; forward Al-Farouq Aminu had 16 points and 10 rebounds in 19 minutes, showing his jack-of-all-trades potential.

Minute management

Maybe it was the fact that it was "just'' the Utah Jazz and the Mavs were up by 30 in the first half, but Carlisle was Popovich-esque in managing minutes for all the players. No player hit 30 minutes for the game, as Monta Ellis led the team in playing time with 29:22. That's enough rest to be very fresh when Dallas hits the road to face the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday at the Smoothie King Center, a telecast on FOX Sports Southwest that will feature our own Mike Fisher on the pre- and postgame shows.

“Well, we are going to need balance,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "And we are going to need a lot of guys to contribute. We have a lot of guys that are capable of playing. The way it is looking, we have some different lineups that fit together. There are two or three that I think could work. I just have to keep everybody as involved as possible and keep our competitive level and energy level really high. That is what this season is going to be about.”

The Final Word

“I like everything about Parsons. He plays hard; he is decisive with what he is doing. He is going to play his game and by the time All-Star break rolls around people are going to look at him and say this is one of the best young players in the league.” -- Rick Carlisle.

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