Mavs Bad To The Bone In NY; Power Points
The Dallas Mavericks flipped the opponent and flipped the script from the last time we saw them.
Coming off of a loss against arguably the best team in the NBA in the Golden State Warriors, primarily because of a terrible first quarter, the Mavs took on arguably the worst team in the NBA in the New York Knicks and beat them handily, 107-87, thanks in large part to a monstrous first quarter.
The Mavs started out blazing hot, with a thunderous alley-oop from Monta Ellis to Tyson Chandler to open up the game and set the tone. Overall, the Mavs scored on their first six possessions of the game, including at least one made field goal by all five starters, with Dirk Nowitzki scoring twice on a couple of jumpers. Dallas dominated at the arc and at the rim ...
The Mavs scored on 15 of their first 19 possessions and grabbed a commanding lead, one they would not relinquish as they never trailed in their 107-87 victory at Madison Square Garden.
Barea going on a Monta-esque run to seal the deal? Nice.
Over the course of the season so far, Mavs fans have grown accustomed to seeing Monta Ellis finish games down the stretch en route to becoming one of the premier closers in the league. This was a little different, however, as the smallest player on the court came up unbelievably big down the stretch.
Starting at the 9:42 mark in the fourth quarter, Barea hit back-to-back 3-pointers to extend the Mavs 10-point lead. Then at the 6:36 mark in the fourth quarter, Barea assisted on every field goal (five) the Mavs made the rest of the stretch, including a exclamation-point alley-oop to Brandan Wright.
Barea finished with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including 2-of-2 from beyond the arc, and five assists, fully taking advantage of a hapless Knicks team that is now 5-22 and doesn't seem to be thriving with "bad leader'' Tyson being replaced by Zen leader Phil Jackson.
The Mavs, now 18-7, were back in triple-digits again against the Knicks and after getting out-performed in the three main categories offensively one game ago, the Mavs dominated the Knicks in field-goal percentage (Mavs 50.6% to Knicks 44%), 3-point percentage (Mavs 45.5% to Knicks 23.8%) and free-throw percentage (Mavs 100% to Knicks 80%).
It was just the second time all season the Mavs did not miss a single free throw in a game, the first time in a win (the other time was a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers).
This game didn't really have a standout performer as everybody on the team pitched in by doing their job and playing their role. The guys in double-digit points were the typical offensive weapons for the team in Dirk Nowitzki (16), Parsons(13), Ellis(16), Barea(10), and Harris(11). Tyson Chandler handled the boards, grabbing 14 rebounds down in the post.
But the important note with all this high-level balance? Low-level minutes. Dirk at 23, Parsons at 23, Tyson at 25. ... pretty predictable as Dallas moves to an NBA-best 11-2 against East teams, which includes sweeps of the lowly Sixers, the lowly Bucks and now the lowly Knicks.
The Mavs head to Detroit to take on the Detroit Pistons tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. to complete their back-to-back road trip before coming back home to host the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.
It will be interesting to see how Carlisle handles the play of Nowitzki as he has sat Dirk twice out of the five back-to-backs played this season. Carlisle could rest him to have him ready for the big game against the Spurs on Saturday. However, again, Dirk only played 23 minutes tonight, so maybe he's got plenty of gas left in his bad-to-the-bone tank.
Another compelling storyline: What's up with Greg Monroe and his trade availability. DB.com has the scoop on the Mavs' interest here in Mavs Premium.
The three times Dirk did play in back-to-backs this season, he played 27, 21, and 32 minutes respectively in the first games, signaling he may be set to take the court Wednesday night in Detroit.
Same goes for Parsons, as he works to come back from a sore back. We'll see if it's sore on Wednesday.
You know the drill: The Mavs win the game, and Mavs fans like you choose the Player of the Game. Who deserves "The Dirkie''? Vote here! And discuss the game on DB.com Boards, too!
"Crazy things happen in this building; I once scored 20 here.'' Rick Carlisle, self-effacingly addressing the visit to Madison Square Garden after echoing reporter Eddie Sefko's ringtone by humming, "Bad To The Bone.''
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