Mavs Power Points: Dallas 135, Thunder 131

This is the one they had to have - 'a great basketball game ... the shot-making was breathtaking,' said coach Rick Carlisle, made more breathtaking by the outcome: Mavs 135, Thunder 131 and a Wednesday night authoritative grab of No. 7 in the West. Power Points:

The Big Lead

The Dallas Mavericks haven't beaten a winning team on the road since Feb. 19 at Memphis. But sometimes, the "when'' can be almost as important as the "how often.'' And the timing of Mavs 135, Thunder 131 is of critical importance.

Dallas' road win on Wednesday against a red-hot OKC team provides the Mavs a four-game cushion over the No. 8 Thunder. Now, No. 7 isn't exactly a primrose path to a title. But it's a start -- and this win puts an end to a skid that had Dallas losing four of its last five.

"We were able to hold the line and stay with it and keep fighting back,'' Carlisle said. "It was one of our best games of the year in terms of our collective resolve.”

CP25, The Closer

Gone are the days, at least for now, that Monta Ellis left us in singular awe in the closing minutes. Instead, Chandler Parsons is taking over some of that role and earning the hefty contract he got from the Mavs.

Parsons scored 13 of his 22 points not just in the final quarter, but the final 5:08. He converted on a team-high 10 field goals out of 15 attempts and added in six assists, four rebounds, and a steal. His fadeaway jumper with 13 seconds left put the Mavs up by three and they ended up winning after two failed Russell Westbrook 3-pointers.

“Down the stretch, it seemed like Parsons made every single play for us at the offensive end,” said Dirk Nowitzki.

Offensive Efficiency

It's very fair to say that both teams demonstrated explosive offenses, especially when they combine for 266 points. However, the Mavs were more of the "efficient'' team on offense, while the Thunder were "explosive. ''

The Mavs, finally with a roster in which everybody was at least available, scored 135 points. That's even more impressive when you take into account they only made four 3-pointers. The Thunder on the other hand scored 131 points but made 14 3-pointers.

It's definitely a good sign because efficiency on the offensive side means Rondo is doing a good job being a floor general (double-double here) and the Mavs are creating manageable shots.

And what was overcome here? Morrow scoring 32 points. Westbrook finishing with 31 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Kanter scoring a career-high 30 points to go along with 16 rebounds. And still ... the Mavs were better.

Notable Numbers

*Field-goal percentage- The Mavs shot an astonishing 61.5 percent from the floor while the Thunder shot 48.4 percent.

*Out-rebounded- Even in a great win against a Western Conference opponent, one season-long issue continues to linger. The Mavs were out-rebounded 46-34.

*Turnovers- In part of their efficient shooting night, the Mavs also handled the ball fairly well. They had six turnovers while the Thunder nearly doubled them at 11 turnovers.

Mavs Minute Management

Any doubt that Monta Ellis is healthy? Not for Ellis or Carlisle as Monta led the team with almost 38 minutes played, and had a great night as he led the team with 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Parsons tallied 37 minutes, none bigger than his last five. Dirk Nowitzki played 32 minutes and reached 28,000 points for his career and Tyson Chandler played almost 29 minutes (while being challenged greatly by Enes Kanter). With J.J. Barea back in the lineup, Rondo was able to split his workload and play 29 minutes. Devin Harris played 19 minutes and Barea tallied almost 11 minutes.

Who deserves 'The Dirkie'?

A special mention here to Amar'e Stoudemire, who continues to bring a different dimension to Dallas and scored 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting in 19 minutes. He's a good candidate but ... 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!


The Final Word

“It definitely was an old-school shootout. Not a lot of defense played, but we had to find a way. You know, we needed this one.'' -- Dirk.

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