Mavs Power Points: 100-94 Over Wolves
The Dallas Mavericks were good before Rajon Rondo got here. They believe they'll be better when Rajon gets back from his fractured-face injury. (A great and detailed write-up here from Fish and Jeff Stotts).
But for now? They'll get ball movement on offense. They'll need to crank up the intensity on defense. And a little pep in their step, generally, is always good.
Dirk Nowitzki showed up at the AAC on Monday night with pep in his step ... and with Holger in tow. That's a start ... as is a 100-94 victory over the T'Wolves in the 50th game of the season but the first post-Rondo-injury outing.
In professional sports, you take a win when you can get it ... but a six point nail-biting win against the Timberwolves leaves room for improvement. They once again lost the rebounding battle 47-43, though Tyson Chandler did grab 10 rebounds. But the next best was Chandler Parsons and Charlie V at six rebounds.
JJ Barea was good for 10 points and eight assists in Rondo's spot. Monta scored 23, Chandler Parsons scored 18 and Dirk got 16. But special mention is also due Al-Farouq Aminu, who did a little of everything to truly impact the game with his plus-16 in 21 minutes.
"Trust me, I was dying inside, that I wasn't able to play and help them." -- Ricky Rubio being out and injured ... and returning tonight to do stuff like this:
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The Mavs dominated from the field, overall shooting 46.4 percent to the Wolves' 41.5 percent and from 3-point range shooting 32.3% to the Wolves 23.1 percent. The Wolves did get the best of the Mavs from the free-throw line, shooting 88.5 percent to the Mavs' 66.7 percent.
But the two jump-out stats: One, Dallas is now 25-0 when leading after three. And two, Dallas is now 17-1 when recording 25-plus assists. The Mavs got to 27 here ... ball movement was king.
Every Mavs starter was above 30 minutes except the new guy in the lineup, J.J. Barea. Barea played 29 minutes, a number that should go way up with the injuries to the position. Dirk and Tyson both played 31 minutes, Chandler Parsons played 35 minutes, and Monta Ellis once again led the team with 36 minutes.
Regarding Devin Harris: He injured his left ankle and got X-rays on it immediately after the game. Devin said those X-rays were negative. Cross your fingers here.
"Hopefully,'' Rick said, "it's not bad.''
"We had a 21-point lead. We let it slide. But we got the win.'' -- J.J. Barea.
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