Mavs Power Points: Dallas Overcomes OKC
The Dallas Mavericks were down 15 points in the third quarter but rallied for a a 119-115 victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday, with Chandler Parsons (31 points), Monta Ellis (24) Dirk Nowitzki (22) and Rajon Rondo (11 points and 13 assists) putting up big numbers and Tyson Chandler having a big presence.
Dallas endured Russell Westbrook's 24 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds and was helped by him fouling out in a game that featured all sort of foul-call fireworks. There were five technical fouls and there were flagrant fouls called on Tyson and Westy.
The call against TY was a poor one, and Dallas reacted in a unified way -- unified in anger.
“That’s a man’s man right there,'' coach Rick Carlisle said of TY. "We had a couple of wild, extreme plays that were going our way one minute and then the other way they were going the other way. Managing the emotions was really key.”
And suddenly, the Mavericks -- "wild and extreme'' defining a number of this year's occurrences -- look like they are putting things together, moving into fifth place in the Western Conference ...
OKC vs DMC? A win to the latter as Parsons had a madly-efficient night, shooting 10 of 14 from the field and 9 of 10 from the free-throw line along with one thunderous dunk on Russell Westbrook. (See below) Monta Ellis was second in scoring and Dirk (with Holger back in town) capped off the DMC domination with 4 of 7 from 3-point range.
This sort of win -- propelling Dallas to 43-25 -- typically features multi-level contributions. So, we bet, it will be when it comes to your vote on who deserves "The Dirkie.'' Vote for your Player of the Game here on DB.com Boards!
But yes, CP's emphatic numbers and his emphatic play makes him a favorite here.
“I’m a lot more comfortable. The ball’s in my hands a little bit more the last couple of games and we’re making plays. Guys are making shots, CP has been playing unbelievable, Monta is making shots. We’re playing great as a team, and have great chemistry right now.” - Rajon Rondo, who, as you've noticed, now has the "keys to the car'' -- just like Fish insists in his premium Mavs column that Rick planned it all along.
No surprise the Mavs were able to pull out the win when you see the shooting numbers. They edged the Thunder in overall field-goal percentage, 47.2 to the Thunder's 44.4 percent. The Mavs dominated beyond the arc, 40 percent to 26.9 percent. The Thunder had the advantage on free-throw shooting, edging the Mavs 80 percent to 71.4 percent. ... But Dallas was a shot-making bunch here at the AAC on Monday.
As the saying goes, winning cures all. It was less than a week ago that the Mavs got pounded by the Cavs at home and everybody was worried about Tyson Chandler and his bum hip. Though it was a gratifying win tonight, this issue still remains. It should be noted that the Mavs once again got pounded on the boards, 59-37, and the Mavs' leading rebounder only had seven rebounds to go along with his five points, which included just 1-of-4 from the field. Not to bring the mood down after a good win, but just keeping everything in perspective. It's no where near panic mode on Tyson but the hip and his production still bears monitoring for the "man's man.''
Devin Harris left early in the second quarter with an undisclosed illness and didn't return. That demanded something more from Dallas' backcourt guys and they delivered.
Oh, J.J. Barea just had three points. But the heavy lifter logged not just points, but minutes, too. Parsons led all Mavs in time on the court with over 38 minutes and Ellis was right behind him playing a tad over 37 minutes. Tyson played almost 34 minutes and Rondo logged 32 minutes. Dirk was the only starter under 30 as he played 27 minutes and his main replacement tonight was Charlie V who played 19 minutes. Amar'e also contributed down low for 14 minutes.
'We haven't done anything yet,' says Mavs coach Rick Carlisle. But they have. And now they seem capable of so much more.
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