1. The Mavs came into Monday night’s game the winners of three straight and riding high off of a big win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night. After a long flight out to Philly, the Mavs showed some fatigue in carelessness against a young and talented 76ers bunch. Luckily for Dallas, Dirk was there to bail them out, with the Big German scoring 21 points en route to a 92-86 victory.
2. Chandler Parsons got off to a very hot start in this game, scoring 20 first half points on a scorching hot eight of 10 shooting. Parsons briefly exited the game after taking an elbow to the face courtesy of Jerami Grant. Parson was easily the Mavs' top offensive weapon in this game, and was pretty much the Mav who was consistently hitting shots from the field. Parsons finished with 20 points on eight of 11 shooting, in what was easily his best performance of the season so far. He was on a minutes limit, and he also got busted in the mug, though he returned from it with no negative impact on his Chandsomeness.
"I just don't think I'll have any photo shoots this week,'' said Chandsome.
3. Dallas did a great job of forcing the young 76ers into a lot of bad turnovers early. When you’re playing a team that only has one player above the age of 24, getting pressure on them early is a good way to get them frustrated, and the Mavs did exactly that. The Mavs forced the 76ers into 27 turnovers, which was really the difference in the game.
4. Dallas won the first quarter 28-15 behind 11 points from CP in a quarter that saw eight different Mavs get on the board. Balance is the name of the game for the Mavs, and this quarter was a great example of that. A fade-away buzzer-beater by Ray Felton, which probably had no business going in, punctuated the dominant first frame for the Mavs.
5. The second quarter was a sloppy one for the Mavs, who were outscored 29-21 by Philly in the frame. Outside of CP the Mavs really were wobbly from the field in the first half, missing a lot of open shots and leaving a lot to be desired on the court.
6. Wes Matthews labored once again on Monday night, shooting just two of 10 from the field and scoring seven points. Wes has been very inconsistent for Dallas so far this season, and its unclear what is causing his issues. Is it the injury? Rust? Or just a matter of time before we see "The Best of Wes''?
7. The minute restrictions on Chandler Parsons haven’t really made a difference in the outcome of Dallas’s previous three games, but in this game, the opposite was true. Parsons was the Mavs only consistent offensive presence throughout a majority of this game, and when he left the game, the Mavs struggled big time.
8. The combination of J.J. Barea and Devin Harris provided the Mavs some much-needed offense off the bench, combining for 18 points. The Mavs need these two to continue to improve their consistency as the season progresses. Depth cannot become an issue for a team like Dallas, it just cant.
9. On the other hand, Ray Felton was essentially a non-factor in this game, scoring just two points in 25 minutes of game time. Ray was coming off of easily his best performance of the season in a win at Houston, but really disappointed in his encore bid. That being said, if the Mavs have to count on Felton to win games for the night in and night out, it’s going to be a long season anyways.
Still, why are we complaining? Look at the standings!!
10. It wasn’t pretty, but Dirk willed the Mavs to success in this game, scoring 21 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter to put the Mavs over the top. Dirk shot six of 16 from the floor, including six for six from the line, and pulled down five boards as well.
11. The 76ers are 0-11 and in the midst of a rebuilding project, and are a very young team. They are trying to build through the draft, and frankly they’ve acquired some very talented pieces to build with. Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel have a chance to be a devastating combo in the middle. Right now however, they just don’t have enough pieces to fill out a legitimately consistent NBA roster, and are probably trending towards another high lottery pick.
12. Okafor in particular is a very impressive player. He has fantastic instincts and footwork on the block, and is extremely skilled with the ball in his hands. Personally, from what little I’ve seen of him from this game, and his college days, he reminds me of a young Tim Duncan. A lofty comparison I know, but if Okafor can improve of the defensive end, he has a chance to grow in that direction. Okafor finished the night with 19 points and 11 boards.
13. The key to the Mavs success over the last 3 games had been superior inside play on both ends of the floor. On Monday, the Mavs didn’t have that, as the 76ers dominated them inside behind Okafor. The 76ers outscored Dallas 48-24 in the paint and out rebounded the Mavs 46-39.
14. After cruising for the most of the first half and leading by as many as 19 points, the Mavs began to play more like the youngsters opposing them rather than the veteran squad that they are. Dallas turned the ball over 19 times while only managing 16 assists. On most nights, that will not be a winning recipe for the Mavs.
15. In the end, on a night where Dirk had to carry the Mavs for the 1,475,656th time, the Mavs outlasted the 76ers 92-86. The Mavs played a sloppy game that they more than likely would have lost against a more experience team, but all that matters is the W in the win column. Dallas will have to play a much better game if they want to beat Boston on Wednesday night, but we’ll leave that for Wednesday.
The Dirkie/Player of the game: The Tall Baller From The G. Chandler Parsons might have gone for 40 in this game, but his minute restrictions forced him out of the game in the third quarter. Instead it was Dirk that pulled through down the stretch as we’ve seen him do so many times before, finishing with 21 points and five boards. But hey, let's debate it here on DB.com Boards as you vote for "The Dirkie''!
Stat(s) of the night: Interior struggles. The Mavs were dominated inside by the younger 76ers in this game as they were outscored 48-24 in the paint. The Mavs were also outrebounded 46-39.
This game was over when... The Big German nailed a 26-foot three pointer with 1:47 to go in the fourth to put the Mavs up 90-84.
Should have seen coming... Jahlil Okafor. The rookie has been extremely impressive this year averaging over 19 points and almost 10 rebounds per game coming in. In this game, he finished right at his averages, scoring 19 points and pulling down 11 rebounds while dominating the Mavs interior D.
Couldn't see coming... Turnovers. The Mavs have generally been very good at taking care of the ball this season. In this game however, they were not, turning the ball over 19 times; the most turnovers they’ve had all season.
What's next?: The Mavs (7-4) will head up to Beantown to take on the Celtics (5-4) at the TD Garden at 6:30 pm on Wednesday. The Mavs have now won four straight games and will look to make it five before returning home to take on the Utah Jazz on Friday night.
The Final Word: ""I thought that was by far his best game. " -- Rick Carlisle on Parsons, and we really believe this is just the start of something that looked pretty special.