Yeah, it's me, not BG. But in an effort to maintain some form of continuity, I will mirror his new (and awesome) format for the game recap.
The Dallas Mavericks have now extended their streak of success to six straight games. The unfortunate victims of the Mavs’ latest victory were the New York Knickerbockers, who lost on their home floor 113-97. These Knicks have lately been known for their high-scoring games, averaging 106.7 points per game and surpassing 120 points 11 times this season. The Mavericks didn’t exactly shut them down, but they held them below the century mark, which hasn’t happened often. This win marked the fifth consecutive time that the Mavericks have beaten the Knicks on their home court
As is his M.O. these days, Dirk Nowitzki led all scorers with 29 points, and pulled in 11 rebounds. Just behind him was the surging Jose Juan Barea who went 7-12 from the field and 5-5 from the line for 22 points. Danilo Galinari scored a team-high 27 points for the Knicks, scoring 11 in the first and 10 in the third. He shot 7-14 from the floor, but made a killing at the free-throw line, going 12-12. The Mavericks were worried about Amar’e Stoudemire, but they managed to hold him to a reasonable 21 points and five rebounds.
Did THAT Just Happen?
- The Mavericks scored 113 points tonight, marking a season-high. Their previous high was 112 points in a victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on January 25th. They averaged 102.8 points in their previous five wins. They are now 4-0 when they surpass 110 points in a game
- Five players scored in double digits tonight: Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler, DeShawn Stevenson, Jason Terry and JJ Barea. The Mavericks had five players hit double digits in their previous game against Washington, and seven players accomplish that feat in the two previous games against Atlanta and Houston.
- During the second quarter, Nowitzki made a spin move on his recovering knee and was fouled. When asked about it later, he said "it didn’t feel amazing", but it held up ok and he feels he’s almost at 100%.
Box Score Revelations
- The Mavericks had another see-saw game, with nine lead changes and eight ties. The Knicks’ largest lead was just eight, while the Mavericks led by as many as 24 points in the third quarter.
- Dallas crashed the boards and won the rebounding game, pulling in 54 as opposed to the Knicks’ 34. They were outscored in the paint 44-38, but dominated on second-chance points (16-2).
- Tyson Chandler registered yet another double/double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. His teammates and coaches are quite adamant that he is deserving of an All-Star spot, and his stellar basketball certainly supports their claims.
- The Mavericks continued their strong shooting from beyond the arc, hitting 11 of 25 three-point baskets (44%), while the Knicks hit just six of their 23 attempts (26%)
- Three Mavs had double-digit rebounds: Nowitzki, Chandler and Shawn Marion. Exactly zero Knicks pulled down more than nine.
- Brian Cardinal, who got yet another start, was perfect from the field. That’s because he only took one shot, and it was a three-pointer, and it went in. He did, however, dish out three assists.
Tweetings From The Mavs Universe
"They (also) keep calling the Mavs a veteran team like they will get tired soon. I guess they want to roast NY before a nap."
"Shawne Williams scored more points tonight than his whole time with the Mavs"
"Fun game to watch at the Garden...both teams going hard up and down."
"I like this big lead... and tacos"
I Know You Liked What I Said, But You Can Also Read What They Said
- Carlisle on Barea and his contributions this year: "JJ Barea has gotten better each year. The more he plays the point guard position, the better his recognition is in terms of running our team, setting other guys up, etc. He’s a natural scorer…and we’re asking him to be both a scorer and a playmaker and be able to run the club. At times those things can be diametric opposite forces, but he’s doing a really good job of merging those two things and getting better all the time."
- Carlisle on a healthy Tyson Chandler: "He gives us length, he plays above the rim, he alters shots, and he’s a slender guy but he’s extremely tough, so he brings a dynamic physical aspect to our team that we didn’t have before. Offensively he’s a big part of our team because he generates possessions for us, he’s involved in our offense both as a midrange shooter and as a post-up guy and as a roller to the basket. He’s brought a lot of enthusiasm and energy."
- Who’s coming back first, Peja or Roddy? "Peja. I mean, if all goes well. Roddy is doing better but he’s not there yet."
- On Dirk’s proximity to 100% health and MVP status: "Well I don’t know if I know the exact number (that was Carlisle giving me shit…), but I sense that he’s building each game on the last, and that we’re headed the right direction with this. Talk about MVP candidates- if you look at what happened to us when he was out, look at his plus/minus, based on that, he should be the MVP. I mean he’s [more] valuable to our team than any other star is to theirs, and so his presence on the floor, and his healthy presence, is huge for us. We feel like we’re chipping away and he’s making strides there."
- Barea on his and the team’s confidence: "The confidence is big. It’s important in this game but I’m glad I got great teammates, great coaches that got that confidence in me. I’m just staying aggressive."
- Kidd on what has allowed the team to get back on track: "That’s easy. I think when 4-1 is out on the floor, just his presence, it doesn’t matter if he’s 50% or 100%, he draws so much attention and we got guys who are shooting the ball extremely well from behind the arc and it just opens up the whole court so when he’s on the floor, it helps."
- Nowitzki on the team’s offensive success: "I think if you look at the last couple of weeks, our winning streak, we had 5 or 6 guys in double figures every game, guys are shooting the ball well, sharing the ball, it’s been fun to play that way. But it’s really starting with our defense. In that losing streak, our defense looked pretty shaky at times and we corrected that again and we got a little pep in our step back."
- Nowitzki on his 22,000 point milestone: "Really? I didn’t even know that. It’s been a pretty sweet ride for me the last 13 years, but one thing is missing. We all know what we’re chasing, and that’s ultimately the championship. But I signed on for another four more years so hopefully one of these years I can reach my goal."
- Terry on the adjustments after halftime: "Our thing was to limit the easy baskets. Galinari, early on in the game, got a rhythm to the basket, second half we kind of limited that. Stoudemire couldn’t find a rhythm. Tyson Chandler, again, having an all-star year defensively. I think he should be the defensive player of the year! He didn’t lock him up, but he did a great job on him, making it tough on his shots in the second half."
- Terry on normalcy returning to the team: "It’s close. We’re right there. We’re definitely one or two players away from really putting this thing together and we ain’t gotta tell you who those two players possibly are. And we’re about a week away, so we’re anxiously waiting. But in the meantime we gotta handle our business and keep going forward."
LJ’s Loser of the…Jame?
Bless his heart, Shawn Marion had a tough night. His frustration was evident as he went 1-8 from the field. He also committed three personal fouls and had four turnovers. All was not lost, however, because he also managed to pull in 10 rebounds. Coach Carlisle apparently still trusted that he’d have an impact on the game and left him in for 23 minutes. Knicks Center Ronny Turiaf, it would seem, was not so lucky. After taking one shot and missing it, he played just under nine minutes and then rode Mike D’Antoni’s bench. You’d think he was a rookie or something…
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