The Mavericks went into Sunday night's game needing a victory, and to continue their winning momentum before entering the playoffs next week. They did that in a victory over the Phoenix Suns, 115-90, at the American Airlines Center. Building on the positive play of their last contest, the Mavs raced to an early lead in the first quarter, and didn't surrender the lead in an arguably meaningless game for at least one of the teams involved. The Suns have been eliminated from the playoffs, and they played like disinterested fans. Coincidentally, there were a few caught on camera tonight.
Shawn Marion, and Dirk Nowitzki were the catalysts to the fast start as they combined for 16 first quarter points, and 7 rebounds as Dallas outscored Phoenix, 35-17. Dallas didn't let up their intensity as the lead swelled to almost thirty at one point, thanks in part to a 62-point effort from the members of the bench.
Defensive plays led to several fast breaks, and the Mavs looked like the only team who cared. Even if it was against a bored team, a win is a win, and it's something to build on.
Free throw percentage aside, Brendan Haywood had another great night. He collected 4 offensive rebounds, and was a constant threat to the Suns who decided to venture into the paint.
Shawn Marion finished with a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. He was in the paint a lot.
In a game where (almost) all the Mavs did well, JJ Barea had a nice line with 15 points, 6 assists, and ZERO turnovers. I like that last number.
The good guys won. Effin right, doggie.
Beaubois had an uninspiring game due to foul trouble. He finished with 11 minutes, and no memorable plays prior to garbage time.
I've never been to Barbados, so I wouldn't know if the AAC had an accurate depiction of the country tonight.
The Mavs can't play the Suns in the playoffs.