Never before has the clang of the rim been more grating. Both the Mavericks and the Bobcats started the game with a flurry of missed shots. BRICK SQUAD!!! Not only that but the quality of play was as low as the shooting percentages. The shooting percentages were so offensive that they would even make a member of Westboro Baptist Church blush. Yeah, I went there and yeah, the shooting was that bad. This was to be somewhat expected from Charlotte, though. They entered Tuesday night's contest with the worst scoring offense in the league. Dallas, however, has one of the better scoring offenses. Yet, it was nowhere to be seen in this game.
Charlotte's defense did have a lot to do with Dallas' offensive struggles. The Bobcats posses the second best scoring defense in the league. They closed out on shooters, rotated well, and double-teamed ball handlers throughout the game. While the Bobcats were playing good defense, the Mavericks were not doing themselves any favors. Dallas missed shots repeatedly. Dirk Nowitzki started the game 1-10 from the floor. Luckily, he saved his best for later.
The Bobcats were making a concerted effort early to get into the paint. They weren't making many shots but they were drawing fouls. Dallas has a knack for sending opponents to the line. This kept the game close early despite Charlotte shooting a mere 18.2 percent at one point.
Even with the poor shooting, Charlotte strung together enough offense to take a 42-39 lead going into the half. After that, the outlook began to look bleak for Dallas.
The 'Cats pounced (sorry) on the Mavs to start the third quarter. They were scoring at the rim and connecting on jumpers. It was a combined offensive effort. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson, Al Jefferson, and Josh McRoberts all contributed to the surge. They extended the lead to 12 points during this stretch. However, the momentum would soon shift as the Mavs made a comeback.
Dallas ended the third quarter down seven points after a Jae Crowder fastbreak lay-in where he was fouled. He converted the free throw.
To start the fourth, Dirk and Vince Carter both converted on a field goal and a three-pointer a piece. This brought Dallas within one point at 71-70. From there, Dirk and Monta Ellis took over the game for the Mavericks. They combined to score the last 19 points of the game, outscoring the Bobcats by ten points to end the game.
Al Jefferson was the high scorer for the Bobcats totaling 19 points and 12 rebounds. Walker and Henderson both contributed 16 points while McBob had ten.
Despite Nowitzki's slow start, he finished the game with 25 points on 10-21 shooting. Ellis contributed 22.
Jose Calderon returned to the starting lineup after missing the last game. He connected on four of his five three-point attempts.
Sadly, Kidd-Gilchrist fractured his hand in the third quarter and did not return (obviously). At this time, it is uncertain how much time he will miss.