MMB Exit Roundtable, 2013-14: Best game of the season?

Tom Pennington

The sixth of our eight-part Mavs Moneyball Exit Roundtable, looking back at the year that was. This post's question asks what was the best game of the Mavericks season.

More of the roundtable: Season a success? | Biggest surpriseBiggest disappointment | Season in a word | Biggest misconception

6. Best game of the season?

Josh Bowe (@Boweman55): Oh boy. I'm going to go a little off the beaten path and do Game 2 against the Spurs. There was so much doubt after Game 1 and a lot of us, including myself, thought if the Mavs were going to steal a game and give the Spurs a push, Game 1 was their opportunity. There was a perception that Dallas blew it, the Spurs would adjust and the series would go right into the sweep we all figured it'd be. To see Dallas respond and respond so well was just so delightful. Watching that game unfold into a closely contested game and into a blowout in the second half just filled me with so much joy. It was just an epic response that let us all know this was going to be a long series.

Tim Cato (@tim_cato): The huge Houston comeback (72 from MontaDirk) was memorable since I was watching it at work surrounded by Rocket fans, but my favorite has to be one I actually saw in person -- Game 3, Vince Carter from the corner, 1.7 seconds, swish. That entire game was absolutely nuts and that shot is something that I won't forget for a long time.

Alan Smithee (@SmitheeMMB): They had a lot of crazy ones. It's hard not to pick that game 3 when Vince hit the buzzer beater, but I'll go with the playoff-clincher against the Suns. Phoenix had played them so tough all year long, and it took a wild shootout to get the "W", and it made the Memphis finale infinitely less stressful(even though I know I picked that game as most disappointing).

Andrew Tobolowsky (@andytobo): Game 6 of this series is the one I loved the most. A lot of personal things went into that: my brother was in town, no one else was around so I could just go nuts and bury myself in the experience. But still, I think we all are now feeling what the mere existence of a Game 7 in this series means to us, and the Mavs outscoring the Spurs by seven in the fourth quarter for a 2-point win in that game sealed, for me, the fact that this series WOULD mean something. It's crazy to think, as close as it all was, that if Vince hadn't hit that three it would have been over in five, and Mavs fans will remember that the OKC series was close every game but over in four...but I was screaming, running around, jumping, believing, and the Mavs delivered in that game.

Kirk Henderson (@KirkSeriousFace): Dirk's 40-point game over the Pelicans on Jan. 11. Dallas won the game by three, so they needed each and every one of his points. Shawn Marion was out, the Pelicans were young and punchy... it was just a wild shoot out that sticks in my head for no reason.

Doyle Rader (@TheKobeBeef): When Corey Brewer dropped 51 points on the Rockets. That was easily the best game of the entire NBA season. But, this is a post about the Mavericks so let’s see…hmm. I think there are two games that really stand out in my mind. The first is when the Mavs played the Sixers in Dallas. Michael Carter-Williams was out that game but the Sixers played like a team possessed. Tony Wroten and Evan Turner lived in the paint as the Mavs couldn’t buy a stop. It was the first game in which I fully realized that the entire season is going to be a struggle of close, frustrating games. The Mavs eventually won by three points. The second game was the first home game against the Rockets. Dwight Howard isn’t well liked in Dallas, you know. That game was my first taste of a playoff-style atmosphere. The AAC was electric. Oh, and the game was a close, back-and-forth affair because of course it was. Houston coughed up a late lead and the Mavs pulled out the win.

Bailey Roger (@BRogers789): I really enjoyed the whipping they put on OKC that one time.

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