The Mavericks scored more points than the Sacramento Kings despite Demarcus Cousins digesting their soul with 32 points 16 rebounds and 8 assists. I do not care to remember any of the gruesome details of this game besides the Mavericks scoring more points.
The Mavs were sustained by stellar performances from Monta Ellis, Tyson Chandler and Rajon Rondo. Monta had his second double-double this season with 28 points and 10 assists; Tyson had 16 points and 15 tough rebounds; Rondo had 21 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
Both teams hit the ground running in the first quarter. Chandler Parsons got things going for the Mavs with a three and a couple of aggressive drives. From the start, it looked like Parsons and Rudy Gay would be the matchup of the night. Unfortunately, Gay suffered a left knee strain and wouldn't return for the remainder of the game.
The Mavs sent a couple hard double teams at Boogie that caused him to turn the ball over. However, Cousins adjusted to the coverage and began flaunting his jumper from all over the court. Very few humans on earth play basketball better than Boogie Cousins.
The Mavs defense was an abomination in the first half. Sacramento got into the lane at will and the Mavs rotations were either late or non-existent. They allowed the Kings to shoot 63 percent from the field in the first half. Carl Landry feasted when Tyson Chandler was on the bench going 7-7 in the first half. At one point, Carlisle pulled Greg Smith and opted played Dirk at center for extended minutes.
Rajon Rondo flashed his all-star talent with 12 points in the second quarter. Rondo was a nuisance with his on-ball defense forcing Sacramento ball handlers into numerous mistakes. Since his revenge game against the Celtics, Rondo had been struggling with his finishing around the rim. Tonight he was more purposeful with his drives, which helped his shots fall at the rim.
In the second half the Mavs cleaned up their defense, but their rebounding woes persisted. Tyson Chandler was left to fight the good fight by his lonesome. Dallas desperately needs another rebounding big before they send Tyson to an early grave. Sacramento out rebounded the Mavs 59-44.
Between the Kings' constant turnovers and the Mavs' inability to grab a rebound, the second half had an awful flow. For the majority of the fourth quarter the Mavs forgot how to put the orange thing inside the hoop. Rondo orchestrated the offense beautifully, but none of the Mavs could buy a shot. At one point, the Mavs were 2-17 in the fourth quarter. A Rondo jumper, of all things, jumpstarted the offense with about four minutes to play. A running hook by Monta followed by a three from Dirk carved a 10 point deficit to two.
With 30 seconds left, Tyson went down after turning his ankle in a scrum. The injury looked pretty bad, but fortunately, Tyson was able to walk it off and knock down the game tying free throws. On the following possession, Boogie fouled out on a questionable offensive foul. The Mavs were really fortunate here, because they had no answer for Boogie. It's not hyperbole to say he looked like a new age Shaq tonight.
On the final possession of regulation, the Carlisle opted for Monta hero ball. Normally, I would oppose hero ball, but I can see why Carlisle opted for a safe play with the chaotic nature of this game.
The majority of overtime was like watching two dogs chase a car. Derrick Williams hit a stepback jumper; Rondo hit a contested three. That's really all that needs to be said.
The late game execution highlighted the large gap between Ty Corbin and Rick Carlisle. Corbin allowed precious time to tick off the clock when the Mavs were up one with 20 seconds remaining. Conversely, Carlisle opted to foul immediately when the Mavs were up one with six seconds remaining. It also helped that Monta knocked down all his free throws.
Next up the Mavs have the dreaded SEGABABA in Denver. Even with the ankle injury, Tyson Chandler expects to play.
I'll leave you with this fun stat:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Monta Ellis is the first Mav with 28+ pts & 10+ ast in a road game since Steve Nash had 31 & 10 at Houston on 1/22/2002. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TooMuchMonta?src=hash">#TooMuchMonta</a></p>— Matt Benson (@mbenson6) <a href="https://twitter.com/mbenson6/status/555240530410352640">January 14, 2015</a></blockquote>
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