The Mavericks just spent five games at the American Airlines Center in Dallas and had a really successful time while they were there. A four game winning streak couldn’t have come at a better time for the Mavs, and it has potentially given them a fighting chance at making the playoffs.
This was the longest home stand for the Mavs this season, and they will only play at the AAC in Dallas another six times before the playoffs. What does that mean? Well, get your butt down to a game if you haven’t yet.
Let’s take a look at the last five games at home and relive some great highlights.
Game 1: Mavericks (104) defeat the Grizzlies (100)
Seth Curry led all scorers with 24 points and 5 rebounds, shooting 53.3 percent from the field. This was his third game in a row with at least 20 points, something that he hadn’t done in his career previously.
Nerlens Noel played at least 30 minutes for the first time in a Mavs uniform and did not disappoint, filling the stat sheet with 15 points, 17 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks.
Game 2: Mavericks (104) defeat the Thunder (89)
The Mavericks were able to avoid a dreaded Russell Westbrook triple-double and put together a really solid performance to dismantle the Thunder. Seth Curry yet again led the Mavs to victory putting together a really solid game with 22 points on an insane 62.5 percent shooting.
Dirk Nowitzki also had a big outing with 18 points, led the team with in rebounds with 13 and set himself up with an achievable total of 20 points to get to that 30,000-point milestone that we had been counting down for weeks.
Game 3: Mavericks (122) defeat the Lakers (111)
This game will likely go down as the best game of the season. There’s just so much to cover here in this one, but the brightest highlight was Dirk Nowitzki reaching 30,000 points while bringing the house down with some absolute fire shooting.
The crowd was as loud and rowdy as a playoff game, everyone was feeding Dirk early and I was fighting tears back so damn hard. It was fun to watch and made me forget about the lousy season that the Mavs have had so far. At that moment, I couldn’t have cared less if we were at the bottom of NBA standings getting worked every night, it all didn’t matter as we got to see our basketball idol do what so few other people have done in history.
My favorite moment was when Dirk hit the bucket to give him 30k, the crowd went crazy and instead of a timeout being called, the ball ended up back in Dirk’s hand for him to score another three-pointer. I can only imagine how loud it would have been inside of the AAC.
Go ahead, relive the memory, fight back the tears (or don’t, I probably can’t).
Game 4: Mavericks (105) defeat the Nets (96)
A somewhat messy basketball game was on display here, with plenty of turnovers, fouls and missed shots. It often doesn’t matter how the job is done, as long as it gets done, and hat was certainly the case here.
J.J. Barea returned to action after a 20-game absence with a calf strain. It wasn’t his best performance, putting up 9 points, 3 assists and 3 turnovers in 13 minutes, but he was obviously going to be somewhat rusty after missing about six weeks of basketball action.
Overall though it was a nice team effort with four starters getting into double figures. Harrison Barnes notably led the way, scoring 21 points and 7 rebounds.
The Mavericks didn’t register a single block in this game (miss you Nerlens!), but they kept the Nets to only 29 percent from long range, which was pretty vital to winning this one.
Game 5: Mavericks (98) fall to the Suns (100)
The Mavericks were a couple of possessions away from a perfect five-game home stand, but just couldn’t make it happen in the end. Early on it looked like the game was all Mavs, but due to some late game heroics from Devin Booker, the Suns managed to steal one and run the heck out of the building.
Booker finished with 36 points from 12-of-20 shooting and hit the final shot at the buzzer, sending the Mavs players to their homes to pack their bags and get ready for a four game road trip.
23 points each from Harrison Barnes and Dirk Nowitzki weren’t enough to carry the team to victory. Meanwhile, dud games from Wes Matthews (7 points, 16.7 percent) and Seth Curry (3 points, 12.5 percent) came at a bad time, and they really hindered the Mavs’ ability to win a tight game.
The Mavericks will now embark on a four-game road trip, stopping in at Toronto, Washington, Philadelphia and Golden State. If playoffs are still the goal, then the Mavs will have to at least win two of these games to give themselves a slim chance.