On a night when Houston was without leading scorer James Harden, Dirk Nowitzki scored 38 points and grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds. Unfortunately for Dallas, it didn’t matter.
With Dirk Nowitzki watching from the bench in street clothes, the Dallas Mavericks blew another big lead against the Toronto Raptors.
It was, a ‘game of attrition’ and a game of anxiety Monday afternoon in Cleveland, where the Mavs survived the injury loss of two starters and the shrinkage of a 24-point first-half bulge to record a 102-97 victory over the Cavs.
Harris went through his first full practice in more than month Tuesday, the latest step in his long recovery from offseason toe surgery on his left foot.
Dallas coach Rick Carlisle’s review of the 112-90 rout Wednesday at the hands of the Spurs: ‘San Antonio makes you pay. The third quarter was a demolition. We got out-competed.’
Shawn Marion entered Tuesday’s game against the Lakers with a bum ankle and exited it with a shoulder contusion, a story line almost important as the Dallas Mavericks’ 110-97 home victory itself.
On Friday, Dirk Nowitzki said that his Mavericks – playing as they were — didn’t look like a playoff team. On Sunday, a lethargic 92-80 home loss to the crummy Knicks seemed a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Wright led the Mavericks with 19 points, Jose Calderon got the offense going early and finished with 18, and Dallas shrugged off the absence of Nowitzki and coach Rick Carlisle to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 106-93 Saturday night.
Dallas Mavericks Head Coach Rick Carlisle calls in to the Ben and Skin show, and explains that the Mavs need to get healthy, and they also need more from their starting center.
Make no mistake. It would have been a demoralizing loss for the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night at the American Airlines Center.
It’s a four-quarter game. Or at least that’s what everybody preaches. But Tuesday at the AAC, one good quarter was enough to beat the Charlotte Bobcats.
Mavs point guard Devin Harris participated in a full practice on Monday and is targeting a mid-December return.