Dirk Nowitzki led another balanced scoring effort with 19 points, and the Mavs opened a franchise-record eight-game homestand by holding on for a 94-89 win over the Celtics on Monday.
Dallas hasn’t beaten any of its likely first-round opponents in more than two months — and that’s assuming the Mavericks get in after a 12-year streak of reaching the playoffs ended last season.
The Mavericks blew an eight-point lead in the final 90 seconds, then pulled out their third straight victory when Nowitzki’s jumper that seemed to have missed instead fell through.
Five things to consider as Dallas leads a four-team race for the final three playoff spots in the Western Conference, with the Mavericks (32-22) at 10 games over .500 for the first time since their title season.
The Dallas Mavericks go five straight and work their way back into playoff contention with a 102-91 win Sunday in Boston.
There was plenty to celebrate following a dominating win, but an injury to Monta Ellis put a damper on an otherwise flawless evening for the Mavs.
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.