Deron Williams didn’t want Friday’s Mavs visit to Brooklyn to be about him. In a way, he got his wish, as Dallas built a huge lead before holding on for a 98-90 win that breaks a three-game losing streak for a Mavs team still trying to mature its way into playoff contention.
Shawn Marion and Elton Brand scored 17 points apiece, Vince Carter again provided a spark off the bench, and the Mavericks beat the Magic 111-96 on Wednesday night.
With or without Dirk Nowitzki, the Dallas Mavericks have virtually the same record this season – a losing one.
Vince Carter was a minor revelation a season ago for the Mavericks, giving more than most expected of him. This season, he’s continued to impress, perhaps even surprise.
Vince Carter scored 26 points to pass Larry Bird on the NBA’s career scoring list, and the Mavericks grabbed a 123-100 win against the Kings on Wednesday night.
The Mavericks gave coach Rick Carlisle his 500th career win in their 105-99 victory over the Blazers in Dallas on Wednesday. “It means I’ve been around a long time,” he said.
Rick Carlisle previewed Monday’s visit to Oklahoma City by saying, “‘we’ve got to know where the monsters are.”
David Lee finished an assist short of a triple-double, Klay Thompson turned in a big night with 27 points, and the Warriors toppled the Mavericks 100-97 on Thursday night.
We have bad news. The fact that with regularity the Mavs are leading early, and collapsing in the fourth, doesn’t mean that they are ‘almost there.’ Thursday’s result in Sacramento – a 117-112 OT win – doesn’t signify the finding of a cure, either.
Rick Carlisle’s night began on a jovial note as he compared himself to ‘Colonel Sanders.’ But that game of Chicken became something else altogether on Monday when the coach accused the Jazz of ‘thugging it up’ in the Mavs’ 100-94 loss at Utah.
The second thing that needs to be said as Dallas snaps its six-game losing streak is: Don’t you dare dismiss this as “Aw, it’s just the Wizards” … because in Washington, all things considered, they probably approached this game by saying, “Aw, it’s just the Mavs.”
Vince Carter scored 23 points, and O.J. Mayo and Darren Collison each added 15 to help the Mavs break their losing streak with a 103-94 win over the Wizards on Tuesday.