January 2012

Mavs Playing Inspired

The Dallas Mavericks seem to be over their slow start and have been playing much better as the season has been progressing. Their new additions are starting to find their fit and on Monday the team put up 122 points on their way to a victory over the Phoenix Suns. The win keeps them at the top of the division up by one game over the Spurs. Overall their record is 14-8 and the victory away from Dallas brings their away record to an even 5-5.

Delonte West who scored 25 in the game led the Mavericks. Brendan Hayward led all with 8 rebounds while Dallas’ assist leader was Beaubois. Dallas scored over 30 points in 3 of the games 4 quarters including a whopping 35-point 2nd quarter. Carter also added 21 points for Dallas, which was key to the victory. The win brings Dallas’ overall record to 14-8 on the year.

Marcin Gortat led Phoenix in both points and rebounds. The scoring was quite low as he scored 17, but did have 10 rebounds on the game. The double-double was about all the Suns had to show in the game. They scored over 25 in just the fourth quarter of the ballgame, as they were able to get some garbage buckets. The Suns continue to slide as they are just 7-13 on the year and are a mere 4-6 playing in their own arena. They simply have not been the team they have been in the past and now only have glimpses of greatness that appear from time to time.

Both teams will now have Tuesday off as they look forward, but in two different directions, into the rest of the season.

Dallas Destroys Bucks

The Dallas Mavericks made easy work of the Bucks Friday and are beginning to work together much better after a slow start to their season. The final was a whopping 102 compared to just 76 by the Bucks. Currently, the Mavericks are playing much more like the champions compared to a slow start they had. It appears that change in their starters and bench, however, is starting to show that they can gel and be a team to watch out for. The win now brings the Mavericks to 7-5 on the year and drops the Bucks to just 4-7.

 

Leading the way for Milwaukee was Jennings who scored 19 to lead the team. Jennings has been one bright spot on the team, which is riddled with average performances. Livingston had the second-best performance for the team scoring 15 off the bench. Besides these guys, though, no other shooter had double-digit point totals and the Bucks struggled defensively which ultimately cost them the game.

 

For Dallas Dirk Nowitski scored just 11, but it was enough for him to pass the 23,000 point mark for his career. Jason Terry led all scorers with 17 points, which happened to come off the bench. Vince carter also added 16 to the team’s total. The Mavericks showed that they can have a lot of people contribute and get points from a variety of players both starting and off of the bench. As a team they shot 52 percent from the field as well and defensively they only allowed the 76 points.

 

Time will tell just how good this team can be, but they are really starting to show that the gains this off-season were as big as the losses.