The Mavs were led by Shawn Marion who scored 16 in the contest. Marion also led the team in rebounds with 10. The team has consistently spread the ball around and utilizes their entire bench to get victories. Much like last year’s championship season, they are showing that they may be the deepest team in the entire NBA while doing so. The team scored over 25 in 2 quarters and scored 24 in one of the other quarters, which shows just how effective they were offensively.
The Nuggets were held to just 84 by the Mavericks defense and fell to 17-13 on the season. The team also dropped to 9-6 in contest away from Denver. Their leading scorer, Rudy Fernandez, had just 14 points to lead the team. Kosta Koufos added 14 rebounds to lead all in the game as well. The team scored under 20 points in 2 quarters and only had real success in the fourth when Dallas eased up.
Dallas was led by Nowitski who scored 20 points in the contest. Shawn Marion led the team in rebounds with 12 as well while Jason Kidd added 8 assists to lead all. Dallas got off to a hot start outscoring Portland 25-14 in the first quarter. They let Portland back in after the first half, however, and were outscored 49-38 in the second half. In the end, they were able to outscore Portland 10-6 in the second OT to get the victory.
Lamarcus Aldridge who scored 33 big points and was vital in getting the team back in the ballgame after the first led Portland. Aldridge also led the team in rebounds with 12. Nicolas Batum had 3 assists, which surprisingly led the team. The loss brings the Blazers record to 15-13 on the season. The team has been particularly horrible away from home where they are just 4-10. With a better away record, the team would be one of the leagues best.
Nowitski led the team with 33 points in the game as the team gelled well on this day. Shawn Marion led the team with 8 rebounds while Jason Kidd led the team in assists with 10. The Mavericks scored 25 or more in each quarter but the 3rd. They started the game outscoring the Wolves 29-16. This ultimately proved to be the difference in the game. Dallas continues to try and gain ground on the Spurs who they are a couple of games behind for first in the division.
Minnesota was led by Kevin Love who scored 32 in the contest. He also led the team in rebounds with 12 and continues to be a very bright star on a sub-par team. The loss moved the Timberwolves record to 13-14 this season while dropping their home record to 7-9. Ricky Rubio also led the team in assists with 8. After scoring just 16 in the first quarter, the team outscored Dallas 81-75. The first was just too much to come back from. Minnesota is at the bottom of their division and despite some talent has too many holes to do any damage to most teams.
The victory brings the Thunder to a league-leading 17-4 mark. Even more impressive may be the fact that they are 9-3 in games played away from Oklahoma City. Westbrook led all scorers with 33. Durant added 23, of his own, and led the team in rebounds with 13. Most impressive however may have been Ibaka who blocked ten shots on the night, making any Dallas player cringe when they went to shoot. The Thunder are now 3 games up of the Denver Nuggets.
The Mavericks leader was Jason Terry. He led the team with 25 points in the contest and has been stepping up big in replace of Dirk Nowitski. Dirk has been playing, but seems to be still trying to get over a knee injury. He had just 8 points in the contest. Shaun Marion also had 10 rebounds to try and help the Dallas squad. In the end it all was simply not enough and Dallas now is 14-9 on the year. They lost despite having a good, 9-4, record at home.
Dallas is still tied for a lead in the division with the San Antonio Spurs. Meanwhile, Houston is just 1.5 games back of them both as the battle of Texas is in full swing.