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The Wizards were just what the Mavericks needed on Saturday night….yep, that’s my cliche opening sentence. How ’bout it?
I watched all the way up until around ten minutes left in the 4th quarter, the Wiz having just gone down by 13 points. It was at that point I felt a loss was imminent, secure in the fact that it was time to go out drinking.
Sure the Wizards, as described in the Washington Post link below, cut the Mavs lead to eight points with about seven minutes left in the game. But it was what happened with seven minutes left in the 2nd quarter that was typically indicative of the season’s woes.
Playing very well and up 40-30, the Wizards allowed Dallas to go on a 10-6 run in four minutes, with two turnovers that led to four straight points on the front end.
After an official timeout at the 2:21 mark, the Mavs closed the half on an 11-5 run, tying the game at 51 with an insulting Jason Kidd steal and bucket with one second left….right on the heels of Dirk Nowitzki bucket with three seconds left.
True, it’s the NBA and every team makes a run….so who isn’t to say that Dallas wouldn’t have ultimately taken care of business in the 2nd half. But if this team expects to even be in contention at the end, they can’t have such collapses before intermission.
Hey, at least JaVale McGee dunked on some fool.
Way too much Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry in this one for the Wizards, who played hard and shot a very solid 52.7 percent but couldn’t keep pace and turned it over 23 times.
A hush rippled through a suddenly quiet American Airlines Arena when Wizards forward Dominic McGuire made a difficult 18-foot jump shot to draw his team within eight points of the Dallas Mavericks with just over seven minutes left on Saturday night.
On the Dallas bench, Jason Kidd shook his head and the general sentiment in the building seemed to be something along the lines of: “Wow, we’ve allowed a team we should be beating easily to hang around and now we’ve got a fight on our hands.”
It took exactly 1 minute 21 seconds for that to change as the Mavericks followed McGuire’s shot by ripping off an 8-0 Dirk Nowitzki-fueled run that the big German capped by throwing down a dunk that sent the crowd into a frenzy and the Mavericks on their way to a comfortable 119-103 victory.
Even though the Mavericks were able to get hot in the second half and put the Wizards away, they still continued to fight and play well on the offensive end and at times they had moments on the defensive end as well. It won’t go down as a win in the record books, but it’s a performance that the team can build on moving forward.