Forgive me for using the words shoot-out when it comes to an NBA game, but there is no other way to explain it. Mavericks went on the offensive against a young Warriors team and pulled out a 127-117 win. It was a night of season highs for three Maverick players.
The Mavericks needed a win, and got just that.
Two players in the eye of the tornado-like trade winds, Josh Howard and Drew Gooden, played key roles in the win. With Dampier out with injury, it was imperative that Gooden respond with a solid game. Gooden responded with a double-double, with a season high 24 points and added 10 boards.
Howard dumped in his season high 25 points, only to be outdone by Jason Terry’s season high 36 points.
The late night flight to Denver should be a smooth one.
Question Maverick fans are asking is where has this Josh Howard been all year? A key for Howard has always been shot selection. Howard was 18-26 from the field, got to the free throw line 12 times, and took only 2 three pointers. He did not force a shot that was not there.
Yet the Mavericks continue to be a half-court style of team. Offensively speaking they can compete with any one in the league. Carlisle still has not enforced his defensive stance.
Experience played a huge part in this game. The young Warriors seemed out of sorts trying to hold onto a lead. While the experienced Mavericks fought back and erased a 14 point deficit. It was a classic old vs. young match-up, with the veterans winning this one.
With the trade deadline approaching, there seems to be only one certainty.
Mavericks take offense to being called a pretender, but in the court of public opinion, they have no defense.