The Mavericks won, 112-109, and that’s all that counts.
The Timberwolves were playing their second straight game without their star Al Jefferson, who is currently suspended for his DUI arrest. Despite being without Jefferson, the Timberwolves were tough to shake. Corey Brewster led the Wolves with 24 points.
Rod Beaubois was called on to provide a spark, and he lit a fire. “Coach told J.J. and I to be ready to step up not only tonight, but the rest of the way. I wanted to prove I’m able to be counted on.”
With a tight game down the stretch, Beaubois was the guy Carlisle went with. “I went with my gut. It could have easily been J.J. out there, but Roddy’s energy was outstanding.” Beaubois proved Carlisle’s gut feeling was the right choice as Beaubois finished with 17 points, 11 in the first half.
Jason Terry paced the Mavericks with 26 points, followed by Dirk’s 22 and Shawn Marion’s 17. A true team wide effort led to the win.
Dirk summed up the feeling in the locker room after a physical game. “We’re probably one of the deepest teams in the league right now. We love to be play together and hopefully we can continue to improve and be right there in the playoffs.”
The Mavericks stayed a half game ahead of the Denver Nuggets for the second position in the playoff race.
Mavericks staying put
Despite being a Maverick favorite, the Mavericks have no intention of signing the recent released Michael Finley. “We like our team right now, and do not want to screw anything up,” Donnie Nelson said.