Theoretically, where there’s smoke there’s fire, right? So with Dirk back, almost knocking off both the Thunder and the Heat means things are turning around, right?
No, instead when the lowly Hornets come to town, the Mavericks continue their errant ways by tying an NBA record for most consecutive overtime losses with a 99-96 loss to New Orleans, a game in which the Mavs led by as many as 11 points before eventually folding.
The loss spoiled Dirk Nowitzki’s first start of the season and while he had a decent game and balanced support from his teammates, the Mavs once again couldn’t pull it out in OT.
Dirk’s 20 points and 6 rebounds were part of a good all-around effort in which the Mavericks held tight on shooting, rebounding and turnovers but simply couldn’t connect when it mattered most. In addition, the defense fell apart in the second half as
Despite little help from top rookies Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers, Hornets point guard Greivis Vasquez poured in 25 points and added 9 assists and 7 rebounds to lead the Hornets, one of the few teams in the league who has struggled as badly as the Mavericks. The loss appears to have the team and observers feeling they’ve hit rock bottom and things aren’t looking good for playoff possibilities as the Mavs fell to 13-21 and have lost 8 of the last 9 while New Orleans improved to 8-25.
Full game breakdown coming up on The Smoking Cuban