Dallas Mavericks Fall to Nuggets in Final Home Game of the Year
The Mavs dropped their forty-eighth game of the year Tuesday night, falling to the Denver Nuggets by a final score of 109-91.
The Mavs had a strong first quarter defensively, allowing only twenty-three points to a versatile scoring offense at home. The second quarter was a vastly different story, as the Mavs’ sputtering offense poured in only eighteen points.
The Mavs’ final home game of the year featured a newcomer unexpected by Mavericks fans. The Mavs added a “pass first” point guard in Tony Romo, who enjoyed being honored by Mavericks fans at the American Airlines Center.
Rick Carlisle let his starters play for much of the first half, then let the young reserves take over for the majority of the second half.
The Mavs could not stop the versatile Gary Harris at home, who put up twenty points, along with eight rebounds and eight assists. Dirk Nowitzki tried to will the Mavs back, padding his sixth all time scorer status by adding twenty-one more points and grabbing eight boards off the glass. The loss dropped the Mavs to a mediocre 21-20 at home on the season.
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The day for the Mavs was an interesting one, as they claimed free agent DeAndre Liggins off of waivers from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Liggins is a versatile defender who has a hundred miles of progress ahead of him offensively. Fortunately for Liggins, he will be coached by one of the best coaches in basketball who has a history of extracting the absolute best out of washed up veterans discarded by other teams.
The Mavericks season will come to an end tomorrow night as they take on the Memphis Grizzlies.
It will be the first losing season for the Mavericks in what seems like forever, but will finally give the Mavericks a chance to truly rebuild and gather up momentum from their young players such as Harrison Barnes, Yogi Ferrell, Seth Curry, and Nerlens Noel.
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This season is mercifully coming to an end for the Mavericks, who have an extremely important offseason ahead of them.