Wednesday was a drama-filled day in Dallas. Even before the Mavericks' 123-119 clutch win over the Kings.
Tim Hardaway Sr. said that Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving weren't leaders, Mark Cuban said that Dallas never had a chance to re-sign Brunson last February, and Jason Kidd snapped at reporters when asked about coaching for the team next season before the game.
And this game against Sacramento wasn't just an ordinary game. It was crucial for the Mavs as a win keeps their season alive, and a loss tremendously decreases their chances of making the Play-In Tournament.
Jason Kidd's halftime speech ignites Dallas Mavericks for second half push to win over Kings
Dallas was able to silence all of the outside noise and get a win on their home floor for the first time in about a month.
"This is a great environment to play in, Kyrie Irving said about the American Airlines Center. I've said it in the past coming to American Airlines, even as a visitor. You just feel that the fans are right on top of you. When it gets loud in here it gets really loud."
Even though the Mavericks got the win, things didn't look pretty after the first half. The Mavericks were down by 11 points, and Irving had a slow start as he just had six points going into the break.
But a halftime speech from Jason Kidd fired up this team and allowed them to turn the game around and ultimately get the win.
"I think it was just looking ourselves in the mirror, Tim Hardaway Jr. said about what changed at halftime and Kidd's speech. We all took the message and came out with a victory."
Dallas came out of halftime and outscored the Kings 32-21 in the third quarter. Once the fourth quarter hit, the Mavericks put their pedal to the metal and closed this game out behind a dominant quarter from Kyrie Irving.
Irving scored 19 points and went 4-5 from downtown in the fourth as he helped close this game out for Dallas with the season on the line.
"The plays he made, insane, especially down the stretch," Doncic said about his co-star. It's amazing to watch."
The Mavericks' next game will be on Friday night against the Chicago Bulls at home. Depending on the outcome of the Oklahoma City game on Thursday night, a loss could end the Mavericks' season. Stay tuned as this will be a game that you won't want to miss as Irving and Doncic try to keep the Mavericks in the playoff hunt.