The Roddy Beaubois saga continues. Beaubois tallied a team-high 18 points (6-10 FGs, 3-5 3FGs, 3-4 FTs) to go along with three rebounds and a team-high-tying five assists in 22 minutes off the bench against Cleveland on Friday. He led Dallas in scoring for the second time this season (19 points vs. San Antonio on Jan. 25). It was his third double-figure scoring effort of the season. Beaubois, who recorded seven points and three assists in 15 minutes at Milwaukee on Mar. 12, is averaging 12.5 points and 4.0 assists over his last two games. Roddy showed aggression on both ends of the floor in easily his best game of the year.
Dirk Nowitzki notched his third straight double-double (fifth of the season, 374thcareer) with 13 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals in 33 minutes against Cleveland. It was his third straight game with 11 boards. Nowitzki is now tied with Jason Kidd (954) for second place on the Mavericks’ all-time steals list. Nowitzki is averaging 17.6 points and 9.2 rebounds since the All-Star break.
Once again starting for the injured Shawn Marion, Jae Crowder scored only two points, but he pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds in the victory.
Some notes before the quotes:
- With his second rebound of the game (8,975th career) at the 9:20 mark of the first quarter, Dirk Nowitzki passed Larry Bird (8,974) for 46th place on the NBA’s all-time rebounding list. Nowitzki finished with 11 rebounds on the night and now has 8,984 boards for his career. Johnny Green ranks 45th all-time with 9,083 rebounds. Nowitzki needs 17 rebounds to become the 46th player in NBA history with at least 9,000 boards.
- Vince Carter made his 8,000th career field goal with a 3-pointer at the 1:33 mark of the fourth quarter. He became the 33rd player in NBA history with at least 8,000 career field goals. Carter ranks sixth among active players in field goals made.
- In his first home game off a 10-day contract, Chris Wright made his NBA regular-season debut in the fourth quarter and scored two points in one minute.
Here is the quoteboard for the Dallas victory over Cleveland.
On the team responding to rebounding being a point of emphasis: “Very pleased. Crowder was great. He’s been playing more at the four position the last three games because we’ve been using some smaller lineups. When he does that, we gain an advantage with quickness and skill on offense. Defensively, he’s got to make up for his lack of size by being tough in there and by being able to come up with the ball in a crowd. Tonight was a great example. Our bigger lineups were ineffective so we had to go smaller. I think thanks to him and [Roddy Beaubois] we were able to get the win. I thought this was Roddy’s best game of the year by far and it was certainly the most timely. We knew we were going to have to go deep tonight to be able to win.”
On the best part of Roddy’s game: “I thought everything [was great]. Defensively, he was really strong; he rebounded, he made plays, he hit shots, hit timely shots, moved the ball. There was just a lot of good things. It couldn’t come at a better time.”
On switching the lineup to have Roddy play with Darren Collison and Brandan Wright: “It’s a big energy game. Because of us playing last night and having a difficult loss and those kinds of things, we struggled early. We struggled partly because we couldn’t hit a bull in the a– with a bass fiddle on offense. Defensively, they were getting momentum into their offense and they were scoring. Nights like tonight, you’ve just got to keep finishing until you find something that works, is effective. The quickness was good. Their size hurt us early, but then we were more aggressive in the second half and I think that was the difference.”
On Brandan Wright: “He’s had a terrific run here. The thing with him is, we’ve got to make sure to play him in the right spurts of minutes.”
On if it is assuring that the younger guys are buying in to the be ready mindset: “Sure. Roddy’s saga here has been rife with peaks and valleys. I think the thing he’s learned through it is good health is the number one thing and keeping yourself ready and being strong in everything you do … He’s had a great adjustment in his mental approach. Physically, his body is stronger than it’s been. He’s earned these minutes. We’re fortunate because I don’t know that we would have won without him tonight. “
On his performance: “I just tried to be aggressive because we were down. They were playing better than us, so I just tried to come in the game and bring my energy and just play hard to help the team win.”
On his health: “I feel good right now. I could be better, but I feel good so I just need to keep working and get better.”
What he needs to do going forward: “I just need to keep working. You don’t know when you’re going to play. We’re all together; we have the same goal. We want to get to the playoffs so we have to make sure that everyone is ready.”
On if he’s earned more playing time: “I don’t know. I just need to keep myself ready. If he calls my name, I just need to go out there and do my best.”
On his game: “At halftime, [Shawn Marion] came up to me and said, ‘you have to bring something else.’ Whatever that meant, I took it like I’ve got to bring something defensively, offensively. I’ve got to do something else to get us going. I guess rebounding was one of the things I focused on. Of course it helped.”
On his streak of good basketball: “I’m just taking it day by day. I don’t know what to expect against [Oklahoma City Thunder]. Whatever minutes I get, I’ll play them as hard as I can and we’ll see what happens.”
On if this is the best run he’s been on as a Maverick: “Probably so. We’re in an outstanding groove right now. I’m just happy we’re playing well.”
On Brandan Wright: “He’s been great over the last couple of weeks. Hopefully he can keep it up.”
On if Roddy turned the corner or if this was just a one-time thing: “I have no idea. We’ll have to wait and see.”
On what’s led to the turnaround on the glass for him: “I have no idea. In the first half I felt like [Dennis] Rodman. I’m just chasing rebounds. I’m just being around the basket and using my legs. My reaction to the ball is a lot better obviously than what it was when I came back. I can push off and actually pursue balls again. I’m just trying to be a little active out there.”
On this homestand and what it means for their playoff chances: “We’ll see what we’re made of.”
Bryan Gutierrez writes about sportsmen. He is a contributing writer for Mavs.com. Bryan also attended Ball So Hard University. You can follow him on Twitter @BallinWithBryan.