Quoteboard: Oklahoma City 117, Dallas 114 (Overtime)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on January 19, 2013 under Interviews | Be the First to Comment

 

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The Dallas Mavericks hit the halfway point of the season in a rough way as they moved to 1-8 in overtime games this season. Dallas suffered a 117-114 overtime loss to the Oklahoma City. The win gave the Thunder a league-best six-game winning streak. The loss put an end to the Mavericks’ season-best four-game winning streak. Kevin Durant scored a career-high 52 points, including nine points on 3-of-4 shooting, in the victory over the Mavericks.

Vince Carter tallied a team-high 29 points in 32 minutes. It was the most points he’s scored as a Maverick, previous high: 25 vs. New York Nov. 21, 2012. He led Dallas in scoring for the fifth time this season. It marked his fourth 20-point effort of the year. It was also his sixth game with at least four 3-pointers this season. Carter had only one game with four-plus triples last year.

Dirk Nowitzki started the game 1-of-11 from the field. He finished the game scoring 18 points on only 5-of-19 shooting from the floor. Darren Collison went 4-for-6 from the field before the break en route to 11 first-half points. He finished with 15 points to go along with four rebounds, six assists and three steals in 31 minutes. Collison scored in double figures for the 14th consecutive game. He once again sat on the bench during the final minutes of regulation and overtime in favor of Mike James.

With the Thunder up 116-114, Mike James had a mismatch with Kendrick Perkins and Dirk Nowitzki was being guarded by Russell Westbrook with less than 10 seconds to go in the game. James hoisted and missed a 26-foot jumper over an outstretched Perkins. That will be a play that will be dissected for the next day and a half.

Here is the quoteboard for overtime loss to the Thunder.

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Quoteboard: Dallas Mavericks 105, Houston Rockets 100

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on January 17, 2013 under Interviews | Be the First to Comment

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It’s not in the quad, but the Mavericks have gone streaking. Dallas used a 19-0 run in the first quarter en route to their 105-100 victory over the Houston Rockets. With the victory, the Mavericks recorded their ninth consecutive win against the Rockets. It’s Dallas’ longest active winning streak against any team. The Rockets have not defeated the Mavericks in the regular season since Dec. 31, 2009, defeated Dallas 97-94. The Mavericks scored 100-plus points for the fourth straight game. Dallas is averaging 109.8 points per game over its last four games.

According to Mavericks statistician Dave Keeney, the Mavericks won for only the fifth time since 1986 when shooting under 39 percent from the field but scoring at least 100 points. They had at least 33 free throws made in all five games. Dallas shot 38.4 percent from the field in the win. The 33 free throws made marked a new season-high for the Mavericks, previous high was 30 at Sacramento on Jan. 10.

Elton Brand recorded his fourth double-double of the season (400th career) with 11 points, a team-high 10 rebounds and a team-high two blocks in 27 minutes vs. Houston. He scored in double figures for the fifth time in his last seven games. Shawn Marion tallied 18 points to go along with nine rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes. He scored 18-plus points for the third time in his last four games.

O.J. Mayo recorded seven points, four rebounds, five assists and one steal in the first quarter. Mayo finished with 18 points, six rebounds, a game-high eight assists, two steals and a block in 33 minutes. He went 12-of-13 from the line, setting new career highs for free throws made and attempted. He recorded eight-plus assists for the second consecutive game, season-high 9 vs. Minnesota 1/14. Vintage Dirk Nowitzki also arrived as he scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter.

Here is the quoteboard for victory over the Rockets.

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Quoteboard: Dallas Mavericks 113, Minnesota Timberwolves 98

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on January 15, 2013 under Interviews | Read the First Comment

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Don’t call it a comeback, but the Dallas Mavericks are bouncing back from rock bottom. They are now on a three-game winning streak after recording a 113-98 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Dallas began the game on a 22-11 run and never trailed at any point. With the victory over the Timberwolves, the Mavericks recorded their third consecutive win, which ties their season-best win-streak. They also won 3 straight: Nov. 3 vs. Charlotte through Nov. 7 vs. Toronto, and Dec. 6 at Phoenix to Dec. 10 vs. Sacramento.

Darren Collison tallied a game-high 23 points  to go along with nine assists and three steals in 36 minutes against the Timberwolves. It was his fifth 20-point effort of the season. He led Dallas in scoring for the eighth time this year, includes ties. Collison has now scored in double figures in each of his last 12 games. O.J. Mayo recorded 20 points to go along with seven rebounds, a season-high nine assists and two steals in 38 minutes. It was his 17th20-point effort of the season. He was efficiency personified as he shot a season-high 72.7 percent (8-of-11) from the floor. Elton Brand turned back the clock as he tallied a season-high 20 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes against Minnesota, previous high: 17 points on two occasions. Brand led all players with 14 points in 14 first-half minutes. He missed his first shot of the game and then made 10 of his next 12.

Collision (23), Mayo (20) and Brand (20) all scored 20-plus points for Dallas in the win. It marked the first time this season that the Mavericks had three players with 20-plus points in a game. The last time Dallas had three players score at least 20 and Dirk Nowitzki wasn’t one of the player was Jan. 30, 2012 vs Phoenix (Vince Carter 21, Shawn Marion 20 and Delonte West 25). Dirk had 10 in that game. Dirk finished the game against Minnesota with 10 points.

Dallas was sharing the wealth as they handed out a season-high 33 assists against Minnesota. It marked the second time this season that the Mavericks have recorded 30-plus assists in a game, 31 vs. Charlotte 11/3.

Here is the quoteboard for the victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Quoteboard: Dallas Mavericks 104, Memphis Grizzlies 83

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on January 13, 2013 under Interviews | Read the First Comment

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Don’t look now, but the Dallas Mavericks are on a winning streak. They defeated the Memphis Grizzlies in convincing fashion, 104-83. The Mavericks have now won consecutive games for the first time since they won three in row from Dec. 6 through Dec. 10. Dallas used a 34-13 outburst from the 5:04 mark of the first quarter through the 6:14 mark of the second period to turn a three-point deficit, 14-11, into an 18-point advantage, 45-27. The Mavericks defeated the Grizzlies by 21 points on Saturday. It was the Grizzlies’ second-largest margin of defeat this season, lost by 25, 121-96, at Houston Dec. 22. Dallas scored 104 points in the win over Memphis on Saturday. It marked just the third time this season that Memphis has allowed 100-plus points in a game.

Shawn Marion scored a season-high 20 points to go along with four rebounds in 26 minutes vs. Memphis. He put up a season-high point total for the second consecutive game, 19 at Sacramento. Prior to the game at Sacramento on Jan. 10, the most he had scored in a game this season was 18 at Chicago on Nov. 28.

Dallas tied a season-low with nine turnovers against the Grizzlies (9 on three other occasions). The Mavericks have recorded 13-or-fewer turnovers in eight of their last 10 games. The Mavericks outscored the Grizzlies 54-39 in the opening half. The 39 points were the fewest Dallas has allowed in the first half of a game this season, previous low was 40 on two occasions: at Memphis Dec. 21 and vs. New Orleans Jan. 5. Memphis managed 40 first-half points in the meeting with Dallas earlier this season, Dec. 21.

Here is the quoteboard for the impressive victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Quoteboard: New Orleans Hornets 99, Dallas Mavericks 96

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on January 6, 2013 under Interviews | Read the First Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks continue to struggle when it comes to overtime. The Mavericks suffered a 99-96 overtime loss to the New Orleans Hornets. New Orleans used a 30-13 run from the 5:14 mark of the third quarter through the 7:12 mark of the fourth period to turn an 11-point deficit, 60-49, into a six-point advantage, 79-73. With the overtime loss, Dallas tied an NBA record with their 10th consecutive overtime loss, joining Atlanta, Golden State and Minnesota in that dubious club. Dallas dropped to 0-7 in overtime games this season. The franchise record for the most overtime games in a season is eight (which occurred in three different seasons).  Dallas went 4-4 in overtime games in 1995-96, 4-4 in overtime games in 1997-98 and 5-3 in overtime games in 2009-10.

The Mavericks are 12-3 this season when they lead going into the fourth quarter. They are now 8-1 at home when leading going into the fourth. All three of the Mavericks’ losses in such games have come in overtime (at Charlotte Nov. 10, 2012; at Oklahoma City Dec. 27, 2012; versus New Orleans Jan. 6, 2013). The Mavericks are also 12-5 this season when they build at least a 10-point lead. All five of the Mavericks’ losses in such games have been decided in overtime (led by 15 at Charlotte on Nov. 10, 2012 but lost 101-97; led by 13 at Minnesota on Dec. 15, 2012 but lost 114-106; led by 11 at Oklahoma City on Dec. 27, 2012 but lost 111-105; led by 10 at Miami on Jan, 2, 2013 but lost 119-109; led by 11 versus New Orleans on Jan. 6, 2013 but lost 99-96).

Dirk Nowitzki made his first start of the season (1,031st career) against the Hornets on Saturday. The Mavericks used their 15th different starting lineup in their 34thgame of the season. Nowitzki played in his seventh game of the year and tallied a season-best 20 points to go along with a season-high-tying six boards in a season-high 34 minutes. His previous high scoring game this season was 19 points, which he recorded in Dallas’ previous game at Miami. He went 2-of-3 from beyond the arc against New Orleans and is now tied with Mookie Blaylock for 30th place on the NBA’s all-time 3-point field goals made list with 1,283 career treys. Nowitzki is averaging 16.7 points per game on 50 percent shooting over his last three games. He is averaging 26.7 minutes per game over his last three contests.

Here is the quoteboard for the overtime loss to the New Orleans Hornets

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Quoteboard: San Antonio Spurs 111, Dallas Mavericks 86

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on December 31, 2012 under Interviews | Read the First Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks are now in the midst of a full-on funk as they are on a six-game losing streak after suffering a 111-86 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. San Antonio began the game on a 14-2 run and never trailed at any point. While the game was much more competitive as opposed to the game a week ago, the Mavericks just couldn’t sustain enough energy and effort to withstand the Spurs.

In his fourth game back, Dirk Nowitzki had another rough outing as he had eight points while shooting 3-of-9 from the field. He simply hasn’t looked like the same Dirk everyone knows and loves as he has made 11-of-34 shots (32 percent) since his return. He is averaging 7.5 points a game. His situation, trying to get back into basketball shape, definitely makes the challenge that much more difficult for the Mavericks as they try to find their way.

Elton Brand recorded his third double-double of the season (399thcareer) with 14 points and a game-high-tying 10 rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench. He scored in double figures for the sixth time this season and grabbed 10-plus boards for the fourth time this year. Darren Collison recorded a team-high 18 points to go along with five rebounds and a team-high eight assists in 33 minutes. He’s averaging 18.8 points per game over his last four games and has led the team in scoring in three of Dallas’ last four contests.

Here is the quoteboard for the loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

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Quoteboard: Denver Nuggets 106, Dallas Mavericks 85

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on December 29, 2012 under Interviews | Be the First to Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks’ losing streak extended to five games after suffering a 106-85 loss to the Denver Nuggets. The loss was the eighth for Dallas in their last nine games. The Nuggets asserted themselves early used a 15-2 run from the 8:17 mark of the first quarter through the 5:27 mark of the period to go up, 21-8. Dallas used an 11-3 run from the 8:20 mark of the third quarter through the 5:37 mark of the period to trim a 13-point deficit (64-51) down to five (67-62). Denver closed the third quarter on a 20-8 run and led, 87-70, after three.

Danilo Gallinari scored a career-high 39 points against Dallas on Friday. His previous high was 37 at New York on Jan. 21, 2012. He added eight rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes.

In his home debut, Dirk Nowitzki couldn’t quite get it going against the Nuggets. He scored just five points, all in the first quarter, on 2-for-10 shooting. With the game getting out of hand, he played only 17 minutes. Though the shots weren’t going in, a lot of them rattled in and out.

Here is the quoteboard for the loss to the Nuggets.

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Quoteboard: Miami Heat 110, Dallas Mavericks 95

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on December 21, 2012 under Interviews | Be the First to Comment

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Well, the game between the last two NBA champions felt like a replay of the Christmas Day matchup to start the 2011-12 season as the Miami Heat defeated the Dallas Mavericks in convincing fashion by a score of 110-95. Jae Crowder tied a season-high with 15 points off the bench against Miami on Thursday, also had 15 at the L.A. Lakers on 11/24. It was his sixth double-figure scoring game of the season. He added three rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes. Bernard James went 6-of-10 from the field en route to a season-high 12 points against the Heat (previous high: 9 at Indiana 11/16). He added a season-high-tying nine boards and three blocks in 22 minutes, finishing one rebound shy of his first career double-double. He did not play, coach’s decision, in three of the Mavericks’ previous four games.

O.J. Mayo was held in check by Miami’s stiff defense as he was held to only eight points on 3-of-14 shooting (0-of-5 from 3-point range). LeBron James set the tone early in the game as he scored 13 of his 24 points in the opening quarter. In addition to the 24 points, he added nine rebounds and five assists in 31 minutes.

Prior to the game, a taped interview of Dirk Nowitzki was shown to the crowd. He said that they’ll continue to keep pushing the rehabilitation process and while he doesn’t want to put a specific target date on the record, he is hopeful to make his return to the court before New Year’s Day.

Here is the quoteboard for the loss to the Miami Heat.

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Quoteboard: Dallas Mavericks 107, Philadelphia 76ers 100

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on December 19, 2012 under Interviews | Be the First to Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks secured a 107-100 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on 12/18. Dallas used a 14-4 run from the 9:30 mark of the fourth quarter through the 4:16 mark of the period to open up a 12-point advantage, 94-82, to end their three-game losing streak. O.J. Mayo scored a game-high 26 points, on only 12 shots from the field, to go along with three rebounds and a season-high eight assists in 36 minutes. It was his 14th game with 20-plus points this season. Dallas improved to 7-1 on the year when he scores 25-plus points in a game. He led Dallas in scoring for the 17th time this season.

As a two man game partner to Mayo, Chris Kaman posted his fifth 20-point effort of the season with 20 points to go along with seven rebounds in 30 minutes. He scored a season-high eight fourth-quarter points against the Sixers. With the win, Dallas improved to 4-1 on the year when Kaman scores 20-plus points in a game.

Shawn Marion eclipsed the 16,000-point plateau against the Sixers. He became the 95th player in NBA history with at least 16,000 points. A seven-foot bank shot at the 7:41 mark of the first quarter gave him four points for the game (and 16,001 for his career). Marion recorded 14 points and nine rebounds against Philadelphia, coming one rebound shy of his fourth consecutive double-double. Marion is averaging 14.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.0 blocks and 35.8 minutes over his last four games, after he missed the previous two with a strained right groin.

Derek Fisher left the game against the 76ers after suffering a strained patellar tendon with 6:51 remaining in the first quarter. He will have a MRI on 12/19.

Here is the quoteboard for the win against the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Quoteboard: Dallas Mavericks 119, Sacramento Kings 96

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on December 11, 2012 under Interviews | Read the First Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks used a 34-5 run from the 2:02 mark of the first quarter through the 2:44 mark of the second period to turn a one-point deficit, 29-28, into a 28-point advantage, 61-33, en route to the 119-96 victory over the Sacramento Kings. With the win, the Mavericks are now on a three game winning stream and have climbed above .500 with a record of 11-10. The Mavericks continued their domination of the Kings as Dallas recorded their 17th consecutive victory against Sacramento at home. The Kings have not defeated the Mavericks in Dallas since 2/27/03 (126-124 in overtime). It’s the Mavericks’ longest active home winning streak against any team.

O.J. Mayo entered Monday’s game coming off a 40-point effort at Houston on 12/8 and with 5,001 points in his career. He recorded a team-high 19 points to go along with a team-high seven rebounds, four assists and one steal in 28 minutes against the Kings. He led Dallas in scoring for the 14thtime this season. Dallas improved to 9-3 when he makes at least three 3-pointers in a game this year. Mayo is averaging 27.3 points on 57.7 percent shooting over his last three games. Mayo led the charge as the six players scored in double figures for Dallas in the win. It marked the fifth time this season that the Mavericks have had six players in double digits (4-1 record).

The convincing victory did have it’s share of drama. Late in the second quarter, Mayo and DeMarcus Cousins were fighting for position on the low block. Cousins delivered a back-hand, closed-fist punch to Mayo’s groin. Both were seen arguing with each other and Cousins and Mayo were whistled for a double-technical foul. Mayo spoke openly and candidly about the altercation.

Here is the quoteboard for the victory over the Kings.

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