Chalk up the summer's first victory for the Dallas Mavericks squad in Las Vegas Monday night and Mr. Summer, Roddy Beaubois, made three huge plays in crunch time to pull out the 73-72 overtime win over Milwaukee.
With Mavs coach Rick Carlisle watching, Beaubois lobbed a perfect inbounds pass with 0.3 seconds left in the regulation to J.R. Giddens, who leaped to snare the pass and scored to force overtime. Beaubois then nailed a double-clutch 3-pointer from the wing and topped it off with a floating jumper for the game-winner and the team's first celebration in three tries.
Beaubois finished with 15 points and seven assists, but he had eight fouls (10 is the limit). He was just 6-of-14 from the field, but he did nail 3-of-5 from the 3-point line.
Overall, it was a somewhat shaky performance. On one sequence, Beaubois twisted his ankle, shook it off, and then drove through the lane out of control only to land face-first on the baseline. He had a team-high six turnovers in 30 minutes of action.
Giddens, a second-year pro out of New Mexico led the Mavs with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting. SMU's Mo Faye had nine points and 11 rebounds. Omar Samhan had nine points and nine rebounds, and Harvard guard Jeremy Lin put in eight points, including a pretty, left-handed lay-in as he used his body to create contact and draw the foul.
The squad gets a couple days off in the desert before resuming play Thursday night against No. 1 pick John Wall and the Washington Wizards.