Rapid Reaction: Mavs 102, Kings 100
February, 9, 2011
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com
How it happened: J.J. Barea, the little guy Tyson Chandler jokes about putting in his backpack, put the Mavericks on his back in the fourth quarter.
Barea, whose minutes might be significantly reduced when Roddy Beaubois returns from a broken foot, blew up for 15 points in the fourth quarter. He hit five of seven shots from the floor in the final frame, knocking down clutch 3-pointers and slicing through the Sacramento defense for layups.
That matched the most points he’s scored in a fourth quarter during his career, but it can’t be considered a stunning performance. He finished with 20 points, the third time in the last nine games he’s scored that many.
Jason Terry has at least 20 in the last three games after scoring a game-high 22 points. He had 10 of those during a 19-4 run to finish the first half, a spurt that gave the Mavs a 19-point lead.
But the Mavs couldn’t hold the lead with their European shooters firing bricks. Sore-wristed Dirk Nowitzki and rusty Peja Stojakovic combined for only 14 points on 4-of-21 shooting.
The Mavs’ cause was helped when Chandler and DeMarcus Cousins got tangled up and whistled for double technicals in the final minute. It was Cousins’ second T of the quarter, sending the low-block beast to the showers early. With Tyreke Evans (6-19 FG) struggling, the Kings sure could have used Cousins when they were down a bucket and had the ball their next possession.
What it means: The Mavs won their 10th consecutive game, marking the 10th time in franchise history they’ve had a double-digit winning streak. They have not been impressive in their last couple of games, however, hanging on to barely beat lottery-bound Cleveland and Sacramento.
Play of the game: On a possession in which all five Mavericks touched the ball, Terry knocked down a 3-pointer with a little more than two minutes remaining to give the Mavs the lead for good. Chandler kept the play alive by soaring for a lob pass from Barea in traffic and kicking the ball out to Nowitzki while falling down. Nowitzki swung the ball to Jason Kidd, who kicked it to Terry on the right wing. After hitting the shot with a King closing out, Jet celebrated by busting out the wings, of course.
Stat of the night: The Mavs are 25-2 when at least two reserves score in double figures. The bench has produced 118 points in the last two games.