DALLAS – Jason Terry doesn’t agree with the theory that he found his jump shot when he arrived home from the road trip.
Never mind the ridiculous disparity in his home and road splits this season. In Terry’s mind, he’s always one shot away from a hot streak.
Jet thought that was the case during Friday night’s loss to the Hornets, when he finished with two points on 1-of-9 shooting. And it actually was the case during Saturday night’s win over the Jazz, when Terry rebounded with 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting.
“For me, it’s all about opportunity,” Terry said. “The other night, I go 1-for-9 and everybody looks at me all crazy. But if I take six more shots, I think I’m going to make all six. That’s just the way my mentality is. With the opportunity’s given, I’m here to do my job.”
This was only Terry’s fifth 20-point performance of the season. He had 20 last regular season, with the Mavs winning 17 of those games, plus they went 7-1 when he scored at least 20 in the playoffs.
“It’s no secret,” Terry said. “If I put the ball in the hole, we’re going to be in position to win a lot of games.”
A few more notes from the Mavs’ streak-stopping win:
1. Rodrigue Beaubois back to the bench: A terrific 25-point performance Friday night in New Orleans didn’t earn him another start. Rick Carlisle put Vince Carter back in the starting lineup. The decision was made in part because of a concern about Beaubois wearing down with a heavy workload, but primarily to get the regular starting lineup on the floor together.
“I love the way Beaubois played last night, but I was concerned tonight about the minutes that he ran up last night and the fact that this is the fourth game in five nights and he’s coming off basically a week off where he didn’t do much,” Carlisle said. “I wanted him to give us some energy off the bench and I wanted to facilitate that group being together at least some. If we start him, it makes it more difficult to get to that group.”
2. 41 in the fourth?! Carlisle planned to rest Nowitzki and Kidd for the entire fourth quarter, but a defensive meltdown prevented the Mavs from having that luxury. The Jazz scored 41 points in the fourth quarter, making a game that should have been a blowout tight down the stretch.
“They made a run and it got ugly for us,” Carlisle said. “Fortunately, our closers closed the game out and now we’ve got to move on to the next game. And I’m not going to spend a lot of time regurgitating the things bad that made it tougher. We’ve got to move on.”
3. Party on, Josh Howard: It was like a flashback to the 2008 playoffs. Ex-Maverick Josh Howard hosted a birthday party after a loss at the American Airlines Center. This one was for Devin Harris, his Jazz teammate and good buddy dating to their days together in Dallas, at the nightclub Posh. Jazz coach Ty Corbin reminded his team that the bus would leave without them in the morning if they weren’t on time.