Dallas Mavericks: Paul Westphal
The Mavericks' offensive balance is off the charts these days. The 116-100 win over the Sacramento Kings marked the 12th consecutive game with at least five players scoring in double figures. For the first time since April 1993, eight Mavs hit double-digits, all scoring between 11 and 20 points, with five coming off the bench.
Dallas shot 55.6 percent overall and 50.0 percent from beyond the arc. Six players drained 3-pointers.
Potent? Kings coach Paul Westphal, who spent a season as an assistant on Avery Johnson's staff here sure thinks so.
"Yeah, they're loaded. You start talking about the guys you have to defend on the 3-point line," Westphal said. "You go down their team and you've got Dirk and you've got [Peja Stojakovic], two of the greatest 3-point shooters in history, Jason Terry and don't forget about [Roddy] Beaubois, he's back, and then there's [J.J.] Barea and [Brian] Cardinal is shooting 47 percent [from 3] and oh, by the way, Jason Kidd, he's made 6-of-7 on us.
"So, you can't slump off those guys behind the line and at the same time they're very good at attacking the basket and they play together. They know how to use screens and dive to the basket...They're a very, very smart veteran team with great weapons and they're very unselfish, too."
That wasn't the case Saturday night at Arco Arena, when Kidd wanted to make sure the young Kings never got a whiff of confidence.
"He came out with such great urgency at the start of the game," Rick Carlisle said. "Bang-bang, he hits two jump shots at the beginning of the game and that really set the tone for us."
That was just the beginning of Kidd stuffing the stat sheet. He finished with 11 points (4-6 FG), 13 assists and 10 rebounds for the 105th triple-double of his career.
More importantly, the Mavs rolled to a 126-108 win to tighten their grip on the West's second seed.
"It’s always good to fill up the stat sheet, but the biggest thing is to get a win on the road," Kidd said. "We kind of hold our own destiny. No matter who we’re playing, we’ve got to get ready for the playoffs. Right now, we’re starting to play pretty good basketball."
Count Kings coach Paul Westphal among the impressed, particularly with the 37-year-old All-Star.
"It's beautiful to watch him play," Westphal said. "He fills up the stat sheet but doesn't play for stats. He just plays for making the right play every time and he gets them to the right situation.
"To have as much energy and conditioning as he has at this time of year, at this stage of his career is extremely remarkable.
"He's in the perfect situation for him. He's got enough big guys to protect the basket, he's got shooters all around him and he's got Dirk. It's going to be an interesting playoffs run. I think the Mavericks are poised to really do some damage."
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