Dallas Mavericks: Sebastian Telfair
December, 7, 2012
By Master Tesfatsion / Special to ESPNDallas.com
How it happened: The Dallas Mavericks put a dent in the Phoenix Suns’ pockets.
On a night deemed “Satisfaction Guaranteed” night -- where “good times” were guaranteed or fans could get their money back Thursday at U.S. Airways Center -- the short-handed Mavericks upset some fans in the second half.
Guard O.J. Mayo dropped 23 points on the night, including the game-winner against a team that failed in its bid to sign him in the offseason. He continued his sizzling start from behind the arc and made 3-of-5 3-pointers Thursday. Mayo also had five rebounds and five assists in 40 minutes.
The Mavericks were able to hold on to their second-half lead despite being shorthanded. Forward Shawn Marion and center Chris Kaman left with injuries in the second half and did not return. Marion strained his right groin in the third quarter, and Kaman sprained his left ankle in the fourth.
The Mavericks were down 44-40 at halftime but outscored the Suns 29-18 in the third quarter to take a seven-point lead into the final frame. They led by as many as 15 in the game but had to withstand a run from the Suns. The bench was a big part of the Mavs' success. Kaman scored 15 of Dallas' 53 points off the bench before leaving. Coach Rick Carlisle elected to bring Kaman and forward Jae Crowder off the bench and start forward Elton Brand and guard Dahntay Jones. Brand scored four points and grabbed seven boards in 27 minutes. Jones and Crowder were scoreless in a combined 29 minutes.
Center Brandan Wright stepped up with 16 points and a critical block down the stretch. Point guard Darren Collison scored 10 of his 16 points at the free-throw line and helped the Mavericks hang on down the stretch.
What it means: The Mavericks are now 2-3 on the second game back-to-backs this season. They’re 9-10 overall and 1-1 on their current three-game road trip.
Play of the game: Mayo came through in the clutch for the Mavericks. He drilled a heavily-contested 21-footer over Sebastian Telfair to give the Mavericks an 89-87 lead with 34.6 seconds left.
Stat of the night: Despite a career-high 17 boards from Markieff Morris, the Mavericks edged out the Suns on the glass, 44-42. It’s only the seventh time this season the Mavericks have outrebounded their opponent.
March, 9, 2012
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com
How it happened: The Dallas Mavericks’ defense, the one aspect of their team they’ve been able to consistently count on this season, betrayed them.
Again. And Again. And again.
And that’s how the Mavs blew an 11-point second-half lead and lost to yet another sub-.500 team.
Phoenix 96, Dallas 94.
The Mavs led 74-63 with about four minutes left in the third quarter. Aided by the momentum of their 15-2 run to end the third quarter, the Suns played their best basketball to start the fourth quarter.
Rick Carlisle called a timeout with 2:55 left in the quarter, when the Suns pulled within six. He used a 20-second timeout 54 seconds later, when the Suns pulled within two.
The Mavs had used the offense of Vince Carter and -- surprise, surprise -- Lamar Odom to grab the lead. But it actually worked against the Mavs because the offense never really flowed through Dirk Nowitzki.
Late in the third quarter, Carter had taken 15 shots and Nowitzki had six. Even though, he was playing well, he shouldn’t have 2 1/2 times more shots than the Mavs’ best player.
The Mavs let Phoenix seize control of the game in the fourth quarter, when Sebastian Telfair hit a 3-pointer that pushed the lead to 88-80, and after Shawn Marion missed a runner, Shannon Brown had a follow dunk that extended the lead to 90-80.
We shouldn’t be surprised the Mavs cratered in the fourth quarter. After all, the Mavs have exactly one victory this season when trailing after three quarters.
What it means: The Mavs have now lost the first game of their only back-to-back-to-back on this compressed 66-game NBA schedule this season. The Mavs are on the final leg of their nine-game, 12-day odyssey and are guaranteed a losing record.
Bold play of the game: With 14.3 seconds left in the game, and the Mavs needing a bucket to tie the score, Jason Terry was on the bench wearing a T-shirt over his jersey. Rodrigue Beaubois took his spot. He missed a runner and a jumper at the top of the key as time expired.
Stat of the game: The Mavs hadn’t had a defensive three-second technical in 17 games. Well, it’s time to begin a new streak after getting four of them in the first three quarters. How wild is that?