Dallas Mavericks Better Than Anticipated

The Big German continues to impress and is now #6 on the all-time scoring list. Photo Courtesy: Michael Kolch
The Big German continues to impress and is now #6 on the all-time scoring list.
Photo Courtesy: Michael Kolch

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The Dallas Mavericks won two of their three games last week. After they lost to the Toronto Raptors, the Mavs found themselves in fourth place, but after defeating the Brooklyn Nets and the Chicago Bulls both respectively, they’re now in second place in the Southwest Standings, after Memphis and San Antonio had both lost. The Spurs are still eight games ahead of Dallas for the first place position. Speaking of being on fire, J.J. Barea has been on fire in the last two wins for the Mavericks by scoring a total of 58 points.

My thoughts on the last three games
Vs Toronto: This was a tough test for the Mavericks. After the first quarter, Dallas trailed 32-16. But through the rest of the game, Dallas fought hard to stay in it. Dirk Nowitzki made a three-point shot to cut Toronto’s lead to three, but then the Raptors went on 15-2 run. The Mavs again fought back, but ultimately fell short and lost 103-99. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs with 20 points and seven rebounds. Deron Williams suffered a hamstring injury in the third quarter and did not return.

Vs Brooklyn: This will be a game to be remembered. Not because the Mavs won. Rather because Dirk Nowitzki passed Shaquille O’Neal into sixth place in all-time scoring in NBA history. Dirk has 28,609 points in his career. The Mavs emerged victorious in overtime 119-118. Nowitzki only needed ten points to pass Shaq, and he finished the game with 22 points. J.J. Barea had a career-high 32 points, and a season-best eleven assists, and Wesley Matthews added an additional 17. This game didn’t go the way I thought it would. The Brooklyn Nets came into this game with a terrible 8-20 record, and it seemed that the Mavs would easily win, but Brooklyn came to play.

Vs Chicago: This was a very exciting game to watch. Early on the Bulls were dominating, and the Mavs found themselves down 14-5, but the Mavs fought back and led 33-26 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Mavs found themselves down 52-43, but they found another gear to climb back up. In the second half, it was just exchanging leads. Both teams put up valiant efforts, and the Mavs prevailed and emerged victorious with a final score of 118-111. J.J. Barea had another amazing performance with 26 points, including seven three-point shots.

Their next three games will be a bit of a challenge. On Monday they take on Milwaukee, on Wednesday they take on Golden State, and on Friday they will be in Miami to take on the Heat. Despite being 12-19, the Mavs should take the Bucks seriously as they were given a run for their money against a bad Brooklyn Nets team. Golden State will be extremely tough, and the key to winning is not falling too far behind, and if the Mavs are going to beat the Heat, they will need to play the same way they did against Chicago. They will need to make their baskets.

Upcoming Schedule – All Times Central
12/28   vs Bucks         7:30 pm
12/30   vs Warriors     7:30 pm
1/1        @Heat            6:30 pm
1/2        vs Pelicans     7:30 pm