Mavs win, 111-86. It was do or die and finally the Mavs come through. The first win in the Kidd era over an above .500 team. Now, Dallas holds every tiebreaker against the Warriors and are a virtual lock to make the playoffs. An overall exceptional game with the Mavericks getting contributions from everybody. Terry with 31pts/6rbs/5a Howard with 28pts/7/5 Kidd with 5pts/11/17 assists! Good times. They undoubtedly got a huge spark with Nowitzki coming back. Howard is finally attacking the basket. Terry found his shot and Avery's love child, Eddie Jones provided an unexpected jolt. Avery finally let Damp play vs GS and he made a difference. Finally what can you say about the big German? He gutted it up and played when the Mavericks needed him most and was fairly efficient. Although I did hold my breath every time he hit the floor.
"If it would have been November, there's no way I would have been out there," said Dirk, "But we've got to get this playoff spot. We've been fighting all season long."
The Mavs were desperate and when they were down for the count they responded. Now, I'm not saying that the Mavs are going to steamroll through the playoffs. However, if they play like they did tonight, I like their chances versus anybody.
Monta Ellis: He good.
Now that we saw this from the Mavericks, an even bigger game comes this Fri at the Lakers. But for now, I'm riding a Maverick high. Right before I came crashing down to earth with the Rangers game. Oh well, can't get too greedy.