Whew! Thank goodness that game is over and Dallas got the win over the New York Knicks tonight. It took Dallas a while to get on the board and for Dirk Nowitzki to get warmed up, but when both finally starting clicking, whoa nellie, it was on, well until the fourth quarter again.
Dirk scored only 4 points in the first half of tonight’s game, but finished with 28 points which included 12 of 12 from the free throw line. Huh, imagine that; after last night against Oklahoma City, the whole team only got 10 trips to the free throw line and tonight Dirk gets 12 all by himself. What a difference locations and referees make. Ok enough of that.
Dallas had a nice lead at one point, but it seemed that they wanted the Knicks to hang on and try to make this a real ball game because, even from the beginning, Dallas had to come from behind to take the lead and ended the first quarter with a 27-15 lead, but then they let New York come back on them in the second quarter and got outscored 29-23, but still had a marginal 50-44 lead.
Now is when the gremlins visit the Mavericks locker room during the half time, but tonight, it was different and Dallas came out acting like the champion they were and outscored New York 27-19 to extend their lead to 77-63 at the end of the third quarter. This is when the gerbils sat on the Mavericks bench and did the “Monstars body invasion” and someone put some saran wrap on the basket and nothing was flying in the net but air.
New York decided they would make the Mavericks work for the win if they wanted it and they sure did. By the end of the fourth, New York had outscored Dallas 22-18, but it was not enough to pull off the victory.
What was amazing though is that Dirk was on the bench, New York was basically in control during the third quarter and eventually took a 78-77 lead from Dallas during the fourth quarter, enter the “big German” and it was all over from there.
During the fourth quarter, Dirk went on a run of his own and of the 18 points scored, he scored 14 of them and there was not stopping him at all. As was witnessed by a fan on the sideline next to the Knicks bench. When Dirk made the score 88-78, he was so into the game, that after Mike D’Antoni called a timeout, Dirk headed to the Mavs bench, the little boy extended his hand for a high-five or slap from Dirk, and did he ever get one. Later you could see him looking at his hand, taking a picture of it and probably asking for some ice! As the commentator said, “that’s right little man, you’ll be looking for a cast, but it’ll be ok”, and it was and he knew it.
This was a different Dallas team who had played the Knicks in New York just about 2 1/2 weeks ago and had their 6 game winning streak broken and ended up losing their next 6 of 8 games and needless to say, there was no “Linsanity” going on in the house tonight, it was all Dirk! The Dirk Show was in town and it was a sell-out performance.
Outside of the ooh’s and ah’s from the crowd when we did something good, the biggest ooh and ah came before the game started when the last Maverick got his ring. I’m speaking of course of Tyson Chandler. Chandler came to the Mavericks last season and a lot of the announcers and sport people couldn’t understand why Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson wanted him, because over the last couple of seasons he had been injury prone, but Chandler proved himself to Cuban, Nelson, the fans and the whole Mavericks organization that he was a contender and a force to be reckoned with and as Dirk stated over and over again, he was the heart of that team and the force that ran the defense and they all knew it.
Tyson, you will and have been missed, but we wish you all the luck in the world.
As I stated, Dirk led the Mavs in scoring tonight with 28 points, and the Roddy B show was on display as well, as he scored 18 points of his own and Jason Kidd added 15 points which included connecting on 3 of his 6 three-point attempts.
Amare’ Stoudemire led the Knicks tonight with 26 points, Lin added 14, another former Maverick, Steve Novak added 13 points which also included connecting on 4 of his 8 three-point attempts and Landry Fields had 10 rebounds.
Again the numbers were in Dallas’ favor tonight with them shooting 38.8% from the floor, 26.9% from the 3 point area and 86.7% from the free throw line. Dallas had 14 turnovers and 46 rebounds.
New York ended the night shooting 38.1% from the field, 26.1% from the 3 point line and 65.2% from the free throw line. They had 16 turnovers and 51 rebounds.
There was some excitement in the arena tonight though; there were 4 technical fouls handed out, one to D’Antoni, one to Chandler and one to one of Dallas’ favorite people to boo at, J R Smith and then Dirk.
What was interesting was, when the ref assessed the tech on Dirk, he asked him several times if he wanted to leave and thank goodness Dirk kept his mouth shut, went to the bench and then came back and went on a fury of plays to help his team win. However when Smith got his tech, the crowd went wild!
Also, here’s something for New Yorkers and the Knicks to all think about, the question was raised about what would be done of Lin when Carmelo Anthony returned to play after his injury? Well New York I have some advice for you, let Jeremy play and either let ‘Melo come off the bench like Baron Davis or send him to someone who needs a ball hog because he did nothing for you at all tonight.
So now with this win, Dallas still is holding on to that #6 spot in the Conference and are headed off to face Phoenix, Sacramento and Golden State in a back to back to back, 3 game in 3 nights in 3 cities series before they head back home; so they desperately needed to get this win under them and they did.
Now with that, I will bid you a good day and say good luck and let’s go Mavs!