Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Dirkalicious aka Dirty Dirk
Well...you Lin some, you lose some!
While Linsanity is coming to a slow decline in New York (finally!), Mr. Clutch himself came thru for the Mavs again last night as they faced the New York Knicks. Dirk did what Dirk does and put the team on his back and we rode off with a 95-85 win! Nowitzki scored 28 points (24 of those in the 2nd half) and bailed out the Mavericks after they lost the lead after going over 7 minutes without a point to start the fourth quarter.
"This was a much-needed win. It was a big character win," Mavericks guard Jason Kidd said. "We responded with some stops and Dirk made some big shots."
Nowitzki made his signature 14-foot fade away jumper with 4:34 left, starting a 14-0 run where he scored nine points.
That was right after the Knicks, who had trailed by as many as 19, scored the first 15 points of the fourth quarter and went ahead 78-77 when Stoudemire hit a shot with about 5 minutes left. It was their first lead since scoring the game's first four points, and didn't last long.
The Knicks beat the Mavs two weeks ago on February 19 104-97 but are 2-4 since then, and have consecutive losses for the first time since Lin became a starter a month ago.
Tyson Chandler, who got his NBA championship ring from the Mavericks before the game, had six points and eight rebounds. Stoudamire had 26. Rodrigue Beaubois added 18 points for the Mavericks, while Kidd had 15 points and six assists. Lin wasn't even on the court the first 8 minutes of the fourth quarter when the Knicks briefly took the lead.
In a short ceremony before the game, Chandler became the last player from the Mavericks' 2010-11 team to get his NBA championship ring. A video of Chandler's highlights from last season was shown before he got a standing ovation from MFFL family (for you newcomers, that’s Mavs Fan For Life). It was a touching moment I must say. I just L.O.V.E Chandler <3
Mavs have today and then play their only back-to-back-to-back all on the road. They take on Phoenix Suns on Thursday, Sacramento Kings on Friday, and Golden State Warriors on Saturday. *sigh* This should be fun.