Mavericks 105 Wizards 95
November 12, 2013
American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
Wizards fans, you didn’t get your heart ripped out in the 4th quarter/overtime this game, you got it ripped out in the 2nd quarter instead. The Wizards came out firing on all cylinders, jumping out to as big as a 9 point lead in the 1st quarter. But then that ugly defense that you saw give up 130 points in the paint the first two games of the season reared it’s head again.
Turning the ball over 19 times against a veteran team like the Mavericks on the road will almost certainly result in a loss every single time. Nene had a team-high six turnovers himself. Nene also missed 6 free throws, plus about five and-1 attempts that he normally would make.
Games where Bradley Beal shoots 2-for-10 and scores under 10 points will probably point to an unsuccessful night for the Wizards. But where Beal struggled on offense, Trevor Ariza picked up the slack as he and John Wall were a two man show in the 3rd quarter. But you’d have to think that there won’t be many games where Beal and Martell Webster are a combined 0-5 from 3 point range.
The Mavericks got balanced scoring from all over. The Wizards were slayed by an unlikely two headed monster in centers Samuel Dalembert & DeJuan Blair. The two combined for 24 points & 16 rebounds. Blair bullied Kevin Seraphin so bad for 3 minutes that it was the only 3 minutes that Randy Wittman could stomach of Seraphin and he never saw action again the game.
Also worth noting: Dirk Nowitzki passed NBA legend Jerry West in the NBA career scoring list tonight