Despite postseason contention out the window, the Dallas Mavericks willed their way to a home 108-105 overtime victory over the Denver Nuggets Friday night. The win brought the Mavs within one game of .500 once again.
When Dallas visits the New Orleans Hornets they will try to fulfill and cease the beard pact made what feels FOREVER ago. And boy is it time, Dirk needs a shave badly.
This time around the Mavs better be prepared and ready for the fight. They last had the opportunity against the West-worst Phoenix Suns, but were outplayed and took the loss.
“Whether it’s a preseason game or regular season game, I do my regular routine, I stretch and get in my nap,” said Nowitzki. “Once I go out there, it’s fun, I try to win and go out there and compete. We got three games left and we have to go for them.”
Nowitzki, Vince Carter and O.J. Mayo each scored 20 points or more in the win against the Nuggets. The well balanced attack coupled with the fight to comeback exemplified heart.
“We fought to the end. It was a needed win … I just want to end the season on a positive note and go hard. Play it to the end and see what happens.” – Vince Carter
Dirk is 10 points short of reaching 25,000 points in his career. He admitted he’d prefer to reach the milestone in front of the home fans, but will be satisfied either way. Basically he’s saying he’s scoring 10+ tonight against the Hornets.
New Orleans has shut down Anthony Davis (knee) for the season, but have plenty of guys who have given the Mavs trouble in the season series. Eric Gordon has averaged 23.3 points over his last three games and Ryan Anderson is second in the NBA with 208 made 3-pointers.
“We are all feeling frustrated because we know we can win,” coach Monty Williams said.
The Hornets have always given the Mavs trouble in New Orleans and will attempt to play spoiler and keep the Mavs itchy.
After tonight’s game, Dallas concludes its season with two home games against Memphis and these Hornets. The Mavs are 16-24 on the road and look to win their last game away from the American Airlines Center.
Mavericks at Hornets tip at 5:00 p.m. CT and airs on FSSW/FSNO/NBATV.
Let’s Go Mavs!
Source: TheTwoManGame, ESPN