The Mavericks Took Home The Victory Despite The Tight Defense From Dirk Nowitzki
With an 88-86 victory, the Mavericks took a two-game lead over Southwest Division rivals Houston during the crucial NBA Western Conference clash. The victory came as a result of the 27 points scored by J.J. Barea though with a key defensive from Dirk Nowitzki. Maverick also got locked in a three-team battle with the Utah Jazz (39-39) during the final two playoff berths.
And having lost six of their last nine games positioning them to ninth place, Rockets have no choice now than to go out of their way to work harder.
Well, the Mavs were able to overcome the Nowtizki’s prolonged shooting slump probably as a result of the Barea’s recent strong play who is not only celebrating his first Western Conference player of the week honor but also the birth of his daughter.
Nevertheless, Mavs superstar Nowitzki held strongly to his defense which led to the stripping of James Harden, the Rockets’ star and who drove to the basket in the final seconds with Dallas. And speaking about what he referred to as neck-and-neck duel, Barea said attributed the win to teamwork bearing in mind that the game was overwhelmingly defensive.
In the recent weeks, Several Mavericks and Coach Rick Carlisle have revealed their biggest incentives to the team. It is the desire to get Nowitzki into the playoffs. In any case, Nowitzki said that he is enjoying every win and after eight field goal attempts against the Rockets. However, he finished with seven points and seemed content with their defense.
And in other news, Trail Blazers took the lead ticket with a 120-115 victory ticket against Oklahoma City Thunder. The Trail Blazers who improved to 43-37 had Al-Farouq Aminu scoring 27 points, CJ McCollum 26 and Allen Crabbe chipping in 16points. Nevertheless, the Thunder had rested stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
And LeBron James’s absence led to the beating of the East-leading Cleveland Cavaliers 123-109 Indiana Pacers during the hunt for one of the last two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. According to Indiana’s Paul George, who shot 10-for-17 Cleveland played small hence the Indiana’s took the advantage to attack the basket.