Former Mav update: The Oklahoma City Cavalry of the CBA signed Erick
Strickland. The Yakima Sun Kings of the CBA signed Shawn Harvey.
Denver Nuggets at Dallas Mavericks (January 11)
Dallas led 23-18 after 1 and Denver led 53-52 at the half. Dallas had
made 2 more field goals, but Denver made 5 more free throws for the 1
point game difference.
Dallas was up 67-63 when things got ugly. Dallas committed 7 turnovers on
7 consecutive possessions as Denver went on a 13-0 run. Denver led 80-73
after 3. Dallas committed 9 turnovers in the 3rd including 3 terrible
passes by Jamal Mashburn.
Dallas opened the 4th with a 9-0 run, including 5 points from Chris
Gatling, to take an 82-80 lead with 9:26 remaining. Denver briefly took
an 83-82 lead with 8:30. The game remained close and Dallas led 94-93
with 1:50 left. George McCloud hit a 20-footer with 1:03 left to put
Dallas up 97-95. Eric Montross blocked Dale Ellis' shot and Gatling hit a
15-footer with 22 seconds left to put Dallas up 99-95. LaPhonso Ellis'
dunk cut the lead back to 2 at 99-97. With the shot clock off, Denver
made Dallas win the game at the free throw line. McCloud came through and
hit both free throws with 18 seconds left and 1-2 free throws with 12.7 to
go. Bryant Stith hit a jumper with 7 seconds left and Dallas led 102-99.
McCloud hit 2 more free throws. Denver missed a 3-pointer and Dallas ran
the clock out. Dallas 104, Denver 99.
Dallas shot 9-16 FG and 13-18 FT in the 4th while Denver shot 4-19 FG.
Dallas had 0 turnovers in the 4th. Chris Gatling scored 12 points and
George McCloud scored 11 points in the 4th.
George McCloud had 21 points including 6-9 FG and Chris Gatling had 21
points including 7-10 FT and 5 rebounds. Despite the poor 3rd quarter,
Jamal Mashburn looked very nice in the 1st quarter driving to the basket -
and, look, he did not attempt a single 3-pointer the entire game.
LaPhonso Ellis led the way for Denver with 28 points including 11-19 FG
and 6 rebounds and Dale Ellis had 18 points and 6 rebounds.
Jim Cleamons: "We have a long way to go, but we'll take all we can get and
Jamal Mashburn on his performance in the 3rd quarter: "I saw a couple of
things out there that maybe I shouldn't have tried. But I threw [the
passes] anyway. That's part of trying to come back and finding my game.
Maybe I could have held back, but I wouldn't have been myself then."
Jim Jackson on the bench players: "The guys that came in did a great job
of running our offense. It paid off."
Derek Harper: "It was an important game. It's a must-win situation for
us, basically. We definitely have to win games against teams like this.
We play another game Monday against a team that's been struggling, a team
we should beat."
Chris Gatling: "We played awesome tonight. We just all contributed in a
positive way. As a team we've been doing real well together and we've
been trying to turn the page and make things happen positively."
George McCloud: "We're starting to play consistent basketball, 4 quarters
instead of a half or 3 quarters. We're coming together more as a team.
It feels good when you play hard and everyone contributes."
Dick Motta: "I know they have a hell of a lot of talent. They promised a
playoff spot, and I don't know if they can come through on that."
Dale Ellis: "If we could have come up with a couple of plays and baskets,
we could have won the game. We just have to keep it up, don't give up
and maybe we will turn it around."
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