Well, after getting within eight or so, the Mavericks have succumbed to the Rockets' running game. It's understandable that Dallas misses Dirk's offense, but who thought they miss his defense.
In the last two minutes, the Mavericks have consistently been beaten down the court. The Rockets have several easy buckets and with 1:43 left in the third quarter, Houston has a 83-68 lead. So how has Avery Johnson responded? check out this lineup.
Jason Terry, Jerry Stackhouse, Brandon Bass, Devean George and Malik Allen.
I don't think Houston is scared.
-- Jan Hubbard