It was unsung hero night at the ol' arena, with Brandon Bass and James Singleton holding court in the locker room. Bass finished with a season-high 20, one shy of his career-best 21, and Singleton also had a season-best 19 points. Oh, yes, Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd were doing their usual postgame chat, but the crowds were around the two men who dominated the second quarter for the Mavericks. And while the two spent some time arguing over which hand they prefer to dunk a basketball with, they also enjoyed a little limelight.
Said Singleton, "It feels great to help the team and have the coaches behind me no matter what. They don’t get down on me, even when I’m not playing, they always have faith in me."
And as far as practice making perfect: "You get practice great habits, and when you get to the game it carries over. If I don’t play a couple of games, I fall off a bit. But with the practice I'm never rusty. When I'm in the game, I have to perform as soon as I'm on the floor."
Bass, meanwhile, didn't know he had 16 of his 18 first-half points in the second quarter. He had no idea about that, and was pretty happy when he did find out. More than that, he's happy with the chance he's gotten with the Mavericks.
"Dallas, they gave me my opportunity to play and I've just been trying to build on it. That's what you see."
Coach Rick Carlisle was pretty pleased with the duo, too.
"(Bass) played well last night and tonight, and he’s had a really solid year for us. We just stay in his ear about getting better in some of the other areas, making sure he’s active defensively, using his strength to the best of his ability. He’s making gradual, steady progress."
And on Singleton? "I love Singleton. I love this guy. He's always ready, and in the back to back situation, you're looking for energy. We had guys play heavy minutes last night, and he gave us a huge spark in the second quarter. He earned the right to stay out there."
-- Tracey Myers