Dirk Nowitzki made three of his eight shots in the first
half against Washington, but it was one of the misses that was more impressive
than any of the ones that went in.
Nowitzki went in for a shot in the paint that bounced off
the right side of the rim. Tyson Chandler grabbed the rebound and in one motion
rammed the ball back through for a show-stopping dunk that was part of an 11-0
run near the end of the first half that put the Mavericks up by double-figures
at the break. Nowitzki didn’t get an assist on the play, but he probably
The Mavericks already have three players in double figures
and Shawn Marion has nine and J.J. Barea has seven.
This share-the-wealth mentality is becoming quite the rage
for the Mavericks. They have had at least five players score in double figures in
14 consecutive games. In other words, that’s virtually all of the 14-1
run that the Mavericks are on. They are 28-4 overall this season when five or
more players score 10 or more.
“We’ve got one mega-star in Dirk,’’
coach Rick Carlisle said. “We have to give him real solid support with
the rest of the guys. Four or five guys in double figures means we’re
playing good offensive basketball. And when we don’t, we’re
probably going to lose.’’