NEW ORLEANS – It was nearly déjà vu for Dallas Mavericks
point guard Jason Kidd and New Orleans Hornets point guard Jarrett Jack.
In a Mar. 9 game at New Orleans Arena last year, the Mavs were leading the Hornets, 92-90, when Jack saw one of Kidd;’s outstretched arms above him, and he managed to draw a foul on Kidd with 8.4 seconds left while attempting a three-point field goal.
Jack went to the charity stripe and sank all three free throws, and the Hornets wound up winning, 93-92.
Fast-forward to this past Saturday in the same arena, and the Mavs were clinging to an 83-80 lead when Jack again came zipping down the court and met up with Kidd – at the three-point line –
with 1.8 seconds remaining in the game. But this time before Jack could get off
a three-point attempt, Kidd intentionally fouled him, sending him to the line
to attempt a pair of free throws.
Jack converted the first free throw, missed the second one on purpose, collected the offensive rebound, but missed a potential-tying 14-footer at the buzzer which could have sent the game into overtime.
By the way, last year’s Mar. 9 contest was also the game when – after it was over – coach Rick Carlisle called the Mavs “soft.’’ The Mavs led the Hornets, 92-85, with 1:13 left, but got outscored
8-0 the rest of the way.
-- Dwain Price
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