PHILADELPHIA -- Thrown into the rotation because of a series of unusual circumstances, Dallas Mavericks guard Dominique Jones acquitted himself quite well Friday night against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Jones collected 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting, had two rebounds, one steal, no assists and five turnovers as the Mavs put up a defensive front in the second half en route to knocking off the Sixers, 82-75.
"I think I did some great things out there,'' said Jones, who played 21 minutes. "Of course there's always things you can do better, different things you wish you can do again.
"I feel like every game I need to get better and do better, and capitalize on the mistakes that I made before.''
Jones has suddenly been thrust into action because of misfortunes to Delonte West (fractured right ring finger), Jason Terry (personal reasons) and Rodrigue Beaubois (death of his father). All three of those players missed Friday's game, affording Jones more time to show what he can do.
Jones mostly ran the offense when Jason Kidd was resting, and coach Rick Carlisle had no qualms with the way he performed.
"Dominique Jones filling in did a terrific job, all things considered.''
Jones played a career-high 31 minutes this past Wednesday against Denver. Now, he's really get a full view of what he can or can't do on the floor.
"The young fellow came out and play good tonight,'' forward Shawn Marion said. "I think he's starting to get a little feel for a couple of days out on the floor.
"I know he got tired. This is the most minutes he's played in a long time -- these two games -- but we need him.''
-- Dwain Price
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