DALLAS -- Games like Tuesday's 107-98 win over the Washington Wiazrds are why Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry acknowledged that it's imperative that he's on the court in the fourth quarter.
Terry tallied 11 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter as the Mavs broke a three-game losing streak by holding off the opportunistic Wizards. Afterwards, Terry pointed to the rare practice the Mavs were able to squeeze in on Monday as the reason why they looked so efficient against the Wizards.
"Coming off of a day off we had a travel day (Sunday), and then we practiced Monday, which was good,'' Terry said. "It had guys ready, we were alert.''
While in the midst of going 2-7 while playing nine games in 12 days, the Mavs looked anything but alert. But they were able to get their groove back against the Wizards as the Mavs poured in 60 first-half points, shot 50.6 percent from the field and outrebounded Washington by 13.
"You were able to get that actual game plan in rather than just going to the breakfast meeting and watching film and then to the game,'' Terry said. "Now we're on the court preparing and just back into your normal routine.
"When you get a normal routine, then it makes it a lot easier.''
Last week Terry made headlines when he vented his frustrations after he was inexplicably on the bench twice in a five-game span with the game on the line. Against the Wizards, Terry tallied 11 of the 24 points the Mavs scored in the fourth quarter.Coach Rick Carlisle said: "I thought Jet had one of his best games of the season, just in terms of being really good at both ends.''
-- Dwain Price
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