DALLAS -- That scoring balance the Dallas Mavericks displayed this past Saturday against the Memphis Grizzlies is something coach Rick Carlisle has been envisioning since training camp opened.
In fact, it's Carlisle's vision for every game his team plays.
Led by Dirk Nowitzki's 24 points, the Mavs placed six players in double-figure scoring during their 111-99 victory over the Grizzlies. The others include Shawn Marion (21), Monta Ellis (18), Jose Calderon (15), Samuel Dalembert (14) and Vince Carter (11).
"It was needed the other night,'' Carlisle said of the balanced scoring. "To beat teams that are great defensive teams like Memphis, you’re not going to have one guy go off for a bazillion points.
"You’re going to have to keep the game moving and get a lot of people involved. So that was good.''
Carlisle knows that balanced scoring makes the Mavs more difficult to defend. And he certainly would like to see it tonight at 7:30 when the Mavs (2-1) host the Los Angeles Lakers (2-2) at American Airlines Center.
"We did some good things to win that game, but now we've got to move on to the Lakers,'' Carlisle said. "They’re a different look this year, they’re playing a lot of smaller athletic guys, the three-point shot is a real big part of their game, and they still have great players with (Steve) Nash and (Pau) Gasol, who can cause a lot of problems.''
While that may be true, Carlisle knows if the Mavs can get another six players in double-figure scoring, his team will also be able to cause a lot of problems.
-- Dwain Price
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