DALLAS -- Granted, what Bernard James was able to accomplish Tuesday night against the Charlotte Bobcats didn't have the same impact as Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis.
But it was still meaningful to the Mavs' 89-82 victory over the Bobcats.
Chained to the bench for most of this season, James got an opportunity to play Tuesday because the two centers ahead of him -- Samuel Dalembert and DeJuan Blair -- both had foul problems. James responded with five points and four rebounds in just 10 minutes.
"Sarge played well, particularly in the first half he gave us some energy, got a couple of buckets,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "And we were lacking in the energy department, so he helped us there.''
James was appreciative of the opportunity he had to be a factor in a game which snapped the Mavs' two-game losing streak.
"I think I helped us a lot with the pick-and-roll defense,'' James said. "They were kind of eating us up at first, so I helped slow them down with that.''
-- Dwain Price
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