DALLAS -- One common denominator which has derived from the Dallas Mavericks' early season success is their ability to play unselfishly.
During Wednesday's 105-91 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies at American Airlines Center, the Mavs had 25 assists amongst their 40 baskets. When the Mavs have had at least 25 assists in a game this season their record is a sparkling 11-1.
That's the kind of solid production and unselfish play coach Rick Carlisle is searching for from his team.
"We needed to pass it well because you can't just dribble up and try to go through their defense,'' Carlisle said. "They've got too many great defenders and their system is really strong, so we needed ball movement, we needed stops.''
Vince Carter led the Mavs in assists with a game-high six, Dirk Nowitzki dispensed five assists, and Monta Ellis had four.
Carlisle said: "I thought we passed it good and we played unselfishly.''
The only time the Mavs lost a game this season when they collected at least 25 assists occurred during a 112-106 loss to Minnesota when they had 29 assists.
-- Dwain Price
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