DALLAS -- While he's still trying to get his legs underneath him, Devin Harris has been playing some solid basketball for the Dallas Mavericks this season.
The 10-year veteran guard moved another step towards getting in tip-top shape Monday when he scored a season-high 16 points and distributed four assists as the Mavs ran over the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-107 at American Airlines Center.
"He's been great,'' forward Dirk Nowitzki said of Harris. "We were hoping he was going to give us that, but didn't know how quickly he was going to find his rhythm.''
Harris has only played eight games after undergoing surgery on his left foot in August. In three of the previous seven games he scored 14 points in each contest, but finally exceeded that number against the Cavs.
"I'm just trying to get comfortable out there,'' Harris said. "I am trying to make the most of my minutes.
"Obviously I am still getting my legs underneath me. I am still trying to work my way into game shape.''
Against the Cavs, Harris made good use of his 19 minutes as he was 4-of-8 from the field, including 2-of-3 from 3-point land.
"He said he's getting tired pretty quick still, but you can't really tell,'' Nowitzki said. "He's picking up his guy fullcourt, he's active on defense.
"He's going to be our best perimeter defender probably with (Shawn Marion), and offensively he's making some great plays. We run like a side screen-and-roll kind of with the corner filled when he's in there and he's making stuff happening.''
-- Dwain Price
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