DALLAS – Jose Calderon was really hurting after Sunday’s loss to the Brooklyn Nets. The Dallas Mavericks' point guard's mouth and nose was in severe pain after he got clubbed by Nets center Mason Plumlee
On Tuesday, however, it was Calderon who put a hurting on the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Shaking off a facial injury which limited him to just 45 seconds against the Nets, Calderon returned Tuesday and popped in 22 much-needed points which helped the Mavs to a 128-119 victory in overtime against the Thunder.
“He’s been a total gamer for us really all year,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said of Calderon. “Tonight we were down nine towards the end of the second quarter and put the ball in his hands on pick-and-rolls three straight times.
“I think he hit two threes and then he made a play which led to another three. That’s nine points in a minute, minute-and-a-half. He kept us going right there.’’
Calderon also buried a pressure-packed 3-pointer which tied the game at 111-111 with 26.3 seconds left in regulation and sent it into overtime. Overall, Calderon was 7-of-10 from the field, 6-of-9 from 3-point range, and also chipped in with eight assists while committing no turnovers.
“Calderon really played just a fantastic game, particularly with the shot-making and the shot to send it to overtime,’’ Carlisle said. “We scrambled around well as a team, but he didn’t give up any ground.
“It really shows how you miss a guy like him in the game on Sunday against Brooklyn. It’s just really tough without him because he’s been there all year.’’
-- Dwain Price
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