DALLAS – The average NBA fan probably never heard of Mirza Teletovic.
Until Jan. 24.
When the Brooklyn Nets’ forward lit up the Dallas Mavericks for a career-high 34 points.
In one of the most spectacular shooting displays of this NBA season, Teletovic came off the bench to tally 24 points – in the second quarter. That was one point less than the entire Mavs team scored in the second period.
Forward Shawn Marion said: “He got it going in the last game.’’
Overall, Teletovic was 12-of-18 from the field, including an amazing 7-of-11 from 3-point range. His deft shooting touch aided the Nets that night during their 107-106 triumph over the Mavs.
Teletovic, who averages just eight points per game, will try to get it going again Sunday when the Nets (36-31) meet the Mavs (42-28) at 6:30 p.m. at American Airlines Center. The Mavs, however, likely won’t allow him all that breathing room they gave him when these two clubs met two months ago.
“We've got to guard him,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said after Saturday's practice. “We've got to guard him closer.
“He’s a great shooter and he’s sneaky athletic. We let him get going and we can’t do that.’’
Marion agreed wholeheartedly.
“We just got to get a grasp on him pretty quickly and delay him from getting a look at (the basket),’’ Marion said. “If we can contain him on the three’s and just play good solid defense one-on-one, we’re going to be good.’’
-- Dwain Price
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