The Dallas Mavericks are looking to violently blitz any opponent who believes that they can subdue their white hot offense, regardless of the fact that Dallas has been managing to bloody teams they face within the first 24 minutes on the court as of late. Their most current victim, the Charlotte Hornets, felt the pain a little after tip off on Monday night. Charlotte came out of the gates at a quicker pace than expected, and took a fast 4-0 before Monta Ellis put his Mavericks on the map. From there, Dallas’ starting five (Ellis, Dirk Nowitzki, Jameer Nelson, Chandler Parsons, and Tyson Chandler) put a beating on the Hornets in terms of ball movement and bloodied the team so bad that they made the first 20 minutes of “Saving Private Ryan” look like “Sesame Street”.
After taking a 32-24 lead into the second, Al-Farouq Aminu was brought in and helped bring his Mavericks up to 48-36 with 6:21 left in the half. Parsons, who had proved his young worth more times over in these early games, appeared to be having his best shooting game during the first half of this particular match-up and was already 4-for-4 with 12 points. By the time they headed into the locker room, the Mavericks were leading 67-43 with the offense soaring high on their 21 assists on 26 field goals.
It’s not just that this Dallas team is plenipotentiary in their goal to make it into the playoffs by the end of this season, it’s that they’re so damn unselfish. During the third quarter, rather than take a shot themselves, the players would pass to whomever was open, just to assure that the basket was made. Nowitzki found himself making history yet again by scoring 27,000 points with one team, joining the ranks of Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, and Kobe Bryant. The Mavericks would go into the final quarter leading 88-61 with 18 points for Ellis on 7-of-17 shooting.
It has to be noted that Dallas, at this point in the morning of the 2014-15 season, rank first in the league in most games with a 30 plus point lead with four games. This game proved no different as they shut down the stumbling Hornets 107-80 with all of the Mavericks’ starters closing the game in double figures.
The Mavericks look ahead to Wednesday evening, where they face the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center.
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