This year the Mavs have a rare victory over the best in the West. Last night they should have beaten the beast of the East.
A couple weeks after blowing out the Warriors on the same court, they seemingly had LeBron James and the Cavaliers in a headlock late Tuesday night at American Airlines Center.
The Mavs won all the little battles, until they wound up losing the war in overtime.
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The Cavaliers, an East-best 27-9, didn’t take their first lead until late in the fourth quarter. The Mavs, after entering 20-0, lost their first game this season when starting the fourth quarter with a lead.
“It’s a bad feeling,” said Chandler Parsons. “We put ourselves in position to win the game and couldn’t close it out. Didn’t get enough stops and couldn’t make enough shots. We can’t hang our head. We’re going to have this same type of monster tomorrow night in OKC. It’s not getting any easier from here going forward, so we’ve got to lock in.”
In what Dirk Nowitzki called a “monster week”, the Mavs now head out on a brutal three-game road trip to Oklahoma City, Chicago and San Antonio.
The Mavs had a chance to win at the end of regulation, but Nowitzki was stripped of the ball by Iman Shumpert while going up for a potential game-winning jumper at the free-throw line. In overtime, James took over and the Mavs lost to another elite team.
They are 22-17, but only 7-11 against teams with winning records.
Said Wesley Matthews, “They were in the NBA Finals for a reason, but this was our game. We should have won it. We didn’t.”
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.