The Dallas Mavericks survived another night without Dirk Nowitzki, edging the Portland Trail Blazers 84-81. Jason Terry, who may be some sort of supernatural being, scored 12 points in the fourth quarter, with seven of those coming during the game-winning 12-4 run Dallas invoked with four minutes to go in the game.
The Mavericks had been down five at that point; Terry simply took over Dallas' dilapidated offense and the impressive Mavs' defense cinched all the way up. In the run, Terry had those seven points on a three and two mid-range jumpers. But he also assisted the Mavericks' two other scores: a lay-up by Tyson Chandler and a key three by DeShawn Stevenson inside a minute to go. On the other end, Portland had trouble getting LaMarcus Aldridge, the game's high scorer with 28 points, a shot late.
How keyed in was Terry? J.E.T. was so focused on the game, and setting up a crucial play in the huddle that he didn't notice Rodrigue Beaubois' face a few feet to his right.
And he doesn't miss a beat!
Blazersedge is concerned about Portland's strategy of relying on three-pointers given that the Blazers have trouble hitting threes. Mavs Moneyball focuses on how critical Dallas' defense will be going forward without small forward Caron Butler.