Monday, December 3, 2007

Mavs outlast Bulls 103-98

CHICAGO – The Mavericks started strong, their two All-Stars shot the ball well and the entire team defended with purpose. That hasn’t been a recipe often during their early-season bouts with inconsistency.

Whether it becomes a habit remains to be seen. For one game, at least, the Mavs reminded folks what a 67-win team looks like by outlasting the Bulls 103-98 Monday night at the United Center.

“Right now we’re trying to get all the wins we can and get some consistency on the road,” Jason Terry said.

Dallas (12-6) bounced back from Saturday’s overtime loss in New Orleans to even its record on the three-game road trip that ends Wednesday at San Antonio. The latest showdown with the defending champions lost some of its luster when Spurs star Tim Duncan went down with an ankle/knee injury.

Still, the Mavs have an opportunity to end the trip 2-1, gain ground in the Southwest Division and go up 2-0 in the season series with San Antonio. Duncan's absence can't change the Mavs' mind set, Avery Johnson warned.

"We can't afford to have that subtle letdown," he said. "They're still the world champs and we're going to have to play awfully well to have a chance to win on their home court."

1 comment:

Danny said...

Art...What is up with dirks' 3pt shooting?? It appears the ft's are coming back around as is the shot..."somewhat". I've never seen the dirkster miss so many wide open 3's. I'm really glad he's continuing to take them but what's up?