Wednesday, March 12, 2008

No trouble with Bobcats

Avery Johnson wasn’t feeling too well in the first quarter, but it had nothing to do with what he was watching. If the coach’s wellbeing was strictly based on the play of his team, Johnson would have been the picture of health.

The Mavericks thoroughly dominated streaking Charlotte in every phase of the game Wednesday night before 20,279 fans at American Airlines Center. The performance was so impressive in the 118-93 runaway, Johnson almost forgot the minor stomach issues that led to his exit for almost eight minutes.

“I’m fine,” he said simply.

The Mavs (42-23) appear to be all right, having reeled off three consecutive victories by an average of nearly 25 points heading into the Friday’s finale of the five-game homestand against Indiana. The latest victory was the most stirring, considering the Bobcats were lugging a franchise-record five game winning streak, but were never in the game.

“We’re just out there having fun,” Erick Dampier said. “It’s amazing when we’re out there having fun the things that we can do as a team. We just have got to go out there each and every night with a consistent effort and do the things that we work on in practice. When we’re moving the ball, running up and down the floor and having fun, we can play with anyone in this league.”

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