DALLAS -- It takes a lot for Jason Terry to take a pass on postgame interviews. On Wednesday night, Minnesota guard Corey Brewer's elbow to the left side of Terry's face did the trick. Terry politely asked out of interview duty following Dallas' 112-109 victory, its ninth in a row.
Terry initially suffered a bloody nose, and after the game his left eye had nearly swollen shut. He will be re-evaluated Thursday morning.
"He's tough," Dirk Nowitzki assured. "He'll be all right."
Brewer took the inbounds pass and held the ball with both hands at head level. As he tried to make a move around Terry, his arms made a windmill motion and his right elbow struck Terry's face at the 4:29 mark of the third quarter. For a short period Terry was sprawled on the floor with his hands cupped over his face. He was able to get up on his own and was taken to the locker room by trainer Casey Smith.
Three minutes later, with a wad of tissue stuck in his left nostril, Terry returned to the game. He finished with a game-high 26 points, including five 3-pointers on eight attempts. He played the entire fourth quarter and managed to score seven points, but was clearly feeling the effects of the blow. After going 7-of-11 from the field up the to point of the collision, Terry made just 2-of-7 in the fourth quarter, which included his fifth 3-pointer with 6:54 to play that put the Mavs up 97-95.