How it happened: The Mavs looked like the balanced, deep, unselfish team that can be extremely dangerous.
In other words, they looked like the team they expect to be.
Dirk Nowitzki led four players in double figures with 20 points and seven assists. Jason Terry had nine of his 18 points in the fourth quarter. And Lamar Odom showed signs of life for the second consecutive game with a 15-point, five-rebound performance.
The Mavs led for most of the game and put the Suns away with a 12-1 run early in the fourth quarter that featured a pair of Terry 3-pointers, both off of dishes from Dirk.
The most telling stat for the Mavs might have been that 30 of their 38 field goals came off assists. That’s a sure sign that the ball is moving and the trust is building.
What it means: The Mavs have some momentum for the first time this season. They’ve won two in a row for the first time since the Finals, beating the Thunder and Suns by convincing margins. Noted basketball analyst Khloe Kardashian, Odom’s wife, put it pretty well in a tweet during the Mavs’ put-’em-away run: “Now we are playing like a team.... Loving this!!!”
Play of the game: It had been a while since we’d seen a Roddy-Oop, but it’s still the prettiest play in the Mavs’ playbook. Rodrigue Beaubois came off Nowitzki’s backdoor pick and soared high to catch Jason Kidd’s lob from the opposite wing, snatching the ball with two hands and throwing it down hard with one midway through the third quarter.
Stat of the night: The Mavs had a 51-22 edge in points off the bench.