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Cavs vs. Dallas Mavericks

By George Thomas Published: November 28, 2009

Post-mortem:  Cavs 111, Mavs 95
The good:  The Cavs did a complete 180 from Friday night's game against the Charlotte Bobcats - especially on the offensive side of the court.  They shot 58 percent from the floor and as a team had 33 assists.   While they weren't dominating defensively, they pulled out just enough in the fourth quarter to win the game running away.  In that period, they held the Mavs to 33 percent shooting while they shot slightly better than 55 percent.
The better:  The bench showed up in a big way tonight, scoring 40 points.  Anderson Varejao led the way with 15.  Jamario Moon followed with 13 and, yes, there was a Delonte West sighting.  West, called into duty when the Mavericks went to a small lineup, delivered 10 points in 10 assists in relief duty.  Just as noticeable - the 23 rebounds and 15 assists that they contributed.
The best:  The Cavaliers showed some dominance on the boards tonight - out rebounding the Mavericks 39-24.   Ten of those rebounds were on the offensive side of the court and led to 17 second-chance points. 
Misc. notes:  Because they elected to play with a small lineup, Zydrunas Ilgauskas didn't get get into the game, thus delaying his record breaking 724th game, a feat that would break G.M. Danny Ferry's record...Mo Williams 7-of-7 performance from the three-point line was a season best.
Game:  Cavs (12-5) vs. Dallas Mavericks (12-5)
TV:  FSOhio  Radio:  WAKR (1590 AM); WTAM (1100 AM), WHBC (1480 AM).
Starting lineups:
Cavs:  LeBron James (F); J.J. Hickson (F); Shaquille O’Neal (C); Anthony Parker (G); Mo Williams (G).
Mavericks:  Shawn Marion (F); Dirk Nowitzki (F); Drew Gooden (F); Rodrigue Beaubois (G); Jason Kidd (G).
Cavs:  Leon Powe (knee).
Mavs: Quinton Ross (low back tightness) - Questionable; Erick Dampier (ill), Josh Howard (left ankle surgery) - Out.

  • The Mavericks currently sit atop the Western Conference's Southwest division and are once again led by Dirk Nowitzki. They are currently ranked 6th offensively in the league averaging more than 103 points per game and rank second in the league in point differential, winning by an average margin of 7.68.  Nowitzki had his fifth 30 point game against the Indiana Pacers Friday. 
  • The Mavericks have won 4-of-5 and are ranked as the league's best road team with a 7-2 record coming into tonight's game.  Part of the reason is their bench players average 41.1 points per game, the fourth best in the NBA.
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