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Better Than the Score Would Indicate: Mavericks 119, Wizards 103

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Highest Plus/Minus: JaVale McGee (+3)
Lowest Plus/Minus: Mike James (-18)
Best Five Man Unit: Javaris Crittenton, Caron Butler, Dominic McGuire, Antawn Jamison, Andray Blatche (+5 in the 4th Quarter)
Worst Five Man Unit: Mike James, Caron Butler, Dominic McGuire, Antawn Jamison, Andray Blatche (-6 in the 4th Quarter)

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Game Thread Comment of the Game: "Am I the only one who thinks about the "basketball wish" from Bedazzled when McGee dunks?" by Pryme

The score might not show it, but last night was a good performance by the Wizards.  A late run by Dallas made the winning margin comfortable, but the Wizards kept the game competitive much longer than most people would've anticipated given the team's performance against the Spurs the night before.  If it hadn't been for a botched pass at the end of the half that gave Jason Kidd an easy layup, the Wizards would've held the lead at halftime.

Even though the Mavericks were able to get hot in the second half and put the Wizards away, they still continued to fight and play well on the offensive end and at times they had moments on the defensive end as well.  It won't go down as a win in the record books, but it's a performance that the team can build on moving forward.

Other notes from last night's game:

  • Caron was back in the lineup and at least physically, he seemed pretty good out there.  It's hard to pull down 9 rebounds with a less than 100% hip.  The 7 TO's show that he still needs to get back into a rhythm, but that shouldn't take too long.  The important thing is that he appeared to be healthy out there and he doesn't seem to be trying to play through pain, which would be pointless at this point of the season.
  • Let's work on not being lazy with those inbounds passes, shall we?
  • Andray's outside jumper has been falling at a surprisingly high rate recently.  Here's his hot spot chart from the last 5 games:


Hitting all your outside shots but struggling on close shots that aren't dunks?  Suddenly, Andray Blatche is more Oleksiy Pecherov than Oleksiy Pecherov.  As much as I like to see Blatche use his unique skill set in ways that other players like him can't, I don't want it to come at the expense of doing the things that low post players should be doing.

After the jump, you'll see the photos of the game.  As you'll see, they all have a common theme.

Photo(s) of the Game




(Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)