Mavs shoot down Cavs

Dallas' offense heats up in win over Cleveland

Posted: Thursday, February 19, 2004

CLEVELAND - The Dallas Mavericks made their long shots, their short ones and just about everything in between.

Once they heat up, there isn't much a defense can do but watch - and wish.

"All you can do is hope they miss," LeBron James said. "And they didn't."

Michael Finley scored 23 points, Steve Nash added 20 and 10 assists and the Mavericks rolled to a 114-98 win Wednesday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Scott Williams scored 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting from the field in the 14-year veteran's first start for Dallas, which signed him off waivers last month from Phoenix.

Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points and Antoine Walker had 11 and 11 rebounds as Dallas bounced back from a disappointing 17-point loss at Memphis on Tuesday night.

"We're not going to shoot poorly every night," Nash said. "When we find the open guy, I'll take our chances. Tonight, the shots were falling for us again. They usually do."

The Mavericks had seven players score in double figures for the second time this season. Dallas is 14-4 since Jan. 12.

Cavs coach Paul Silas feared the Mavs' firepower, and they displayed all of their offensive weapons. The league's second-highest scoring team blew it open in the third quarter, extending a 10-point halftime lead to 18.

"They were on fire," Silas said. "Unlike last night, when they couldn't make a shot, they made everything. When they're shooting like that, it's tough."

Cleveland entered the game as the NBA's top rebounding team, but the Mavericks outworked the Cavs underneath and outrebounded them 53-40 - 18-9 on the offensive end.

"We knew they were No. 1 (in rebounding) coming in," Williams said. "We had to crash the glass and try to prevent some of that. We did a good job on the boards."

Williams was well-rested after sitting out Tuesday's game with a sprained ankle. But he made the most of a rare start, hitting his first seven shots.

"Sure I knocked down shots, when they forgot about me," Williams said with a laugh.

Williams' best performance since joining the Mavericks came with one of his former Chicago Bulls' teammates, Ron Harper, watching from the front row.

"Harper was chirping in my ear," Williams said. "He messed up my perfect game."

Juneau-Douglas High School alum Carlos Boozer had 24 points and 14 rebounds for the Cavs, who were playing for the first time since the All-Star break. James added 16 points and nine assists, but with the game out of reach, he played just three minutes in the fourth period.

Leading 63-53 at halftime, the Mavericks went to work from the outside in the third period, building a 79-61 lead with mostly perimeter jumpers.

"They're tough to guard when they're making everything," Boozer said. "They've got weapons everywhere, and they just made shots."

Trending this week:


© 2018. All Rights Reserved.  | Contact Us