The Mavericks’ offense was stunning.
The Mavericks netted 42 points in the first quarter, which was a season-high for any team while shooting a staggering percentage. They shot 64 percent (with 16 for 25), including 3-of-6 from threes, and were 7-of-7 at the line.
Shawn Marion is in his 13th season and is hoping the Mavericks might have enough talent to contend for a playoff spot, which seems to defy the odds right now.
Marion will be close to 35-years old in May but usually doesn’t seem to be showing his age.
He’s averaging 11.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. His points per game are down by nearly five points a game. But his shooting is still a solid 49.7 percent in what has been a disappointing season for the Mavericks. Marion has been a blessing for Dallas, and will be a key for the Mavs’ long shot bid for the playoffs.
Marion needs to play smarter and continue his focus of keeping all of his players in the game.
He did an excellent job of that in the win over the Magic by scoring 16 points and seeing that five of his teammates also scored in double figures. The Mavs had a 17-0 run in the fourth quarter, and coach Rick Carlisle said this is the type of play he’d like to sustain the entire game.
The Mavs proved they could do it against the struggling Magic. Now they need to show that they can do it against other teams.