In the 2011 playoffs the Dallas Mavericks had six fourth quarter comebacks on their way to winning the NBA Title over the Miami Heat. The most notable comeback was in Game 2 of the Finals when they were down by 15 points with about six minutes to go in the game. Dirk Nowitzki put the team on his back and pulled out one of the most incredible wins in team history.
Of course that team is long gone and only two players, Dirk and Shawn Marion, still remain from that team. For one night, though, the 2011 Mavs made an appearance at the American Airlines Center. Okay, so it wasn’t the 2011 Mavs, but the resemblance was there.
The Houston Rockets and Dwight Howard were in town for the first time this season since Howard shunned the Mavs during the offseason. The game was ugly for Dallas in the beginning as they gave up 40 points in the first quarter and 101 through three as they trailed 101-87. What happened next though was something spectacular to watch. The never-say-die Mavs started clawing their way back into the game until Marion hit a three-pointer with less than a minute to go to give the Mavs their first lead since 4-2 in the first quarter.
Dallas made the comeback thanks to hot shooting and good defense. The Mavs held Houston to only 19 points in the fourth quarter on 26 percent shooting from the field. Houston only shot 2-for-1o from beyond the arc as well in the final quarter. With the win Dallas remains unbeaten on their home court and they even the season series with the Rockets at one game a piece. More importantly, though, this is the type of game that can cause a team to really gel together. When you have so many new faces, sometimes a game like this can be what brings everyone together and gives them something to rally behind.