The Dallas Mavericks did something against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night that they hadn’t done all year long. The Mavs finally swept a back-to-back series this season. After defeating the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night at home, Dallas traveled to New Orleans, where they took care of the Pelicans 100-97.
This is the Mavs’ seventh back-to-back series on the young season. Dallas split the first five series, but got swept last weekend against the Atlanta Hawks and Minnesota Timberwolves. Not only did they finish off the sweep against the Pelicans, but they also gathered up another road win, which is crucial for this team.
Dallas, who has been great at home with a 9-2 record, has been awful on the road. They are is 3-6 on the road, including the win against the Pelicans. This is huge considering the fact that Wednesday was the first night of a four-game road trip.
The fact that Dallas won the game is quite impressive. The Mavericks got out-rebounded by a margin of 20. New Orleans grabbed 58 rebounds, 18 of which were on the offensive side of the ball. Head coach Rick Carlisle can’t be happy about those numbers. When you get out-rebounded by that big of a margin, most of the time you lose the ball game.
Not only did they give up 58 rebounds, but the Pelicans had two players with at least 14 rebounds. Al-Farouq Aminu grabbed 20 rebounds for New Orleans while Ryan Anderson had 14, including seven on the offensive glass.
Meanwhile, Dallas had nobody in double-figure rebounding, yet the found a way to win the game. In the end, I guess that’s all that matters. Numbers and stats usually paint a good picture of what happened in the game and the outcome, but the numbers lied tonight.