For the second time this season, the Dallas Mavericks have done something that very few teams have done in the NBA this season — beat the Indiana Pacers. Not only did the Mavs beat the Pacers on Sunday night, it was the second time they’ve done it this season.
After suffering a three-game losing streak to the Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and the Denver Nuggets, the Mavs have now won two in a row. The losing streak started with a 16-point blown lead to the Bulls. On Friday night against the Portland Trail Blazers, Dallas held a 30-point lead only to see it disappear. The Mavs were able to end the game with 11 straight points to defeat Portland.
Against the Pacers, Dallas once again held a 17-point lead, only to see Indiana cut the lead to three at halftime. Behind some great bench play from Devin Harris and Monta Ellis‘ play down the stretch, Dallas was able to hold off the Pacers and win the game. Dallas has lost six games this season in which they’ve held at least a 16-point lead. Perhaps the 30-point blown lead finally got their attention. The humility of having a huge lead like that and then losing it could have been unbearable.
Perhaps this is a situation in which the Mavs can build upon. Dallas is in the middle of a battle for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. After they lost three games in a row, it was hard to imagine them not going into a long losing streak considering their remaining schedule. Hopefully, this is something Dirk Nowitzki, Monta and company can build upon going forward. With 19 games left in the season, this is a great position for the team to be in.
Greg Higgins is a Dallas Mavericks writer for Rantsports. Follow him on Twitter, Like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.