Something had to give when the Dallas Mavericks got out-rebounded tonight by the Sacramento Kings, 47-35. Also, the panic button most definitely was pushed by both the Mavericks players and the packed house at the American Airlines Center when the Mavericks blew yet another fourth-quarter lead.
All these close games really must be the reason Rick Carlisle no longer grows his hair out. If he did grow it out, he’d be pulling it out anyway. With even Dirk Nowitzki the other day missing two crucial late-game free throws, the Mavericks needed someone to get it done at crunch time, and that guy tonight was Shawn Marion.
Marion, like everyone else in the building, knew the Mavericks by no means could have afforded to lose this crucial game against the Kings. He knew he couldn’t let all the fans, who spent their hard-earned money to watch the Mavericks, go home feeling betrayed and bewildered.
Marion knew he had to take matters into his own hands.
With under three minutes remaining in the game, Marion hit two free throws to put the Mavericks up by two. Then, on the very next Mavericks possession, “The Matrix” delivered perhaps the most electric moment of the season when he hit the most clutch of corner 3-pointers, putting the Mavericks up by five. Credit Monta Ellis with the sick assist and credit Mavericks commentator Mark Followill with saying that the shot “brought the house down.”
And it did.
In all, Marion finished with 14 points, but it was those three particular points that the 14-year veteran will not be forgetting any time soon.