The signs were troubling early for the Wizards as shot after shot hit the front of the rim. The Mavericks had similar trouble, but in the end found a way to win 87-78 and prevent the Wizards from going over .500 for the first time this season.
The Wizards can not fault their defense like they did when the lost 105-95 to the Mavericks in November. There was plenty of energy and Trevor Booker pulled down a career high 19 rebounds including seven on the offensive glass.
"We wasted a good defensive effort I thought from our defensive standpoint, but we just couldn’t get into a rhythm the whole night. Between Bradley [Beal], Trevor [Ariza] and Martell [Webster], the three best three-point shooters [making 4-of-18]. It was just one of those nights. Those are the games you’ve got to fight through. The difference was, they [Dallas] had a tough shooting night too, they got to the free throw line, 14 makes more than us [on free throws]. We’ve got to continue to develop our game to get to the rim to get fouls on bad shooting nights. I think that was really the difference: we didn’t make shots, they didn’t, but in the end they were able to get to the free throw line more.”
The Mavericks made 14 more free throws and a winning pace was not there for the Wizards. Yesterday on Daily Wizdom we discussed the need for the Wizards to try and run the Mavericks "out of the gym". In a choppy game the Wizards had nine fast break points at halftime. but only two in the second half for a total of 11 points in transition.
As we mentioned Trevor Booker had a career high 19 rebounds. Last night on our radio post game show the Carmine's trivia question asked who holds the franchise record for rebounds in a game. The answer: Walt Bellamy
Bellamy grabbed 37 rebounds to set the franchise record. In his rookie season, 1961/62 when the Wizards were known as the Chicago Packers, Bellamy averaged 19 rebounds a game.