The Mavericks win 121-109. Ellis scores 31 points, Barea scores 17 points, 13 assists, Aminu scores 16 points and 12 rebounds, Nowitzki scores 16 points and Chandler scores ten points and 14 rebounds. Harden scores 24 points and Howard scores 13 points for the Rockets. Houston leads West First Round Series 3-1.
Ellis on Mavericks win:
We weren’t ready to go home.
Howard on Rockets Game 4 loss:
We’re very upset about the way we handled ourselves tonight. It’s not becoming of a championship team. It starts with myself and James. We’ve got to do a better job from the beginning of the game to the end of the game of leading our team.
We’re going to fight. “We’re not going to quit. We’ve got to go to Houston, and we’ve got to bring it back to Dallas.
It’s a big play. When you’re at home, you’ve got to keep the energy up, you’ve got to keep the aggression up and you’ve got to do it in a way that’s clean. It was a hard foul. There was no intent to hurt anybody.
The Rockets wins 111-99. Howard scores a double-double (28 points and 12 rebounds) and Harden scores 24 points. Ellis scores 24 points for the Mavericks. Houston leads West First Round Series 2-0.
Harden on Smith friendship:
Man, like they were little boys again.
We just saw something, a little wrinkle in their defense and we just tried to take advantage of it.
Howard on Game 2 success:
I don’t care about how many points I get, my job is to make sure I dominate the paint.
Coach Carlisle on Dallas loss:
Those are a problem. We’ve going to have to find a way to better combat that.
The Mavericks win 114-98. Chandler scores a double-double (22 points and 15 rebounds). Lillard scores 17 points and Aldridge scores 17 points for the Blazers. Coach Carlisle on the Houston-Mavericks playoff game:
That’s a lot of external noise. We’ve got to make sure that we ignore what’s not important. What’s important is our group, how tied together we are and how strong our will is.
Chandler on Rockets playoff game:
We have a tough task ahead of us.
You always want to win your last game or your last few games, but we’ve had guys out. I think guys just have to be ready to go now.
The Warriors win 123-111. Curry scores 11 points, Thompson scores 21 points. Nowiztki scores 18 points and Chandler has 13 rebounds for the Mavericks. Coach Kerr on Warriors record:
Great scene in there, and I wasn’t really thinking about the significance of the record. Those guys were. They presented me the ball, and how lucky am I to coach these guys in my first year? Ridiculous.
Coach Carlisle on Dallas’ consecutive loses:
We don’t think it’s serious.
Igoudala on Golden State reserves performance:
We’ve got a thirsty bench. Really thirsty. I don’t know if there’s enough water.
Livingston on flagrant foul in Nowitzki:
He kind of sat back to create space with his lower area, and it was just bad timing. Eleven years in the league, I haven’t had a dirty play. It looked worse than it actually was.
The Mavericks wbeat Thunder 135-131. Ellis scores 26 points, Chandler scores a double-double (14points,10 rebounds), Rondo scores 10 points and 10 assists. Westbrook scores a triple-double (31 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists), Kanter scores a double-double (30 points and 16 rebounds) for the Thunder. Coach Carlisle:
It was a great basketball game. Every once in a while, you stand over there and you say, ‘This is an unbelievable game to be a part of,’ and it was. The extreme momentum swings back and forth – the shot making was breathtaking.
I think we just got beat on a lot of pick-and-rolls, and I think we just have to work on it.
Being patient and staying aggressive and just trying to make some big plays down the stretch for our team. We all know how important this game was. We needed this win in a bad way.
After the Mavericks’ loss to the Phoenix Suns, Carlisle rips into his team. He said the team didn’t show up in the first half of the game and that was flat-out embarrassing. The Mavs are 8-8 since the All-Star break. Seven of those losses have been decided by ten or more points.
This is a Dallas Mavericks hard-play problem, all right? We don’t play hard all the time. And that’s a problem…It’s pretty clear that’s where our inconsistency is, and we’ve got to get better. We’ve got to be a more together team. I believe that we can do it. We did it in the second half, but it’s work. It takes effort. It takes effort in the locker room, it takes sacrifice, and we’ve got to be willing to do those things.
The Mavericks suspend Rondo for one game following a shouting match between him and his coach over play-calling responsibilities. Coach Rick Carlisle:
The events of last night are now in the past and we’ve got to move forward. I need to say this very clearly: He is an extremely important part of our team. Our efforts to get to the highest possible level largely hinge on him playing and playing well with him. He needs to play well with us, and we need to play well with him. It’s a two-way street.
The incident last night was born in large part out of poor communication between him and I. That’s on both of us. We had a long talk about the situation today, and we both agreed that we need to communicate more frequently. We need to work on the solution for making his stint as a Dallas Maverick the most successful one possible. We’re looking at 23 games here. Right now, this is a critical time for us.