Mavs losing without Nowitzki scarcely lose
The Dallas Mavericks outnumber the Houston Rockets despite their good performance. Dirk Nowitzki misses his first game of the season. Maxi Kleber shows a good performance.
One day after his best performance of the season, superstar Dirk Nowitzki had to watch the next defeat of his Dallas Mavericks in the NBA.
Due to a swelling in his left ankle, the man from Würzburg did not play in the Houston Rockets’ defeat in the Texas duel in the 97:104 defeat.
For the first time this season, the 39-year-old was unable to play Mavericks for the first time, but the 2011 champion had completed all of the previous 56 games.
Apart from Nowitzki, Wesley Matthews and J. J. were also missing. Barea was injured – it was all the more surprising that the Mavs were able to hold their own against the star squad of the Rockets for a long time.
This was partly due to the unusual weakness of Houston’s threesome. Of the proud number of 45 three-way attempts, only 13 found their target – that’s just under 29 percent.
Ultimately, the Rockets could rely on their superstars James Harden and Chris Paul.
While Harden contributed 27 points, six rebounds and five assists to the victory, playmaker Paul with 25 points, nine assists and eight rebounds even barely missed a double-double.
Yogi Ferrell was the best thrower of the Mavs with 20 points. Nowitzki’s fellow countryman Maximilian Kleber came in 20 minutes and convinced with ten points.
One day before their defeats against Houston, Nowitzki Dallas had taken home their first home win since 22nd place with 22 points against the Los Angeles Lakers. January.
With 18 victories and 39 defeats, the Mavericks are ahead of the Sacramento Kings (17:38) in second last place at the Western Conference, the rockets are still second.