The Mavericks managed to overcome their loss of Jason Kidd and top a similarly injured, beleaguered New Orleans Hornets squad Saturday night, 96-81. It was a group effort, with the Mavs' seven leading scorers between nine and 13 points.
Ian Mahinmi continued his strong play with a 13 point, seven rebound game in 24 minutes. He was 5-6 from the field, raising his field goal percentage to 72%. Dirk Nowitzki had a second consecutive unusually quiet game, scoring just ten points on 2-11 shooting and pulling down four boards. Vince Carter, Jason Terry, Roddy Beaubois and Lamar Odom added 13, 12, 11 and nine apiece.
Beaubois, Terry and Delonte West shared duties at the point with Kidd out. West had his own solid game, scoring 12 and dishing out four assists in 22 minutes as the starting point guard. After the game West disclosed that he would not be allowed to visit the White House with his new teammates because of a weapons arrest back in 2009.
I'm banned from going to the White House, so I'm not going to make it. But I'm going home to D.C., I'm just not allowed to go to the White House. That's what happens when you make bad decisions in your life. You can't go to the White House.