As noted, making easy points in the paint, getting fast break baskets, making fouls shots and 3 point shots are a good formula for success in the new NBA. And don't take long 22 foot jump shots as they are low percentage shots to make.
So, we lost last night in an ugly basketball game; a game without flow or pace or executing on a winning formula.
We were out shot on the foul line 23 to 10; Dallas scored 21 of 23 foul shots while we made 7 of 10. A 14 point differential in foul shot points is all you need to know.
And from the 3 point line, we shot only 5 of 24, while Dallas was 6 of 24.
We didn't run the ball, and Nene, Webster and Ariza combined for a grand total of 20 points total. That is an unusual box score for our team.
With that, we were in the game til the last few moments.
Trevor Booker had a great game with 19 rebounds.
The only positive to the loss is that Dallas plays in the Western Conference. We play Toronto at home tomorrow - a very important game for the team in the standings. Read all about the game here, here and here.