DALLAS (AP) – Jason Terry scored seven consecutive points in a minute, starting a game-turning run for the Dallas Mavericks. And he wasn’t alone contributing off the bench.
Like Terry, Rodrigue Beaubouis and Brandon Wright scored in double figures in a 90-81 victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. Even Lamar Odom resembled the player the defending NBA champions always thought they were getting.
“We got off to a very poor start,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “Odom, Terry, Wright, all of those guys that came in, Beaubouis had a very impact game. All of those guys did, and they were the difference.”
The Mavericks fell behind by as many as 16 in the first quarter, and didn’t overtake a short-handed and worn-out Rockets team until Terry’s seven straight points started a 21-6 run in the third quarter.
“We needed a spark. We needed some energy. I saw us lagging there. It was an opportunity for us to take control of the game,” Terry said. “The bench was tremendous. It will be a key for us down the stretch. We need to be consistent off the bench, especially offensively.”