Chandler Parsons Leads Dallas Mavericks to Victory over Boston Celtics
In only his fourth start as a Dallas Maverick, forward Chandler Parsons impact was felt as he led all Mavericks scorers with 29 points in their 118 to 113 victory over the Boston Celtics on Monday night. Parsons and the Mavs got off to an incredible start with a lead of 40-19 and only missing six shots in the first quarter and finishing the first half up 67-41. Chandler had a good rhythm and seems to be getting more and more comfortable with his teammates. Watch the full interview.
The tilt against Boston marked the first time in Mavericks franchise history that the team has scored 65+ points in the first half for three straight games. The Mavs defensive prowess was on display in the first quarter as well when center Tyson Chandler had a thunderous block sending Celtics guard Avery Bradley’s shot into the third row of the stands. Tyson spoke with us after the game.
While the team seems to be able to score at will during the first half, the third quarter struggles continue for Dallas as they have been outscored all four games in the third quarter. The Celtics had a 38-point third quarter which negated the Maverick’s quick start. Head Coach Rick Carlisle talked addressed Dallas struggled in the third with media.
Finally, J.J. Barea continues to be a fan favorite drawing the biggest crowd reactions before every game. He told us he’s happy to be back in Dallas playing with forward Dirk Nowitzki who is one of his favorite teammates. J.J. also disclosed that his go-to restaurant in Dallas is Oishii sushi in Uptown, but anywhere he goes to eat they treat him great. Watch the full interview.
The Mavericks narrowly won the game against Boston, but the third quarter struggles are something the team will focus on and as Carlisle said, “We will get it solved.” While Dallas’ second half defensive struggles persist, this Mavs group may go down as one of the most prolific scoring teams in franchise history. With every minute of playing time veterans like Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons, and J.J. Barea have together, the players are building confidence and better chemistry. Opponents have much to fear when the Mavericks defensive capabilities catch up to their explosive offense.
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