I don't think anyone will argue that having a good group of starters is a must for a team to get anywhere in this league. What is it though that makes the team a contender? It could be a coach, a superstar, maybe even a couple or trio of players. Having all those sure doesn't hurt, but I think its more then that. I believe its a good bench that you need to carry you through the thick of the season. After the Kobe's and Dirk's are hurt or tired you have to fall on the guys you have ready to go at a given moment. As of late that's just what the Mavs have been relying on. Out scoring Huston's bench 48-14 and in the last five games have averaged 44.8 points. Lets not forget though what happen to not only the bench, but the team when our superstar was hurt.
- Both Chandler and Kidd got double-doubles.
- Mavs once had a 25 point lead.
- Luis Scola scored game high 30 points.
Thanks to Adam Rosen for the data.
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