Mavs 113, Spurs 92: Vote On 'The Dirkie'
The Dallas Mavericks' 113-92 win in Game 2 at San Antonio on Wednesday marks Dallas' first playoff victory since winning the title in Miami in 2011 - meaning 1,046 days have passed since then.
But one fun win isn't enough.
"We're in this thing to win,' said coach Rick Carlisle after the blowout that evens the series at 1-all. "We're not in it to get a split and feel happy.''
Nevertheless, there is a happy feel to the victory, which breaks a 10-game skid against the hated Spurs and comes at a very opportune time. Go down 0-2 in an NBA series and you lose 93.3 percent of the time.
Win with ease? And with so many Mavs efforting at the top of their games?
You ... feel happy.
And because we are a basketball democracy, you also get to feel your way through the voting process. It is a DB.com tradition to select a Player of the Game after every win and to award that lucky fella "The Dirkie.''
A total of 1,046 days since we've awarded a playoff "Dirkie.'' BJ Stahl walks you through the candidates and we ask you to vote here:
Monta Ellis -- 21 points, 3 assists, 3 steals
Shawn Marion -- 20 points, bad-guy-day-wrecker
Devin Harris -- 18 points, 5 assists
Dirk Nowitzki -- 16 points, 5 rebounds, temper-flare
DeJuan Blair -- 8 points, 7 boards, 4(!) steals
Vince Carter -- 8 points and 2 dimes from Vince
Samuel Dalembert -- 4 points and 7 rebounds
Brandan Wright -- 4 points, a board, and an assist
Oh, and get Jose Calderon jump-shooting off the screens in there, too!
You've got your place to vote ... and hang out at DB.com Boards, too ... we've got expansive coverage coming at you all night and day on DallasBasketball.com!