by Brett Edwards
Just to get rid of the obnoxious post we had most recently, I thought I would give my takes on the two nationally televised ABC games we had on Sunday. In case your local affiliate screwed you, here's what went on:
- Pacers at Sixers: This was the third time this week the Sixers were featured on national television. The first time was against the Rockets, where they came back to get a 5 point win on the road. The second time was against the Wizards, where they managed to hold off Washington in a high scoring affair. In Sunday's game against the Pacers, they couldn't get their third straight. C-Webb had a bad game, shooting only 7-22 from the field, including letting the shot clock expire with the ball in his hands down the stretch, and missing a 3-pointer at the buzzer. The Sixers really should have won this game, but allowed Steven Jackson to get an uncontested layup with 2 seconds left. Once again, let me remind you that the Pacers are winning without Jermaine O'Neal, and with both Jeff Foster and Scot Pollard in their starting lineup.
- Suns at Mavericks: The Mavs lead for most of this game, but much like the game against the Spurs earlier this week, Dallas' second half defense left something to be desired. The Mavs allowed 64 second half points at home to let the Suns snap their 16-game home winning streak. Somewhat disgustingly, the Mavs gave up 34 points in the 4th to the Suns, en route to getting outscored by 16 in the quarter to blow the game. The highlight was when Nash took best buddy Dirk to the rack and made a circus shot over his head and over Dirk for a key bucket with 43 seconds left to put the Suns up 4 and effectually seal the game. It should be noted that the Mavs were without Josh Howard and Keith Van Horn, but they had the 8-point lead to start the 4th at home and should have sealed the deal.