DALLAS -- Beating the Spurs Wednesday night gave the Dallas Mavericks an emotional lift.
The win ended a 10-game losing streak against San Antonio and gave Dallas its first playoff win since the NBA finals in June of 2011.
“I told the guys I felt that our ability to have emotional strength when things got tough and when things were going good was a real key,” said Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle. “In the playoffs, it’s so emotional and there’s so much going on, that when you win, it feels like you’re never going to lose, and when you lose, you feel like you’re never going to win again.”
San Antonio had the best record in league during the regular season, and as a result became the top seed in this year's playoffs. After winning game two, Dallas now has taken over home court advantage, so now we'll see how sweet home really is.
“I'm a little worried. I’m a little worried going home,” said Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki. “I'd rather play game three here, I guess. We've got to figure it out at home. We can't relax, that's the main thing.”
Veteran forward Vince Carter said the team will have to improve on their 21-point win Wednesday if they hope to send the Spurs home.
“Game three is what we're looking for,” Mavericks forward Vince Carter said. “We just have to protect home, to do our job and play even better basketball, if that's possible. I don't know if it’s possible, but if we can find it, we need it.”
Guard Devin Harris was a key contributor in the game two win, chipping in 18 points and 5 assists in 24 minutes.
“We just can't have let ups,” Harris said. “We have to continue to be aggressive the way we're doing, and we've got to continue to be aggressive as a team and moving the ball. We're doing a great job of just playing with one another, defensively helping one another, and hopefully we'll keep it going.”
Only five of 58 teams seeded eighth have ever knocked off a top seed. For Dallas to become the sixth, they have to play better at home.