The Dallas Mavericks lost Tuesday night in blowout fashion to the Houston Rockets 123-107.
It was the second night of a back to back for the Mavericks. It was also the Mavs second consecutive loss.
It made the Mavericks two-game winning streak that they had against the Portland Trailblazers and Los Angeles Clippers seem like a distant memory.
The game was not pretty for the Mavs. After ending the first quarter with the game tied at 31, things quickly got out of hand in the second quarter as Houston was able to take a 19 point lead into the half.
The 2nd half was no easier for the Mavs as Houston was able to lead by as much as 27 points.
The game got chippy as 8 technical fouls were called. A confrontation between Justin Anderson and Nene was definitely noted as well as a confrontation between Trevor Ariza and Salah Mejri (more on that in a second.)
After the game, Patrick Beverley was seen yelling at Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle following Rick Carlisle‘s postgame press conference. “Don’t be mad at us coach,” way to be an icon coach. Have a nice season coach.” Carlisle did not respond to Beverly.
Later on, Trevor Ariza, along with James Harden, Eric Gordon, and Patrick Beverly waited outside of the Mavericks locker room to confront Mavs center Salah Mejri. Trevor Ariza was ejected after technical fouls were issued between the third and fourth quarter after words were exchanged between Ariza and Mejri.
According to sources sent to ESPN, Ariza was upset at Mejri because he was under the belief that Mejri had said something about his wife and children. Mejri strongly denied anything was said about Ariza’s wife and children to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
Dallas police officers were notified of the heated situation outside of the Mavs locker room and came over to monitor the situation. The situation ended with no incident.
Rockets guard Patrick Beverley tweeted after the game claiming that the Rockets were disrespected by the Mavericks:
What we experienced today as a team. Was the upmost disrespect. And total disrespect to Us and the GAME OF BASKETBALL…Still got the W tho
— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) December 28, 2016
The Mavericks and Rockets do not meet again this season.1
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