MAVERICKS 120 UTAH 102
There were no worries about the need for last-second heroics that might fail this time.
With Dirk Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons both going off for 21 points, the Mavericks dispatched the Jazz fairly easily in their home opener at the American Airlines Center.
The Mavs led by as many as 30 points and maintained a lead in the 20-point range for much of the second half. The game was secured so quickly that Rick Carlisle didn’t have to play anyone for 30 minutes. Seven players scored in double figures.
In his first game back since 2011, J.J. Barea scored four pints with three assists.
MAVERICKS 120 UTAH 102
MLS CUP PLAYOFFS
FC DALLAS 2 VANCOUVER 1 – FCD ENDURES THE BATTLE TO ADVANCE
FC Dallas had to wait four years for another playoff win, and they had to fight to the end for this one.
The Vancouver Whitecaps tried to physically intimidate FCD, but it came back to hurt them as FCD drew a penalty kick late, and Michel converted on it in the 84th minute to give Dallas the 2-1 knockout won over Vancouver at Toyota Stadium.
Dallas controlled the tempo for much of the first half in front of a raucous Frisco crowd twirling scarves, and it ultimately led to Tesho Akindele being on the receiving end of a fast break and firing one past David Ousted for the 1-0 lead in the 40th minute.
Showing frustration to times, the Whitecaps kept trying to scratch, claw and foul. Vancouver drew three yellow cards for the game, and then picked up a red card after the referee whistled the game over.
With that physicality, though, came some opportunities that ultimately led to Vancouver equalizing the game in the 62nd minute when FCD could not clear the ball out of their own end, and Erik Hurtado finally found the net.
But Dallas finally was able to get n the attack late, and a handball call in the box in the final 10 minutes led to Michel getting the chance at the penalty kick he needed.
The Vancouver players definitely questioned that handball call, and the frustration boiled over after the final whistle, with Sebastian Fernandez getting a red card that will cause him to miss the first MLS game of 2015.
FCD’s season, meanwhile continues with a Western Conference semifinal matchup with Supporters Shield winner Seattle. The first game of the aggregate series will be at Toyota Stadium on Sunday at 8 pm CT.
STARS 5 @ NY ISLANDERS 7
It was a back-and-forth affair that the team from Long Island came on top in. Antoine Roussel gave the Stars the lead late in the second, but it leased less than a minute as the Islanders came back with three unanswered goals. Shawn Horcoff cut a 6-4 lead down to one with 4 1/2 to go, but Frans Nielson put the game away with an empty netter with less than a second left.