Dallas Mavericks

Parsons is suddenly red-hot

DALLAS – That five-point game Chandler Parsons had against San Antonio in his debut with the Dallas Mavericks last week suddenly seems like light years ago.

Since that inauspicious beginning by the four-year veteran, Parsons has scored 70 points in three games – all victories for the Mavs.

"I’m just in a good rhythm right now,’’ Parsons said after scoring 29 in Monday’s 118-113 win over the Boston Celtics. "I’m trying not to force anything, I’m trying to stay within the offense.’’

Parsons scored 14 of his points in the first quarter, which ended with the Mavs ahead 40-19.

"I feel like he’s got a great rhythm to his game now,’’ said Dirk Nowitzki, who tallied 27 points. "He doesn’t force anything, he’s great at that little (small forward/center) pick-n-roll getting to the basket.

"If the big guy comes he just lobs it up, because he’s a great passer as well.’’

Parsons converted 10-of-15 shots against the Celtics, including a 3-pinter and layup which put the Mavs up 114-104 with 2:21 remaining in the game.

"He’s been having good rhythm shooting the ball from the outside when he’s open,’’ Nowitzki said. "So I feel like he’s just playing off the flow off the movement and taking what the defense gives him.

"He’s been making some great decisions, some great reads off it. So hopefully he can keep it up.’’

Part osf Parsons’ success, he said, stems from getting more familiar with his new environment and his new teammates.

"I’m feeling good right now,’’ Parsons said. "Every day I spend with these guys I’m getting more comfortable playing with them, playing with these guys who can do so much offensively.

"There’s really less help (defense by opposing teams), because guys don’t want to leave certain guys and it allows me to create more for myself and get to the basket.’’