BROOKLYN – The raw numbers, which most observers instantly peak at and rehash over and over again, doesn’t look good for Chandler Parsons.
During the Dallas Mavericks’ 96-88 overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday at the Barclays Center, Parsons played 38 minutes and finished with just five points, three rebounds and two assists, and converted just 2-of-11 shots. But when the Mavs were in desperate need of a basket, it was Parsons who stepped up and buried a cold-blooded 3-pointer with 1:52 left in overtime to give Dallas a 93-88 lead.
And to hear coach Rick Carlisle say it, Parsons also played as big role in holding Joe Johnson to 18 points on 8-of-19 shooting.
"Parsons played one of his best all-around games defensively and floor game-wise,’’ Carlisle said. "He was 1-for-10, then he hit the biggest shot of the game.
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"So he really stuck with it.’’
That includes sticking with it on both ends of the floor.
"It’s not my first time shooting the ball poorly,’’ said Parsons, who has just 1-of-7 from 3-point land. "It’s something that happens during a long season.
"You just got to stick with it, you got to have mental toughness to get through it. I’m just glad that I stuck with it and stayed confident, and my teammates stayed confident in me and I was able to knock a big one down.’’
And about his defense on Johnson, Parsons said: "Like I always say, when things aren’t going well that way (on offense) I try to impact the game in other ways. I kind of shifted my game to the defensive side tonight.
"Joe still hit some tough shots there at the end. But I’m just trying to create positive things any way you can when the shots aren’t falling.’’
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