In the final 35 seconds of Wednesday’s 107-106 win over Orlando, Maverick forwards Dorian Finney-Smith and Tim Hardaway took charges on plays when Aaron Jordon was trying to make a play that could win the game for the Magic.
They were two of four charges taken by the Mavericks and they could not have come at more crucial times.
Those are the kind of moments that make coaching just a little bit more rewarding for Rick Carlisle. And maybe a tiny bit easier, too.
When a group of elite athletes sees the benefit of putting their bodies on the line and seeing a positive payoff, good things usually ensue.