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Game 45: Mavs at Nets presented-by-bbva-2 Subscribe via RSS

Mavericks vs. Nets

The Mavericks made a rally late but couldn't finish off the Nets Friday night in Brooklyn.

After alternating wins and losses in their previous six games, the Dallas Mavericks entered Brooklyn’s Barclays Center hoping to build momentum while finishing up a three-game road trip.

Looking to bounce back from Wednesday’s 93-85 loss in Toronto, the Mavs went in search of a much-needed win over the NBA’s hottest team Friday before returning to Dallas for the start of a four-game homestand. Meanwhile, the Mavs faced off with the Nets for the first time since former point guard Jason Kidd took over the head coaching responsibilities this offseason, looking to hand Brooklyn just its second loss since the calendar flipped to 2014.

But the Mavs wouldn’t be able to cool down the red-hot Nets on their home floor. And with the Nets (19-22) claiming a seventh straight win at home, the Mavericks (25-20) finished a 1-2 road trip on the downside of a 107-106 loss.

“We didn’t get the job done. But the great thing about it is we can bounce back and take care of business at home and get a little home cooking,” sixth man Vince Carter said while quickly turnng his focus to the team’s upcoming homestand.

One game after his scheduled day of rest during Wednesday’s loss, 11-time All-Star power forward Dirk Nowitzki looked to take advantage of his fresh legs early in the opening quarter. But the Mavs would miss their first six shot attempts of the night, before Carter picked up the slack off the bench. And with Carter leading a 13-4 run to close the period, the Mavs slid into the second stanza with a 21-18 edge.

Playing his fourth game since returning from offseason toe surgery, guard Devin Harris would quickly lend Carter some assistance in the second quarter.

“My legs are starting to get underneath me and I’m gaining confidence with each and every game. It’s something to build on,” Harris said as he gets fully integrated in the Mavs’ system.

However, the Dallas defense would struggle containing Mirza Teletovic at the other end of the floor as the Nets took charge of the scoreboard. And following 24 second-quarter points by Teletovic, the Mavs found themselves down by double digits before trailing 57-46 at the halftime break.

“We were just poor defensively as a team,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle confessed. “[Teletovic] hit his first couple of shots and we just let him keep going. You just can’t do that with professional shooters. He had a great night, but we contributed to it. He took advantage of it, but the second quarter was our downfall.”

Blair Up and Under

Monta Ellis finds DeJuan Blair who goes up and under for the fancy layup.

Led by Teletovic’s 9-of-11 shooting, the Nets’ 58.5 percent from the field through two quarters bettered the Mavs’ 40 percent. And despite the Mavs’ 20-18 rebounding edge, the Nets feasted off Dallas’ seven first-half turnovers by scoring 13 points at the other end.

Opening the third quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers by four-time All-Star forward Shawn Marion and starting point guard Jose Calderon, the Mavs would sprint back into the game with an 8-2 run. The Nets then turned to former All-Star point guard Deron Williams off the bench, regaining a double-digit advantage in the process.

But Nowitzki would begin to come alive as the Mavericks climbed within four before heading into the fourth down by eight, 78-70.

With Harris back on the attack, the Mavs looked to stage a rally early in the final period. But, after Harris’ trey to pull within three, his foul on Williams attempting a shot from behind the arc immediately sent the momentum back over to the Nets.

Calderon stepped in from there, hitting a three of his own to cut the deficit to just two. But frustration would soon boil over for Nowitzki, leading to his technical foul call with 8:43 remaining as the Nets tried to keep the Mavs at bay.

The Mavericks would then lose Harris for the night, after the cat-quick guard fouled out with 5:58 still on the clock. Teletovic soon believed that he had delivered timely daggers afterwards, raining in his seventh shot of the night from behind the 3-point line before a driving floater off the glass to make it a 102-95 score in Brooklyn’s favor with 1:13 left.

However, not to be outdone, Nowitzki and starting shooting guard Monta Ellis went to work on the offensive end to come within three. The Mavs then found themselves within that same margin, 105-102, with 8.1 seconds left after the Nets failed to close the game out with an empty trip to the free-throw line by Paul Pierce.

But the Nets would wisely foul Nowitzki at the other end, forcing the big man to intentionally miss his second free throw with 7.1 seconds left to play. Andrei Kirilenko then secured the rebound and connected on the subsequent two foul shots, causing Ellis’ 3-pointer with .6 ticks left to be too little and too late to complete the comeback.

“It’s a tough one,” Nowitzki admitted. “There was a stretch there in the fourth quarter when we just had to get a couple of stops. We cut it to five or three, but we needed another one or two stops to push it up there and score and really put the pressure on. But we just couldn’t get that one.”

Finishing with 19 points off the bench on 8-of-15 shooting, Carter led five Mavs in double figures. Nowitzki added 18 points in the first unit, grabbing down seven rebounds and dishing out three assists to make up for a 5-of-15 shooting performance. Ellis registered 16 points and Calderon added 15 points in the starting lineup, while Harris contributed a season-high 14 points off the bench.

Leading four Nets in double figures with a career-high 34 points, Teletovic finished the night 12 of 18 from the field, hitting seven of 11 from behind the 3-point arc.

“If you give a shooter open shots, a shooter is going to shoot,” Harris said while summing up Teletovic’s night. “We game-planned for a lot of different things, but obviously he found the weak spots in our defense and he made us pay for it.”

The Nets also outshot the Mavericks on the night, 50.7 percent to 43.6 percent, in addition to 23 points off Dallas’ 15 turnovers. Led by Marion’s 11 boards, the Mavs also ended the game with a 43-35 rebounding advantage.

“In the second half we fought hard, in the third or fourth quarters,” Carlisle concluded. “We weren’t making shots the way we’re capable, but our competitiveness was there. You can’t have an off quarter in this league competitively, and I’m afraid that’s what happened in the second.”

“Today, we were right there,” Nowitzki added. “One or two more stops there with a couple minutes to go would have really put us back in the game, so it’s tough. But now I think we’re home for 10 days, which we haven’t been for a while. … So we’ve got to take care of our home court. We’ve been decent at home, even though we lost some in the new year. But we feel like we’re a good team at home, and we’ve got to take care of business beginning Sunday.”

Note: The Mavericks return to American Airlines Center on Sunday to begin a four-game homestand against the Detroit Pistons. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 6:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting Mavs.com.

Dallas Mavericks
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Shawn Marion, F332-51-14-429113102179
Dirk Nowitzki, F355-150-28-934730031518
Samuel Dalembert, C130-10-02-23250104322
Monta Ellis, G385-112-34-616771024-216
Jose Calderon, G365-153-72-201121012015
DeJuan Blair162-70-00-032501010-64
Vince Carter298-152-41-212331021-319
Devin Harris154-62-34-400040006114
Shane Larkin50-00-00-02130000010
Jae Crowder30-00-01-20110000011
Brandan Wright113-30-02-200000003-118
Wayne Ellington00-00-00-00000000000
Bernard James00-00-00-00000000000
Ricky Ledo00-00-00-00000000000
Gal Mekel00-00-00-00000000000
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF   PTS
34-7810-2028-3315284322601521 106
43.6%50.0%84.8%
Brooklyn Nets
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Joe Johnson, F291-51-42-200020045-65
Paul Pierce, F284-80-24-703341122-912
Kevin Garnett, C205-80-00-01101110122-310
Alan Anderson, G100-50-42-200000002-132
Shaun Livingston, G231-30-02-202201004-114
Andray Blatche274-80-10-01452011248
Deron Williams345-80-08-100331100151418
Andrei Kirilenko202-40-02-20331111066
Jason Terry183-62-50-002223043118
Mirza Teletovic2612-187-113-3336101041234
Reggie Evans00-00-00-00000000000
Brook Lopez00-00-00-00000000000
Mason Plumlee00-00-00-00000000000
Marquis Teague00-00-00-00000000000
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF   PTS
37-7310-2723-285303524651529 107
50.7%37.0%82.1%

It figures to be just like old times as members of the 2011 Dallas Mavericks’ championship squad all meet up Friday night at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Squaring off against a red-hot Brooklyn squad, the Mavericks (25-19) will face former point guard and future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd for the first time since he took the reins as the head coach of the Nets (18-22) this offseason. The Mavs will also meet up with former sixth man Jason Terry, looking to end the Nets’ six-game home winning streak in the process.

But, with the Nets sprinting to an 8-1 record since the calendar flipped to 2014, the Mavericks know they’ll have their hands full as they try to end their three-game road trip on a high note. And with a great amount of respect for the work that Kidd has done to lead Brooklyn’s mid-season turnaround, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle will try to get his own team back on track following Wednesday’s 93-85 loss in Toronto.

“You know, we’ve been watching [Kidd] all year and he’s doing a great job,” Carlisle told reporters following the Mavs’ Friday morning shootaround. “They’ve been the best team in the league since Jan. 1, so everyone has their hands full with them right now.

“At this point, it’s pretty clear they did the right thing hiring him. He’s doing a fantastic job. Early, they just had a lot of health problems and it’s just hard. … We had a lot of new guys, too. When you have roster upheaval and a new coach, there’s a lot of things that have to take shape and take form. And there’s going to be an adjustment period, but it’s more health than anything.”

Since getting healthy, the Nets have relied on the defensive end of the ball, holding eight of their last nine opponents under 100 points. However, the Mavs will try to buck that trend while responding to Wednesday’s loss when they surrendered a 21-point lead.

Meanwhile, the Mavericks will welcome back 11-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki into the lineup following his scheduled day of rest in Wednesday’s loss. And with their leading scorer back on the floor, the Mavs hope to receive a boost before returning to Dallas for the start of a four-game homestand. 

“Hopefully my legs feel a little fresher tonight and I’ll be able to help the guys,” Nowitzki said. “It was tough watching that game. They started off so well, Toronto was sharing the ball, and then unfortunately we fell a little short down the stretch. That was definitely a tough one to watch.”

Note: The Mavericks conclude their three-game road trip in Brooklyn, facing off with the Nets for the first time this season. The game will air locally Friday on Fox Sports Southwest at 6:30 p.m. CT.

The Mavs return to American Airlines Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, to begin a four-game homestand against the Detroit Pistons. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 6:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting Mavs.com.

After arguably their most disappointing defeat of the season, things don’t get any easier for the Dallas Mavericks as they complete their three-game road trip Friday in Brooklyn.

Surrendering a 21-point lead in the first quarter before falling to a 93-85 loss Wednesday in Toronto, the Mavericks (25-19) suffered their fifth defeat of the season when leading by at least 17 points. And although they took the court without leading scorer Dirk Nowitzki as he received a scheduled day of rest, the Mavs know they’ll have to learn from Wednesday’s outing if they are going to slow down the hottest team in the league.

“We just have to do better,” Mavs sixth man Vince Carter confessed.

He added: “I think we just have to zero in on staying focused, staying the course, continuing to do what got us to that point. I think that sometimes we get comfortable and we’re still learning how to win. It’s very frustrating.  This is a game that we should have won, regardless of if Dirk was on the floor or not. I think we set the tone for how we wanted to play and what needed to be done, and then they stepped their pressure up and we didn’t.”

Facing a Brooklyn team that has won eight of nine since the calendar flipped to 2014, the Mavericks will try to put together a more complete 48 minutes. That may be easier said than done, however, as the Nets (18-22) welcome the Mavs to town after holding eight of their last nine opponents under 100 points.

Meanwhile, the Mavericks will try to end Brooklyn’s six-game home winning streak.  And with a four-game homestand looming, the Mavs will attempt to build some much-needed momentum before returning to their own friendly confines at American Airlines Center.

“I believe in our team and I believe in these guys, and we’re going to keep working at it,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle declared. “I’m going to keep believing in them and telling them I believe in them, and we’ve got to do better. I know we’re capable, and it’s a hard league. The games are long, so you’ve got to keep playing and everything is meaningful. … We can do better and we’re going to work at it.”

Note: The Mavericks conclude their three-game road trip in Brooklyn, facing off with the Nets for the first time this season. The game will air locally Friday on Fox Sports Southwest at 6:30 p.m. CT.

The Mavs return to American Airlines Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, to begin a four-game homestand against the Detroit Pistons. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 6:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting Mavs.com.