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Game 53: Mavs at Bobcats presented-by-bbva-2 Subscribe via RSS

Mavericks vs. Bobcats

The Mavs had their five-game winning streak snapped Tuesday night as they fell to the Bobcats, 114-89.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Despite their recent dominance of opponents during a season-best five-game win streak, the Dallas Mavericks stepped into Time Warner Cable Arena knowing they’d find themselves in a dogfight.

Facing the Charlotte Bobcats for a second time this season and looking to replicate an 89-82 home win back on Dec. 3, the Mavericks tried to claim a sixth straight victory for the first time since February of 2012. The Mavs also attempted to continue their dominance over the young Charlotte franchise, after winning 17 of the previous 18 all-time meetings in the series.

But, after winning by an average of 13.6 points in the previous five games, the Mavericks (31-22) would find out what life is like on the other end of the spectrum, falling to a 114-89 defeat and sliding to 1-1 on their current three-game road trip.

“We got beat in the first quarter, the second quarter, the third quarter and the fourth quarter,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said of the loss. “The first couple of minutes may have been alright, but look, they played a dominant game and we were not good in really any area. Give them a lot of credit and we’ve got to be better.”

Looking to get off to a fast start after needing to outscore Charlotte 29-15 in the fourth quarter during the December matchup between the two teams, the Mavericks began the night clicking on all cylinders. Meanwhile, pass-first point guard Jose Calderon started the game looking for his own shot, quickly putting the Mavs up on the scoreboard.

However, the Bobcats (23-29) would stage a rally to close the opening quarter behind big man Al Jefferson’s assault on the Dallas defense inside. And after leading by as many as five, the Mavs trailed 28-26 following the first 12 minutes of play.

With the momentum now in the hands of the home team, the Bobcats began to create a separation on the scoreboard in the second stanza with a 10-0 Charlotte run to open the period. Charlotte also milked the hot hand as sharpshooter Anthony Tolliver quickly moved into double figures off the Bobcats’ bench.

Things then turned from bad to worse for the Mavs as 12-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki limped to the locker room with a sprained left ankle suffered in the quarter. And with their superstar questionable to return for the rest of the night, the Mavericks found themselves down 58-44 at the halftime intermission.

Led by 16 first-half points apiece for Jefferson and Tolliver, the Bobcats’ 53.7 percent shooting bettered the Mavericks’ 47.6 percent from the field at the other end of the floor. Charlotte also held an 18-15 rebounding edge on the glass through two quarters, dishing out 19 assists on their 22 made field goals.

With Nowitzki back on the court to begin the second half, the Mavs tried to make a stand in the third quarter.

“Just went back … and got loose there pretty good in the second half, but it really didn’t matter,” Nowitzki said after playing through the injury. “We weren’t good enough, and no matter what we did defensively we were a step slow to everything, so it didn’t matter whether I was going to play or not.”

Starting 2-guard Monta Ellis also did his best to get the Mavs back in the game. But not even a hobbled Nowitzki and aggressive Ellis would be able to stop the bleeding for the visiting team, falling behind by 27 in the period before limping into the fourth trailing 89-65.

Hoping his team could stage a valiant comeback in the final quarter, Carlisle began the period with a three-game lineup of veteran Devin Harris, rookie first-rounder Shane Larkin and seldom-used Wayne Ellington. Nowitzki then rained in back-to-back treys from behind the arc, making it a 91-73 score as the Mavs refused to go away quietly.

But Jefferson and Tolliver would immediately respond while putting the Mavs away down the stretch, forcing Carlisle to pull his top contributors with 4:58 remaining.

“They played well tonight and you’ve got to give them credit,” Harris said after the Mavs fell to the Bobcats for just the second time ever. “Defensively, we had been doing a good job, but we gave up too many open shots and we just weren’t there mentally.”

Scoring 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting and dishing out seven assists, Ellis led the Mavs in a losing effort while he continues to play with a strained right hamstring. Nowitzki also scored 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting, playing through the left ankle injury to total just 24 minutes. No other Mav scored in double figures.

“Today was definitely a step back,” Nowitzki admitted while turning his attention to Wednesday’s matchup against the Indiana Pacers. “You know, we’ve got to finish strong before the break now and hopefully have a good outing tomorrow against a very, very good team.”

Jefferson led four Bobcats in double figures with a game-high 30 points on 14-of-23 shooting, pulling down eight rebounds to boot. Tolliver also added 22 points off the bench as the Bobcats outshot the Mavericks on the night, 54.9 percent to 45.1 percent. Charlotte ended the game with 42 assists on their 45 made field goals and collected a 38-33 rebounding edge as well while handing the Mavs their most lopsided loss of the season.

“We didn’t put up enough resistance defensively, our rebounding wasn’t there and the shotmaking was off,” Carlisle concluded. “But, if you give up 42 assists, that’s really not getting it done defensively. We deserved to get thrashed, and we did.

“We were poor in all areas and they were great. I give them a lot of credit in this game. I mean, their deposition was there all night. They were attacking and they had us on our heels really at both ends. And when we’re not right and not together and really on, the younger and more athletic teams, it’s hard to deal with them, especially when you’re letting them rebound and run around and hit open threes and score inside. They were great and we were not.”

Note: The Mavericks will now make the final stop on their three-game road trip Wednesday in Indianapolis, taking on the NBA-best Indiana Pacers for the first time this season. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 6 p.m. CT.

After the All-Star break, the Mavs return to American Airlines Center on Tuesday, Feb. 18, facing off against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat. Miami leads the season series 1-0 after handing Dallas a 110-104 road loss back on Nov. 15. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 7:30 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, F 27 3-5 0-1 0-0 2 2 4 2 0 0 0 0 -12 6
Dirk Nowitzki, F 24 5-9 2-2 4-4 0 4 4 1 0 0 0 3 -15 16
Samuel Dalembert, C 18 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 5 6 0 0 0 1 3 -8 4
Monta Ellis, G 32 7-12 0-1 2-2 1 3 4 7 2 0 3 1 -18 16
Jose Calderon, G 22 3-8 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 0 -17 8
Vince Carter 20 4-15 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 3 -16 8
Devin Harris 20 3-7 1-1 2-2 0 0 0 5 1 0 1 1 -8 9
DeJuan Blair 20 1-4 0-0 1-2 0 4 4 2 0 0 0 2 -9 3
Jae Crowder 14 2-7 0-3 1-2 1 3 4 0 1 0 1 1 -16 5
Brandan Wright 11 4-7 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 -10 8
Wayne Ellington 14 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 -1 4
Shane Larkin 8 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 5 2
Bernard James 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Ricky Ledo 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gal Mekel 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF   PTS
    37-82 5-14 10-12 7 26 33 20 5 4 8 15   89
    45.1% 35.7% 83.3%                    
Charlotte Bobcats
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, F 22 1-4 0-0 2-3 0 2 2 3 0 2 0 1 8 4
Josh McRoberts, F 25 3-4 3-4 0-0 2 0 2 13 2 0 1 2 27 9
Al Jefferson, C 33 14-23 0-1 2-3 0 8 8 2 0 2 1 0 22 30
Gerald Henderson, G 32 7-11 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 0 1 1 17 15
Kemba Walker, G 32 2-9 1-6 2-2 1 8 9 9 0 2 2 1 23 7
Cody Zeller 22 2-4 0-0 1-2 1 6 7 2 0 0 0 2 -2 5
Ramon Sessions 22 2-7 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 8 1 0 3 3 10 5
Anthony Tolliver 25 6-11 5-10 5-5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 17 22
Bismack Biyombo 9 5-5 0-0 0-0 2 2 4 0 0 1 0 2 3 10
Chris Douglas-Roberts 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jeff Adrien 4 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Jannero Pargo 4 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
Ben Gordon 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brendan Haywood 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jeff Taylor 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF   PTS
    45-82 12-24 12-15 6 32 38 42 3 7 8 15   114
    54.9% 50.0% 80.0%                    

Wright Place Wright Time

Devin Harris drives and lobs to Brandan Wright for the alley-oop slam.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Lesson learned.

After allowing the Charlotte Bobcats to dictate the tempo for the better part of three quarters before rallying for an 89-82 home win on Dec. 3, the Dallas Mavericks know they’ll have to establish their own style of play early in Tuesday’s rematch.

Outscoring Charlotte 29-15 in the fourth quarter during that December matchup, the Mavericks (31-21) would eventually battle their way uphill on their home hardwood. However, with the setting shifting to Time Warner Cable Arena, the Mavs know they can’t find themselves in the same position on the road.

“We got stops (in the fourth quarter) and we were making plays on offense, but we’re not going to be able to have that kind of thing happen tonight,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle confessed. “We’ve got to be really solid from start to finish. If we get in a big hole here and then have to dig out of a hole on the road at their place, it’s just a lot harder to deal with. They’re a very good team and very much improved.”

Trying to much the level of physicality of the Bobcats (22-29) for a second time, Dallas will bid for a sixth straight win overall, a feat the Mavericks haven’t accomplished since February of 2012. The Mavs will also try to avenge their lone loss to the young Bobcats franchise after winning the first 16 matchups in the all-time series, falling to  a 101-97 overtime defeat during their last visit to Charlotte on Nov. 10, 2012.

And after winning the battle in the trenches in their previous five wins, the Mavs will try to continue exceeding their opposition’s level of aggression Tuesday night.

“We’ve been primed and prepped for it these last couple of games, playing against some teams that are really physical as well as athletic,” sixth man Vince Carter said. “This is yet another team that’s young, athletic, physical and just plays hard for 48 minutes, so it’s another challenge. It seems like everybody is focused in and ready to take on the challenge.”

Note: The Mavericks will make the second stop on their three-game road trip Tuesday in Charlotte, taking on the Bobcats for the second time this season. Dallas leads the season series 1-0 after an 89-82 home win back on Dec. 3. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 6 p.m. CT.

After the All-Star break, the Mavs return to American Airlines Center on Tuesday, Feb. 18, facing off against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat. Miami leads the season series 1-0 after handing Dallas a 110-104 road loss back on Nov. 15. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 7:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting Mavs.com.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Riding the wave of a five-game winning streak, the Dallas Mavericks are surging in the Western Conference standings at just the right time as the All-Star break approaches.

In a virtual tie with Phoenix and Golden State in a battle for the sixth spot, the Mavericks (31-21) will try to keep climbing Tuesday night as they make their second stop on a three-game road trip entering the break, looking to continue their dominance over the Charlotte Bobcats. And despite their season-best winning streak, the Mavs don’t plan on losing their edge while attempting to duplicate an 89-82 home win over the Bobcats (22-29) back on Dec. 3.

“We know what we’re trying to do, we know what direction we’re headed and what we’re trying to do to get better as a team,’’ Mavs starting 2-guard Monta Ellis said. “I don’t think we’re going to lose our edge, but at the same time you have to embrace it and go with it.

“That’s where you get your motivation from. Just continue to win, so you can come in and feel the way that we feel now versus coming in here and on a two-game losing streak and have to be like in a dark place.’’

The Mavericks drew motivation from Ellis’ mere presence in the lineup Sunday, sprinting to a 102-91 victory over the Boston Celtics as the veteran guard valiantly battled through a strained right hamstring to score 11 points and grab five rebounds in 28 minutes. Now, after charging 10 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2010-11 season and securing their first five-game winning streak since claiming six in a row from February 8-17, 2012, the Mavs will try to once again tame the Bobcats.

The Mavs have won 17 of 18 all-time meetings against the young Charlotte franchise, but they fell to a 101-97 overtime defeat during their last visit to Time Warner Cable Arena on Nov. 10, 2012. They’ll try to make life easier on themselves the second time around, however, after outscoring Charlotte 29-15 in the fourth quarter in order to claim that December meeting.

“These guys held Golden State to 75 last week. This team is a good team,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said with plenty of respect for the Bobcats. “They were really close to beating San Antonio (Saturday), and we had to grind our (tails) off to beat these guys last time. We were down most of the game. And, look, [Al] Jefferson is averaging 28 points in the last five games and 30 in their wins. I mean, he’s a monster in there. [Gerald] Henderson and [Kemba] Walker are dynamic scorers. They rebound the heck out of it, they’re very physical and they’re efficient. They play a playoff style, and this is going to have a playoff feel from a physical standpoint.”

Note: The Mavericks will make the second stop on their three-game road trip Tuesday in Charlotte, taking on the Bobcats for the second time this season. Dallas leads the season series 1-0 after an 89-82 home win back on Dec. 3. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 6 p.m. CT.

After the All-Star break, the Mavs return to American Airlines Center on Tuesday, Feb. 18, facing off against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat. Miami leads the season series 1-0 after handing Dallas a 110-104 road loss back on Nov. 15. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 7:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting Mavs.com.