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Mavs Fall in OT

The Mavs battled for 53 minutes but lost a close one to the Nets Sunday night.

DALLAS — After benefitting from point guard Jason Kidd’s floor general skills en route to the 2011 NBA championship, the Dallas Mavericks found themselves on opposite benches as the future Hall of Famer Sunday when the Brooklyn Nets came to town.

Looking to ruin Kidd’s return to American Airlines Center as head coach of the Nets, the Mavericks also tried to avenge a 107-106 road defeat back on Jan. 24. Meanwhile, the Mavs hoped to move to 3-1 on their current eight-game homestand following Friday’s 122-106 win over Denver.

But, after leading by as many as 14, the Mavericks (42-29) would suffer their second overtime loss of the home-heavy stretch, falling to a 107-104 defeat in the process.

“We had too many lapses tonight,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said of the loss. “And a lot of them were on innocent plays when we had a lead, but in a one-possession game those things come back on you.”

Sharing the wealth with seven scorers in double figures during Friday’s win, the Mavs again tried to rely on their depth. But, after starting point guard Jose Calderon was forced to head back to the locker room 45 seconds into the game following an inadvertent elbow from Nets center Mason Plumlee, Carlisle had to quickly turn to his bench and reserve Devin Harris.

Two quick fouls on 2-guard Monta Ellis would further handicap the Mavericks’ backcourt from there. Still, behind the stellar 3-point shooting of Harris, the Mavs opened up a double-digit lead before surging into the second stanza with a 29-15 advantage.

With Calderon doubtful to return due to a facial injury, the Mavs hoped to continue containing the Nets (37-31) on the defensive end. But, after holding the Nets to 5-of-20 shooting in the opening period, the Dallas defense would have a hard time keeping the visitors quiet in the second. However, despite allowing the Nets to creep within three, the Mavericks sprinted into the halftime intermission with a 48-41 edge.

Outshooting the Nets through the first two quarters, 41 percent to 35.9 percent, the Mavs used a 26-19 rebounding margin to their advantage as well. The Mavs also held a 22-14 separation in paint scoring.

With Calderon ruled out the remainder of the way, Harris got the start to begin the second half and quickly moved into double figures. Center Samuel Dalembert then began to become a force at both ends of the floor in the painted area. And with Ellis taking command of the Dallas offense to match Joe Johnson’s assertiveness at the other end, the Mavericks surged ahead by 14 before entering the fourth quarter with a 72-65 lead.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Marcus Thornton to open the fourth would quickly bring the visiting Nets within one with 10:54 left to play. Meanwhile, 12-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki continued to struggle on the offensive end as the Mavs’ attack grew stagnant. And after a 2-for-2 trip to the foul line by Nets point guard Deron Williams made it a 14-0 Brooklyn run from the end of the third to the start of the fourth period, Thornton swished in his third 3-pointer of the period to force a timeout by Carlisle with his team in a 79-75 hole and 7:36 left to play.

But the Mavs quickly responded as Ellis found four-time All-Star Shawn Marion in the corner for a trey, before Ellis drove in for a three-point play the next time down to put the home team up 83-81 with 4:56 on the clock. A fadeaway jumper by sixth man Vince Carter would follow while Dalembert cleaned things up on the defensive end.

Then Ellis once again attempted to serve as the closer for the Mavericks after scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter of Friday’s win. But Paul Pierce would keep the Nets in the game with a relentless attack towards the rim. Johnson’s drive then tied the game at 91-all with 9.9 seconds left. And after Ellis misfired from the perimeter on the subsequent possession, the Mavs would see the game head into an extra period.

“It’s frustrating,” Marion said of the late-game collapse. “We had a chance to put the stamp on these guys earlier in the game and we didn’t do it. We let them get back in the game, slowly but surely. We stopped doing what we do and started playing their style of play, and they were able to walk the game down.”

After just 1-of-10 shooting through four quarters, Nowitzki opened the overtime period with a vintage jumper. But Pierce and Johnson would continue to have their way at the other end, boosting the Nets to a slight edge on the scoreboard.

Shaun Livingston’s interception of a pass by Marion and score at the other end then forced a Carlisle timeout with 2:16 left for his team to pull itself out of a 100-95 hole. A 3-pointer by Williams was then believed to be the dagger to make it an eight-point deficit with 1:26 on the clock. But Ellis would continue firing, connecting on two 3-pointers in the final minute before misfiring on a desperation attempt at the buzzer to send the Mavs off their home floor with the loss.

Scoring 32 points on 11-of-24 shooting, Ellis led six Mavericks in double figures. Meanwhile, Dalembert matched Carter and Marion with 12 points apiece, adding season-highs with 15 rebounds and seven blocks. Harris also scored 11 points off the bench and Nowitzki finished a 2-of-12 shooting performance with 10 points.

“It’s tough,” Nowitzki said while summing up his night. “I kind of hesitated too much and I was kind of always waiting on the double-team, instead of just playing my game. They mixed it up and sometimes they didn’t come and I was just kind of looking around to see where they were coming from. They had me off balance and J-Kidd did a great job with the game plan.”

“[Nowitzki] had an off night and that happens,” Carlisle added. “When it happens, the ball has got to move and other guys have to get involved, which we did. We did a lot of good things considering it wasn’t his best night. We were in great position, and then twice we couldn’t get stops in regulation. Give them credit. They executed and we got blown by twice — once for a foul and once for a layup. Then it hinges on the last shot and another five minutes on the clock. It’s unfortunate, but they deserve the credit. We put ourselves in that situation by not being able to get stops.”

Johnson led five Nets in double figures with 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting as Brooklyn’s 40.5 percent as a team bettered the Dallas’ 38.5 percent. The Mavs also collected a 52-47 rebounding advantage in a losing effort as both teams finished with 14 turnovers.

“We’re going to take it one game at a time,” Ellis said while looking ahead on the schedule. “This is not the time to panic. We’ve got a lot of games ahead. We’ve still got four more home games (on this homestand) and we’ll try to get these four. But we’re going to take it one game at a time and keep pushing to our goal and where we need to go.”

Note: The Mavericks return to action at American Airlines Center on Tuesday, hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder. The season series is tied at 1-1. The game will air nationally on TNT at 7 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting


Brooklyn Nets
Joe Johnson, F378-162-44-514520120-422
Paul Pierce, F303-100-49-1204431025-415
Mason Plumlee, C212-80-01-242631025-75
Shaun Livingston, G334-70-04-443713005-912
Deron Williams, G413-91-58-813432020415
Andray Blatche252-61-10-01233002575
Andrei Kirilenko60-30-00-00000002000
Marcus Thornton247-114-72-216710011920
Mirza Teletovic193-93-70-007701003109
Alan Anderson182-40-20-02241000484
Jason Collins50-10-00-00000010110
Kevin Garnett00-00-00-00000000000
Jorge Gutierrez00-00-00-00000000000
Brook Lopez00-00-00-00000000000
Marquis Teague00-00-00-00000000000
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Dallas Mavericks
Shawn Marion, F345-102-30-024610013712
Dirk Nowitzki, F382-120-36-608820024-1010
Samuel Dalembert, C344-50-04-651015107021312
Monta Ellis, G4111-242-88-1101141145-332
Jose Calderon, G00-00-00-00000000000
Devin Harris404-153-80-034760045711
Jae Crowder161-61-42-212321001-75
Vince Carter284-132-52-2641040023612
Brandan Wright172-20-01-211200100-165
Shane Larkin122-40-01-200010002-125
DeJuan Blair00-00-00-00000000000
Wayne Ellington00-00-00-00000000000
Bernard James00-00-00-00000000000
Ricky Ledo00-00-00-00000000000
Gal Mekel00-00-00-00000000000
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Marion finds Ellis

Shawn Marion zips it across to a cutting Monta Ellis for the one-hand punch.


Double Denial by Dalembert

Samuel Dalembert holds down the paint and makes two consecutive rejections.


Marvelous Monta

Monta Ellis speeds down the baseline, contorts around two defenders and makes the crazy acrobatic lay-in.


Practice Report: Shawn Marion

Mavs F Shawn Marion sends a birthday shoutout to Jason Kidd and comments on tomorrow's keys to victory against the Nets.


Practice Report: Rick Carlisle

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle looks ahead to Sunday's matchup against the Nets and says Jason Kidd deserves Coach of the Year mention for the job he's done in Brooklyn this year.

DALLAS — After engineering the Dallas Mavericks to their first NBA title in 2011, future Hall of Fame point guard Jason Kidd returns to American Airlines Center Sunday for the first time since being named head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.

Retiring during the offseason before taking the Nets’ head coaching job this summer, Kidd would see his team get off to a sluggish start. However, coming to Dallas riding a three-game winning streak and capturing 10 victories in their last 12 games, Kidd and the Nets (36-31) will try to continue surging at the Mavericks’ expense.

“One of the hardest things in coaching is being able to bring a team out of a tough period, and he’s been phenomenal,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said with high praise for the job Kidd has done turning the Nets around. “You know, since the beginning of January they’ve got the best record in the league, so they’re on a good path and they’re playing great. They’re a very talented and well-coached team.”

Practice Report: Rick Carlisle

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle looks ahead to Sunday's matchup against the Nets and says Jason Kidd deserves Coach of the Year mention for the job he's done in Brooklyn this year.

After allowing one of the Nets’ unsung heroes to star in their first meeting, the Mavericks (42-28) will undoubtedly adjust their game plan as the two teams square off for a second time Sunday.

Giving up a career-high 34 points to Nets sharpshooter Mirza Teletovic on 12 of 18 from the field and 7-of-11 shooting from behind the 3-point arc, the Mavericks would eventually fall to a 107-106 road defeat back on Jan. 24. Now, the Mavs will try to keep Teletovic from having another big night while continuing to make up ground on their eight-game homestand.

“If you give a shooter open shots, a shooter is going to shoot,” reserve guard Devin 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.”

“We were just poor defensively as a team,” Carlisle confessed following that January loss. “[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.”

The Mavs now hope to contain Teletovic while ruining Kidd’s return, looking to build on Friday’s 122-106 win over Denver to improve to 2-1 on their current homestand. And after moving into the seventh spot of the Western Conference standings in a heated playoff race, the Mavs will try to crack a dent in their 1 1/2-game deficit behind Golden State for sixth.

Note: The Mavericks return to action at American Airlines Center on Sunday, hosting the Brooklyn Nets. Brooklyn leads the season series 1-0 after handing the Mavs a 107-106 road defeat back on Jan. 24. 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